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I’ve been a fanfiction reader for many years, thanks to Harry Potter and its slow release dates.
Usually, most fanfiction stays relatively obscure online, but every now and then, a story becomes so popular that a publisher actually seeks out the author to convert the fanfiction into a legitimate printed book.
This fairytale-like story actually happened to fanfiction writer Anna Todd. Her story is a common one; she traveled with her husband for the military and had trouble finding a job. Bored, she started writing a fanfiction based on her favorite band One Direction using the app Wattpad on her phone.
After a few months, her four-series book started to skyrocket into popularity. Today, Book 1 has nearly 3 million reads, book 2 has over 270 million reads, and book 3 has an astounding 586 million reads. In total, her work has seen over one billion readers- and this is just on the Wattpad version of the story.
The After series was recently purchased by Simon and Schuster imprint Gallery Books and the first installment was published in October 2014, the second in November 2014, and the third in December 2014 (the fourth book will be released on February 24, 2015).
While other books that started as fanfictions have become real novels (notably 50 Shades of Grey and Beautiful Bastard), After is the first fanfiction-turned-novel that is still available to be read for free on Wattpad. But, if you have trouble getting into the spirit of a story with a typo staring you in the face (me!), or are not a big One Direction fan, then you’ll prefer the book version of the story. You can purchase it from Barnes and Noble in either book form or e-reader form if you just can’t wait.
For copyright protection, the book changes the names of the band and the story slightly. According to a New York Times article on the After series, the main differences between After the book and After the Wattpad version are the character name changes, longer erotic scenes, and cleaner editing in the book version. The film rights to the book have been purchased by Paramount.
One of the coolest things about Anna is that she still interacts with her fans in a variety of ways- sharing character thoughts, book snippets, and even sharing the fanfiction and pictures that her fans create based on her story.
Since I am an aspiring author, and I know many of you are as well, I was curious about the platform Anna Todd used to create her story. Wattpad is the largest online writing/reading community in the world. Over 40 million people use the app. One of my favorite aspects about Wattpad is that it is possible to both write and read using mobile devices. Anna wrote most of the After story from her phone while out and about. Wattpad states that 24 hours worth of reading material is posted to the site every minute. That is a lot of reading and chance for exposure!
After Books 1 and 2 Giveaway
One lucky reader can win book one and two of the After series in print form from Gallery Books! Please be aware, the book contains mature themes and is mainly an “erotic” novel, so it is not suitable for children. The giveaway is open to U.S. readers aged 18 and up.
What is your favorite fanfiction? If you write any online stories, share them with me in the comments!