F is for Fan Account
For those new to K-pop, a “fanaccount” is pretty much what it sounds like: the account of a fan of some encounter they had with a celebrity. I write fanaccounts of the concerts I go to while others share on Twitter and Tumblr little snippets of things they saw a celebrity do at a fan event or the airport or something like that.
I think the moments captured in fanaccounts are some of the cutest parts of the fan experience. On TV shows and official YouTube videos, everything that is said is either scripted, screened, or edited. On the other hand, fanaccounts are those raw moments in which the celebrity is totally being himself or herself. Whereas the tabloids here in the US often like to exploit these moments, in K-pop, we often share those moments in admiration.
I remember when VIXX went on their Hex Sign Tour, their first ever full concert, and tumblr exploded with fanaccount after fanaccount of their Seoul show. Thanks to the storied shared by those fans, the rest of us learned that Hyuk and Ravi performed their first ever duet with “Memory,” supposedly tearless Ken cried during the fan’s surprise event, and that Hongbin and N did a special Britney Spears dance performance. We were able to share that experience and feel like we were there as well.
Fanaccounts are not only fun to read, but they make being an international fan bearable. I don’t know how so many of us managed to become so invested in the lives of singers who live often on an entirely different continent, but for whatever reason, it happened. And I am always very thankful to the Korean fans who got our back and keep us in the loop, as well as the fans in other countries who share the happenings when artists visit them.
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