Wattpad is a website where users can both read and publish online literature such as Web Serial Novels, created in 2006 with the intention to build a welcoming community for amateur writers. As of 2018, over 400 million stories have been uploaded to the site in over 50 languages, and there are over 65 million users, although this didn't happen overnight. Unlike similar sites like FanFiction.Net, Wattpad didn't become a household name until the boom of smartphones and e-books in the early 2010s, with statistics stating that 85% of site traffic comes from mobile devices.
A variety of genres are uploaded to the site every day, from comedies to action, however, the most popular stories are either romance or Young Adult literature. Viewers can comment and vote on their favourite stories, which will appear on the "What's Hot List" if the stories are popular enough. Annual story contests are held which any user can participate in, but the biggest one is the Watty Awards, which award the popular, "on the rise", and "undiscovered" original stories of the year. The most voted and viewed stories over the years have been published into mainstream books by companies like HarperCollins and Random House, and some books have been adapted for the big screen. note
Wattpad is a place for many to express their creativity and show the world how good of an author they are, showing that everything has an audience, no matter how weird or samey.
The Japanese equivalent would be Shōsetsuka ni Narō, though that site doesn't host fanfiction.
List of well-known Wattpad stories
- After — A will they/won't they Harry Styles fanfiction series written by Anna Todd in 2013. Published in 2014 and adapted into a film released in 2019.
- As Dreams Are Made On (also hosted on AO3 and FanFiction.Net)
- The Bad Boy Stole My Bra — A 2014 story by Cherry_Cola_X about a girl who catches a good-looking stranger breaking into her bedroom at night and plans her revenge
- Chasing Red — Published in 2017 by Isabelle Ronin about Caleb who is attracted to his new roommate, Veronica, who wears a red dress.
- The Free Willies (also on Tumblr)
- I Sold My Soul to the Devil For Vinyls ... Pitiful, I Know — Uploaded in 2011, published 2014 by DarknessAndLight.
- It All Started with an Apple — Uploaded 2012, published 2013. Written by Ashley Winters. A stubborn, judgemental girl throws an apple which hits the most popular boy at school.
- In the 2010s, the Philippines published and adapted many Wattpad novels to great success. Examples of incredibly successful adaptations include She's Dating the Gangster and He's Into Her.
- The Kissing Booth — A 2012 romance by Beth Reekles. It was adapted into a film by Netflix, which was released in 2018.
- The Last Virgin Standing — Uploaded in 2012 and published in 2014 by Tiffany Huynh; Charlotte Summers is the last virgin in her school and five boys want to deflower her.
- My Brother's Best Friend — A 2014 romance by knightsrachel about a girl who is forced to share an apartment with her twin brother's friend.
- My Life with the Walter Boys — A 2012 story by Ali Novak published in 2014 about an orphaned girl who is adopted by a family with twelve sons.
- Queens of Geek was originally published here.
- Trapped in a Island with Josh Hutcherson — A young girl runs away from home to become a Hollywood actress but is washed up on an island next to her celebrity crush Josh Hutcherson. Originally a brief tale with a small following. Brought to the internet's attention by Jenny Nicholson.
- Why Wattpad Drives Me Crazy! — One of the many famous rant books about the clichés of the site's most popular works.
- Worst Story on Wattpad: A lampooning of tropes found in both Wattpad stories and teen literature in general. It was number 1 in the humor tag for a time, and currently sits at number 2 in the parody tag.
- Xandri Corelel: The first book, Testing Pandora, was originally published here.
Wattpad is especially well-known in the Philippines and has the most number of users all over the world.
- Jonaxx, who is well-known in Filipino Wattpad users as the "Queen of Wattpad", has many masterpieces created through her years in the app.Alegria Series: A series focuses on a non-fiction place called Alegria and it is divided into two parts, Alegria Boys Series and Alegria Girls Series, each having three stories revolving in different people all living in the same place.Montefalco Series: A series focusing on the lives of the Montefalco cousins, one of the well-known families in Cagayan De Oro. The series kicked off with Until Trilogy, a story that focuses on the complicated relationship of Klare Ty and Elijah Montefalco. Currently, the series is still on-going in her app, with the latest being "To Fall Again".Elizalde Brothers Series: focuses on Reina Elizalde's (the female lead for "Mapapansin Kaya") brothers' lives. Currently, the series has two stories focusing on Rozen and Noah's lives. It is still unknown whether Jonaxx plans to release the final story for the eldest, Dashiel Elizalde.Costa Leona Series: Her longest series to date. It is composed of 14 stories, divided into two generations focusing on the lives of the Riego, Mercadejas and Hidalgo family.
- University Series by 4reuminct focuses on the lives of seven friends: Luna, Yanna, Sam, Sevi, Arkin, Via and Kierra, as they face different problems they encounter and what sacrifices they had to make for the sake of their future. The series is still on-going in Wattpad.
- Intertwined is a collaboration between iamhoussem17 and Watermelon Caticorn about the lives of three boys and three girls in high school. The sequel, Intertwined II The Lost Spirits has been released as well as the discontinued spin-off Intertwined The Series.