From Our Readers: An Open Letter to One Direction
Dear One Direction,
The story of my life wouldn't be the same if it didn't involve little things such as staying up all night listening to your songs. Because for me, each track from your records is truly the best song ever, that is why in one way or another I'm showing my love and support for your group. And as a Directioner, I believe that I've got that one thing and that's what makes me beautiful.
It was during our practice in 2011 when I first heard "What Makes You Beautiful" and "One Thing." Back then, I hesitated to listen to any song from artists that I’m not fond of. But when I heard your first two singles, I thought I should give your group a try. I continued listening to your first two singles, then came "Gotta Be You" and "More Than This" which featured an another side of your group. But when the "Live While We're Young" music video was released, that's when my systematic life changed.
The LWWY MV is something that I can't get enough of. That's when I realized that I already had the 1D infection. I started to listen to the other songs from your albums, I bought numerous fan merchandise, I searched the Internet for each member's life story and your story as a group. I've let the 1D infection took over and it is something I wouldn’t regret. Ever.
A few years later, OTRA Manila finally came! I wasn't able to attend because it did not fit my schedule. I was truly, madly, deeply heartbroken. I kept on asking "Where do broken hearts go?" I thought it was the saddest thing that can happen to a Directioner, but I was wrong. The saddest thing was the fact that a member left the group who inspired millions of people all over the world.
The heart of the One Direction fandom shattered into a million pieces when Zayn Malik left. He brought with him a part of One Direction that can never be replaced. But despite the storm, the remaining four— arry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, and Liam Payne—continued being our sunshine.
One Direction, thank you so much for letting the world hear your music and for letting us fall in love with your souls. Thank you for making us stay up all night just to listen to your songs which inspire us. Thank you for the midnight memories that made us want to take all of you home. Thank you for being the four awesome lads that gave us love which was made in the a.m.
You're now on hiatus, probably doing the things that you weren't able to do then because you were busy making all of us happy. It's actually hard because I'm not fangirling 24/7 just like before but I'm happy because you chose to take a break temporarily rather than leave us permanently. I want you guys to know that, the whole fandom is waiting for you to come back and say, "Hi! We're One Direction!" using your sexy accents that make our hearts skip a beat.
All the Love,
Directioner, now and forever
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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song
By: CJ Reyno
Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?
Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.
You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.
As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”
I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend
Here's a fan art that I made for Lee Joo Young of Itaewon class! I've been making digital illustration since last year and I'm happy that I was able to see my improvements. I'm also happy to see people's reactions and support for my craft even though all of it are made through my phone (adobe illustrator) only ????. You don't actually have to use expensive or complicated medium as long as you know how to be creative and like what you're doing, then you can do it. ????