Timeline of One Direction Fandom
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One Direction is an English/Irish boy band with a large fandom.
- October 9/October 10: On an episode of the British reality television show The X Factor, five contestants are put together in a boy band. The fandom seems to have appeared on Twitter and Tumblr almost immediately following their first performance as a group and quickly gained momentum.
- November 2: LiveJournal community one_direction is created.
- December: First 1D work posted on AO3.
- December 28: LJ comm wanderection is created, with associated tumblr account fuckyeahwanderection.
- April?: One Direction FanFiction archive opens.
- August: The first tumblr post designating a band member "Fetus."
- October 2: Louis Tomlinson tweets "Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis".
- November 12: LJ comm ontd_1d is created.
- November 18: Up All Night, the band's first album, is released.
- December 21: Dreamwidth comm one-direction is created as "extension" of the LJ comm. 14 posts, last updated 2013-07-29.
- January 25: LJ comm 1directionbang is created for a big bang challenge, with fic/art to be posted in June.
- February 2: 1dkinkmeme is created.
- April 4: LJ comm one_d_fanwork is created.
- April 18: LJ comm 1dhotrecs is created.
- May 13: LJ comm 3point5seats is created.
- May 29: The Adventurous Adventures of One Direction by Mark Parsons is released.
- June 17: LJ comm onedanon is created.
- July 6: LJ comm 1d_realtalk is created.
- July 7: aimmyarrowshigh starts posting May You Enjoy Your New Life, a Harry/Louis fic said to have originated many of the tropes of the Larry Is Real theory.
- August: The first 1D fanworks featuring Nick Grimshaw are posted on AO3.
- August 9: The subreddit r/LarryStylinson is created.
- August 16: LJ comm ontd1d is created.
- September 6: LJ comm liferuiners is created.
- September 12: LJ comm 1d_bigbang is created.
- September 16: Bullshit 1.0 – Louis tweets "Larry is the biggest load of bullshit I've ever heard. I'm happy why can't you accept that."
- September 16: iPhone app "One Direction (1D) Fanfiction\\" is released.
- October: Harry and Taylor Swift begin dating. Fans become interested in Haylor, posting fic on AO3 as early as December.
- October 25: LJ comm 1dholidaze is created.
- November 9: Take Me Home, the second album, is released.
- November 9-15: Me, Myself, and One Direction by Emilyy is posted.
- December 2: Ashley Frangipane (aka se7enteenblack, aka Halsey) releases the Haylor Song.
- December: One Direction becomes one of the top 5 fandoms in the Music & Bands category on Archive of Our Own after reaching over 2400 works.
- January 18: Anna Todd begins posting After, a Harry/Original Female Character fic, on Wattpad.
- January: Haylor breaks up.
- February: Posting for One Direction Big Bang Round One begins.
- March: The Flower Crown meme begins, reportedly starting in One Direction fandom.
- March 7: LJ comm reel_1d is created.
- March 18: The Adventurous Adventures of One Direction Part 2 is released.
- April: Fan group takemehomefromnarnia is founded.
- June 20: LJ comm anon1d is created to replace onedanon.
- July 13: LJ comm bestboys is created.
- July 22: The music video and single "Best Song Ever" is released. The intro to the music video is an extended scene with the band interacting with their American alter egos. Fans start writing Best Song Ever AUs and ship the music video characters with each other or with the band members.
- August 15: The documentary Crazy About One Direction airs on Channel 4 in the UK. Fans react.
- August 28: Dreamwidth anon meme and capslock community 1d_meme is created.
- August 29: One Direction: This Is Us, the official documentary concert film, is released.
- September: One Direction becomes the most popular fandom in the Music & Bands category on AO3 after reaching over 14,000 works.
- November 25: Midnight Memories, the third album, is released.
- January 4: I Had Rather Hear My Dog Bark At A Crow by sunsetmog, a Tomlinshaw fic, is posted.
- January: One Direction Big Bang Round Two begins, with nearly double the participants.
- February: Rainbow Direction project begins.
- April 25: 1D's third concert tour Where We Are Tour begins.
- May 30: Rainbow Bondage Bear is thrown on stage during a concert. Fans spot RBB at many 1D shows in 2014-2015.
- June: The term Big Gay War is coined by larries.
- June 22: LJ comm minibang_1d is created to run the 1D minibang challenge
- August 22: A fan project called Bandana Project, started earlier in the tour, becomes more widely known when Harry Styles wears a blue bandana on stage. Larries are very excited.
- October 5: Where We Are Tour ends.
- October 21: After (One Direction story) by Anna Todd is published as a novel.
- November 10: Bullshit 2.0 – Louis tweets, "I am in fact straight."
- November 17: Four, the fourth album, is released.
- November 24: LJ comm 1dkink2015 is created.
- December 12: A tweet of a tabloid headline gives birth to the Hobama crack ship.
- February 4-5: Larries get very excited about Lairport
- February 7: On The Road Again Tour begins.
- February 14: One Direction Big Bang Round Three begins.
- March 25: Zayn Malik leaves One Direction.
- April 18: LJ comm 1dadoptafic is created.
- May: Project No Control
- May 18: LJ account 1dsummerbang is created for the 1D Summer Bang challenge, with works posted in October.
- May 30: Escapade, a Larry fic, is posted on AO3.
- July 14: Louis Tomlinson's impending fatherhood is publicly announced. Larries develop the Babygate theory.
- August 23: The band announces a year-long hiatus, starting March 2016.
- October 10: Rainbow Bondage Bear gets an official twitter account that becomes an object of much fan interest and theorizing.
- October 31: The last One Direction concert tour ends.
- November 13: Made in the A.M., the fifth and final album, is released.
- December: The Adventurous Adventures of One Direction: The 12 Days of AAoOD is released.
- January 23/24: 1D band member Louis Tomlinson announces that his baby is born, but does not announce a name. Conchobar meme begins.
- February: One Direction Big Bang Round Four begins.
- March: The band's indefinite hiatus begins.
- April 11: Escapade is published as an original novel.
- October: One Direction loses the position of most popular fandom in the Music & Bands category on AO3 after K-Pop reaches over 47,700 works.
- April: One Direction Big Bang Round Five, the last successful round, begins.
- April 15: Signups open for the first One Direction Reverse Bang.
- October 25: The 1D Collab is started after anti-larries object to posts by the mods of the existing big bang.
- October 31: New One Direction Big Bang is started after larries object to mod posts and discussion related to the existing big bang.
- March: One Direction falls to third most popular fandom in the Music & Bands category on AO3 after BTS reaches over 52,300 works.
- April 12: The film based on After (One Direction story) is released.
- June 16: One Direction Euphoria Fanfiction Controversy occurs.
- March 22: Louis tweets "369". Larries theorize.
- April 3: Signups open for round two of One Direction Reverse Bang.
- April 23: Signups open for round three of One Direction Reverse Bang.
- June 14: Everything I Need I Get From You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It, a nonfiction book by journalist Kaitlyn Tiffany, is published. Most of the book is about 1D fandom.
- The story with the lowest ID in the system was posted on 4/6/2011.
- One Direction Fan fiction app page on the Apple iTunes store accessed 2012-9-16