Timeline of One Direction Fandom

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Fandom: One Direction
Dates: 2010 - present
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One Direction is an English/Irish boy band with a large fandom.

2010

  • October? 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.

2011

2012

  • 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.
  • 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.[2]
  • 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.

2013

  • 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.

2014

2015

2016

  • 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.

2017

2018

  • March: One Direction falls to third most popular fandom in the Music & Bands category on AO3 after BTS reaches over 52,300 works

2019

References

  1. The story with the lowest ID in the system was posted on 4/6/2011.
  2. One Direction Fan fiction app page on the Apple iTunes store accessed 2012-9-16