I feel this sort of pride-mixed-with-spite directed toward 1DHQ when I think about how successful 1D still is. Like, yes, as solo artists absolutely, but as a band too. This is still 1D’s era. The hiatus hasn’t even come close to negating that. And that’s not because other people haven’t tried; I mean, Simon Cowell alone tried to churn out three or four groups using the 1D Method aaaaand literally nothing happened. (Yeah I know Prettymuch exists but 1D exploded right out the gate. The results aren’t even close to being the same and he/we all know it.) 1D are just getting started; five years of being a band is a small amount of time compared to the paths that are lined out before them as solo artists AND a band when they return. Their fanbases – again, as a band and as a unit – are undeniably some of the strongest out there (and I’m not just saying that because I’m biased). No matter what bumps and trials have occurred along the way, the 1D boys are effectively reinventing themselves while keeping their boyband history at the forefront of their careers so there’s no denying who they are or where they came from.
The 1D era is honestly unlike any era in boyband history. It’s unprecedented and unique and explosive. Niall was right, they really would be stupid not to come back. All five members successful. All five members collectively owning the charts and breaking records. The world is still primed for their return; they’ve made sure of that by producing good, versatile music. /We’ve/ made sure of that by supporting them. And even people who hate them, or who think they’re “too good” for 1D, are going to be looking at them when they come back bigger and stronger than ever. And I can’t wait.