Thursday, April 17th 2014
Harry Styles is adorable and yeah… he and his bandmates have launched thousands upon thousands of fanfiction. It was inevitable really, what with fans idolizing these boys just like their favorite fictional characters. Consider it a rite of passage because truly, fanfiction has existed even before the internet laid such stories bare for all to read.
However, a budding trend now seems to pair Hollywood, book covers and television scripts with their biggest fans and the outcome leads to huge deals — think Fifty Shades of Grey.
This time now, it’s Harry Styles’ pretty boy looks sealing the deal according to Deadline:
UTA has signed to represent screen rights for After, a serialized story by Anna Todd that has become the most followed literary property published by Wattpad, an online community in which writers tell stories chapter by chapter. According to Wattpad general manager Candice Faktor, the three-part series After has been clicked on by more than 500 million.
For Wattpad, After is the closest thing the site has experienced to Fifty Shades Of Grey, which began in similar fashion as fan fiction before it became a massive global bestseller and an upcoming Universal/Focus feature for author E.L. James. The way Faktor describes it, After sounds like a close cousin, without the S&M. “A happy, optimistic young girl falls in love with a guy with a dark side that is addictive, and their relationship is a rollercoaster ride,” Faktor said.
Unfortunately as it is wont to do, fandom was split and things became ugly so Todd released her own statement in response to the news:
“Fanfictions are turned into books/movies all the time so I hope those of you who dislike After or me, will just take a step back and look at this as an opportunity for yourself and with all the amazing things happening with Wattpad you could be the one having a movie next! So try to remember that Wattpad is an amazing and postivite community, that being said I won’t engage in any fights so please leave your hateful comments on your own page.” (x)
Whatever your opinion on fanfiction is… there’s no need to be mean. Seriously people, wish this lady the best because she’s turned a dream of hers into a reality. And that’s worth cheering for no matter what.