From Our Readers: Why I Started Being a Fan of BTS
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat, name it! If you haven't seen any BTS-related posts even once, then where have you been?
Recently, the growing popularity of these seven boys has become an epidemic. Radio stations have been playing their songs despite not really understanding the lyrics, people have been copying their choreography and dance routines—they're everywhere!
The Bangtan Sonyeondan or Bulletproof Boyscouts are surely making a buzz and gaining attention from worldwide fans and international artists. This three-year-old group from Big Hit Entertainment is dominating the music scene, breaking records, topping music charts, and winning numerous awards in and out of South Korea. Rapmonster, Jin, Suga, JHope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook are ready to take on the world and they are not showing any sign of slowing down.
With the release of their new album, You Never Walk Alone, and their title tracks "Spring Day" and "Not Today," which topped music charts and broke music records, people are diverting their gaze to these seven multi-talented boys. Even artists like Charlie Puth, Before You Exit, The Chainsmokers, Wale, and Tinashe are taking notice. They've been featured by a lot of international media platforms which makes them social media kings. Recently, they have been nominated as Top Social Artist in the prestigious BBMAs with Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Shawn Mendes.
Here are the few reasons why you should stan BTS, too, just like me:
- Their music is infectious and inspiring.
With their cool beats and tunes, anyone and everyone can "dig" it, despite not really understanding what the song means. Their songs are not only infectious and upbeat, but are also meaningful and inspiring. They address the common fears, struggles, dreams, and hopes of the youth, and talk about things that are taboo in society that people can relate to. They write and produce their music that could resonate and touch people's lives. BTS proves that with great passion and effort whatever language you speak or wherever you are from, music is something that we could all agree upon; music transcends everything.
- Their choreography is to die for.
Yes, these boys are not only passionate in music but their choreography is also to die for. From breaking, popping, locking, b-boying, and their famous hip thrust that we all love—name it, there is nothing that these boys can't do. Their cool dance moves and out of this world choreography are the reasons why fans CAN'T EVEN. These boys can do any step and dance into any song. Some people just really have it all, don't you think?
- Their style's always on fleek.
Although we have to admit that these boys could wear garbage bags and still look fine AF, their fashion and style are always on fleek. It's like they're walking the runway every day. Even their casual clothes looks like it costs more than our college tuition fee. They wear something, and everyone follows it; that's how influential they are. They're trendsetters when it comes to fashion.
- They're fun and animated.
One fact that you should know about these boys is that there has never been a single interview or show in which they behaved. There are always dancing, singing, teasing each other, making dad jokes, and doing a ton of silly things. With them there are no boring moments. The countless memes, GIFs, cuts, and edits that the fans make show that they're such goofballs. Trust me, once you are in the fandom, there is no going out.
BTS is bringing BTS Live trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour in Manila and I'm pretty sure that the Filo ARMYs are too excited to even function right now. I know that they can't even, and that their little hearts are about to explode. ARMYs, brace yourselves, because Kim Namjoon, Kim Seokjin, Min Yoongi, Jung Hoseok, Park Jimin, Kim Taehyung, and Jeon Jungkook are coming here to attack our hearts.
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This is a drawing and a poem I’ve made for a summer love. Our time together was short-lived but the feelings were not.
On a platform we stand
Faces seen all in a blur
Relentless searching led by a spur
To find someone, to feel something
Aren’t we fools to waste away time?
To look for one man’s treasure
Somewhere as ephemeral, as fragile
As a bond built in crime
But aren’t we just like every weary heart?
Hoping for an oasis
In the midst of the desert
Wanting to quench our thirst
Aren’t we all like frosted windows
Of old and battered houses on winter?
Wishing for the sun to give us warmth
To melt the facade so we can show what the inside is made
Aren’t we maven pretenders?
A Casanova? A Temptress? Who made us this way?
A sly fox? A ruthless hunter?
Let down the walls, It’ll be okay
Rushed for a hug, now no hesitating
Engulfed by a sense of bliss or was it longing? Eyes wide-open,
Stepping on a quicksand I embraced the fall into the deep end
Gazed at you lying there unaware With you, found something rare I swear
Realization dawning as loud as a thunder
As the Beating of your heart put me into a deep slumber
Waking up from this reverie
Truth slapped me back to reality
Two worlds so different, now I see If only I could I’d be anything and anyone you need me to be I’m the ludicrous clown, you see
Thought if I ruin it first I’d be free
From the doubts brought by my own insecurity I was so wrong,
What a tragicomedy Brought by the month of April
We rushed the ticking of clock to May Hands interlocked
Weaved skin to skin on a rainy day But when June came to say hello, all went dark grey
What was once there ceases to exist Like the wilting of a flower
Once so beautiful, so full of life Now turned into dust by death’s kiss
Unbounded joy brought by your presence
Paralleled with the perennial ache of your absence Yearned for and offered seventh heaven
Now the heart weeps for evanescence
A mirage, to be the fair maiden The sorrow to find out I’d end up our own villain
But all’s well for you are but a distant dream Gamaliel, You are, I knew it from the very beginning .
Written by me, the one-shot story
Coffee is about a girl who used to cherish moments with someone in a cafe. Sometimes, a simple drink can leave an imprint on someone's mind. ____________________________________________
It's been a year since my boyfriend and I broke up. I love him and he loves me too but things just didn't worked the way it should be. Now I'm heading at the cafe where we started and ended. I have no choice but to go there after all it was made up of both happy and sad memories. But that's life , right? We can't be happy all the time. Challenges come and hearts can break. But it doesn't just end there.
"One signature coffee , please." I said as I ordered from the cashier.
"What size?" she asked.
"Small." I said.
Then she took my payment and I headed towards the seat near the window. A window seat.... for two. The cafe was surprisingly full tonight unlike the past few days.
Again, I have no choice but to sit on that window seat. It is where we sit often. It is our seat. Our place. There are a lot of couples at the cafe and wow I'm alone. There's a part of me which says you should be happy because he's not the only guy in this world. Another part of me says you're still hurt so don't pretend to be happy. The truth is , I am both happy and sad. I'm happy because we're both free and we can focus more in our careers. But I'm sad because I'm not the other half of his heart anymore. I'm sad because I let him go even though I still love him. I'm sad because I can't see him. I'm sad because I can't share this relaxing coffee shop where we can chill with the aromatic smell of the coffee.
"Small signature coffee?" the waitress said as she serves my coffee.
"Yes. Thank you." I said.
"Since you're a regular customer here, we would like to give you this item for free." the waitress said. She handed me a purple journal with the name of the cafe on it and a pen.
"Oh thanks." I said .
"Enjoy your coffee!" she said.
I took advantage of using the freebies from the cafe. A window seat is also a bonus in inspiring me to write something. While sipping my coffee my brain and my heart began to function smoothly.
And so I wrote: My coffee has been cold lately, I can't feel anything after taking a sip and there's no heat to leave a pain on my lips. And it was a relief. But then, I remember one thing about sipping a cold coffee instead of a hot one: cold coffee doesn't leave you any marks when you sipped it, just like a blunt feeling. But a hot coffee will leave you a remarkable pain from the heat which reminds you that you are alive to feel....
I closed the journal and stared at the window. He was the coffee. The hot coffee. No matter how our breakup hurt me, he left me a mark and a lesson to learn. A hot coffee can be a challenge too or an obstacle. They all made you feel that you are alive. That you can go on with your life. You can still stand up. Love taught me to move forward. He taught me to be stronger. He is love.
WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A BROKE FANGIRL/FANBOY
One of the proudest things as a fan is the feeling that you are part of their growing fandom and stardom. From streaming their songs online, watching their music videos, TV guestings, collecting photocards, albums, lightsticks, attending to their concert and fan meetings surely, you're a fan! But there's a problem, MONEY.
It's really heartbreaking when you hear that members of your favorite band are coming and their concert is just around the corner but here you are thinking of how to sell one of your kidneys just to go to their concert (kidding).That no matter how much you try to save, it will never be enough for a ticket because you are only a student who has limited resources or if you're an adult, you have bills to pay. So joining a "team bahay" livestream is your last resort, but sometimes even those links don't work!
Of course if there's team bahay there's also "team airport/ team labas", fans who waits at the airport hoping to see their idols upon their arrival. How we wish we could also attend and be part of it, something like shouting their names, fanchants then cry out of happiness while waving their lightsticks or banners. What a concept isn't?
Hey, cheer up! being broke doesn't make you any less of a fan. Know that there are other ways to support and love them. For sure our idols have the same and equal love to us no matter what "team" we belong (team concert, team airport/labas and team bahay).Maybe for some people, they might think we are being overly dramatic without knowing that for us fans, their existence itself and music saved us and made us happy once in our lives. -Gwy June 16,2020