[eta] Just an fyi: this post is a continual work in progress. I'm always editing and updating and changing my mind about things, so it's probably never going to be the same any two times you visit it. But this is real people we're talking about, so obviously my feelings are going to change as my perceptions do.
I am going to go ahead and apologize in advance about this, y'all. This is one part pimp-post of DOOM, two-parts me spewing incoherent feelings on everything in the world, with a dash of meta and some drooling thrown in. It's basically a big giant mess, just like I am these days. I am so, so sorry. Please just love me anyway.
This is a post about these kids:
Awww! Aren't they cute? Well, forget all about that.Introduction
(or: they're sexy and they know it)
Note: I am blaming this opening on aerintine because she enables me. Ahem.
LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE FEMALE GAZE.
Gah, this is so over-the-top in its invitation to look at the beautiful boys and drool over how sexy they are. Like, it's so over-the-top that I'm almost ashamed for falling for it. Except that I am not even a little bit ashamed because THESE BOYS ARE REALLY HOT and they are playing to my gaze and there is no room for shame here in being a woman and having a sex drive and thinking guys are hot. I love it. Part I: Music and Me
(or: this part will only be relevant to my friends who were wondering what happened to my sanity)
Y'all, in the last couple of weeks of falling for this silly little kpop band, I have sometimes wondered whether it actually makes sense to be this obsessed with a band whose music I care nothing about. ( some thoughts on music in general and my tastes in particular ) Part II: The Greatest Video Ever
(or: a brief introduction to the boys being supremely silly that proves why you should find them endearing)
I've thought that Myungsoo is beautiful since the first episode of SUFBB. And I was really taken with him when I watched clips of him on youtube because, as I said in another post, I have this huge soft spot for people who are trying to be cool and just aren't. But I didn't really expect to be taken with the rest of the boys, but I have been.
So let me share with you this video again, and I will talk about it and how much I love these kids.
Things I love about this video:( this is who i am now apparently )
The only thing I do not like about this video: Sungyeol isn't in it, because he was sick that night. I can only imagine how much better it would be if he were. Watch this video of ridiculousness
and let your imagination run wild.Part III: The Boys
(or: way too many words and feelings about these people I have never met)
And now for some thoughts on each of the boys. I'm going in reverse-age-order because everyone always goes in age order and I want to shake things up a bit.( diva sungjongie )( faily faily derpsoo )( prince sungyeol )( dance machine hoya )( namstar woohyun )( flawless human being dongwoo (who might actually be the love of my life) )( leader general grandpa gyu )Interlude: Friendships
(or: some feelings about the two of the biggest ships in English-speaking fandom)
I want to take a brief moment to touch on a couple of relationships between the boys that I find interesting, too.( myungsoo and sungyeol )( woohyun and sunggyu )Part IV: INFINITE
(or: who they are as a group)
And I think another aspect of my affection for them is that they are, in a lot of ways, the underdogs. ( who they are )Conclusion
(or: actually, I don't just treat them like eye candy)
Now, remember how cute they are:
But here's the thing: for all that drooling I did way up there at the top of this post, 90% of the time I don't really look at these kids that way? I feel like I've gotten to know them a bit through their variety show appearances, and I'm very, very fond of the ones I'm fond of. But most of the time it's in a big sisterly way. Like, I want to be their noona and look after them and take care of them and give them advice and tease them and stuff. Like I said: not hugely into their music, but I'm proud of them for working so very, very hard (it's amazing to me how hard Korean entertainers work. Their work ethic is insane). But then that 10% of the happens: they'll come out with a video that's all about how hot they are and I'm like, "OH YEAH THEY'RE ATTRACTIVE, TOO."
Anyway, these boys make me happy. I'm pleased that they were my introduction to kpop and that they are, from what I can tell, having a hell of a lot of fun making music and dancing together. I hope they keep it up for as long as it makes them happy.
And now if you're curious, here are their music videos (I actually included the dance versions of a couple of them because they're better than the actual videos):( music videos galore! )