Monday afternoon, Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James held an hour-long live chat with @TwitterBooks at #AskELJames.

One user asked the writer—who released Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian earlier this month—“What’s the best thing you have learned when you wrote the fifty shades?” James answered, “To continue to write for myself. :)”

…Fair, because we have a feeling she’s not writing for a lot of the people who decided to whip out the #AskELJames hashtag yesterday.

#AskELJames quickly became the number one trending topic in the United States and—as another user aptly pointed out—filled up with “50 shades of shade” when hashtaggers posed questions about James’s “so poor” writing skills and Twilight “inspiration” (she famously started her books out as Edward and Bella fan fiction). They also asked her to answer to accusations that her books characterize abuse as love. (She didn’t.) Some samplings from the chat:

Rough day for E.L. and her PR team, right?

All joking aside, these are important points worth discussing about a book series that most people cast aside as “the ones with the whips and handcuffs and stuff.” An awesome strength of Twitter is that it gives a voice to readers in addition to the author. Here’s hoping James decides to pen a well thought-out response to her critics.