E.L. James to Publishing Writing Guide: A GIF Response

In today’s episode of Things That Are Too Horrifying To Respond To With Words Like a Normal Person, Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James will be publishing a writing guide. A guide…to writing. A writing guide. A…I’ll stop. Let’s just move on to the GIFs, using Fox News’ articleto guide us (because if you’re gonna talk about ridiculous, go all the way):

The next book from E L James will be a how-to guide on one of life’s most enduring passions: writing.

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Vintage Books announced Monday that James has collaborated with the publisher on “Fifty Shades of Grey: Inner Goddess (A Journal).”

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It combines professional advice from the million-selling author and lined pages for readers to set down their own ideas, or “inner goddess.”

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But will readers really want to learn how to write from the author of “Fifty Shades of Grey”?

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Sure, James’ erotic trilogy has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide, but according to most reviews of the series, James may not exactly be an expert on how to write.


In Aug. 2011, the Tribune Express’ book reviewer, Norman Ansari, had few kind things to say about James’ writing chops. “’Fifty Shades of Grey’ is poorly written, and that too to a surprising degree. Twice, I stopped reading to check if I had been duped in my purchase or whether I was reading an authentic eBook,” he wrote. Similarly, The New York Times’ Sunday Review writer wrote back in May that “James writes like a Brontë devoid of talent.”

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So will her fans trust the “Fifty Shades” author to teach them how to write? Apparently Vintage— who also published James’ other novels— thinks so.

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Vintage says the journal will have a soft leather cover, “bonded.” The “Inner Goddess” journal will be published May 1.

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    I don’t even know what to say to this.
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    Vomiting tbh
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    This…Perfect. Thank you Book Riot :)
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    Okay, I can get behind people reading whatever they like (even if it is so horribly written I want to poke my own...
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    Yes, words do escape me.
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    The same people who wrote that garbage piece of published fanfic?
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    no words
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    I’ve been avoiding reading this series because it really didn’t appeal to me. I don’t think that the novel provided a...
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