What the Fandom: K-Pop Fan Clubs

Like... one of Santa's elves?

Nope! This phenomenon might be a little difficult for new K-pop fans to understand. While some English-speaking fandoms have their own identities (One Direction fans tend to call themselves One Directioners or 1D), usually these names are derived from the original media in a linear way. It's a little different in the K-pop fandom.

What The Fandom

K-pop fan clubs usually have a unique story behind the development of their identity.

SoompiThey also usually have a color that they wear to concerts or use to show solidarity with one another

Here are the names and colors for a few of the most popular K-pop bands:

Super Junior- ELF

Super Junior fans are called ELF because it stands for Everlasting Friends. Colour: Pearl Sapphire Blue.

SNSD- Sones

SNSD fans are called S♥NEs (pronouced "so one") because it means that SNSD & their fans are one. Colour: Pastel Rose.

SHINee- Shawols

SHINee's fanclub, SHINee World, is taken from the title of their first album & because Shining Land = SHINee + World. It's also known as Shawol, which is just a shortened version of the two words combined. Colour: Pearlescent Sky Blue.

DBSK- Cassiopeia

DBSK's (or TVXQ) fanclub, Cassiopeia, is the name of a constellation with 5 main stars & there are 5 members in DBSK. Colour: Pearl Red.

Big Bang- V.I.P.

V.I.P. = Very Important Person. The second single La La La is also referred to as Big Bang is V.I.P. Colour: No confirmed color but Big Bang’s banners and light sticks are usually yellow + black. Some V.I.Ps wave black and white handkerchiefs or yellow crown light sticks.

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The performer referred to her fans as Little Monsters on Twitter, and the fans claimed the title

There's no color scheme, but the tone of the fandom is definitely about embracing what makes you weird.

The fan club designations are a way for fans to show pride and feel closer to the community

Fan clubs and colors provide the framework for fans to express their love for their favorite bands.

Once your fandom has an identity, people with similar interests are drawn to each other so that they can feel like they are part of the larger group

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