I love variety shows a whole stinking lot. I use them to both learn groups that I want to become more familiar with and to luxuriate in idols that I’m already fully invested in. The problem is, I have limited opportunities for unrestricted viewing. I can’t remember the last time I was able to sit down for a 30 minute stretch of uninterrupted watching – let alone the 1-2 hours most Korean shows eat up. Same goes for all of those web-based shows that introduce you to up and coming groups or take you on vacation with the well-established ones. I’ve been wanting to watch the latest Nu’est, ATEEZ, Oneus, etc. like nobody’s business, but a five to fifteen-minute episode isn’t good for running on the treadmill (which is where I watch most of my shows) and when I have the opportunity to actually sit and watch something, I tend to focus on dramas.
I know. I’m a whiney brat and my not seeing all of the content I want to watch is a matter of my own prioritization. I have no one to blame but myself. And Kpop. Kpop makes so much stuff and I can’t keep up.
But that’s ok.
The wonder of the internet is that almost everything you put up there, especially if you have a crazy fan base that screenshots and reacts to everything, never goes away. So I have time to fall in love with groups even if I wasn’t the first out of the gate. I have my whole future to get to know them better and to learn all of the little details. Anyone of us could become a fan of any one of these groups at any point in time.
I’ve always known that I would eventually fall for the Boyz. I mean, come on, they are gorgeous, insanely talented, funny, charming, and there are soooo many of them – one for every mood. How could I not? I noticed them pre-debut with each members’ intro video and all of that superbly tantalizing teaser material and I’ve paid attention to every comeback, but I haven’t taken the time to really get to know them. I’ve been distracted by any number of pretty groups out there. But lately KpopontheDL has been all about them and as a consequence, I’ve been sucked into their orbit. I’m always happy to be on the receiving end of someone’s obsession with a group – the songs, the mvs, the various clips, and gifs, and snapshots – but that doesn’t mean I’m going to slip into the same frenzy they might be feeling. I have a lot of love to give, but there are a lot of groups and idols out there to pay attention to and the heart wants what the heart wants. However, for some reason, sometimes, the constant exposure translates to my own bout with the old compulsive need to have more.
So right now, this week and for the foreseeable future, I’ll be trolling old episodes of various shows to deepen my knowledge of and relationship with the Boyz (along with a few other groups…/shrug/ I’m still me, I still need some variety).
No Air, The Boyz