This post has been a long time coming. Let me tell you a story:
Once upon a time there was a noona who loved Korean dramas. She liked K-pop too – a side effect of her overabundance of drama watching. Oh, and then there were Korean variety shows – she absolutely adored variety shows to the point that she liked to watch at least one before she went to sleep at night. Go out on a high note, she thought.
Then, one day, she embarked upon another new show. Another because she has always tried to give premiering shows a chance, whether they are dramas or variety shows. This show was of the variety thread; focused on an idol group. She had watched a half dozen such shows before so she had some kind of precedence as far as her interests. And then…things happened.
Two months later you will find her like this….
Noona: “My Exo Nature Republic cardboard cutouts arrived! Yippee!”
Noona’s husband: “What?!”
Noona: “Exo! Exo! Mini cardboard cutouts of Exo!”
Noona’s husband: “How much did those cost?”
Noona: “Does it matter? Look, they look great under my Exo poster! I will put Suho by Chen, and Chanyeol by Baekhyun, and….”
Two weeks passed and the following occurred:
Noona: “I have never read fan fiction before, but yikes! Exo has some decent fan fics!”
Noona’s husband: “What are you talking about?”
Noona: “Exo- people write stories about them. They are really good!”
Noona’s husband: “Aren’t some of them girls?”
Noona: “Noooooo! How could you even think that?!”
And a few more days passed…
Noona: “I have never shipped anyone in Kpop. EVER. But I ship Xiuhan.”
Noona’s husband: “Are those the girls from Exo? What is a ship?”
Noona: “Noooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A ship…well, it is liking people that should be in a relationship but are not yet confirmed”
Noona’s husband: “That sounds delusional….”
Noona: “Have you seen them? It is NOT delusional!”
And such is the path I have embarked upon. Yep, if you have not already guessed it, Lore is Noona. And noona has finally figured out the definition of the following words: stanning, shipping (as it relates to Kpop), bias, and Exo. Aissssshhhhh! Why, oh why, world did I have to discover Exo?
The answer: What a good question!
Yep, a show that I previously reviewed and cited for lack of focus threw me into a fandom I never once thought I would belong too. Now I am hook line and sinker addicted to the point that my favorites menu now has a folder that contains far too many Exo blogs.
What happened? Well, as I watched and watched and enjoyed I became curious. Oh, and enter the fandom. I found far too many Exo blogs with some clever, witty, and cute things to say. Did I mention I like clever, witty, and cute things? But the fandom, of course, is not what made my interest peak. Nope, it was the boys themselves.
As I watched Showtime I got to see a few characters emerge via the show, which piqued my interest. Slowly I branched out into watching the group’s other appearances – on Weekly Idol, on Infinity Challenge, on random talk shows. Before long I had a serious addiction to seeing their reactions and admiring the fun that they wrought.
It is not my first time watching an idol based show – I have long enjoyed Infinite and their variety prowess. This was, however, the first time I followed up my enjoyment with some hardcore searching – for their music and their other appearances. I have liked (still like) other idol groups – Big Bang, Super Junior, TVXQ, Infinite among others. But I have yet to become all cray cray internet stalking about any of them.
I am surprised myself, because I have not had such a reaction to a group before. Let me put it this way – when I was a teenager I was the person in the corner listening to Pink Floyd while my contemporaries were cutting out pictures of N’sync and the Backstreet Boys. And now, fast approaching thirty years old, I am ordering cardboard cutouts of Exo. Am I aging backwards or am I finally understanding teenagers? Either one is kind of weird.
Age confusion aside I like to quantify things because, well, I am kind of like that. It is my analytical side that needs answers, needs logic behind my wacky actions. Which is kind of lame, if you really consider such beliefs in the face of simple fandom (and by simple, I mean sheer enjoyment without over-thought consequences). So, I am now going to b***h slap myself in the brain and just enjoy. With a list. Because I still like lists, logic be damned. I am keeping it real bishes!
Warning: Gratuitous nonsensical fan-girling ensues here. Rhyme and reason…yeah – about that…
Why Noona Likes Exo: Lore’s Unexpected List
Good song. Not a great song, not a masterpiece, but very listenable and catchy and addicting. In other words – a K-pop hit. Exo slayed the music scene with Growl – and it was the first song that made noona want to hear more. Much more. I really think if Exo had not put out Growl my interest would not have been as intense, I liked the song so I wanted to know more.
I want to put them in a basket and tie bows on them
Seriously. I do. Because they look like puppies. My noona side is brought out by these guys – I see them as a bunch of adorably attractive creatures that are far too young and would look great in a wicker basket with pink bows. Seriously…it is all about the bows.
Bias? What bias?
I like K-pop. I like a lot of K-pop male groups. I usually pick a member that I favor – because that is just what one does. But Exo? Nope. It is like picking a favorite from Running Man, the original Dark Shadows, and Star Trek: The Original Series, or Monty Python. They all bring something different and I appreciate the entirety of the cast and crew – no one stands out above the others. I know I am a fan when I can’t pick a favorite – the work as a whole is my bias.
12 Final Reasons: Broken down (aka my final delusion)
The oldest member of the group looks like the maknae. He is adorable – and has a killer eyebrow raise.
The second oldest, Luhan is from China. He wants to be known as manly, but everyone seems to see him as pretty. I love how creepy he is.
He has a major identity complex. Seriously.
He is the leader and no one listens to him. Which makes me love him more.
Space cadet extraordinaire, I am now convinced he is one of the most innocent human beings I have ever seen on television.
Sassy, attractive, and a dork at the same time. Kind of want to slap him, in a good way?
Troll. Troll. Troll. Close to my own sentiments.
I go between wanting to slap him and hug him. Kind of like Baekhyun. But I still like hearing what he has to say.
Short and evil, kind of like me on a good day.
Adorkable. Adorkable to the point I want to buy him an ice cream cone.
This kid needs a puppy and a nap stat. Which is even more of a reason I want to put him in a basket and tie a bow on him.
Maknae brat. I love evil maknaes.
So, have I up and lost my marbles? Any other Exo noona fans out there? Love to hear from you in the comments!