'50 Shades of Grey' Author & College Student Join Forces for the Greater Good (VIDEO)

alexandria rhodes kent state universityThere are those who would gladly see Fifty Shades of Grey go far far away and never come back. Fair enough. And if you fall into that group, here's a story that may make you think a bit differently -- or at least assure you that the author behind the erotic trilogy, E.L. James, is using her success for good, rather than EVIL!

See, back in early 2011, when Japan was hit by a tsunami, Kent State University student Alexandria Rhodes (who, like Anastasia Steele, is an English major!) turned to Twitter for updates. She then decided she needed to get involved and set a goal of $5K for the victims. She and three friends brainstormed a plan to use social media to connect with authors and celebs, then ask them to contribute their work for a compilation, which Rhodes & Co. would then give to donors of at least $10. Turns out, E.L. James was one of the 218 authors (including J.M. Darhower who authored Sempre) who got involved in Rhodes' heartfelt campaign!


Because their plan was that brilliant, the team effort definitely surpassed the initial goal, raising -- get this -- nearly $70K in three months! Yow!

Rhodes explained:

To see the power of social media in action during such a tragic time was so powerful, and so I wanted to see how I could help victims myself. People would do anything to have an exclusive piece of writing from their favorite story or author.

No joke! And funny how back then, E.L. James was likely better known as Icequeens' Snowdragon and an author of Twilight fan fiction called Master of the Universe. (Today, whoooole different ballgame!) And that's cool that she was involved in this campaign. See what mommy porn can do! But ultimately, Rhodes and her Kent University peers are the ones who deserve the huge pat on the back for harnessing the power of social media to do good!

Check out this news report on Rhodes' campaign:



How awesome is this?

Image via kent.edu

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