Anna Todd, the author of the After series, will team with Simon & Schuster for a book deal. Todd began her One Direction fan fiction stories on Wattpad in 2013, attracting more than a million readers. The stories, influenced by Twilight and 50 Shades of Gray, follow an 18 year-old girl as she interacts with the band members. Simon & Schuster has paid for the rights to the series and plan to release the project in November. The company will alter the characters to avoid lawsuits, however many parts will stay the same. In an interview about her work, Todd says:
When you’re watching [One Direction] YouTube videos and going to their concerts and tweeting them, there’s always a desire for more – and there’s nothing like sitting down and spending time with them in the form of fan fiction.