Global superstars BTS have a reputation for many things: catchy songs that lodge themselves in your head and refuse to escape; complicated choreography that seems impossible to replicate; visuals that leave you a little dazed; and fans who will amplify their presence far and wide.
You’ve probably heard BTS’ Grammy-nominated hit ‘Dynamite’ on the radio or playing in your local shopping centre recently, but if you haven’t taken the deep dive into BTS’ very full seven-year discography, know you’re missing something special.
BTS have built intricate worlds—actual and fictional—where they’ve ruminated on being young and lost, experiencing love and heartache, doubting your place in the world and grappling with the ugly parts of yourself. Unexpected inspiration has been taken from the likes of Jungian theory, classic literature, Greek mythology and Renaissance art to delve into these existential themes.
It can be daunting to find an entry point to their world, so we’ve put together a brief guide to the concepts BTS have explored throughout the years. Check out the list below.
Sevana Ohandjanian is a writer who wants to talk to you about K-pop. Find her tweeting into the abyss @IchbinSev