I think it’s safe to say that the majority of us saw that One Direction documentary on channel 4 recently, which made us more than scared for the sanity of “Directioners”. Being a bit of a self branded fangirl, I couldn’t believe the lengths some fans would go to. My One Direction knowledge went as far as their names and their music releases, but it seems there’s a whole new world for some die hard fans, where fan-fiction and chasing tour buses was an everyday thing.
There’s no denying the extreme success of One Direction, so how does a fan go about getting that one special moment with a band that is loved by millions?
I was very kindly send Around The World With One Direction: The True Stories As Told By The Fans, and after the airing of the channel 4 documentary, i’d never been more curious to find out if all Directioners were really this, well, mad…
Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised by the normality of the stories in the book. It’s been put together in a ‘by the fans’ way, instead of a biography filled with “facts” that anyone could get for free on Google. We’d be lying if we weren’t curious about how the boys really were with their fans, and this book gives us a direct insight to these stories.
Obvious book title aside, these stories really do come from fans all over the world, and every single one makes an interesting read. Whether you met One Direction on the set for their Gotta Be You music video like Tiffani from Boston did, or you’re Jenna from Ottawa who got to hang out with Niall’s family for two hours – all these weird and wonderful stories can be found in the book. Every single fan has a different experience with the boys. Whether it be by chance or at a meet and greet, we get to find out what Harry, Niall, Liam, Zayn and Louis are really like from the view of the most important people in their career – the fans.
Sarah Oliver, Author of the book, is without a doubt obsessed with pop music. Already writing several books on the likes of Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and the cast of hit TV show Glee, she wanted to explore how important the fans are in a musicians career, and of course, it turns out very.
This approach with One Direction stories has been so successful that she’s now recruiting fan experiences for a new Justin Bieber book. (To get involved, email Sarah with your story, or you can follow her on Twitter here).
To win yourself a copy of Around The World With One Direction: The True Stories As Told By The Fans, all you have to do is follow us on Twitter (@nelipottblog) and tweet us with your favourite memory of One Direction. Whether it’s just a favourite song and why, a concert you’ve attended, why you love your favourite member, or seeing the film that’s recently been released – tweet it to us! End your tweet with the hashtag #1dcomp, and we’ll pick our 3 favourite tweets to win a copy of the book each! The more you tweet, the more chance you have of winning!
Terms and conditions: Entries are open worldwide. Multiple tweets are only accepted when content is different (for example: copy & pasting the same tweet again will only count as 1 entry), entries not following @nelipottblog on Twitter will not be counted. If under 16, please make sure you have parental permission to enter, as winners details will be passed on to John Blake Publishing to receive their prize.
Entry closing date: Friday 20th September 2013, 1PM GMT.