Members of the K-pop band BTS have been the subject of much steamy fanfiction. Photo: Getty Images Members of the K-pop band BTS have been the subject of much steamy fanfiction. Photo: Getty Images
Members of the K-pop band BTS have been the subject of much steamy fanfiction. Photo: Getty Images
K-pop idols

K-pop’s gay-themed ‘Real Person Slash’ fanfiction: an escape from reality or sexual exploitation? South Korea’s not sure

  • Fictionalised depictions of same-sex relationships between K-pop singers in popular bands like BTS draw charges of exploitation
  • But fans of the stories, called ‘Real Person Slash’, defend them as part of the culture surrounding the K-pop industry

Topic |   K-pop idols
Members of the K-pop band BTS have been the subject of much steamy fanfiction. Photo: Getty Images Members of the K-pop band BTS have been the subject of much steamy fanfiction. Photo: Getty Images
Members of the K-pop band BTS have been the subject of much steamy fanfiction. Photo: Getty Images
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