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1D is the fandom that never should have happened to me. I thought I was stronger than this. I was wrong.

Fair warning: I run this Tumblr for fun. I don't claim to know anything about anything. In my opinion, the only confirmed fact is that 1D consists of five adorable dorks.

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hi, babe! don't know if you know, but there /is/ a While You Were Sleeping AU. it's lilo, though. but it's quite good! i recommend it. archiveofourown*org/works/688784 love you!


Wait, did I publicly mention my desire for a H/L While You Were Sleeping AU?! Because I want one. Very much. So very, very much. Enough so that I may possibly consider writing one. Maybe. 

Thanks for the rec! I might check it out (my to-read list is epic, ah), but I’m afraid Lilo is one of those pairings that doesn’t really hold my interest, not even when it’s written by brilliant authors…

hiiii, do u think grammar/coherence and cohesion mistakes affect a fic to the point where you just cant read it? (…) what do u think? thanks!

I definitely think mistakes can affect reading pleasure; I know that if there are too many, I find it so distracting that I can’t focus on the story. (Although it’s quite possible that as a non-native speaker, I might focus on different things; e.g. for me, things like constantly mixing up his/he’s or it’s/its are quite distracting whereas others might find it more difficult to overlook grammar mistakes.) It’s not the same for everyone, though, and some people mind less than others!

Also, sorry for censoring part of your ask. I thought it had a chance of making someone unhappy, so I took out that bit. But the fic you mentioned, I vaguely remember that it might have been similar for me. Tastes differ, though! And it’s good that they do. How boring would it be if we all liked the same things? So never feel bad for not liking something others like very much. :)

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If I look at each one separately it makes my heart swell

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Typewriter Series #755 by Tyler Knott Gregson

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Petition for Harry & Louis to wear this on stage for the WWA Tour. 

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Friendly reminder that this guy is soon released on stage again. x

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Recs, Recs, Recs

Had some time on the road for a bit of reading, and my mum did teach me to share. So here are some stories I utterly enjoyed!

  • our little corner of the world by brownheadedstranger
    (AU, Harry/Louis, 30k)

    Louis is stuck in his mom’s diner for the summer. Harry is the line cook with a pickup truck.

  • you are my favorite place by soleilouis
    (AU, Harry/Louis, 19k)

    harry meets louis at a basketball game. he doesn’t know why everyone seems to think that they’re an item (aside from, maybe, the hundred paparazzi photos of them that come out the next morning).

  • one more for the stars by imsosorry
    (AU, Harry/Louis, 16k)

    It’s different, and Louis knows that, because Harry’s got so much riding on this - a career and a future and his whole life. There’s talk of him going first overall in the draft, of entering the NFL after only two years in college, of going to New York or Seattle or Green Bay, and Louis wants to be there for him, wants to support him and help him make decisions, but he also kind of wants to pin him to the bed and cry and scream, What about me what about me what about me?

    (au. Harry’s the star quarterback and Louis is about to graduate. It’s a heartbreak waiting to happen.)

  • Play Me Like One of Your French Girls by zimriya
    (AU, Harry/Louis, 27k)

    Louis is Hollywood’s ‘Bad Boy and Sometimes Darling’, and Harry is the clumsy, endearingly attractive part-time cellist whose cello gets upgraded to the seat next to his on the plane. They fall in love.

    Also featuring R&B Superstar Zayn Malik, Olympic Gold Medalist Liam Payne, and Masterchef Niall Horan.

  • With A Broken Heart And A Ticket Home by goldenquill
    (AU, Harry/Louis, 12.6k)

    So, Louis,” Harry turns to him properly now, posture completely at ease, “You seem like an agreeable fellow. How do you propose we entertain ourselves until such a time as we can get on a plane, and get the fuck out of Knock?”

    Harry and Louis’ flight is delayed, and they’re the only ones to not get the memo. Cue a night spent in a tiny Irish airport with only each other for company, and the hand of Fate delivering a swift smack on the wrist and a demand to try again.

  • But I’ll Still Take You Home by LoadedGunn
    (AU, Harry/Louis, 9k)

    "So how old does that make you?"
    It takes Harry a second. “Twenty.”
    Louis arches an eyebrow. No matter how morally dubious that makes him, this boy is not twenty years old. “Bullshit.”
    Harry pinches his bottom lip between two long fingers. “Eighteen.”
    "What is this, a missile launch?"
    Harry giggles. “Seventeen.”

    Or, Harry is 17 at a college party, and Louis is not Brian Kinney.

  • as he that sleeps here swims by Acavall
    (AU, Harry/Louis (Liam/Zayn), 23k)

    Louis is used to having normal problems: moving to a new city, trying to direct a gay retelling of The Tempest, keeping Niall away from the actors’ catering. Theatre ghost should not be on that list. Obscenely attractive theatre ghost should definitely not be on that list.

    AU in which Louis is a director at the Globe Theatre and Harry is the unconventional ghost that haunts it.

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AU in which 1D is managed by a team that knows how to play on the boys’ strengths. 

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Empty Skies /// Stage Eight: Despair


Summary: For three years, Harry has been running from his past. Now, he is moving to London and pledges to fulfil his only dream — making it big in the music industry. Not everyone has a place, though, and the competition is tough. As is his past catching up on him.

Louis is part of the biggest boy band of the world, and getting there had meant a lot of hard work, as well as sacrificing parts of his heart and soul. He’s still happy. Maybe not as happy as he could be, but who is he to complain?

Featuring Perrie as Harry’s adorable flatmate, Niall as his manager, and Liam and Zayn as Louis’ bandmates.

Pairing: Louis Tomlinson/Harry Styles

Word count: ~10.000

Word count overall: ~ 63.000 (~120.000 planned)

Read on AO3:  Stage One: Oblivion /// Stage Two: Appreciation /// Stage Three: Miss /// Stage Four: Foolishness /// Stage Five: Mistake /// Stage Six: Abandonment/// Stage Seven: Provocation /// Stage Eight: Despair

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(The correct answer, of course, is, ‘Oops.’)

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Please explain me a thing.

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