Friday, October 18, 2013

My Thoughts on the Fanfic 'After'

If you're part of the One Direction fandom, you have most likely heard of the Harry Styles fan fiction entitled 'After'. Let me just tell you right now that this fanfic has engulfed me as a whole, mind and body. When I started reading it, I literally couldn't stop and now, 2 weeks and over 200 chapters later, I have obviously become so attached to this story that I thought it was only necessary to make a blog post about it. 

Before I get into it any further, I want to acknowledge the author/creator, Anna! I think her writing is fantastic and her work truly speaks for itself with the 'After' series gaining over 120 million reads and counting. There are currently three books in the series. As of right now, 'After 3' is still being updated. I'm not too sure if this will be the last book though! All the links to where you can read these books can be found at the very end of this post.

Now I know if I were to give you a synopsis of the story myself, I'd give too much away, so I'm gonna borrow the author's instead.

"Tessa Young is an 18 year old college student with a simple life, excellent grades, and a sweet boyfriend. She always has things planned out ahead of time, until she meets a rude boy named Harry, with too many tattoos and piercings who shatters her plans."

Upon reading the first few chapters of After, I noticed that Anna's style of writing was very similar to one of my favorite authors, Abbi Glines. Easily, I was sucked into the story. Personally, how I consider a book to be a good one lies solely on the fact of how much it's able to attract and keep my attention. When I find myself completely indwelt in the story and it's characters, I know that that book did it's job. With After, it did that and so much more! I found myself completely immersed in the story that even when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it - ALL. THE. TIME. Once, I was at work and I thought the universe was playing a joke on me when I got a patient with the name 'Hessa'. Obviously, I had to Instagram the moment...

Anyway, now onto the actual story! The book is written from Tessa's, the main character, point of view and occasionally, Harry's as well. So much happens in the first few chapters, that you're left wondering what more could actually happen that can surprise you. The author takes on that challenge and presents you with so many plot twists that will leave you on the edge of your seat. That's all I'm going to say about the story because I really don't want to give it away if you haven't read it yet and are planning to!

Now if you're planning on reading this, I will let you know from now that it is rated 'R' and there will be some parts where it gets ehem, too sexual. So if you're uncomfortable with that, I don't recommend this for you. However, if that doesn't bother you, go ahead! I also want to warn you that whatever form of a social life that you have will be at risk! I will admit that there were multiple times that I would be in actual conversation with someone and I'd zone out making up theories in my head of how I think the story will go. Your sleeping schedule will also most probably be destroyed, along with your image of Harry Styles. Honestly, whenever I look at Harry now, I literally think of the Harry from the story. The damage can't be undone.

Despite everything, the After series has definitely become my current guilty pleasure! If you're also reading After, let me know your thoughts about it in the comments below! If you haven't read it yet but want to, let me know as well!

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