I’ve been a fan of BTS since Boy in Luv era so I guess we can say that I’ve been a long time fan. Just to be clear, this post is not in any way written to bash the newer fans of the group but to say my opinion on their success worldwide. As you all know they are considered as one of the biggest group in this generation and I just want to share my take on it as an older fan who saw them during their rookie days.
The reason why I started stalking them or researching them was because of V. If you’ve also been a long time Army you’d know that V — at that time — was known because he looks like EXO’s Baekhyun. And during that time I was an EXO fan so I was really curious since kpop fans kept on talking about him and his looks. So, I started searching for him.
The first video that I watched was their weekly idol guesting. Through one of the segments there, the “Random Play Dance”, I heard the song Boy in Luv, I liked it so, I searched for it then in the recommended side of Youtube, I saw their No More Dream video (the one with eng sub). As what I’ve said before in one of my post, I can actually relate to the lyrics of that song because at that time, I just graduated high school and I actually don’t know what course to take for college. And the song ends with RM saying “to all the youngsters without dream” so I was like, this is going to be my anthem! Then from there, I became a fan.
If I’m not mistaken, it was from the I Need You era that they started gaining attention. Of course as a fan, I was happy that finally people are noticing they’re talent and they’re music. But then do you know the feeling of having a best friend? Like from the first time that you saw each other, your personality jives, you’ve started hanging out, you’re always together. Then they started having more friends they started hanging out with other people and you felt left out. That kind of feeling? Well that’s what I feel from their success now. I mean, I know that even from the start they were hard to reach because they’re living in a different country as I am but at that time they’re image was approachable and now they feel very distant. I don’t know if it’s just me but that’s what I actually feel since they’re already big and almost everyone knows them now.
Right now, I’ve became a low-key BTS fan. I mean, I still listen to their newer music, It’s just that I’m not that updated anymore, unlike before where I watched every Bangtan Bomb videos that they upload. It’s not that I’m not a fan anymore I just want na parang give it to the newer fans, the fangirling part since I’m past that. Like I’ll let my best friend hang out with her newer friends since we’re already past that hanging-out-often phase of our friendship.
Anyway, this is becoming way too dramatic so I’ll end it here. Also, disclaimer I’m not saying that what I feel will be the same as what the other older Army feels. I’m not generalizing that all BTS’ long time fans feels this way. This is just my take on their recognition. And like what I’ve said before this is not in any way written to look superior to the newer Army just because I was a fan longer than them. I hope you won’t take that way. If ever someone read this.