September 24, 2012 § Leave a comment
THEY ARE BACK!!! Such an awesomely great song and MV!!!
My heart melts for DBSK for the first time in years.
The Future is Idol
September 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
September 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
There is not really that much to say about To the Beautiful You. It’s colorful and pretty and cheesy and I watch it just for fun. As the episodes have gone by, the drama has become pretty different from the Japanese versions, which is nice for me who’s pretty familiar with those. Choi Min Ho is hot when he’s in pain but his childish smile turns me off. Sulli is probably more awesome than the role lets her show (Biased? Who, me?) because let’s face it, the character Goo Jae Hee is pretty annoying. But she’s not so annoying I can’t like her. And yesterday when I went through some old pictures, I realized one of the reasons for that:
I really wish I had found a picture where I was dressed in my schoolboy outfit, including white shirt and tie. But even without the school uniform, I guess it’s not completely impossible to see some reasons for identification with Goo Jae Hee…
September 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
Just wanted to share this short conversation I had with a friend I met up with the other week. (Note: This is translated from Swedish to English, which is harder than expected. I will here be using “they” as a gender-neutral singularis pronoun and “you” as a non-specified pronoun; my friend was not addressing me especially.)
Friend: I have decided to try not having someone special while I’m [living at the Folk High School]. Because I know it’s like that… that whenever you get bored, sad, feel stuck where you are, or a little lonely, you will flee to that person. You will think about them, look at pictures of them… Maybe talk to them, or visit them, but that’s not the most important part.
Me: Yeah, I know.
Friend: It’s just escaping, really.
Me: This is when it’s good to have idols.
Friend: It is, right? And then no one gets hurt. Because you know it’s not for real.
Me: Something like that, though not that it’s not real… It’s just that the responsibility towards an idol is less direct. You can leave them for a while, then look to them again when you need them, and that won’t hurt them. You know them, but they don’t expect anything from you specifically, or personally.
Not the full answer or truth, certainly. But one small part of what idols are to me. I hope it doesn’t sound like I don’t think fans have a responsibility towards their idols, because I really do think that fans should be there for their idols just as much as the opposite. However, should a fan not be able to pay enough attention to a particular release at a particular time, it’s not like their idol will call them specifically and be hurt and ask what they are up to. And although that can sometimes feel sad, it can actually be a very good thing too.
September 18, 2012 § Leave a comment
The other night, I had a dream about YunJae (they were taking care of a troubled child). I’m not really an active YunJae shipper – I definitely recognize them as a pairing, and I think that they were, in some way, “real”, but I have never spent days and nights reading fanfiction about them. And tonight, tumblr was flooded with HunHan stuff, making me start wondering at what point Sehun and Luhan became aware of themselves as a ship (or a “couple”) and started acting with that in mind. I don’t really believe that entertainment companies make ships up and force them on their idols. Everyone who has ever watched a TV show or a drama where the main actors have zero chemistry would know that to be something you can’t really fake extensively. But I do believe that idols are sometimes asked to play it up a bit extra, or to “remember” to be affectionate even when they aren’t relaxed, which at least I need to be to act affectionate towards others.
This sort of subtle fanservice is interesting in other ways than the one sometimes displayed on stage. I personally have never really dreamed about standing on a stage, but for those who love it I imagine it to sometime be almost intoxicating: doing what you love in front of a crowd, having everyone look at you, want you in some way or another, admire you and scream your name from the top of their lungs. I find it stranger when that kind of raw energy and charisma boost don’t spill over onto fellow group members on stage.But, for the sake of fans, being very obvious with having some sort of special bond with or warm feelings for someone? I bet it can sometimes be strange, like selling something intimate, but sometimes perhaps sort of fun or maybe even liberating, allowing expressions of friendship of love to a further extent than normal. If it later results in smut, well… That’s another problem. If it is a problem.
(I sometimes wonder whom I would be shipped with, were I and everyone around me idols.)
September 16, 2012 § 2 Comments
I’m in the process of writing a longer post about G-dragon due to the release of his new mini-album and my ever-shifting feelings of love, anger and awkwardness towards this idol. But then, the video for CRAYON dropped and I was just hypnotized. So, the longer post may wait a little bit, while we all watch the MV over again:
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