The chat had been arranged to allow fans the chance to quiz EL on the franchise and its latest addition, Grey, but among the legitimate questions were plenty of less than complimentary ones…
Twitter users hijacked the #AskELJames hashtag to bombard the author with questions about feminism and her writing ability.
Even former Xtra Factor presenter Matt Richardson got in on the action, tweeting: "#AskELJames. Is it liberating or restricting having the writing age of a twelve-year-old slash fiction author?"
Meanwhile, over in the US, former 90210 actor Trevor Donovan said: "If I stalk a girl and GPS her car, does that mean it's true love? #AskELJames."
Other examples included:
#AskELJames Which do you hate more— Milly (@NouisTeacup) June 29, 2015
2) The English language
3) strong Independent women
4) All of the above
#AskELJames— caitlin stasey (@caitlinstasey) June 29, 2015
does the E.L. Stand for ELiterate?
#AskELJames after the success of "Grey," have you considered re-telling the story from the perspective of someone who can write— Andrew Vestal (@avestal) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames what's it like telling millions of women it's okay to be in an abusive relationship as long as he's rich.— matt (@reginaIdkray) June 29, 2015
Asking for a friend.
#AskELJames— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) June 29, 2015
Is there a safe word we can use to get you to stop writing such drivel?
#AskELJames why did you think it was okay to teach young girls that a possessive partner who refuses to hear no was romantic?— jess (mr. 305) (@woIfgangbogdano) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames I need advice on making a BIG romantic gesture. Should I put a GPS tracker in her phone and make threats if she tries to leave?— Liam Dryden (@LiamDrydenEtc) June 29, 2015
That moment when #AskELJames hashtag is way more interesting than her books— Laura.. (@5sose31d) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames if E.L.James asks for these tweets to stop, does that mean she really wants them to continue?— Johnny Quid. (@Steelnicks) June 30, 2015
#AskELJames Is it only ok for Christian to stalk, coerce, threaten & manipulate Ana because he's hot, or is it also ok because he's rich?— 50 Shades is abuse (@50shadesabuse) June 29, 2015
EL James – who has more than 800,000 followers - ignored those sorts of comments and instead focused on legitimate queries about her books.