Maybe if we read these we can finally understand BTS' concepts
15 May 2018 - 2:39 PM  UPDATED 15 May 2018 - 2:39 PM

BTS fans know that RM loves to recommend what he's enjoying when it comes to music, film, books and more. 

Given how deeply metaphorical some of BTS' work has been, both lyrically and in their music videos, we can only imagine reading the books RM has enjoyed will enrich our understanding of BTS' music. And also just be a great idea because reading is the best.

1. Kafka on the Shore: Haruki Murakami

RM is a fan of Murakami, having also read 1Q84 and Norwegian Wood. Kafka on the Shore comprises of two distinct plots that intertwine as they switch between chapters.

2. Demian: Hermann Hesse

This book about a young man caught between the worlds of illusion and spiritual truth famously acted as inspiration for BTS' "Blood, Sweat and Tears" and "Boy Meets Evil" concepts.

3. Human Acts: Han Kang

This award-winning South Korean bestseller is a portrait of political unrest and the universal struggle for peace.

4. Please Look After Mom: Shin Kyung-Sook

Another South Korean author, this critically acclaimed and incredibly popular book is based on themes around the self-sacrifice of mothers.

5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Milan Kundera

This book explores the philosophical idea that a person only has one life to live and whatever occurs in it will only happen once and never again.

6. The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas: Ursula K. Le Guin

Fans will know the Omelas reference from "Spring Day"; this short story about morality in an imaginary town was originally published in 1973.

7. The Metamorphosis: Franz Kafka

One of the most influential works in 21st century fiction, the story of a man who awakes as an insect and becomes an object of shame and alienation is one of the most widely read works internationally.

8. The Stranger: Albert Camus

A man is unwittingly drawn into a murder on a beach in this work of absurdism that was published in 1946.

Have you read any of the books on this list?


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