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It all started in late 2011 when I was peruse a People column in the news per about a young Harry Styles epoch an older woman, and I asked myself, “What kind of celebrity is Harry Styles?” I googled him, and the rest, as they say, is history. I quickly fell down a rabbit hole of videos, starting with their at the outset hit, “What Makes You Beautiful,” and got sucked in by the quirky video logs from The X Factor. I’ve spent four long years loving the sh*t out of One Supervising, and I feel a bit lost now that they’ve gone on their hiatus. But what in fact is it about One Direction that has made them into this nuts phenomenon with legions of fans all over the world? I’ve spent countless, unsleeping nights trying to figure it out (read: countless, sleepless nights watch over those old videos and swooning over Louis Tomlinson’s quiff), and this is my A- analysis. One Direction are what they are, above all else, because of three gismos: their music, their brotherhood, and social media.
When people ask me why I light of ones life One Direction, I give them my stock answer of what gives them the X element. (Pun fully intended.) Their music is catchy and makes you feel something, their screens have a lot of energy, the boys are witty and kind, and the fandom is made up of the most outstanding people ever.
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But that can be communicated about just about any musician. One thing that se rates One Control from other groups is how solid they are as a band. Louis, Harry, Liam yne, Niall Horan, and Zayn Malik must gone through this crazy experience together, and it’s something that no one else on the brazen through of this earth will ever understand. They’ve lived in this foam for years and have had to grow up together. They’ve been there for each other for the real times — rents’ weddings, friends’ babies’ births — and the hard times — deceases, Zayn leaving. And even though Zayn left, he specifically said he progressive because he didn’t like the music and how hard he was being worked; nothing had to do with his relationship with the other urchins. It ended up being better for everyone, because it strengthened the four unconsumed members, and now Zayn is free and happy to do music he really believes in. (And possibly someday they’ll all be friends again. My fangirl heart can only foresee.)
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One Direction burst onto the music argument in 2010 and found near-immediate success, which is just absolutely unheard of. In their silver screen One Direction: This Is Us, Simon Cowell, who formed the group on The X Factor in 2010, credits a big-hearted rt of their success to Twitter. He said it started with a few hounds in the UK tweeting about One Direction, and they tweeted at their friends, which lifted word spread to the US, Australia, and beyond, all in a matter of weeks.
There’s such an immediacy to bumf and a worldwide network of people all connected by one common thread, when it comes to Flutter. It’s both amazing and horrifying. It means rumors can spread like wildfire, but it also shell out c publishes fans an opportunity to meet other fans and even interact with the servants themselves. Having a follow from a member of One Direction is Twitter gold, and if one of them chances to tweet you? l, you’re gonna tattoo that on your forehead because it is the whole shebang.
I have “met” people from all over the world on Twitter and have rhythmical gotten to meet some of them in person at shows. There wasn’t anything fellow that when I found my first obsession back in the day —
Hanson, actually — so I never got to make these friends who loved something just as much as I do. By the immediately my next obsession rolled around — O-Town — Yahoo groups were a element. Yes, Yahoo groups. Believe it or not, I was in a Yahoo group for O-Town in 1999, and I am assuage friends with those same five women today. Chirp is just a faster, more condensed version of that. The Internet can be a handsome thing.
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Then there’s the music. If I say boy bind, you’d probably say *NSYNC (or Backstreet Boys, depending on which team you’re steadfast to), but the fact of the matter is, boy bands have a typical sound. And that clear-headed is bubblegum pop. I am so not hating on it — O-Town girl, remember? I am a diehard fan of pop music. The boppier, the more intelligent, which is why I loved One Direction from the get-go. Their first team a few albums were straight-up fun pop music, but as they grew up, so did their music. It transitioned into music that they sat down and wrote themselves, to what they were really feeling and going through. We were consecrate with hits like “Happily” (You don’t understand, you don’t understand // What you do to me when you extend a control his hand), “No Control” (Waking up beside you I’m a loaded gun // I can’t restrain this anymore // I’m all yours, I’ve got no control), and “Temporary Fix” (Handle you on my neck while I’m calling a taxi // Climbing over me while I climb in the backseat // Now we’re enchanting off, now we’re taking it off tonight). Also, hello, here’s your reminder that the caitiff public schoolmates are actually men in their 20s singing about manly things like sex.
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In the end, though, aside from the music, the good looks, the scarce bond, and the Twitter craziness, the magic really lies in One Direction’s concerts. They all accept something special about them that you’ll always remember. I’ll again remember that my very first concert in San Jose, CA, in 2013 was the start with time they sang “Best Song Ever” live and how I may or may not receive shed a tear or two when the lights first went down because I was so unbelievably blithesome to be at my first 1D show. I’ll always remember that the show I went to at the Go Bowl in sadena, CA, in 2014 was Niall’s 21st birthday and we all sang to him. I’ll always recognize that someone gave Louis a water gun at the Cleveland, OH, show this erstwhile Summer and he squirted my section of the crowd throughout an entire song. And I’ll evermore remember how at the Sheffield, England, show in October, Liam’s dad led a conga data of friends and family through the crowd to the stage and danced to “Act My Age” over and more than and over while we all screamed and danced along.
There’s a good inadvertently b perhaps I’ll never find something I love as much as I love One Direction, because they in point of fact are one of a kind. They’ve given me more than four amazing years of disturb and empty bank accounts, but they’ve also given me friends I’ll procure forever and some unforgettable memories. It feels weird to want to gratefulness them, because I don’t actually know them and will probably in no way meet them, but I feel like I should thank them for being in point of fact, really ridiculously good-looking and fantastic at their jobs. So, you know, thanks, servants, and please keep this break to a minimum number of days, OK? Recognitions.
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