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Boom! There goes the first firework of the year. You look up at the sky in awe, admiring all the pretty colors the fireworks are making. And as if gunpowder dropped in on your head, it suddenly hits you – There’s a whole new year ahead of you just waiting to be experienced; A whole new year of music just waiting to be produced; A whole new year of videos just waiting to be watched; And a whole new year of scandals just waiting to be released to the press.
Now, what does one do to make the most out of the New Year? Make resolutions, of course. And what’s a better way to start your year right than to create a list of things you’d do (or not) for the whole duration of one year. Your list may include something long-term like saving up to travel to someplace other than the mall, or something short-term like continuing a fanfic you’ve been trying to finish since last year. It doesn’t have to be an ultra-mega, super-duper, hugely epic long list of things to do. You can narrow it down to ten things. To help you, here’s my own version of a kpop fan’s resolution:
1. Give birth to a new bias.
~ You might like Super Junior’s Heechul last year, so this year you’re thinking of giving the Leader a chance this time. That doesn’t necessarily mean you HAVE to dislike Heechul now, but you’re broadening your horizons by favoring not only Heechul but also Leeteuk.
2. Take an interest over rookie groups this time round.
~ Sure, our all-time favorites will always be number 1 in your list, but this year let’s give those who are new and wishing to be recognized be, well, recognized. It’s hard to be a rookie so let’s all be angelic fans and start spazzing over ZE:A, INFINITE, MISS A, SISTAR and more as much as we spazz over our number 1s. We have the time, I’m sure.
3. Don’t jump to conclusions.
~ Unless stated true otherwise, we shouldn’t jump into conclusions about a rumor. Like the recent happenings, our idols get hurt once rumors that aren’t true are being spread. And we wouldn’t want to upset our idols now, do we?
4. Watch variety shows and dramas.
~ And not only the ones that your bias is starring in. It’s time to put down the earphones and start turning on the “tube”. Variety shows and dramas are a lot of fun, so don’t miss out on the chance. Plus, you’d get to meet idols who you’d otherwise never get the chance to know at all.
5. Be a part of International Fan Forums.
~ Not only will you be able to spazz to your content, you’ll also meet fellow die-hard fans and widen your circle of endless friends. International Forums also sponsor projects for an idol group’s anniversary, an idol’s birthday, and other events. You’d get a chance to contribute to the giving of gifts to your idols by donating and leaving messages. Soshified, YGLadies, BBVIP, B2STRising, and 2OneDay are uber supportive forums, to name a few.
6. Upload a song or dance cover of choice.
~ Any celebrity, be it kpop or non-kpop, like it when people start making parodies or covers of their songs. Also, companies nowadays make use of technology, like YouTube, to discover their future idol. Be it an acoustic cover of Secret’s Madonna or a Jazz dance made out of 2PM’s I’ll Be Back, your possibilities to flattering your biases are endless. So make your idols happy and unleash your hidden talents. For all you know, you might be the next kpop star.
7. Buy an album.
~ or two. I know we can just download songs on the internet for free, but remember: A part of an idol’s income comes from album sales. Show your love to all the kpop groups out there and buy and original album. And an album comes with a poster and a photocard. Who wouldn’t want a huge poster of Jaejoong on their wall?
8. Time to be updated.
~ Read up-to-date articles and not the past rumors. People change, and so do idols. So give them a break and see them for who they are now, not what they were then.
9. Give love on an idol’s birthday.
~ or everyday for that matter. Make use of social networking sites like Daum or Twitter and greet the idols on their special day. They may not reply to each and every tweet, but they read it, no doubt. So brighten up an idol’s day and give them a sincere “Saengil Chukha” on their birthday or a candid “Annyeong Haseyo”. Even English tweets or comments are appreciated. Some idols even take the time out to understand what you mean.
10. Take note the assets of an idol.
~ And keep in mind Peace, Love and Happiness for 2011. It’s time to start loving the unloved and list down the wonderful things about your least liked idol. TAKE NOTE: Least liked, not hate. Let’s stop the hatred and give love everyday in 2011 until forever. Who knows? Your least liked might be your next bias.
Not everyone may agree to everything on my list, I only ask an open mind when you read this. Remember, change is the only permanent thing in the world. Happy New Year fellow kpop fans and may you guys have the most AWESOME kpop year ever. :D
‘I don’t like all the members from the X band, but I buy and listen to all their songs, am I still a fan?’
Many ask themselves this question and usually they tend to hide their real emotions from the so called ‘hardcore fans’. Why hiding your emotions? Because they are afraid of being bashed or excluded from the fandom by the others. There are a lot of butthurt fans that make a ‘living’ from picking on those who don’t share positive feelings towards their bias. But let’s be serious, all the artists are respecting one another, why can’t the fans do the same?
So, are they real fans or not?
A real fan doesn’t need to be in love with all the members of one band. Actually, there is no need to have the slightest affection towards a member. If you appreciate someone’s work and admit the efforts and improvements, you can call yourself without hesitation a fan. So where is the problem? The mentality. The fact that a fan doesn’t like the Y member from the X band doesn’t give the fandom the right to exclude him. He is a fan as long as he contributes to the sales of the album or the online charts and so on. Because the artists need to be recognized for their talent and performance, and not only for their looks. Not liking the members is ok as long as you don’t throw mud on them, as this may eventually lead to your assassination. (Some might know that elitists are the scariest.)
I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy while spazzing about their biases with other fans but we all know this is kind of impossible in the k-pop world. No, this is not the reality we all wanted, but who said it will be an easy job to be a k-pop fan?