So apparently some Harry Styles fan fiction is being turned into a movie, and I’ma need you to do something for me — come up with a suitable excuse that we can all use to go see it.
Because the thing is, it’s probably gonna be pretty filthy. That’s the whole point of imagines, that you can make the people in them do whatever you want through the magic of creative writing! And with the world as your oyster like that, why wouldn’t you make Harry and Zayn Malik trade gentle caresses backstage, or let Taylor Swift plant a trail of chate kisses down Harry’s trembling chest. (Sorry, I just happened to get a ton of experience with One Direction fanfic while writing this post, and so far I haven’t been successful in erasing it from my brain.)
But this isn’t that kind of fanfic, because apparently no one is actually famous. It’s called ‘After’, and written by a woman named Anna Todd on her Wattpad, about the love story between Tessa Young and the normal high schooler Harry Styles. After Anna’s first rendition was read by over 150 million people (!!!!!), she wrote two follow-ups, ‘After 2′ and ‘After 3′, which were read by 156 million and 300 million people, respectively. Holy crap. Thus why it’s being shopped around to movie studios right now by United Talent Agency.
[Note: in the original version, this post incorrectly stated that Harry was famous in the fanfic. Thank you to the many commenters who pointed that out.]
And if that concept sounds familiar — someone taking their fanfic to another level — it’s because that’s exactly what happened with 50 Shades Of Grey. That oversexed nonsense was originally written by E.L. James as Twilight imagines; all she did was change the names from Bella and Edward when the book went to print, the same thing that Anna will have to do so that no names of famous people remain.
But I’m not too worried about all that stuff. I’m more concerned about how I’m gonna get my butt in that movie theater seat without being a weirdo. It’s not gonna be a family-friendly movie like Frozen where you can just borrow a neighbor kid to excuse going to see it fourteen times in theaters. (Would’ve totally done that if I didn’t want to be ‘that lady’ in my apartment building.) But at the same time, it’s still inherently about a relationship between a couple high schoolers. Which isn’t something I’m totally comfortable showing up for, y’know?
Bottom line: this is gonna take some serious creativity, so let me know when you come up with something.