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Hobbies plus fandom plus apps: it doesn’t sound like the most productive combination, but for author Anna Todd, these are the pieces that made up her success. Twenty-five year old Todd took to writing on social writing platform Wattpad, updating her story in the moments she wasn’t running her household. Between her bouncing between off jobs and her husband’s three deployments to Iraq, the budding author somehow managed to churn out a story that has absolutely captivated fans. The product, After, focuses on a young woman who becomes romantically involved with pop star Harry Styles of One Direction fame. Supported by the interactive atmosphere of Wattpad and One Direction fever, After became Wattpad’s most read story and drew major attention for the author.
When Todd began publishing her serialized fan fiction on Wattpad, she could not have imagined that it would one day become a published, print series. But, indeed, the series has moved from the social writing application to bookshelves (though if you are like Todd and lean toward digital formats, the e-book is also available). The Simon & Schuster edition of the story changes the pop star to “Hardin,” modeled off of Styles. With other modifications, there are plenty of reasons for those who have already read After on Wattpad to check out this new release.
If the original fan fiction or new print edition are not enough for you–and with over 6 million comments on the original story, we think this may be true for many–Paramount Pictures has acquired film rights to Todd’s fangirl opus. After’s protagonist Tessa and Todd herself can claim the arc of unknown to well-known in connection to a pop star. Though Todd didn’t get to kiss Harry Styles as she made her way into the spotlight, we think she is still coming out on top.
If you’re interested in Wattpad check it out by the numbers:
- More than 40 million people have joined Wattpad
- More than 80 million free stories are available on Wattpad
- People spend 9 billion minutes a month on Wattpad
- Stories available in over 50 languages – all for free
- A new users joins Wattpad every second
- More than 24 hours of reading material is posted to Wattpad every minute
- 85% of all activity is on mobile
Interested in After? Sarah Scoop is giving away books one and two of the After series to one of our lucky readers! Enter below for your chance to get to know Tessa and Hardin on us.