I’m writing this post while listening to “Shiny Love” (https://itunes.apple.com/id/album/shiny-love/id524701936?i=524702279)
I have found a new addiction. And the new addiction is this person.
A probably familiar face for those who are watching Korean Drama.
Yes. Jang Keun Suk. The self proclaimed “Asia Prince”.
I firstly ‘met’ him in 2010 when I came across his movie “Doremifasolatido” and ended up watching it on one Saturday night. I was in my down period at that time after my break up with the ‘two-timer’ ex-boyfriend and also because of the problems related to my Ph.D research project and my lonely life in Germany in general. I liked the light teenage love story portrayed in this movie and was amused so I downloaded his other movie, Baby and Me, but did not have the time to watch it until recently.
I only considered him as cute back then but did not pay so much attention. I ‘discovered’ him again when I was back home in Indonesia and watched the sageuk series “Hwang Jini” with my mum. I was hooked when I saw him playing as Kim Eunho, Jini’s first love- well, literally my ‘first love’ as well… lol. I tried to find more information about this good looking fellow and was surprised to find different kind of news about him. I ended up spending more time browsing about him until I found his 2012 drama, “Love Rain’. I watched it and instantly fell for him, and grew fond of SNSD’s Yoona who played as his lover, as well.
To be honest, I did not plan to be one of his ‘eels’ (the special name he gave for his fans). Firstly I got mixed feelings about him, especially because there were just a lot of bad comments and publications about him. People called him name, particularly because of the ‘self-proclaimed’ Asia Prince title and his fashion sense. They said he was arrogant and ugly. I was actually amazed by how people could say such a thing about a person that they did not know personally. This made me even more curious to see what kind of people would want to be his ‘eels’, whom often got bashed by netizens as well. They were called ‘delusional fans’. So I started browsing about fan blogs during my spare time. At the same time, I started watching his work and was impressed by his acting skills. Then I found this particular blog: http://jangkeunsukforever.com/. That very moment I ‘landed’ myself there… that very moment I read what they wrote about him… I got hooked. When I read these two particular posts in the blog: http://jangkeunsukforever.com/archives/19123 and http://jangkeunsukforever.com/archives/27503, I decided that I should be an eel.
Why? My reason was simple. I saw myself in him: in this ‘self-proclaimed Prince’. I saw the younger version of me, somebody who has worked hard to achieve dreams… I saw the troubled side of me, the one who was always restlessly thinking about things… I saw the same ‘escape’: smoking, drinking, dancing… I saw the same seemingly over-confidence… the perfect image shown yet it is actually a shield to protect such a fragile soul… I saw the kind heart who’s frequently being misunderstood as a show-off fakie… I saw the lonely kid behind the mature image who long for true love… I saw the humility and self-reflection behind the ‘joke on me’… I saw these all in him. A perfectly imperfect human, who happens to be a star, that’s all he is.
And his eels? His eels that I have got the chance to interact intensely these couple of months are all amazing ladies! Yes, ladies. They are surprisingly not teenagers! When you think about K-Pop or K-Drama, you’ll think directly about teenagers… but it’s not the case with Jang Keun Suk’s eels. They are mostly mature and decent ladies. We call ourselves ‘noonas’ (older sisters) and ‘ahjummas’ (aunties) eels. These noonas and ahjummas (mostly my age, around late 20s to >50s) spend times besides working and taking care of families, to devote our admiration and love to just one young man. Isn’t it surprising? When we shared our first experience, we laughed because we found a lot of similarities. Each of us thought that we might have been crazy… lol… but then we’re glad that a lot of us out there share this same insanity. It’s something good, though, I can tell. To be honest, I am glad that I become an eel… I am now open to a lot of different points of views… I gain more friends all over the world… and I start doing what Suk has been doing so far: loving and giving back!
That is why I am writing this special post… to introduce him to you all who happen to follow my tumblr page. He’s one of the most misunderstood stars back home in Korea and as well one of the bashing targets of netizens… however, I’m telling you… ‘anything essential is invisible to the eyes’. While other people unreasonably mock his unique Willy Wonka fashion style, or his choice of music (Nature Boy huh? DJ-ing?), or his drama choices (Beautiful Man?!) or his bishounen (feminine-like) appearance… he’s way more than those things. I’m really proud to say this: I am a huge fan of his bishounen style which reminds me a lot of Takuya Kimura; I am playing “Nature Boy” as soon as I start my car engine and ready to begin my labourious days; I am saving up to watch one of his concerts with Team H, as I myself am quite a fan of electronic music, next year somewhere in South East Asia or China and Japan; I am in love with his new drama “Beautiful Man” and previously with “Love Rain” which I am planning to buy the official DVDs.
I feel sorry for those people who can’t see him the way I see him and continue bad-mouthing his every move. He can’t please everybody and he shouldn’t. I am doing what he has been doing to those people: covering my ears and focusing on his good sides, for example his sincere act of giving continuous donation out of his pocket: http://jangkeunsukforever.com/archives/28855. Even if this kindness is overlooked and ignored by people, we’ll keep on supporting him and doing similar act of kindness. He’s one of the people I need to have and look for in my life… His humility is not reflected by his blunt words and honesty, which are frequently taken by others as being ‘arrogant’ and ‘over-the-top’. His humility lies on how he can acknowledge his own strengths and weaknesses and how he never belittles others, while he has been belittled so much by others. He is a prince indeed… too bad not many people can see it…