5. Stage 5: Obsession
You have officially become obsessed. You’ve got your bias (or at least a few), you know the majority of the words to your favorite songs, and you have tracked down every talk show with English subs so you can see your favorite groups being interviewed. You may or may not have had a fan-freak-out moment or two. You follow all the fan blogs so you know the instant anything related to your biases is posted, even if it’s a translated tweet. Not to mention your gif collection is to die for.
6. Stage 6: Integration
You and the fandom have become one. You are embroiled in all the drama, have spent many hours defending your bias, and have even begun your own K-Pop tumblr. You’re not sure when it happened, but somewhere between posting your very first Block B gif, and declaring war against the girl who said CL “is a pathetic Lady Gaga-rip off who’s more plastic than a credit card,” you have merged with the fan community.
8. Stage 7: Koreaboo
It’s not just enough to be a fan anymore. You want to learn Korean, eat Korean food, watch K-Dramas, wear popular Korean clothing, even live in Korea, just to be closer to your bias. You watch all of Eat Your Kimchi’s videos to get a better grasp of the culture. None of this would be a bad thing, if you weren’t so obnoxious about it. Especially when you drop random Korean words into your sentences. Sometimes you even wish you had been born Korean. You are now a Koreaboo - the Korean version of a weeaboo. This is the low point of your transformation into a K-Pop fan. (This stage is optional.)
11. Stage 9: Acceptance
You finally come to terms with K-Pop and its fandom. Sure, it’s got sasaeng fans, and the groups are designed to make tons of money, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the music or the people who are singing it. After all, they’re still performing it themselves. Now you can blast all the BIGBANG you want without feeling judged or self conscious.
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