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After was an extremely popular Harry Styles/OFC Dark Harry work. It was serialized on the online writing site Wattpad and posted under the name imaginator1D. Until April 2019, was still Todd's Twitter username.
In 2014, The Washington Post reported that After would be published professionally in what was described as a "mid-six-figure" book deal with Simon & Schuster for the publishing rights. Todd was 25 years old.Todd Filed Off The Serial Numbers, changing Harry Styles's name to "Hardin Scott." A film adaptation of the book was released in April 2019.
- “There’s a Big Difference Between After and Jane Austen”: How Anna Todd turned herself into a fanfiction star by David Marchese, from It's a Fanmade World: From One Direction to Soderbergh, March 2015
- This One Direction erotica has been read by more people than live in the U.S. And its author just scored a huge book deal., June 2014
Todd, the “After” author, has said she spends half her day writing and half her day interacting with fans; her most popular piece on Wattpad, after the “After” trilogy, is a 10-part interview in which she answered reader questions. (Sample inquiries: Where in Texas do you live? What’s your favorite nail polish color? Are you a Directioner?) She has more than 273,000 followers on Instagram, and 182,000 on Twitter. On both platforms, Todd frequently reposts fan art and comments from her readers. Maybe that seems like so much adolescent drivel, but it represents a serious shift in the role of the writer — traditionally a remote, solitary artist with little time or attention for fans. On Wattpad, at least, writing becomes more social. More collaborative. More “of the Internet,” essentially, with all the egalitarian values that entails. To quote the publishing consultant Charles Melcher, “now that everyone’s been given permission to be creative, new ways of telling stories … are being invented.”
- Anna Todd: From 1D fan fiction to feature film writer, August 2018
- How Anna Todd’s Harry Styles Fanfiction Became a Bestselling Book—& Now a Movie, 2019
- Caitlin Dewey. This One Direction erotica has been read by more people than live in the U.S. And its author just scored a huge book deal., The Washington Post, 5 June 2014. (Accessed 7 June 2014)
- One Direction fanfic author inks worldwide book deal, The Guardian, Published June 4, 2014 (Accessed August 20, 2017).