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Idol, Burning

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Dần sau đó, người đọc được biết cách Akari lần đầu nhìn thấy thần tượng của cô bé, cách cô bé đã ngưỡng mộ thần tượng thế nào, cách mà thần tượng đã cho Akari điểm tựa trong cuộc sống này. Hugely recommended if you've ever been a teenage girl wildly obsessed by a band or a person, Idol, Burning is a fascinating read. It is a harrowing portrait of the emotional void in teenagers’ lives and how easily it is filled up with admiration for their idols. Wspomnienie o idolu sprawia, że przenosi się do innego świata w którym może być jeszcze dzieckiem oglądającym w teatrze “Piotrusia Pana”, w tych momentach rzeczywistość przestaje mieć znaczenie.

At the end of the book, I wasn't even surprised why this book won the Akutagawa Award in 2020, because it definitely deserved that title.Her treatment of her family is frustrating, as she doesn’t seem to care particularly for them nor does she understand that she cannot exist on devotion alone. A key influencer via her dedicated blog, she’s carved out a significant space for herself within Masaki’s fan community. It’s narrated by Akari, a 16-year-old, high-school student, who’s submerged herself in an obsession with her oshi (idol) Masaki, a member of J-pop band Maza Maza. The author merely comes up with a vanilla take on this (online bullying is bad, we should consider how the people accused of things like this feel, etc). Rin Usami balances humor, obsession, heartbreak, and sacrifice in her English debut, crafting a story that's both enveloping and expansive.

I really related to this book having been a depressed Koreaboo / k-pop stan in my high school / college years. Idol, Burning is a peculiar little book, even by the arguably odder-than-average standards of translated novellas. There are very bleak aspects to this story but it's all rendered in a way that comes across as realistic more than pitying or cruel.Akari is a high school junior obsessed with "oshi" Masaki Ueno, a member of the popular J-Pop group Maza Maza. 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. 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.

The main character definitely is in a parasocial relationship with her idol and is so deep in the fandom to the point that she doesn't know who she is without him. What happens when a public figure you admire is accused of something like assaulting another person? 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. And the consequences of some actions, how it is perceived by the fabbase and public in general nd the decisions that have to be made. She was successively awarded Mishima Yukio Prize for the same work, which made her the youngest holder of the prize.As taut, riotous prose unfolds, she is revealed to be sensitive and observant: “In the same way that a night of sleep puts wrinkles in a bedsheet, just being alive took a toll. There is indeed a lot to say about the loneliness epidemic and how it relates to entertainment culture (hello, David Foster Wallace). With unflinching clarity, Usami expertly transforms Akari's devotion into debilitating disconnection. It is forbidden to copy anything for publication elsewhere without written permission from the copyright holder.

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