It will sound, at first, like a 10th-grade English teacher’s utopian dream: an online gathering spot where, instead of bullying each other, posting provocative photos of themselves or laying out wish lists of stuff they want, droves of young people are reading, writing and encouraging each other. “Keep going!” they say. “I can’t wait to see what happens next!”
And they’re doing it voluntarily! Not even for extra credit.
Wattpad is succeeding where thousands of high school literary magazines have failed — and its investors expect to make a bundle of money doing it.