Liking One Direction has probably been the best and worst decision I’ve made as a fangirl.They just make me— in the words of Taylor Swift—happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time. And to be honest, that’s an overwhelming feeling.
In case you haven’t heard of them, One Direction is an English boy band which finished in third place during the seventh season of UK X Factor.They didn’t win, but in the hearts of so many girls all over the globe they did. The group is comprised of Harry Styles, the curly-haired bloke; Niall Horan, the Irish snowflake; Louis Tomlinson, the sassiest of them all; Liam Payne, daddy direction also known as the guy who shaved his head; and Zayn Malik, aka the guy who went full drag for the Best Song Ever music video, aka Zayn I’m-sorry-but-he’s-prettier-than- you Malik.
I fell for the One Direction trap soon after watching their video diaries and What Makes You Beautiful like a woman possessed. They just look nice and fun and really stupid and I may or may not have convinced myself that I can take Harry home, introduce him to my parents, and someday marry him. I was sold.
Here are the reasons why I, and maybe you, love One Direction.
They are all undeniably charming.
JUST. LOOK. AT. THOSE. FACES. I sometimes want to believe that God worked overtime creating them. Bonus points: British accent.
They can sing and they are pretty good at it.
To the haters out there who claim that they can’t sing: I’m sorry but they can.They’re a product of a singing competition and have made it through the finale. So of course they can sing. Have you heard Zayn belt out that “best song ever” line in falsetto? He has the best voice ever.
They worked hard for everything they have.
Their big break started during their tenure as an X Factor hopefuls, but their success didn’t happen overnight. Long hours away from home, endless radio and TV promotions, meet and greets, tireless hours at the studio, months on the road. They’re currently doing their second headlining tour (Take Me Home) and have recently wrapped up its American leg.They have been away from home since February and will continue to be on the road until October. That’s eight months straight of hard work and dedication!
They have been around for only three years, and already they have achieved so much.
Up All Night topped the charts in sixteen countries and went straight to number 1 on the US Billboard 200. This made them the first British group to enter at number one with a debut album in the US chart history. Their sophomore album, Take Me Home, topped the charts in more than thirty-five countries. They performed at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony—which necessitated my waking up at an ungodly hour just to watch them via satellite—and at the Royal Variety Performance. The boys have played at the biggest arenas in the word, and tickets to their shows sell out in minutes. Look how far they’ve come! Three years ago, they were just normal boys who tried their luck at X Factor and here they are now— selling out stadiums and arenas. Can somebody please pass me the box of tissues? My emotions!
Their songs are unbelievably fun.
And catchy! It is impossible not to sing along to their songs. Take my word for it.
They have an amazing friendship.
The question that I’ve been asking for two years straight now is: Why can’t I be friends with One Direction?! They have an incredible friendship. So incredible that sometimes you’d think they all came from the same womb. Liam even got a tattoo that says “Everything I Wanted But Nothing I’ll Ever Need” because according to him, all he needs is his family and the four boys. He also got four chevron tattoos going in one direction (pun may or may not be intended) to represent each lad. I bet my best friend will never get a tattoo that represents out friendship.
They are angels sent from heaven.
The One Direction lads are always doing their bit for charity.They partnered with Office Depot for an anti-bullying campaign, teamed up with Rays of Sunshine to grant the wishes of terminally ill children, and supported Comic Relief to help the poor in Africa. Last January, they flew to Ghana, Africa to visit poverty-stricken areas, schools, and hospitals.
They did some individual projects too—Niall went home to Mullingar, Ireland to raise funds for Irish Autism Action and the Temporary Emergency Accommodation Mullingar. Louis hosted a football charity match in his hometown, Doncaster. Zayn teamed up with the Gromit Unleashed to help raise funds for The Grand Appeal. Liam and Harry teamed up with Treckstock to support young people with cancer.
They are the craziest.
One Direction lads are really stupid—in a good and very cute way. They’re not afraid to make fools out of themselves and that’s the thing I like the most about them. If some idiotic thing will make us, the fans, happier, they will do it. Oh you know, just like the Best Song Ever music video. Classic.
Yes, they are just band mates. But are they really? 99.9% of Directioners will say that they are all secretly dating each other, but I might be exaggerating just a little bit on that score. But then again, they are really great at playing gay (may or may not be real). Awkward kissing? Touching each other (that sounds so wrong but yes)? Casually staring at each other’s souls? That’s One Direction for you. Team Ziam and Team Larry all the way!
I could go on with the list but it will take me forever to finish. The things I’ve mentioned don’t even give justice to how great these boys are. But above all, I really like them because they make me happy—sincerely and genuinely happy, and I don’t doubt so many other girls, too. Whenever I feel sad or whenever I feel like the whole world is against me, I just turn to them. Their dorky faces, stupid dance steps, songs, and mere existence help me snap out of whatever sadness I’m in. Even I couldn’t understand how they do it. It’s like magic.
I’m really glad I’ve found my way around this fandom and I hope someday you will too (so I can have someone to share my feelings with).
This is an article I wrote for Stache. When they gave me this assignment, I literally freaked out because a) I’m not a writer and b) I don’t even know how to explain why I love these idiots. It’s just unexplainable ok?! Heh! Anyway, our new issue featuring The National is now out! Go read it!
GIF from Blame Styles.