If you ever feel sad that your unlimited knowledge on all things One Direction remains tragically unrecognised by the education system, a woman by the name of Millie Lovelock is about to completely change your perspective on things.
Millie, an English Master's student at Otago University in New Zealand, is focusing her entire study on One Direction and their fanbase, explaining that the group are so significant in popular culture due to the mutual loyalty that exists between fandom and band.
"They consistently stick by their fans," she told i-D Vice. "When people say, 'You've got all these crazy girls after you,' they're quite good at saying, 'They're not crazy, they're just excited, they're passionate, they're interested in something,'"
Explaining that the fandom explore their sexuality and identity by creating their own narratives involving the band (hello weird and wonderful fanfics) she continued: "It's very remote and very helpful. Because as a young woman there's not a lot being provided to you, no one's really talking to you about your sexuality. It makes sense to retreat into this online community where you can talk about this kind of stuff."
Millie's ultimate aim in the study is to broaden people's perspective on the band itself, and to help eliminate the high brow vs low brow argument that fails to acknowledge what young people are actually interested in.
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