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Penguin has announced that they will publish Loving the Band based on Emily Baker’s One Direction fan fiction.

Emily Baker is a 16-year-old Brit who first published her fan fiction on the popular youth writing site Moveallas. The story is about a girl in a love triangle with two members of a pop group based on the boy band, One Direction. A penguin editor noticed the story and its popularity, and the rest is history. When discussing the novel, editor Lindsay Heaven said “We at Penguin’s Children’s are delighted to be publishing ‘Loving the Band,’ Emily’s novel is fresh, romantic, current and completely taps into today’s pop culture.” After Penguin commissioned Emily Baker, they worked together to change quite a lot of the novel, including names, in order to turn it into a new book.

The story is a typical girl-meets-boy love story, except it’s girl-meets-band. It’s about a girl who lives in Scotland and comes down to London to visit her best friend. When she gets there, she bumps into a boy band and hangs out with them, and eventually she finds out two of them – Shaq and Reily – have fallen for her.

Loving the Band is set for eBook release on November 1, 2012.


Fan fiction is not new to the internet but has recently become a feeding ground for publishing houses. Popular fan fiction writers such as E.L James have been receiving big deals from publishing houses looking for a sure thing. Most fan fiction writers come with a built in fan base, especially if they write about popular books, movies, TV shows and even bands.

Movellas.com is a community site where everyone can share their passion for great stories. People can publish their own stories – or movellas as they like to call them – so that everyone can read them and give feedback. There are lots of stories in every genre and on every topic. The site promotes a writing community that is supportive of all kinds of writing.

Will you be checking out Loving the Band? Do you think fan fiction is the new hunting ground for publishers and if so, should potential authors start posting some work on fiction sites?

  • M

    Why is fanfiction becoming so popular in the publishing world? They have to be very careful or they can be sued for theft of creative property. And everyone who reads this will just be imagining it as One Direction anyway, as it’s derivative.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

    what is this? a fad now???

  • http://www.facebook.com/iDomi Domi Ed

    I don’t like how this has become the new “thing”. I have read some amazing work over the years but…it’s just weird.
    Twilight Fanfiction
    One Direction Fanfiction


    I am ready to pull my hair out.

    No, I will not be checking this out.

  • Kavitha

    Okay 50 Shades of Weird was bad enough, but this is worse. It’s about real people…it’s strange for it to be published. Online, fine, but published? That’s too far.

  • BlueBronze

    I don’t understand the point of having fanfictions with real people. That’s crossing so many lines.

  • Lucia

    Why on earth would you take something written as a fanfiction, change the details that are copyright and publish as your own work? Does no one see this as lazy, uncreative and downright dodgy? Fanfictions are written to be fanfiction – if people want their stories published for real then write them for real – don’t rely on another fandom to build your popularity for you and ride its coattails to ‘success’…no one will ever take you seriously! E.L. James is a total joke and the stories infamy is the only reason its getting a movie and merchandise – NOT her talent. *sigh* the publishing world is turning into a joke.

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    Fanfiction has been published before as books, it’s just becoming more public and therefore, it’s being done more often. I think publishing fanfictions is OK depending on how closely related the individual FF is related to the original story. I think FF based on real people is kinda creepy… and this story doesn’t look like it has all that much substance to it. I would read something like this online, for free, but I would not pay money to own it.

  • S

    I have mixed feelings about this. First of all, I think that these two books, Fifty Shades of Grey and Loving the Band, represent not only a common misinterpretation that people have about fanfiction (that it is full of depraved sexuality and inane teenage girl romanticizing), but also put a bad name to publishing fanfiction. As a longtime reader and writer of fanfiction, I find myself disappointed and slightly irritated at the press that it has been getting recently. Yes, there are many fanfics that consist of nothing but the two “genres” mentioned above, but there are also many quality pieces I have come across that are more impressive and publication worthy than some popular books (see: Twilight).
    On the other hand, I think that it is very important that publishers think carefully about publishing a fanfiction piece. Why, you might say, could an author worthy of publication not simply write an original piece? Well, there are many reasons why this may not work. For one, the author was quite possibly working under conditions that may not be able to be replicated. One of the big differences between a published book and a fanfic on the internet is that a fanfiction writer writes in much smaller increments, posting a story chapter by chapter with possible no idea of what will happen next. In this way, a fanfiction may become much more real than a published book. A writer is impacted by the situation around them, and as fanfiction writers write on a chapter to chapter basis during the free time they have after fulfilling their duties to their job or education, a piece of fanfiction can be written over the course of years, tracing along all the ups and downs of the authors personal life. Once they have published a chapter, they are more obliged to build on what they wrote than authors who publish a whole book at a time. In that way, the conventions of being a writer of fanfiction can create very unique stories. Of course, on the flip side, there are also fanfics that do simply “ride it’s (the original work’s) coattails to ‘success’”. Whether the fanfic deserves to be published is very much on a story to story basis.
    In reference to ‘Loving the Band’, however, I find myself rather disturbed. Personally, I will admit to reading RPF (Real Person Fiction), but I think that we should also respect the wishes of those real people (e.g. if Adam Lambert asked his fans to please stop writing fics about him and Tommy or him and Sauli, while it would pain me to do so, I would respect that). In addition, I think that publishing and making money off of a story such as this is inherently an invasion of privacy unless you receive express permission from all the people in the story.

  • http://twitter.com/ceilidh_brenzzz Ceilidh Brennan

    nooooooooooooo! I weep for humanity and the book industry

  • Bikkun

    Indeed I wonder how much you will read about the boys, how much it would by a-like – because I agree that would be kind of weird. But next to that, if you don’t think about it at all and consider this as a standalone chicklit…than it would work really well. Every young girl would want to read and dream about meeting the boyband of their dreams. Ofcourse it’s a chicklit so don’t expect wonders but still nice simple concept that works.

  • http://twitter.com/SarahKHansen S.K.Hansen

    I give up.

    • rebecca

      I totally agree with you!

  • Renee Hall

    Why are all of you soooooooo negative? im a totally big fan of 1D and I CAN’T WAIT TILL THIS BOOK COMES OUT!!!!!!

  • Denise7609

    This is something that has been done by fans for years! Wish I would have thought to make money off of it though. I think it’s innocent fun.

  • Ellie Kemp

    Where can I get this book I have been looking everywhere but all I find is the kindle edition and I don’t have a kindle I really want this book please reply xx

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