Hi there! I put this page up so you can get to know me and what kind of fan I am. As you can probably guess from my URL, my name is Katherine and I’m into K-pop. The only thing unrelated to K-pop that you need to know about me is that I’m a writer. I set up this blog to practice my entertainment writing skills, but I also have a Tumblr where I occasionally posts GIFs and small thoughts and opinions (but I mostly reblog).
I’m a relatively new fan (one year!), and I got into K-pop in the most random way. Seriously. I was scrolling Buzzfeed for quizzes, clicked the wrong link and ended up on”What Member of Got7 are you?”, and took it anyway. (My result was Mark, by the way) I decided to watch their music videos out of curiosity, which basically turned into jumping down the rabbit hole and never looking back.
Now I’ve watched endless videos on Youtube, I have a playlist filled with hundreds of songs, can spout information on easily 20+ groups and casually listen to WAY more. I also attended KCON France and did a K-pop dance workshop through my local Korean Cultural Center. (This is what happens when you’re destined to have a freelance job) Since I want to be a writer and I want to practice having an opinion blog, what better subject than my new favorite
One thing I have learned is that every K-pop fan has their own biases and opinions. I really do try to be as neutral as I can, but of course I have my own favorites. My fickle heart constantly changes over who I like the best, though.
CURRENT FAVORITES (but I have many, many more):
Boy groups: EXO, BTS, Got7, Monsta X, NCT 127, Vixx, B.A.P., Infinite, Seventeen, SF9
Girl Groups: SNSD, Sistar, I.O.I, AOA, Red Velvet, Black Pink, Apink, CLC, Twice, Oh My Girl
Male biases: Sehun (EXO), Taeyong (NCT), Mark (Got7), L (Infinite), Hyungwon (Monsta X)
Female biases: Eunji (Apink), Hani (EXID), Bora (Sistar), Mina (Twice), Lisa (Black Pink)
Some other things about me:
*I’m heavily dancer-biased. You could probably figure this out if you looked at my above list. In my opinion, there is nothing more attractive that someone who’s got moves.
*Once I pick a bias, it usually doesn’t change. When I get into a group, I have a system. I watch all of the music videos and performances, and then all of the variety show appearances and reality shows. After all of that, my bias is usually set. I don’t really have any bias wreckers, except for B.A.P.’s Jongup who came out of nowhere for “Skydive.” That being said, my ultimate bias changes constantly.
*I haven’t joined any fandoms. At this point, I think I’m beyond even being multifandom. I put together a list of groups that I follow for each comeback, and the number was over 50! I can’t even say I’m a casual listener of K-pop either, because I listen to it more than just casually. So I don’t label myself or put myself in a particular fandom. My tastes and favorites are ever-changing, so I just call myself a K-pop fan and leave it at that.
*I like both boy groups and girl groups. When I made my aforementioned list, I discovered something interesting. It turns out that I listen to more girl groups than boy groups. And if you look at my site, as of now I mostly cover girl groups! I was surprised, because I thought that it would be the other way around. I think that while I do listen to a lot of girl groups, I tend to get more hyped over boy groups.
*I’m an older fan, but also a newer one. I feel like I have a really weird perspective on things. To date myself, I’m about the same age as SNSD. (Actually, I’m days away from sharing a birthday with Yoona) But because I’m pretty new to K-Pop, I tend to prefer the groups that are trending right now over the ones that are closer to my age and have been around for a while. I actually really like all groups, but I’ve noticed that the ones that debuted 2008-2011 have a different sound. I’m sure that this would be very different if I discovered K-Pop in college. So it’s a little isolating, because I feel like all of the other older fans listen to other music.
*I’m ambivalent about cute concepts. To be honest, I know this is incredibly ageist of me. I try to give everything I come across a chance, and I do like a lot of groups that push “cute” or “refreshing” concepts. If I was 18, I would probably be all over it. But I’m just not. At this point in my life, there is nothing in a cute concept that I really relate to. I might like certain songs, but it’s not what I gravitate towards. I do think that there are too many cute groups out there, so I probably do have a bias. But I would say it’s against the trend rather than the concept itself. If the market was saturated with sexy concepts or badass concepts, I would feel the same way.
*The only technical element I’m picky about is the dancing (and the occasional music video). I was in middle school choir and I did some musicals in high school. That is literally the extent of my vocal training. I know very little about vocal technique, and even less about rapping or flow. To me, every song sounds good unless someone is doing something weird with their voice or the chorus and the verse sound like they’re from two different songs. Since I don’t speak Korean, I don’t put much importance on lyrics either. But since I danced for half my life, I will dissect choreography like a frog in a high school biology class. I also sometimes play “film school grad” and talk about certain technical elements in music videos.
Note: The featured image comes from Elaina Wahl’s “9 Struggles of Being a K-Pop Fan When You’re Not Korean” on Buzzfeed, which is amazing and so true.