Last night, Twitter filled with complaints about EL James, the author of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, through the hashtag #AskELJames. The hashtag Q&A was started by James’ PR team with the hope of connecting her with her fans. But that plan quickly backfired. While some people had grievances with James’ writing ability, and…
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Local fans of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” E.L. James’ erotic best-seller, say they’re ready for their big-screen rendezvous with Christian Grey. “He’s the ultimate bad boy,” said Tonya Lorenz of Wichita, who read the novel a few summers ago and plans to see the movie with nearly two dozen girlfriends when it officially opens Friday. “He’s successful, he’s ambitious, he’s powerful, and yet he’s kind of emotionally disturbed,” she said. “In a weird sort of way, I think it does show that love can heal all wounds.” Not long after tickets to “Fifty Shades of Grey” went on sale last month, it became the fastest-selling R-rated film in Fandango’s history, as fans of the novel planned for a steamy Valentine’s Day weekend. The film opens in Wichita on Friday, with early shows at some theaters Thursday.