My History with BTS
I have been a very casual onlooker of BTS since they debuted. The Kpop industry has captivated me in general. I like to watch groups and trends come and go, but I mostly keep my distance. Their first material made me wrinkle my nose. It was good quality production, but conceptually it was rubbish. The young ones were too young. It didn’t work. I liked the fascist/authoritarian bent of N.O, always the excellent production quality with BigHit, but rubbish to the rest. Boy In Luv, rubbish video narrative. Excellent dancing. Just One Day was a healthy shift, but felt pandering at the time (something I know is necessary for the industry). Danger floored me as dancer. I loved the smiling, cheeky attitude of WoH.
HYYH and Dope were scintillating on all levels. They’ve been cruising ever since in my estimation. But like I said, distance. It remained that way for a couple years.
It was shortly after the BBMAs that I fell into a vicious (and temporary) illness that laid me out. Wondering how the group had managed such a leap from their humble beginnings, I took advantage of my convalescence and set to the task of watching every piece of BTS material I could find (along with lots of nose-blowing and chicken soup). Through the logs, the Bombs, the entire V-Live catalogue, and whatever concerts I could find on Youtube.
My intention was to understand how BigHit functioned as a company, how BTS was formed, and what about their work was special enough to gather an ARMY of such enormous size. I had no intention of becoming attached, but I did.