summary: min yoongi has everything: fame, respect, money, and his manager. and the idol will do anything to keep these things.
pairing: idol!min yoongi x fem.manager!reader
warnings: yandere tendency, submissive/passive reader, mean min yoongi, “dark”/unrealistic version of bighit, alternative timeline (bighit has a board, bv season 4 is set after the grammy nom,... stuff like that.)
ratings: dunno; there is smut planned for later chapters, but this one is most likely pg-13
links: next [masterlist]
info: these are short chapters (drabble style). if you want to be tagged in future chapters, just leave a comment! lower case letters intended.
at first, they used you to pressure min yoongi. you were just a small manager assistant, not even the head of his management team. but the way the new idol looked at you was enough to make the higher ups smirk in secret glee. to have a young man like yoongi so… devoted to an unimportant employee in their company provided them with much needed leverage.
the rapper would turn to you the second you stepped into a room, be it on set, in a conference room or a backstage area. as soon as you were in his reach, the idol would do anything to get you closer. normally, relationships like these were frowned upon in the industry.
but min yoongi wasn’t known to be the easiest trainee, often unmotivated and cold towards his instructors. like many others he’d be thrown out of the agency if it weren’t for his unchallenged talent. he spent less than one third of the time in the practice room – and even then his most favorite position was lying on the floor with his eyes closed. still, he danced without flaws during performances, making the dance line green with envy.
and this is not mentioning his unreal ability to write heartfelt, heartbroken and heartclenching lyrics on the back of empty coffee cups and the receipts of said caffeine treats. even well-established songwriters contacted the agency to get a helping hand from a little teenager.
nobody from the board would like to admit it, but that consulting money saved them from their first year slump, making them financially liquid. not even kim taehyung’s side modeling could rival yoongi’s value to the company.
so, you were like their shiny bargaining chip; they dangled you in front of the young idol and he would be attentive and eager. it didn’t matter that you felt uncomfortable under the hot stares, not only from yoongi but the other boys and employees as well. you were still in university – the assistant job only a side gig to glam up your resume.
you weren’t asked when you suddenly weren’t tasked with coffee runs but instead sat in on important meetings, held a fan to yoongi’s damp neck during shootings and ironed his crumbled shirts before a performance.
min yoongi didn’t change his personality just because of you – no, he was still the aloof idol who would leave questions unanswered and refused to update his social media accounts. but that didn’t mean he didn’t reserve his limited patience for you. it didn’t mean that he didn’t share his protein bar with you after a long day of driving from location to location.
nowadays, bangtan held themselves high, their fame outshining many established kpop groups. even the president had invited them countless times to the blue house. their discography was decorated with famous stars overseas. they even had to put an end to the fan gifts because the presents became too expensive.
with their rising power came a shift in yoongi’s behavior – there was no more pressuring a grammy nominated superstar.
“what do you mean with ‘no’?” the head of management asked.
“i said no i will not do the bon voyage segment,” yoongi says coolly, not even looking at his manager. the atmosphere in the conference room is tense, even the good hearted hoseok is frowning at his member. this meeting was meant as a formality. the vocal line had already signed their respective contracts this morning. only the rap line was left, having moved their meeting to the afternoon to accommodate namjoon’s recording session.
they have done bon voyage annually; apart from the hawaiian heat, hoseok thought yoongi enjoyed the paid vacations. why is the rapper rejecting the contract in front of them so easily?
“wh-what is the issue with this segment, yoongi-ssi?” his manager questions, as if reading hoseok’s inner thoughts.
but his hyung doesn’t look up from his coffee cup. you had handed it to him first thing in the morning. right before you had to run to your lecture. the last year of university is upon you, making you more stressed and less flexible. still, you found time to give him his morning coffee. but now you are not here and he doesn’t care for your absence.
both hoseok and namjoon muster their colleague with interest. this level of unsympathetic behavior is unusual – even for yoongi.
namjoon tries to find a flaw in their contract. he as well as the others had read it over yesterday with his lawyers. the pay was phenomenal, the destination reclusive and the timetable favorable. with haste eyes the leader scans his document again, a thought crossing his mind. they wouldn’t, would they?
“mr. yang, where is ____-nim’s name?” namjoon asks the manager in front of him. yoongi hides his smirk behind his cup. his leader does know him quite well.
the front of managers looks uncomfortable as the head – mr. yang – clears his throat.
“she won’t be able to join us, namjoon-ssi. he- her classes won’t allow the three-week absence,” he explains with a slight stutter when yoongi huffs at his answer.
“can’t she hand in a compensational work for the missed classes?” hoseok asks. yoongi is slightly touched by his bandmates’ comments. his attitude has changed in the last months. if they can’t fulfill his wishes, then he won’t bargain. yoongi is too old for this.
“he- her professor declined th-e o-offer,” another manager says, frightened as the cold rapper begins to pack the folders with the unsigned contract into his bag. for him, this meeting is over.
“as do i,” yoongi answers before getting up. there is no dirt on his suit, still he takes to time to brush off the nonexistent lint from his shoulders.
yoongi walks out of the meeting with only a slight nod at his bandmates. with the closed door behind him, he breathes deeply, looking at his watch. you should be finished with your seminar any minute now. his steps quicken just thinking about you being back in the building soon.
yoongi wakes up the next morning to a revised contract in his mailbox. the idol scrolls with sleepy fingers to page twelve and smirks at the rewritten paragraph. so, he will get to enjoy the new zealand snow after all.
this has no point. i’m sorry. i’ve had a “bad” dream about this scenario and couldn’t let it go. i’d love to hear from you! love, dana
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Riverdale, art and commerce.
(I'm sure this is well understood by most people but I didn't know it and I figured it might be interesting for others.)
Do you feel puzzled about why Riverdale got so… bad? I’m not talking about ships here, YDY in that regard but it seems to me that it has dropped the ball with regard to continuity (2021- again!) and consistent characterisation. That’s confusing given that it is made by talented performers, set designers, directors and cinematographers. I know we love to rag on the writers but, while some of them certainly seem to be hapless with regard to their use of social media, these are people who are making lucrative careers writing for TV. They have skills.
I was confused, and a confused Marxist like me looks to economics to explain culture, “Follow the money” in other words. I thought I understood basically how tv revenue works. The producers make content for a network that will draw in an attractive target demographic. The network sells that audience to advertisers. The show is not the product, we are not the consumers. The product is us, our eyeballs, our disposable income, the network is selling us to advertisers, they are the consumers. So it seemed to me that the show runners and the network would be concerned about falling ratings since that generates less product (us) to sell to their consumers (the advertisers.)
But I didn’t understand syndication which meant my grasp of the economics was all wrong.
“While the other nets are in the business of making money off their live viewership, The CW was created as a vessel for first-run domestic broadcast, for the purposes of creating programming ripe for syndication and, thus, a much more profitable second-run deal. It takes 88 episodes of a show to achieve that number, and The CW was created with the singular purpose of getting the shows of its parent companies to the qualifying numbers. There is also an ongoing output deal the network has with Netflix, which means that eight days after any CW show ends its season, even if it’s only the first season, all episodes of that show will become available on the streaming service. Which means that those CW shows are an immediate source of income for their owners, regardless of original viewership.” (Turitz 2017)
The product here is the show’s ability to fill a slot for 20 weeks of weekday reruns ie 100 episodes. (These days 88 episodes is the minimum but obviously 100+ is better.) In addition, the product is the square on the Netflix (or other streamer’s) matrix that gets folks clicking “Next episode” in a hypnotic trance.
Because the CW is targeting the syndication market then live viewership is much less important, it isn’t how they turn a profit. What they want is a show with significant brand awareness in the prime demographic, a show with a mountain of episodes that can be shown ubiquitously, a show with cliffhangers from ep to ep to get streamers transfixed, and from ad break to ad break for conventional viewership.
Crucially cohesive narrative arcs are not really important. Shows in syndication are often shown out of order, holiday episodes do better if they can be shown at the right season, narrative through line be damned. If a show runner begins with a vision and an aesthetic you can be pretty sure it will have run its course after a couple of seasons, then it's a case of holding on, switching things up enough, often enough, in order to get to the magic 88 or 100 if you're really lucky.
See now it begins to make sense doesn’t it? They aren’t making a bad show. It streams on Netflix, mission accomplished. It’s at 100 episodes, mission accomplished. It will continue in syndication until the ice caps melt and we all grow fins. Mission accomplished. The problem is us, we’re watching it all wrong. We should be thinking of it like one of those William Burroughs cut ups, seeing how narrative is accidentally created by putting random scenes together, or just watching to see the pretty people wear the clothes and sing the songs. Sometimes people make out with each other, doesn’t matter who or why. It's all about spectacle not catharsis-- but spectacle with minimal overheads and easily reusable sets.
Of course we wish the show were better, but it isn’t, because it has to have episodes that will appeal not to a devoted fan base but to the casual streamer, the channel surfer, who just want to see if this is the episode where the red headed dude fucks the bear or whatever happened. And I'm sorry, but now they are at 100 there is simply no incentive to give loyal fans what they want, they won't make a lot more out of us anyway, they want fresh meat in the syndication market. Understanding it makes me feel better about the whole thing, I mean, I still hate it but at least I know why I hate it now.
Neil Turitz The CW Redefines What It Means to Be a Success (Network Series) 2017
Amelia Rankine “What went wrong with ‘Riverdale” https://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2019-03-29/pop-culture/what-went-wrong-with-riverdale/
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have you ever feeling jealous with the characters your f/o being shipped with? like—it's not even canon. even in a certain ship their love interest is a dead character. at first i still can brush it off, but then it's building, building, building and finally getting onto me. you know that some people can get really too much with their ship, right? (something like bringing their ship hcs to the new fans as if it's canon). i found that it hard to watch my f/o official content in social media cause there will always be people who bring up the ships, saying something like my f/o and this character are meant to be together and such thing. i know some people found comfort in their ship, and i feel bad feeling this way towards them... but still, this feeling makes me sick so much... ;______; i don't know what to do.
oh—i just discovered your blog today. i hope you don't mind with this kind of ask. feel free to ignore it if this makes you uncomfortable! ^^
sometimes you just wanna have things to yourself, and thats ok! my best advice is to block people who post that kind of stuff. theres no personal hard feelings, just that you dont like the way they portray a character you have certain feelings attached to.
if we're gonna take it to the full extent of imagines and escapism, then it's similar feelings to if you heard people irl talking about how they think your irl crush would look cute with someone else, or also crushing on them. of course you would feel a bit jealous and uncomfortable. the good thing is, online you can do your best to customize your experience with fandom. you can block people, you can avoid comment sections, you can block the tags if you need to! tailor your fandom experience to yourself as best you can.
honestly i dont really follow the tags or anything for my comfort characters (specifically my main one) or post about them, both bc of that and not liking certain interpretations by fandom at large. as long as no one is harrassing anyone, it's ok!
and if the feelings persist-try to remember that hcs and fanon are not canon, and they hold no precedence over your own.
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genuine question, why do you think you are owed likes and reblogs for posting art? as an artist myself, i find myself deleting social media often because if i’m on one site for too long i start equating my art’s value to my numbers. it doesn’t harm artists to not reblog their work. at the end of the day, likes and reblogs are really just numbers that show how many people both saw your work and wanted to let you know they appreciated it to some extent. if you care so much about the ratio, would you rather people not like your work at all if they don’t want to share it on their own blog? just because a person thinks your art is good doesn’t mean they’ve done you wrong by not sharing it with their friends. you have to admit that mindset sounds pretty entitled.
what i want to know is: what do likes and reblogs mean to you? if even 1000 is a small number for you, i’m curious why it’s so important for people who appreciate your work to press buttons to let you know. why do you create art? is it for yourself? for others? because you want to make a living? if you plan on making money off of it, i can maybe understand why exposure is very important to you, but if not, i think you really need to take a step back and look at how you are reacting to your numbers. compare your numbers to smaller artists’ and think about how you might sound.
if i know tumblr, i imagine there’s a possibility you might just read this and call me something like “deranged” for writing such a long message about this, but i hope you can take it as a genuine and heartfelt message instead. i’ve simply seen this attitude on this website far more than any other and it’s disappointing to see; the numbers on this site really don’t mean as much as people here seem to think they do. it’s important to reflect on why you create and why you choose to share your creations, because you aren’t owed attention or even any expression of appreciation for it. each like and reblog is a gift in its own — sure, a very easy gift to give, and not one of much value, but a gift nonetheless. people give you them out of kindness and appreciation, they don’t pay them to you as part of an exchange.
I’m going to start this off by saying that my post was meant for all fan artists but mostly the smaller ones on this site. I used my numbers cause that’s whats available to me so I can get the numerical point across. It’d be an asshole move to pull up random numbers from an artist smaller than me. The point was to show that if it hurts with bigger blogs it will hurt smaller blogs even more.
I’m in school for art, I plan to be a professional in the field and the biggest thing my professors have told me is exposure and outreach means everything. You get the job through connections and visibility. Yeah social media and fanart is a hobby in the end and you shouldn’t get obsessed with numbers, it’ll lead to toxic thinking that will do you more harm than good. But artists big or small run on validation for their hard work. Disagree all you’d like on that but I’ve never met an artist who doesn’t share their work with someone.
Tumblr is a platform that only works if you reblog. Likes mesn literally nothing here, this isn’t twitter or instagram. Most fan artists I’ve spoken to do or plan to do commissions to support themselves. They can’t do that if no one sees their art can they? That post was never about me and my own numbers it was pointing out a universal problem this platform has. I don’t know why people can’t seem to get that through their heads.
Every time an artist speaks out about this we’re called entitled. The ‘small gift’ of a reblog is what allows more content for your fandom to be made. I’d love to see how y’all would cope if you didn’t have the amount of fanart and fanfic that you do. Fan content is the only reason fandoms stay alive as long as they do, remember that.
And since you’re going to put the words in my mouth anyways, yeah you’re deranged : )
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What do you think about Ken Narita saying in the SR Yashahime guidebook (lol) that he doesn’t consider Rin as Sesshomaru’s love interest, and that in his opinion Sesshomaru is her Hogosha? I just cant wrap my head around publishing something like that in the guidebook that exists specifically for their fanfic ship 😂
I'm sorry, he said what?
Good for him, I guess. I don't put too much stock in what voice actors say, since I'm not all that familiar with the anime anymore (manga-exclusive fan). But, if he really said that, he managed to have at least a LITTLE sense and dignity when most of his colleagues can't be bothered, so...
As for HOW a comment like that could have ended up in a propaganda pamphlet written specifically to justify their child grooming narrative, I haven't the foggiest notion. The Inuyasha fandom has a tendency to jump to conclusions before it has all the facts, so I don't know if I trust that's what he really said until we have scans and a trustworthy translation, frankly.
Still, if it turns out to be true, there could be a few possibilities. Whomever was doing the editing might have been asleep at the wheel. They might have thought nodding to the controversy around the pairing in the guidebook would keep both camps talking about it on social media (so far this seems to be true). I've talked before about how the entire show and all the content around it is starting to look like a troll job meant to collect attention on social media.
Or, maybe Ken Narita pissed off a higher-up at Sunrise and they're trying to set their rabid ship defenders on him. 😂🤣
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