Simply because its hard not to!! Lets be frank. We all know how boy-bands work. They get too popular too soon and fade into nothingness eventually. Remember….. Most boy-bands in history? But I sincerely hope that is not the case with One Direction. I’m not saying this because they are British, or because they have actual talent or because they look perfect together. It’s because the world would surely become a dull place without One Direction. I have been following X-factor UK since 2008, and I have seen talent discovered and then lost. When Simon very cleverly put together the band, I was still seeing their inevitable disappearance in future. What caught me off-guard was their fans!
I completely forgot about them when they were voted out and it wasn’t their music that brought me back to them, its the mayhem and madness that surrounded them. Whenever I watch a YouTube video of them I make sure to read the comments and I cant help but smile. I have to say One Direction has the most dedicated fans (Directioners) and sometimes the most intimidating. They know practically everything about them and I’m glad the toll has taken over Bieber fans who I would never support. I watched a 15min YouTube video about Larry Stylinson and then even went on to ‘ship’ them for a while until I was brought back to the real world.
OK so I don’t have much time to dedicate to One Direction, but having said that I did see enough to understand why almost every teenage girl is smitten by them. They don’t act like a typical boy-band. Instead of synchronized dancing they do their own synchronized messing about and they clearly have fun doing what they love. The fact that they don’t try hard to be charming, simply makes them charming on a whole new level. I even found Harry Styles’ womanizing ways, fair and fine to be honest. What do you expect? He’s young and is 1/5th of the world’s biggest boy-band.
Their random tattoo collection is another reminder of how young they are. When you are that young you do not have much foresight into what you scribble on yourself.
They say you have to get to know someone before you criticize them or judge them. True! And after spending time online looking at what people say about One Direction, I have to say I’m sort of a fan of their effect on people. People hate you and like you not because they know you entirely, but because of their perception of you. I realised there are millions of girls who come home from school and turn on their laptops to watch these boys, just to forget a bad day. That itself speaks a lot about the One Direction effect.
So I really do hope they will hang around for a long time, be best friends forever and continue to act silly. Yes, they will grow up and start to look at life differently but so will their fans. Hoping its not going to happen that quickly and drastically. In One Direction’s own words ‘live while we are young’.