E.L. James Author of Fifty Shades of Grey Signing at the Grove

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Fifty Shades of Grey Signing the Grove, Los Angeles Ca.

On friday the 28th of September 2012, E.L. James was to have a book signing and 'Ello Honey Bee planned to attend. Thinking because the event began at seven in the evening, getting there at five would suffice for a good space in line. Unfortunately that was not the case. I dragged my good friend Lydia along with me, her with her injured ankle, to see get our books signed and see all the crazy things Grey fans were going to pull.

When we got to the Grove there were lines whipping and winding around every other store; camera crews were set up the length of the outdoor mall from ABC, FOX and you name it to catch a glimpse of the writer, former television executive, E.L. James. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw how many  people were waiting for this book signing, it was like Obama was joining her to hand out free bags of healthcare as a promo for the upcoming election.

James at the big desk scribbling away.

My friend and I went to the counter at the Barnes & Noble and found that even when we purchased our books, there was no guarantee we were going to make inside. With only standing room left and no guarantees, the prospect of seeing James growing smaller and smaller, we decided to grab dinner at the Cheesecake Factory before we chained ourselves to a massive line like the one Moses brought to freedom; how ironic.

As we were looking for the end of the line a young man was staring at us, a little creepily, but he observed that we were looking for the line and relayed he had some wristbands for inside seating that were a guarantee into the signing.

I hate being conned and I didn't really want to spend the money, but I bit the bullet and paid him the twenty-five dollars. We ended up in section C which was very early in the line considering they had down to section M. I felt a little bad but someone was going to be in that spot since it was paid for so might as well have been me.

We waited in line with a seeing eye dog that looked like Lassie for a woman ahead of us and some funny outfits were seen. Some people went as far as donning the "Laters, Baby" quote adorned with handcuffs on a black t-shirt in rhinestones. Others wore outfits they thought were Ana Steele worthy and even some men showed up in suits hoping to impress some of the ladies in line.

A woman walked up to many of the fans asking if they wouldn't mind reading a friend's short erotic story. The story she handed us was called the Dinner Party and it was strange to have an unpublished authors work in your hand with the hope and faith that no one would steal the intellectual material and make it their own. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that the author didn't come himself and I would have liked to have given him a nice edit back with some commentary. It's important that a writer always check their work when trying to submit a short story for publication or review. When the grammar is band and the sentence mechanics are worse it makes it difficult to get through reading. Writer's circles are always a good idea or a group of friends who are avid readers would work also.

The signing was very informal and rushed. She didn't personalize any books, even though they promised at least one of the three allotted items. I also miss the days when there was a question and answer period before signing. I had a good time and would love to attend another signing soon, possibly by J.K. Rowling. If you haven't read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, check it out at the library or buy a copy. It's an entertaining read.

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