How fandoms such as the BTS ARMY and connecting with fellow fans made me feel human — in a virtual world — during the pandemic

Digital artwork of the writer drawing using her laptop inside her bedroom
Digital artwork of the writer drawing using her laptop inside her bedroom
“Lofi study girl works from home.” Traditional + Digital art, Surrealist Sushi, March 4, 2020

“One day, the world stopped
Without any warning
Spring didn’t know to wait
Showed up not even a minute late.”

— BTS, Life Goes On (written by RM, Suga, Jhope [BTS])

January 1, 2020. 2 AM. After blowing up some fireworks on the street in front of our house and spending New Year’s Eve dinner with the family, I went back my room, slightly tipsy and introspective, to watch the final episodes of The Untamed

A no spoiler review of Bong Joon-Ho’s genre-defying masterpiece.

Finally watched the Palme d’ Or winning Parasite, and I am at a loss for words.

It’s not that it has rendered me speechless… I have plenty to say, I just don’t know how to say it. I’m scrambling with words right now. After watching the film, I could only exclaim “Fuck.” Parasite has left me struggling to even describe what I just watched. It’s fucking WILD.

Parasite refuses genre. It’s a funny, absurdist dark comedy. A satirical social commentary on South Korea’s class system. It’s also a “heist” film? Perhaps…

A review of each song in Taylor Swift’s 7th studio album Lover, with an introduction to the context of Taylor Swift today.

Photo credit: Music video by Taylor Swift performing Lover. © 2019 Taylor Swift

In the eventful summer of 2016 millions upon millions of snake emojis dominated social media. Since then, the internet mob, and the media eager for a scandal, have been relentlessly determined to drag Taylor Swift down, gaslighting her at every opportunity (even making fun of her during her high-profile sexual assault case in which she counter-sued her harasser for a symbolic dollar). …

As it happens, unintentionally, I’ve just finished reading two novels in which the main protagonists are wholly, unequivocally, dedicated to their work-- however, while one has willfully dedicated his entire life to his duties and to propriety, that he has perhaps lost something along the way, though he will never speak of it — the other is content in being devoured by their job (or perhaps even becoming their job), that it’s no longer work, but oxygen.

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

It’s been a while since a book has made me cry openly. Perfect, hilarious, and quietly devastating all at once. It consumes you…

Photo courtesy of HBO

The most popular TV show in the world, judging by millions of illegal downloads and domination of twitter trends during each episode of the finale, has now ended, not with a bang or a whimper, but with controversy. The season finale sees a petition for a remake with a million signatures, countless think pieces, and angry rants against spoilers and the writers. …

Image courtesy of HBO

The past couple of seasons in Game of Thrones have been hugely disappointing. Characters were making idiotic miscalculations, were “out-of-character”, and the classic strategizing that made Game of Thrones such a huge hit were nowhere to be found, even amongst its supposed most clever of characters.

This is why despite all the heartwarming fanfic reunions in Episode 2 of the Final season, the best scene hands down was between Daenerys and Sansa, precisely because this was the scene we finally found a semblance of a Game, a calm yet cool assessment of power between two experienced Players.

Sophie Turner’s incredibly…


“Robert Downey Jr. is hardly the obvious choice to play an iconic crime fighter.” — USA Today, 2007

“What shocked me this year was the announcement that the Male Star of the Year award would go to, of all people, Robert Downey Jr. Look, Downey’s talent is indisputable. But he’s hardly a box-office draw.” — Rolling Stone, 2008

“No, really, it makes sense, casting Robert Downey Jr. as Ironman. True, Robert Downey Jr. isn’t rugged or tall or bankable…” — Entertainment Weekly, 2006

“Yup, the 43-year-old ex-junkie, ex-con, Oscar-nominated professional entertainer is renouncing his title as the talent most likely…

Surrealist Sushi

Surrealist Sushi has an MA in International Studies and a BA in Art, with interests in pop culture, history, and film.

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