Following the success of Anna Todd's After series, the wildly popular stories starring the boy band will be published at the end of the year
Simon & Schuster have inked a deal for worldwide rights to One Direction fanfic. Anna Todd's wildly popular After series, which was inspired by Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey, will begin making its way to bookshops in November of this year.
Todd began writing After in 2013, publishing on the free story website Wattpad. It's the tale of Tessa Young, an 18-year-old whose "simple life" is "shattered ... [by] a rude boy named Harry". Tessa falls for Harry's good looks and his love of Jane Austen; she also meets Harry's friends Niall, Liam, Zayn and Louis.
Each of Todd's chapters are very short - there are 293 to date - but in less than a year they have garnered 800m reads on Wattpad and more than a million readers. "When you're watching [One Direction] YouTube videos and going to their concerts and tweeting them, there's always a desire for more - and there’s nothing like sitting down and spending time with them in the form of fan fiction," she explained in an interview with Sugarscape. In this case, the "more" includes sex: Todd says EL James' 50 Shades "changed [her] entire life" and After carries a parental advisory warning for "detailed sexual scenes", "tons of explicit language" and "loads and loads of typos".
According to Publisher's Weekly, Simon & Schuster have now paid "mid-six figures" for rights to the After series, including audio rights. After 1 will be published in print and pay e-book before the end of the year; volumes two and three will come out in January and March of 2015. Despite this transition into the world of pulp and paper, Todd claims to have negotiated for After to remain available free on Wattpad.
However, there will be changes. Todd plans to add new scenes to the books, and although Tessa's character will remain intact, Simon & Schuster will avoid a potential lawsuit by altering the monikers of Harry, Zayn and After's other famous heartthrobs.
For the moment, One Direction's lawyers already have their hands full with footage that appears to show Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik using drugs. The boy band's attorneys have apparently accused the Daily Mail website of breaching privacy and copyright by posting the scandalous video. While Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Liam Payne aren't shown in the clip, Payne recently defended his bandmates on Twitter. "We all have a lot of growing up to do in an extreme circumstance," he wrote on 31 May. "We are only in our 20's we all do stupid things at this age ... Hopefully we stand the test of time an get it right in the end."
One Direction's latest album, Midnight Memories, is currently at No 15 on the UK chart.
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