After, the Wattpad sensation with over a billion reads, is now one of the most-talked about movies of 2019!
Anna Todd wasn’t expecting universal stardom when she joined Wattpad as a 24-year-old mom and military wife. Like many others, she stumbled onto the platform seeking fan-scribed, imagined stories about her favorite boy band. The internet was, in some ways, a simpler place in 2013. While recent history has painted the online space as divisive and hostile ground, there was once a time when seemingly everyone could agree on a single, guiding truth, a north star: One Direction.
“I found Wattpad through reading Fanfiction and from the second I laid my eyes on the platform, I fell down the rabbit hole,” Anna says. Once Anna Todd had devoured all the Harry Styles fanfiction the world had to offer, she took a deep breath and, while standing in the checkout line at Target, tapped out what would become the first chapter of her first story on Wattpad.
Typing and uploading one chapter at a time, Anna wrote After in her free moments on her phone. What she found through the process was a community like no other.
“[Wattpad] was a place I couldn’t have even dreamed existed with people just like me, an entire world of people who read and write on the internet. I found a community, a home really,” says Anna.