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Idol, Burning

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Not necessarily because I related to the main character but because I've seen her behavior so plainly and painfully evident in K-pop stan culture. Akari immediately begins sifting through everything she can find about the scandal, and shares every detail to her blog—including Masaki’s denials and pleas to his fans—drawing numerous readers eager for her updates. Her devotion never wavers, but Usami nevertheless paints a compelling picture of a huge celebrity becoming cancelled by the wider world; Akari is the exception to this rule, her Devotion never wavering. Akari is a high school student obsessed with “oshi” Masaki Ueno, a member of the popular J-Pop group Maza Maza. That aside, it didn't feel like a wholly satisfying novel and I finished feeling like I wanted something a bit more from the narrative.

Personally, I can relate to that on how obsessed I can be with books and some comfort animes that I took pleasure watching day by day.Akari immediately begins sifting through everything she can find about the scandal, and shares every detail to her blog—including Masaki's denials and pleas to his fans—drawing numerous readers eager for her updates. A vivid depiction of the joys and despairs of teenage fan culture, Idol, Burning is urgent and all-consuming . cũng đã ghi nhớ mãi trong lòng Akari; đó cũng là ẩn dụ về chính bản thân Akari sau này, cô bé chẳng thể đối mặt với cuộc sống thực tế tàn khốc hơn bao giờ, thậm chí những người đồng nghiệp ở nơi làm thêm cũng mong Akari đừng quá mộng tưởng về thần tượng. For Akari, Masaka’s a surrogate figure, offering her a readymade identity, a way of being, and of interacting with the world, that relieves her of the stresses of everyday life. In some ways, I love that the message that Usami was trying to portray is that, there are no faults to them being born in that way, but its the faults of society that judges you harshly if you're slightly different from what the society standards of 'normal' is.

Idol, Burning is a novella exploring stan culture, mental health and identity against a backdrop of the stressful high-performance culture of the Japanese education system. Rin Usami captures the insularity and obsessive nature of "stan culture" with aplomb, and if you've spent time in any sort of online fandom over the years, there's a lot you'll recognize in here. It's short and it's worth reading and Rin Usami is one to watch for sure, but I ultimately did want more from this. Nie przekreślam jej przez to kompletnie, bo uważam, że jest w niej coś, że autorka dokładnie wie, o czym pisze, zamiast porywać się z motyką na słońce.Czytając kilka recenzji moich znajomych zauważyłam jak różne emocje i wnioski wywołała w nas ta lektura.

Chúng ta có nhân vật chính cô bé Akari, người đã bất chấp các vấn đề sức khoẻ, học tập mà để tâm đến thần tượng - dẫn đến cuộc sống của Akari ngày càng sa sút. Not only the message of the book is self-explanatory, but there are also the author's and translator's afterwords at the end of the novella, pinpointing the intentions. As a result, she experiences the full spectrum of emotions, as well as isolation (both real and imagined), and must learn how to move on.Thank you to Netgalley and HarperVia for the advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review. This obsession swallows every aspect of her life and is closely tied to the foundation of Akari's own identity, so when Masaki is accused of punching a fan at the opening of the narrative, the ensuing fallout has a huge impact on her. And of course, there's nothing wrong with that at all; I just think this could have been a more interesting project had there been a bit more tension and more of a shift within Akari's character throughout the story. A really fascinating and empathetic look at mental health and fan culture and how those two things can become deeply intertwined. Yet, her understanding of Masaki is incredibly skewed, as she fails to see him as a human, an entertainer, but endows him with divine qualities.

While I liked elements of Akari’s characterisation, the story didn’t say anything about the nature of stan culture that wasn’t articulated more effectively in Everything I Need I Get From You, a non-fiction book about fandom I read recently. This certainly isn't a book you should be going into expecting an action-packed storyline - or even really looking for answers to the questions it raises - it is more an exploration into what it is to be a modern teenage fangirl, open to exploitation.The image of the ear swabs 綿棒 scattered on the ground, like bones after cremation, that need to be picked up and put into an urn, was very powerful. Phones and TV screens have kind of a grace built into their separation, like the distance between the stage and the audience.

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