Fan Fiction Demystified

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‘He stopped in his tracks and looked at me seriously, before pulling me to him. “You never need to question whether I’ll be there for you, Jess. I’ll always look after you. You need to know that.”‘

One Direction have spawned a million teenage fantasies, but not many of them have translated into a publishing contract with Penguin. Actually, fantasy is a misnomer. What Emily Baker, the writer in question, has parlayed into a book deal is actually fan fiction, the same compulsively readable user-generated raw material that produced Fifty Shades of Grey (where EL James drew on the Twilight series, Baker’s Loving the Band is a story about a teenage girl who meets the boy band of her dreams, and has two of the members fall in love with her).

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