It’s been a little over two months since I did an Express my views post. Fans all over the world, not just in J-Pop or K-Pop can be defined in many ways. But really, from what I’ve found out, and this is the perfect defining of a fanboy or fangirl:
“A female or male, usually between the ages of 12 and 19, that is obsessed with a particular real-life idol or celebrity in the J-Pop or K-Pop World. Avoid fanboys/girls in large groups, as they do tend to swarm, and if you are unlucky enough to catch them near their object of admiration, cover your ears. They have a batlike shriek that can be heard from several blocks away to alert even more fanboys/girls. All jailbaits and J-Pop/K-Pop idols under 25 beware.”
The way I see it, there are four kinds of fans: Admirable, Hardcore, International and Obsessive.
Fans who like the artist for their work or even the person a little are called “Admirable” fans. Respectful and mature, these fans can respect the privacy of their favourite artists and know to praise them from afar showing they really appreciate each other.
Nothing must to say about them, to me they are just boring. There’s rarely a chance someone from Asia comes out to us especially in London, we get some unknown J-Pop or K-Pop artists that I’ve never head of before (except for Utada in February but I never got a ticket in time¬_¬). While in America, you lucky people get Utada, Morning Musume in the Anime Expo, JYP Family Tours etc.)
“Hardcore” fans are the best – in my opinion that is! A fan who knows a lot about their artists and some usually…
Like Obsessed fans, bu Hardcore fans aren’t as bad as they don’t buy as many as merchandise or presents of their artists and waste their money or go to a lot of concerts, just once every time. Some high-spirited Hardcore fans run sites for their favourite artists or as the picture above shows that in Hottest’s case (2PM’s Fanclub) they run boycotts to bring Jaebeom back. He’d better come back in April… ¬_¬
No, these fans are different in a better way, guess some can be similar to Sah Seng fans or some know where to stop. They memorize some songs of their favourite groups and defend their artists when compared or insulted by anti’s or fans of other groups. A little like Obsessed fans but at least Hardcore fans know when to stop – I hope. Because if you don’t, refer to less obsessed.
I, myself am one when it comes to games, anime and most importantly, music. However, I kind of feel that for fans not only outside Korea, but Asia itself (e.g America, Europe – for me London), that we cannot do much like buy an album from a local music store or even go to places like SM or YG concerts because we would have to take a plane to get there.
That’s why you Asian fans are the luckiest people ever, I don’t care.
Well…the word “Obsessed” tells you everything you need to know about these types of fans, in other words they are crazy or ‘Stalker-in-training.’ The more obsessed fans usually take it to the next level of Sah Saeng fans (사생팬, short for Sah Saeng Hwal meaning private life where they follow the schedule of the artist to meet them), they usually become psycho and stalk their favorite artist to the point of skipping school or work to probably even get an autograph or photo. I really do think some of these people need to get a life when they do things like this…
…especially some in the K-Pop world who have written blood letters to their favourite artists e.g Yoona, Sun Ye, Hongki and the worst one for Taecyeon. Yes, blood. Whether it’s their arm…or worse, period blood. ¬_¬
And the less obsessed? Well, they just talk about the artists a lot and some think the artists love them and know who they are. They also do similar things like obsessed fans do. Plus, if you can’t go a day without knowing what happens in J-Pop or more specifically K-Pop, you are definitely obsessed.
Out of these four types of fans; Admirable, Hardcore, International and Obsessive. Which one are people? Honestly!
Honestly, I’m a International (Because I live in London), Less Obsessive (I really can’t live without J-Pop or K-Pop and knowing what goes on), Hardcore fan (I know alot about my favourite artists boh in J-Pop and K-Pop).