Updated: Sep 4
This series is about me giving my opinions on anything music-related. Any response to the topic is welcome unless you're being toxic.
Over the past year, I've grown to the point where I don't find K-Pop reactions satisfying. There are a few reactors that I admire, but the overall space is uninspiring.
Whenever I think of the problems with K-Pop reactors, I like to reference this video:
The stereotypes that RBGTalk presented in this video are the problems why I'm not excited about K-Pop reactions anymore, for the most part.
Whenever I see people dropping their jaws or acting out a seizure, I don't sense 100% authenticity from them. Well, it's more accurate to say I find it hard to connect with them. My personality is different, so that might be my problem.
Another thing I despise is when they talk about what's happening in the video instead of the music. I know K-Pop focuses on the music video, but it's easy not to focus on it. Comment on the song first before commenting on the video itself.
Reactors talking about the lyrics is a minor pet peeve I have. I'll let this slide because people connect with music by reading the lyrics. However, I'm all about people talking about the track's sound.
It's also disappointing when a person compliments the artist without any constructive criticism about the music. Even if someone's criticism isn't something I agree with, it's better than saying "he/she is so pretty" without critiquing the song. It doesn't make sense to me.
Pausing and talking too much are also problems I have. For reactors that do this, I suggest you add in texts wherever you want to add your thoughts, instead of making us sit for 15 minutes for a reaction to a 4-minute song.
This next problem isn't in the video, but it can be a frustrating presentation for hardcore K-Pop fans. Do you ever come across reactors that react to anything popular, but not give time to older/underrated artists? It's not a huge issue personally, but I get impatient with it. I'm sure there are reasons, but I would like new K-Pop fans to explore different sounds/artists.
Another annoying trait of a K-Pop reactor is reacting to over-edited fan-made videos. Simply put, these videos aren't worthy enough of a reaction unless it's very informative and well-edited. Why can't people react to a video that might help them dig deep into K-Pop? It would bring in more perspectives.
One last trait I like to point out is the thumbnails. Look at RBGTalk's thumbnail above.
Thumbnails like that are too try-hard. Adding captions like "Kings!" or "She's hot!" with a posed face is cringe. It just comes off as desperate, expecting us to like the reactor when all he/she does is nothing but gives the artist 100% praise. It becomes an issue when the reactor constantly performs this routine. That's a red flag to me.
Despite these lingering problems, I've come across some good reaction channels that discuss the music from various artists. I got into K-Pop because of its sound. Let me find people online that share the same sentiment as I have. Instead of focusing on the looks and props, let's talk about the instruments, hooks, and vocals, shall we? Constructive criticism is much healthier than blindly fangirling/fanboying over an artist.