BTS Theory – The Most Beautiful Moment In Life = the Evolution of youth (+ Pt. 2 Concept photos)
BTS made it clear that The Most Beautiful MomentIn Life represents Youth.
first intro song of the album (titled blooming youth), deals with the
worries of a young boy, anxious about his future. In the music video/
animation, we see what it seems like to be a high school student (We can
deduce that from the classroom set in the beginning, and the boy’s
uniform) playing basketball.
« Instead of the ball, I throw my future » « The horoscope that others paint Disqualified from the criteria of success »
A commun scenario of a teenager worried about his future and having disagreements with what society tells him to be like.
« The dribble that quickens, a heart that becomes happier I think this moment will be eternity »
is the beginning of adulthood when you start realizing that life is
harder than you thought, and you suddenly feel like you caught the peter
pan syndrom. The boy doesn’t want to grow up. And he escapes his
responsabilites, he escapes real life by playing basketball. He’s
running away (from his problems).
« But the night which came from the sunset If it comes again then this reality becomes a bit worn away If I come to my senses again I become more terrified »
also goes with the storyline they created with the I Need U MV. It
could definitely symbolize what the members felt when V died. Or maybe
what just JIN felt, when all of the members died, except him. « Others have ran ahead of me but Why am I still here »
I think the intro sums up the feel and the meaning of the album quite well.
a confuse young person going through ups and downs, going through tough
moments, having to make tough decisions and feeling abandonned and
alone. Hopeless. Wondering why life is the way it is. What’s his purpose
on earth. The Most Beautiful Moment In Life pt.1 is also about
showing the beauty of innocence. Youth is also about not worrying,
having fun with your friends and playing like children. But in parallel,
we have those tough moments and serious problems. (The I Need U MV is a
great example that illustrates this opposition)
The different types of songs in the album also express that diversity : I Need U, Hold Me Tight/ Dope, Fun boys/ Rain etc …
This is why I think pt.1 symbolize the beginning of youth (blooming youth) were you feel lost and confuse. You’re not a child, not an adult yet. Life doesn’t seem to go your way. But we still have that innocence left in ourselves.
Love Is Not Over, the outro. It
could possibly be a hint that it isn’t over. Meaning the fact that we
saw them dying in the first part doesn’t mean it’s over. They didn’t actually die ? They’ll go back in time ? It was all a dream ?
Which leads us to Pt. 2!
Indeed, with an intro like Nevermind (from suga again), it surely feels like a come back from the dead. No it isn’t over, we’re not gonna let this bring us down. It has this feeling, like they’re gonna fight for their lives. Nevermind, we’re not going to give up. Never mind about the troubles. « I don’t give a shit, I don’t give a fuck » A confuse and lost Suga, asking « why ? » became confident and determined. He will not let people walk over him.
the animation, we see a guy running again. In the beginning he’s
playing basketball. Feels like we’re still in pt.1 Comeback Trailer BUT
THEN he sits and sees a butterfly. This time instead of running away from his problems, he runs towards the butterfly. He runs towards hope.
The intro sets the theme for the album. And it looks like it’s a re-born.
Butterfly = symbole of hope.
the butterfly and don’t give up, keep chasing it. Keep chasing your
freedom. When you’ll catch the butterfly, you’ll be free. When V
jumped in the prologue, and the song butterfly started playing, it felt
like he finally succeeded in freeing himself. He became a butterfly.
But it wasn’t the right way. There’s other ways to catch the butterfly.
There is other ways to find freedom. Maybe pt.2 is about exploring
those other ways.
The Most Beautiful Moment In Life Pt.2 album cover has a butterfly on it, unlike Pt.1. The colors are also different.
may have seen this picture on twitter, and as you might have notice,
when you put all of the album covers next to each other, it goes
together like the pieces of a puzzle.
It looks like the butterfly in the pt.2 album cover is flying towards the sun. Again, a symbole of hope (you should never give up, it isn’t over yet)
When I first saw this image, the 4 seasons immediatly came to my mind.
If I’m not wrong : White : winter Pink : spring Blue : summer Peach : autumn
It even goes in the right order, that’s amazing.
we know winter is the first season of the year. It is cold, dark,
bitter, you feel somehow more lonely and sad this time of the year. The color white = no colors, monotone. Life is just about living the same routine everyday. Spring, the season that comes after winter. Flowers are starting to bloom,
we’re making good and happy memories. The idea of innocence and having
fun without worrying is coming back to mind. This is like an
introduction of youth. The beauty of youth. The color pink = reminds me of love. Which is the theme of most of their songs, and also a big part of youth. First loves, One-sided love, heart breaks etc...
have to listen to the album and watch the mvs to get an idea of summer
and autumn. But it is definitely warmer colors. Peach(autumn) unlike
spring (light pink) seems like a more mature and bold color (they have
matured now?). And summer = warm-blooded ? They’re no longer afraid of anything.
concept photos came out today. Before even analysing the pictures in
detail, we can immediatly notice the contrast within the colors between the concept photos for Pt.1 and Pt.2.
The Most Beautiful Moment In Life pt.1 concept photos (white and light pink) :
The Most Beautiful Moment In Life pt.2 concept photos (blue and orange).
I’m not going to get deeper into this but I found some similarities between those photos and the I NEED U MV (I’m sure there’s more than what I just noticed for now).
Jin sitting down.
J-hope walking on/next to the road and “sleeping”.
And Jungkook is being pushed towards the road.
And by who? …Taehyung, of course. Because
he’s the origine of the members deaths. The fact that Jungkook’s in the
shopping cart could symbolize the fact that he’s the youngest, and has
to be carried by the members.
But this could also mean that
Taehyung is actually protecting him. He’s holding the cart tight, he
will not let Jungkook die this time.
Taehyung is standing in a high place again. But this time there are bars in front of him. He can’t jump.
I also noticed something weird in the group picture. The crossing light is actually red. But they keep walking.
don’t care now and they won’t let anything stop'em. They are free. Or
at least they risking their lives for their freedom. And they look quite
happy in the picture too.
(side note : something futile
that I also observed : for the The Most Beautiful Moment In Life pt.1,
the concept was wet hair. But right now, it seems like it is the
opposite. They all seem to have dry hair. I don’t know if it’s something
important but anyway)
settings are different too. They moved from natural settings (fields,
grass, flowers, the ocean) to a more urbain setting. This could be a big
metaphor for evolution (how men went from living in the nature to building cities etc…).And that is, how I said in the beginning, the theme of The Most Beautiful Moments In Life mini-albums. The evolution, of youth.
Guys, there are literally 100 things the makers of TFA could have done to convey (or even just hint) that Kylo was being abused/manipulated by Snoke. They did zero of them.
- they could have shown Snoke verbally berating Kylo
- they could have shown Snoke being intensely judgemental of Kylo
- they could have shown Snoke giving a direct order, then cut to Kylo’s face as he struggles, agitated and reluctant to carry it out. The only thing resembling an order we get to see is “bring me the girl,” which is presented in context as an answer to Kylo’s plea for guidance. As in: "supreme leader, I need your guidance opening this pickle jar…“ "ok yes bring it to me.”
- they could have shown Kylo receiving some kind of punishment, on Snoke’s orders (doesn’t even have to be a physical punishment, as long as they made it clear that it was intended to punish him)
- they could have shown Snoke giving Kylo orders in a way that was more coercive than the typical military commander / soldier. For example, Snoke could have threatened Kylo with punishment if he failed, or offered him some kind of sad reward if he succeeded.
- they could have shown Snoke disrespecting / deriding Kylo to another character
- they could have shown Snoke enforcing some kind of isolation on Kylo, or convincing Kylo that contact with the outside world was either forbidden or undesirable
- they could have shown Snoke telling Kylo how to feel about someone/something, with Kylo obeying. As I understand it, there was ALMOST a scene like this in the movie, and they straight up CUT IT. That’s…telling, to me. Why not rewrite, or edit out the bits that were too revealing? Why not replace it with an equivalent scene to communicate the conflict?
- they could have taken the “you know it’s true” conversation and inserted it into the mouth of an omniscient character. A Force Ghost would work. Actually, literally any character but Han Solo would’ve worked, because Han doesn’t know what’s TRUE. Han doesn’t know anything about Kylo’s relationship with Snoke–and we know that, because we saw Han Solo find out everything he knows about Snoke’s role in Kylo’s life from Leia *on screen.* Prior to that conversation, he’d been under the impression that Kylo went dark because of “too much Vader” or some such thing. So HOW does Han KNOW that Snoke only wants to use, exploit, and destroy Kylo? …He doesn’t. He can’t possibly. Either this is something he’s saying to manipulate Kylo into coming home, or it’s just a guess.
So let’s look at the assumptions under that guess. Either Han just doesn’t believe that anyone (Snoke) could actually care for Kylo - and because he does not believe that someone could care for his son, and has never believed that, Kylo also thinks that’s the truth. OR Han doesn’t believe that Snoke is capable of caring about anyone, because Snoke is a Dark Side spook. This is equally perverse, because Kylo *also* thinks of himself as a Dark Side spook. So Han’s assumptions have been broadcasted to Kylo as either “you can’t be loved” or “you cannot love.” Kids pick up on their parents biases! Kylo’s been absorbing those assumptions his whole life. When the script says “Kylo does know…” Of course Kylo “knows.” What else has he been exposed to except a mountain of evidence that no one could possibly love him? WHY HAS NO ONE COME FOR HIM IN 15 YEARS?!
Anyway, continuing on:
- they could have made Kylo less…chipper? In the beginning of the movie? Maybe chipper isn’t the right word. Maybe the word is “comfortable.” He’s relaxed and sarcastic–cracking jokes–even in “the droid stole a freighter?” scene, when he’s about charge up the old anger tank with a “tantrum” or two. He’s a bit anxious about his work, but he doesn’t become legitimately distressed and moody until after it’s revealed that he may have to cross paths with Han Solo.
- they could have given Kylo any kind of pathos at all that is not directly CAUSED BY the call to the Light / Han Solo
They didn’t do those things. Yes, they presented Kylo very clearly as a trauma/abuse victim (low self-worth, very expressive of emotions, desperate to connect, acts younger than his age.) But they didn’t present any evidence of Snoke abusing Kylo.
Instead, they gave us this:
That’s Kylo backing the fuck up when he sees Han Solo. The man is terrified. And as I mentioned, the on screen dynamic presented between Han/Leia and Kylo smacks of abuse and neglect. There’s the whole “I abandoned my child ‘cause I didn’t know how to deal” thing, the “drag him back here whether he wants to come or not” thing, and the whole “Snoke couldn’t possibly legitimately value you” thing.
Look, I’m not dense. I know the authorial intent was to depict Snoke as the scary ol’ crippled MONSTER with an ugly scarred face who carried Kylo off and brainwashed him. I also know that the intent was to depict Han Solo as charmingly “morally ambiguous,” despite all the people he unnecessarily murders on screen. I know that there’s a 99% chance we WILL see Snoke do something abusive in Episode 8, and that any reading of Snoke as an abuser will probably be validated. However. It’s important to compare authorial intent with what is actually being communicated. It would have been so easy for them to present evidence of abuse in the relationship between Snoke and Kylo…and they didn’t.
They didn’t have to. Because they knew that everyone would assume that anyone who looks like Snoke is a child molestor.
That’s my problem. The beauty equals goodness language problem. Or maybe it’s just “parents always know what’s best” morality problem.
And honestly? It feels weird that there’s so much discourse about whether the violent relationship between Rey and Kylo is or isn’t “abuse” while everyone just accepts that the relationship between Snoke and Kylo is inherently abusive. So I intend to keep presenting readings based on the assumption that this is a supportive relationship and that Kylo is actually receiving support from Snoke. Unless I’ve missed some really obvious indicator to the contrary???? I might have! Please feel free to point out something I’m missing.**
**from the movie! There’s no need to send me anything from the novelizations, interviews, etc, because I’m not contesting authorial intent. I’m only looking at characterization as it’s represented in the text of the film.
Damn, I still get butterflies. The simple thought of meeting my girlfriend for coffee still makes me buckle at the knees. It’s 2:30pm and I am sitting at work, anxiously anticipating the anticipation of sitting at a table waiting for her at 6:00pm. Lifting my eyes to everyone who enters the door until I see her face and try to fight off the goofy smile that instantly takes over my face to no avail. Without words, I’ll somehow manage to grow a bigger, goofier smile that, in my language, means “hello beautiful” before sheepishly looking down at the table as if it were the first time I had laid eyes on her. Damn, I still get butterflies.