Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Shipping Larry

"X-Factor" successes One Direction (now busy making money for Simon Cowell) have a fan base that, if you are not the parent of a tween, you might not believe.

A Directioner can identify the place and time that any photo of the band was taken. They know which interviews an animated GIF comes from, and they analyze these interviews with the diligence of Biblical scholars (or conspiracy theorists). Directioners speak in British accents and use British slang in their blog posts (“favorite” becomes “favourite”; the “boys” are “lads”). They create elaborate images of how they picture their backyard gardens—if they were to live with any of the boys — and detailed outfits for imaginary occasions. (“Disneyland with Harry” calls for pale coral lipstick and skinny jeans; a “movie date with Niall” requires a fishtail braid and Converse). They also “ship” different combinations of band members—that is, they celebrate fictional romances between them, which many believe are real (see “Larry Stylinson,” code for the perceived amour between Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles). The ships can lead to erotic fan fiction, a plethora of GIFs, and video mashups of every wink, glance, or touch the boys have ever shared.

This is pretty amazing. And yup, the Larry Stylinson tag on Tumblr is endlessly rewarding.

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melis (#1,854)

Kids today are amazing. I can't even do a regular braid, much less a fishtail, and I'm in my mid-20s with a job and an apartment and everything.

SeanP (#4,058)

@melis I have to admit that I don't even know what a fishtail braid IS.

I overheard a teenage girl talking about camping out for over 16 hours to be one of the first 500 people in line for a One Direction appearance at a mall where there would be a book signing. After the 16 hour campout, she was indeed in the first 500 people, and she then had to wait 8 hours to actually see the boys and have them sign her book (what book these guys have "written" – I have no idea). 24 full hours in line to snap a photo and have them sign a book full of pictures of themselves (I presume). Amazing. I've never been that dedicated to anything in my life.
Something to tell her future children – and then have them laugh hysterically at her.

Danzig! (#5,318)

Sounds like a hardcore modern fanbase to me. It's like Nine Inch Nails but somehow more benign.

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