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2021 Watty Winners: Our Predictions

Nov 30, 2021

2021 Watty Winners: Our Predictions

Wattpad is announcing the winners of their Wattys awards on December 3, but who will win? Here are our 2021 winner predictions.

Popular Fanfiction Writer Accused of Grooming Underage Readers

Jul 27, 2021

Popular Fanfiction Writer Accused of Grooming Underage Readers

Author of Harry Styles fanfiction stories Tempted, Phoenix, and Venom is plagued by accusations that she sexted minors. Here's what we know.

The Fanfic Terrorizing AO3 Users

Feb 28, 2021

The Fanfic Terrorizing AO3 Users

Users are questioning AO3's open and permissive stance toward moderation after "Sexy Times with Wangxian" fic threatens usability of the ent

Why Gatekeepers Are Wrong About Fanfiction

Jan 18, 2021

Why Gatekeepers Are Wrong About Fanfiction

Fanfiction's role in the literary community is complicated and often contested, but fan works have been influencing literature and its...

Your Complete 2020 Wattys Guide

Dec 3, 2020

Your Complete 2020 Wattys Guide

With just two days until Wattpad announces the winners of the 2020 Watty Awards, we've rounded up all our Wattys coverage into one, all-incl

How Hard Is It to Win a Watty?

Nov 19, 2020

How Hard Is It to Win a Watty?

Every year, thousands of Wattpad users enter their stories in the Watty awards, Wattpad's in-house contest meant to honor the best of new di

Meet the Watty Awards Judges for 2020

Nov 4, 2020

Meet the Watty Awards Judges for 2020

Ever wondered who chooses Wattpad's award winners? Here are a few of the judges behind this year's Wattys...

What You Need to Know About the Wattpad Data Breach

Sep 23, 2020

What You Need to Know About the Wattpad Data Breach

In July 2020, a Wattpad hack exposed the personal data of an estimated 268 Million users. Here's what we've learned so far...

8 Famous Books That Started Out As Fanfiction

Sep 4, 2020

8 Famous Books That Started Out As Fanfiction

Before these books found their fame, they were just another piece of fanfiction.

8 Famous Real-World Authors Who Joined Wattpad

Aug 19, 2020

8 Famous Real-World Authors Who Joined Wattpad

Sure, Wattpad has created its own star authors, but now famous authors like R.L. Stine and Margaret Atwood are flocking to the platform for

How Popular is Wattpad?

Aug 10, 2020

How Popular is Wattpad?

Sharing some fun data from Wattpad HQ.

Wattpad Sensation Zelá Brambillé Dies at 27

Aug 13, 2021

Wattpad Sensation Zelá Brambillé Dies at 27

Wattpad Star and published author Zelá Brambillé has died following a battle with COVID-19.

Has Wattpad's Book Thief Returned?

Mar 26, 2021

Has Wattpad's Book Thief Returned?

Last month, an author under the name Serdar Kan copied dozens of Wattpad stories to resell on Amazon. Now, a new player is doing the same.

Stolen Wattpad Stories Were Being Sold on Amazon

Feb 19, 2021

Stolen Wattpad Stories Were Being Sold on Amazon

An author under the name Serdar Kan has been ripping off Wattpad stories and reselling them on Amazon's Kindle store.

Inside Wattpad's Ranking System: How Does It Work?

Jan 3, 2021

Inside Wattpad's Ranking System: How Does It Work?

We look into Wattpad's "YuenRank" system and how it determines hashtag rankings for books on the site.

Brandywrites Sparks Wattpad Stars Conflict Following Accusations of Racism and Plagiarism

Dec 1, 2020

Brandywrites Sparks Wattpad Stars Conflict Following Accusations of Racism and Plagiarism

Author and former Wattpad Star Brandy Davis—aka brandywrites—ignited a serious Twitter firestorm involving multiple Wattpad Stars and...

2009 to Today: A History of the Wattys

Nov 13, 2020

2009 to Today: A History of the Wattys

Since their inception in 2009, Wattpad's Watty awards have seen major changes in everything from the way winners are selected to the...

What the Most Popular Wattpad Covers Have in Common

Oct 11, 2020

What the Most Popular Wattpad Covers Have in Common

We pulled together data from the top books in eight of Wattpad's most popular genres to see what trends popped up. Here's what we learned...

Are Wattpad's Watty Awards Rigged?

Sep 19, 2020

Are Wattpad's Watty Awards Rigged?

For years, The Wattys have been plagued by accusations of nepotism and cheating. We take a look at the controversy behind Wattpad's awards.

Why Did Wattpad Close Their Writer Forums?

Aug 31, 2020

Why Did Wattpad Close Their Writer Forums?

As of July 29th, 2020, Wattpad shut down the Wattpad Community Forums without notice and left writers with no place to go.

Is Wattpad Testing a New Audio Feature?

Aug 11, 2020

Is Wattpad Testing a New Audio Feature?

Users have been reporting seeing play buttons popping up on some stories. It looks like this may be a new feature in the making. Wattpad...

Galatea: Is This App the Future of Reading?

Aug 1, 2021

Galatea: Is This App the Future of Reading?

New app Galatea turns reading into a multimedia experience. Here's how it feels to read on the reading app of the future...

Fake Names & Brownface: Why Queer Fantasy Author “Taylor Barton” Has Been Accused of Catfishing

Mar 19, 2021

Fake Names & Brownface: Why Queer Fantasy Author “Taylor Barton” Has Been Accused of Catfishing

Writer Taylor Barton (a.k.a. Taylor Brooke or Brooklyn Ray) was accused of racism and bullying in June of 2020. When new Latinx author...

How to Get More Readers on Wattpad in 2021

Jan 28, 2021

How to Get More Readers on Wattpad in 2021

A lot has changed in the Wattpad world. Here's how you can still attract the right readers for your book.

Hey Wattpad—You Can't Fix Bullying By Pretending It Doesn't Exist!

Dec 27, 2020

Hey Wattpad—You Can't Fix Bullying By Pretending It Doesn't Exist!

Wattpad's notoriously flawed moderation system is unacceptably dysfunctional, paving the way for a platform overrun with bullies and spammer

Are the Wattys Biased Toward Wattpad Stars?

Nov 29, 2020

Are the Wattys Biased Toward Wattpad Stars?

Wattpad's annual Watty Awards are always shrouded in rumors and controversy. This year, users have complained that Wattpad Stars seem to...

After the Watty: Do Winning Books Go On to Be Hits?

Nov 6, 2020

After the Watty: Do Winning Books Go On to Be Hits?

It's Wattpad's most prestigious award. But does a win translate into real-world success? We took a look at the data to find out.

4 Actors Replaced As After Movies Undergo Major Recasting

Oct 8, 2020

4 Actors Replaced As After Movies Undergo Major Recasting

Due to COVID-19 changes and scheduling conflicts, the upcoming After movies are swapping in 4 completely different actors.

Anna Todd's After is Bad...But That's Why It's Good

Sep 11, 2020

Anna Todd's After is Bad...But That's Why It's Good

After has attracted a horde of angry writers and readers decrying it as a threat to the future of literature. They're missing the point...

Is Fanfiction Illegal?

Aug 26, 2020

Is Fanfiction Illegal?

Fanfiction has operated within a legal gray area for years. Now that fan works like 50 Shades of Gray and After are seeing mainstream succes

Famous Authors Who Hate Fanfiction

Aug 10, 2020

Famous Authors Who Hate Fanfiction

Fans love to dive deeper into the world of their favorite characters. But what about the authors? These famous writers have big issues with