~ blogging my fangirl-ness

I can read hangul, understand basic phrase, can catch up easy and common dialogue, and obviously: can use online dictionary, lol. That’s it. People say it’s learning by doing, so here I am… Feel free to correct my translation work. This is my own practice ground, so take everything with huge grain of salt. Lol. Thanks~

[QUOTE] Reply 1997 and Sasaeng Fans

NOTE: I feel like people coming here to this post expecting a quote from “Reply 1997”. I’m sorry but this is not about that. T_T If you want those quotes so badly, Dramabeans’ recap of “Reply 1997” is usually full of quotes, you should check it. 🙂

I watch the drama, I like the drama. Having said that, I am confused by this article. Is this article saying sasaengs are okay and should be an accepted part of fan culture? Because, if that is the premise this author is trying to promote, I say NO THANK YOU.

The behaviours of the characters in this drama are excessive and the worst was her breaking into her bias’ house. However, even that was shown in the drama as over the top, crazy and not to be encouraged. In any case, the characters behaviours have note reached the, yes, demonic behavior of what today’s sasaengs have developed into.

I am quite surprised that for such a nuanced and well characterized drama, what this writer took out of the drama and chose to highlight was the sasaeng issue. With so many discussion points and nostalgia that this drama has raised among viewers, even those who were not born at the time, I would have preferred a positive discourse rather than another diatribe about sasaengs.

thepurp in “Answer Me 1997 and Humanizing Sasaeng Fans” article

Actually, the whole fanculture in Korea, especially the late nineties is very realistically portrayed by this drama. So yes, Shiwon’s attitude? Typical fan attitude back in the 90s. The fanwars with Sechskies? Totally did happen. And they even added a lot of little real life tidbits that they had Shiwon/Yoojung do here. Like, the writing in blood thing, that really happened. Someone did send Tony a letter written in blood.

I think not a lot of international fans will really understand the difference of Korean fanculture and how international fans support Kpop groups. I’m not saying that I am an expert but I’ve studied it to an extent and it’s totally different. It has actually mellowed out more now but it still is a far cry from how international fans are “obsessive” over their bias groups. You think international fans are bad? Try the fanclubs back then in Korea, they were practically like cults.

ian in  “Answer Me 1997 and Humanizing Sasaeng Fans” article

Notes: Currently translating a review about Reply 1997. This drama got many good reviews, yay! ^^

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