Some girl just got a six-figure book deal for her One Direction fan fiction erotica
Hey! Hi! Hello! So, how’s that novel you’ve been working on for the past decade or so? Good? Found a publisher yet? No? Well guess who has? 25 year-old Anna Todd! For what, you ask? Her erotic fan fiction of One Direction, specifically about Harry Styles. Which, I don’t know, seems a little weird given that he’s 20 years old and it seems awkward to write erotica about a real life person who in real life cannot even get into a bar. Not to be judgy. I would not judge anyone’s sexual preferences so long as they’re legal, but I feel pretty OK about judging a 25 year-old who is still into boy bands. In my day, we stopped listening to the New Kids after age 9 at the latest and by 11 were in full denial of ever having done so. Like normal.
Anyway, so Anna Todd, unlike you, has a six-figure book deal with Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books for “After,” the erotic fan fiction she wrote about One Direction. In the grand tradition of E.L. James before her, her fan fiction will be repurposed as not-fan-fiction and the names will be changed to non-One Direction affiliated names.
“After imagines a bad-boy punk version of Styles falling for sheltered college freshman Tessa, whose world is upended by their relationship. Todd put the story up in daily installments — some 300 short chapters spread out across three volumes — on the relatively new Wattpad, where it was an almost instant hit. Wattpad’s Ashleigh Gardner says that even before Todd finished the first volume, “After” was registering all over the company’s internal social media metrics, with fan-generated art and custom musical playlists popping up on Twitter and Instagram. When Todd mentioned “Pride and Prejudice” or “Wuthering Heights” in “After,” Wattpad had spikes in the reads (how the company counts clicks) on those novels on its site. To date, “After” has notched more than 800 million reads and ended 2013 as the site’s most-shared story. Wattpad reached out to Todd, helped her build her fan base during the next two volumes and guided her toward a book deal, essentially acting as her agent.”
800 million? Seriously? That is so much! That is more than twice the population of the United States of America. How is that even possible? Who are these people, even? Are they counting each read of each post as a read, or each read of the whole thing as a read? Because even if you break it up, that’s like, 2.6 million per post. I think this means that probably you or someone you know is secretly reading One Direction porn, and I honestly don’t know what to tell us about that. I mean, I’ve never even heard any of their songs, nevermind thought to myself “Hey, you know what I’d be really into, sexually? One Direction erotica that references Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters.” so I suppose I’d imagine it to be more of a niche market than it actually is.
Now, I’m hardly a lit snob. “Valley of the Dolls” is one of my top ten books ever, and I’ve actually read everything else Jackie Susann wrote as well. I love me some trash. But this? Well, it’s a brave new world, I guess. One in which adult persons do not get the shudders over reading erotic fan fiction about a 20 year-old teenybopper boy band member. Huh.
Wondering what this One Direction erotica is even about? Allow Wattpad to tell you!
Tessa Young is an 18 year old college student with a simple life, excellent grades, and a sweet boyfriend. She always has things planned out ahead of time, until she meets a rude boy named Harry, with too many tattoos and piercings who shatters her plans.
I wonder if they mean rude boy as in a boy who is rude, or a boy who is into ska? I assume it’s the former, because I am pretty sure One Direction is not a ska band (note to self, perform Google search for erotica about The Specials to find out if ska porn is a thing also. It very well might be, given Rule 34.).
In addition to the book deal, Todd’s book is being shopped around for a movie deal, in case you wanted to watch an erotic movie about One Direction, which you probably do, because you are a pervert.