I just noticed that many fandoms, especially in Korean pop culture, take their names seriously. I mean, yeah of course, when you’re in a fan club, it makes sense to have a name for it and not just the generic “XXX Fan Club”. Boring.
Having a name gives a sense of uniqueness and belongingness and the more catchy it is, the better. But are they just catchy? Let’s take a look at some of those that are, um, special. Oh and this is crack, no offense meant, just for fun.
Eel – Jang Geun-suk
This was what prompted this post actually. I learned it the other day and I haven’t recovered since. Whoever thought of this name should have been fired a long time ago. Who wants to be called an “eel”? It’s just so… eel-fated. My friends on Twitter and I have been having a good laugh over this. It’s just so eel-arious! OK, eel stop now. Eel-ly.
Elf – Super Junior
I always get a kick asking if the plural form is “elves”. Oh, it means Everlasting Friends?
Primadonna – FTISLAND
I’ve been following the band recently because of a coverage and the first time I came across the mention of “Primadonna”, I thought FNC was launching a new girl group that would front for FTI’s concerts. (Apparently, it was a title of a song in their debut album.)
Cassiopeia – TVXQ
I’d have a difficulty spelling my own fandom if I’m a member of this.
Shawols – SHINee
Stands for SHINee World. Are you allowed to go AWOL from the fandom?
Inspirit – INFINITE
As a fan, am I allowed to just be at their events in spirit?
Cloud – Rain
Makes sense. But it would have been, uh,
funny cute if his fans were called Rainbow instead.
Kissme – UKISS
Kind of witty actually. But I prefer Kismet.
Play Girlz – After School
Now, this is a problem. What about the fanboys? I’m guessing… Play Boyz?
B2UTY – B2ST
Another one that was absent when spelling was taught in school.
Jumping BoA – BoA
Why didn’t they settle for BoA Constrictor?
EXOTICS – EXO
At least it wasn’t exorcise.
Psycho – Psy
Oh and don’t get me started on the club names for the individual members of these idol groups. Then there are the colors.
Meanwhile, I still don’t know if I’m an Arashian, an Arashist (as Jun would have it) or Arashic. Oh but I’m pretty sure that I’m a girl, even if I’m a BOICE.
More on fan club names here.
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