Anna Todd

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Anna Todd
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Born (1989-03-20) March 20, 1989 (age 32)
Years active2013–present
Jordan Todd
(m. 2007)

Anna Renee Todd (born March 20, 1989) is an American author and screenwriter, who is best known for her After series. She started publishing on the social storytelling platform Wattpad.[1] The print edition of the series was published in 2014 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster,[2] and has been translated into several languages. The film adaptation of the first book was released on April 12, 2019, by Aviron Pictures, and the second in September 2020.


Todd's writing was initially inspired by the music and fandom of One Direction, and the singer Harry Styles is a model for the protagonist in her After series, under the name Hardin Scott.[3] She started by writing stories on her phone with the Wattpad app in 2013, publishing a chapter almost daily for over a year. Todd wrote three books in the After series on Wattpad.[1]

The series has sometimes been compared to the Fifty Shades trilogy as both series had their start as fan fiction.[4][1] Reviewers at the website Jezebel criticized the series and stated that it "echoes the troubling dynamics of 50 Shades," as they felt that Hardin's character "behaves at best like a prick, at worst like an abusive boyfriend in the making."[5]

In 2015, Todd announced that she would be publishing Before, a prequel novel that tells the events of After from the perspective of Hardin Scott.[4] Her next book, The Spring Girls, a re-telling of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women,[6] was published in 2018.

In October 2014, Paramount Pictures acquired film rights[7] to the After series with Offspring Entertainment (Step Up franchise, Rock of Ages) set to produce. The film, based on her first book, was eventually released by Aviron Pictures on April 12, 2019. Josephine Langford portrays Tessa, the female protagonist, and Hero Fiennes Tiffin portrays Hardin, the male protagonist.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Todd grew up in Dayton, Ohio. She married her husband Jordan, an American soldier, when she was 18 years old, and the two moved to Fort Hood, Texas, where she worked at a Waffle House and the makeup counter of ULTA Beauty.[10] She has a son named Asher with her husband. She also has an older brother and younger sister.

Todd briefly shared a mailbox with Austin film critic Korey Coleman. Years later, he would review the film adaptation of her novel After, though he gave it a negative review.[11]


Single novels[edit]

  • Imagines: Keeping the Kool (co-written with Kevin Fanning and Kate J. Squires – April 2017)
  • The Spring Girls: A Modern-Day Retelling of Little Women (2018)

After series[edit]

  1. After (October 2014)
  2. After We Collided (November 2014)
  3. After We Fell (December 2014)
  4. After Ever Happy (February 2015)
  5. Before (Prequel Novella) (December 2015)

Landon series[edit]

  • Nothing More (September 2016)
  • Nothing Less (December 2016)

Stars series[edit]

  1. The Brightest Stars (September 2018)


  1. ^ a b c Odell, Amy (October 21, 2014). "This 25-Year-Old Turned Her One Direction Obsession Into a Six-Figure Paycheck". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "S&S Acquires Anna Todd's 'After' Series from Wattpad". Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Alter, Alexandra (October 21, 2014). "Harry Styles of One Direction Stars in Anna Todd's Novel". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Goodman, Jessica. "'After' author Anna Todd to release new book, 'Before'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  5. ^ Faircloth, Kelly. "Book Is Supposedly New 50 Shades, But Is Really Just Sloppy Fanfic". Jezebel. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  6. ^ "'After' author brings 'Little Women' into the 21st century". July 14, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (October 16, 2014). "'After' Movie: Paramount Acquires Rights To Wattpad Book By Anna Todd". Deadline. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  8. ^ Ellenbogen, Rachael (July 24, 2018). "When Is Anna Todd's 'After' Movie Coming Out? Release Date Revealed". Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "Steamy One Direction Fan Fiction Being Shopped to Hollywood". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  10. ^ Kois, Dan. "How One Direction Superfan Anna Todd Went From Waffle House Waitress to Next-Big-Author With Erotic Fan-Fic Series 'After'". Billboard. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  11. ^ Korey Coleman (April 14, 2019). "The Sunday Service LIVE – 5:30 pm CST - Double Toasted". Retrieved April 16, 2019.

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