Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening!
First up this week: Zayn Malik and Chris Colfer are writing books. Zayn’s is a memoir, and Chris’ is a novel, but they make an interesting pair when taken together. Entertainment Weekly detailed the premise of Chris Colfer’s novel “Stranger Than Fanfiction,” in which a young actor named Cash Carter goes on a roadtrip with some fans, allowing them to learn his “deep secrets” along the way. Bustle reported on how Zayn’s memoir is being teased on Wattpad and how what’s been released so far explains how he “really feels about fanfiction.” Zayn’s attitude is generally positive: “I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty unnerving reading things about yourself as a character from somebody else’s imagination — but it’s cool to see that so many fans engaged with the band on their own terms like that.” But if the life of Cash Carter is indeed stranger than fanfiction, then perhaps Zayn’s memoir will contain something especially shocking (because fanfiction can indeed get strange).