• Wardah Khan

4 Wattpad Stories That Became Successful Netflix Movies

For decades best-selling novels have provided the inspiration for creating a hit movie or show. Today, streaming giants like Netflix explore every avenue to find stories with mass appeal, sometimes even before they're a mainstream published work.

In the past, not many media companies were paying any attention to fanfiction stories. But that's all changed in recent years as titles like 'Clueless' and '50 Shades of Grey' became massive hits that all started as fanficiton.

The online social reading platform Wattpad has become the go-to place for communities to share their fanfiction and other stories with millions of readers around the world. Authors on Wattpad are often novices just starting out with fiction writing and are imagining their favorite characters in an alternate universe.

But now those same writers can earn lucrative deals from streaming platforms like Netflix if their work gets noticed by enough people. Let's take a look at those Wattpad stories that successfully transitioned to become bonafide Netflix hits!

After By Anna Todd

After - Image: Netflix
After - Image: Netflix

Undoubtedly, After is one of the biggest Wattpad success stories ever. Today it is a successful movie franchise made by Netflix, but a decade ago it was just a Harry Styles fanfiction. Tess, a good-natured, studious, wide-eyed college freshman met with the ultimate bad boy Hardin Scott. Initially, both of them repulsed each other but then it all changed.

The ups and downs of their relationship resulted in two more hit sequels; After We Collided and After We Fell. The success of 'After' was revolutionary for fanfic writers.

The Kissing Booth By Beth Reekles

The Kissing Booth - Image: Netflix
The Kissing Booth - Image: Netflix

The Kissing Booth is also a major boost for the Wattpad writers. The story was an instant hit among readers and it even won the Wattys Award the first year it was published. Elle Evans and Lee Flynn were best friends until Elle developed feelings for his best friend's older brother, a guy who's just hotter than the sun.

To create a movie based on a quirky girl in a love triangle was a winning strategy by Netflix. It was a perfect summer watch and has become one of the best teen rom-coms to come out in recent years. Because of the success of the first movie, it also became a trilogy and luckily all of them are worthy of successors.

Through My Window By Ariana Godoy

Netflix's latest collaboration with the Wattpad is a Spanish teen thriller movie. At the TADUM event, the official announcement was made. The teaser of A Través De Mi Ventana (Through My Window) was unveiled on October, 31st and the movie will release on February 22nd of next year.

Raquel is secretly obsessed with her neighbor Ares. The problem is Ares knows about Raquel's obsession with him and it's not much of a secret at all. If you are bored of watching shy girl rom-coms then this one should definitely be on your watch list.

Just The Way You Are By Kimberly Joy Villanueva

This last title might not be an official Netflix adaptation but it is available on the platform. The Filipino teen movie is based on the Wattpad book named “The Bet”. Things get complicated for Drake when he falls for the nerdy girl after betting his friend that he will make her fall for him. The movie is an easy watch that can be enjoyed on a lazy weekend.