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Crazy about One Direction

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Summary

An insight into the lives of the pop group's biggest and most passionate fans, revealing the tactics they employ to get a chance to meet Harry, Zayn, Niall, Liam and Louis. From camping out before and after concerts and booking into nearby hotels, to watching social media sites constantly for an idea of where the band might turn up next, these `Directioners' will do almost anything to meet their idols and happily follow them up and down the country. Some of these fans even get tattoos to have something in common with the boys, while 18-year-old A-level student Natasha decided to have braces fitted - because Niall also had them.

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Review

Most teenage girls get a crush on some boy band or pop star. It’s easier than managing a real boyfriend, for one thing. But “Directioners” – fans of One Direction – have taken their infatuation to a whole new level of hysterical obsession. They go to extraordinary lengths to get the band’s attention and feel close to them. Millions follow the boys on Twitter so they can learn intimate details about them as if they actually know them and tweet them (“My grandmother’s died – I’m so sad” or “I’ll kill myself if you don’t tweet back”), all of which makes them feel they’re connected personally to the boys.

What’s really weird, though, is their passion for posting pictures suggesting that band members Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson (Directioners refer to them as Larry Stylinson) are in a secret gay relationship. For some reason this makes the fans happier than imagining the boys with other girls. If you can cope with the high-pitched squealing, incoherent gabbling and oh-mi-god-ing, this is a startling portrait of teenage hormonal behaviour, the power of social networking and the changing relationship between celeb and fan.

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