Timeline of One Direction Fandom
|Dates:||2010 - present|
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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.
- 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.
- February 2: 1dkinkmeme is created.
- April 4: LJ comm one_d_fanwork is created.
- April 18: LJ comm 1dhotrecs is created.
- May 29: The Adventurous Adventures of One Direction by Mark Parsons is released.
- June 17: LJ comm onedanon 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.
- 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.
- November 9: Take Me Home, the second album, is released.
- November 9: Me, Myself, and One Direction by Emilyy begins.
- October: Harry and Taylor Swift begin dating, forming Haylor.
- 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: After (One Direction story), a Harry/OFC fic, by Anna Todd begins.
- January: Haylor breaks up.
- February: 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 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.
- May: Rainbow Bondage Bear is thrown on stage during a concert.
- June: The term Big Gay War is coined by larries.
- 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.
- December 1: LJ comm 1dkink2015 is created.
- December 12: A tweet of a tabloid headline gives birth to the Hobama crack ship.
- February: 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 30: Escapade (One Direction story), a Larry fic, is published.
- July 14: Louis Tomlinson's impending fatherhood is publicly announced. Babygate begins.
- August 23: The band announces a year-long hiatus, starting March 2016.
- March 18: The Adventurous Adventures of One Direction: The 12 Days of AAoOD is released.
- November 13: Made in the A.M., the fifth and final album, 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 (One Direction story) 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 round, begins.
- 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.
- 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