[Community] Finding fans like me
by Guest Beanie
Her Private Life
I have never been shy about letting the world know about my love of K-entertainment. For as long as I’ve loved K-pop and dramas, I’ve always bombarded my family and friends with K-pop videos and the synopsis of my most current K-drama.
However, my family and friends were not interested at all–no matter how cool the shining dancers were, or how much fun I was having watching the adorable mind-reader fall in love with a prickly prosecutor. I often would get an “aw, how cute” reaction to my oppa love or, “But how do you know what they are saying?” reaction to me jamming out to an awesome K-pop song.
I became used to disinterested and incredulous reactions. Those reactions didn’t stop me from sharing my love, but I always hoped for the most elusive of reactions: genuine excitement. I was content enough with people amusing me when I would go into fangirl mode, but it wasn’t until I came across Dramabeans and branched into other social networks that I realized how wonderful it could be to fangirl with other fans!
I wasn’t the only one who squealed about a rooftop kiss or admitted to singing along to “dibidibidis” in the car. There were others like me! Despite popular belief in my family and social circles, I wasn’t the only one who loved K-dramas and K-pop (and I could rub this in people’s faces), but I could enjoy K-entertainment with people who felt that same joy.
This discovery was made even sweeter when I saw that I hadn’t just found a community that loved everything I loved, the community was one that also encouraged intelligent debates. We would not always agree with each other, but unless they were trolls, you could be rest assured to have a solid argument on both sides of any point.
In-between admiring the well-crafted scenes and dissecting a writer’s intentions, there’s also the joy of just squealing over an actor’s talent or charisma. I absolutely love all the intelligent fangirling filled with insight, sometimes snarky, but most of all, full of love. These were the conversations I was waiting for, these were the conversations I stayed for, and these are the conversations I can’t wait to have more of.
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