Hollywood is shopping a piece of One Direction fan fiction that just landed a six-figure book deal after receiving 800 million reads online.
This article first appeared in the June 21st issue of Billboard Magazine.
If One Direction fan Anna Todd wrote her own lyrics to the group's hit "Story of My Life," it would sound like a fairytale. The 25-year-old Texan just scored a six-figure advance when Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books acquired the rights to "After," her steamy fan-fic story about Harry Styles and the boy band that has been a hit on the digital self-publishing site Wattpad for over a year. (United Talent Agency is shopping the film rights as well.) Fan fic, in which amateurs write and share unauthorized adventures featuring established characters or real people, has been big business for many years. "Fifty Shades of Grey" started as "Twilight" fan fic. But this is the first big deal to involve a "Directioner," as members of the massive 1D fan-fic community call themselves. (Other big musical subjects of RPF -- real people fiction -- include Beyoncé and 5 Seconds of Summer).