花樣年華 HYYH The Notes 1 by BigHit Entertainment
Series: The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, #1
Published: 2019 by beORIGIN Co., Ltd.
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
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If you’re hoping that 花樣年華 HYYH The Notes 1 (henceforth shortened to ‘The Notes 1‘) will have be a happy ending that finally ties everything together, then put that expectation away because this is just The Notes 1. It’s not the beginning beginning of the ride (number-wise, the webtoon Save Me is the predecessor) and it definitely wont be the end too. Why am I starting off with this first? Because I was an idiot who hoped for the aforementioned ending.
Anyway, if you’re thinking of reading this book as a non-ARMY (a.k.a. a non-fan) or as someone without any prior knowledge of BTS’ music videos, the webtoon and such, The Notes 1 will be confusing. The characters pretty much blend together because there’s no focus on making them their own entities. You’re expected to already know who they are, their personalities, so on and so forth.
Moreover, the execution of the story is in the form of notes (as referred to in the title) and unfortunately, this form does not lend a hand in solid character building and a more ’emotive’ narrative. The story can get confusing—even to ARMYs—as there are jumps between POVs and the ‘time’ passes quickly. It was initially tough for me to get into this book because of the aforementioned. Nevertheless, considering that notes are “a brief record of points or ideas written down as an aid to memory”, this form of narrative is effective in that manner.
That aside, I found the English edition of The Notes 1 linguistically interesting. I assume that it’s translated from the Korean version of the book, thus resulting in the usage of certain words and phrases such as “I bent my steps”. I don’t think I’ve entirely understood what is meant, but the way English is used as a language here is still interesting.
All in all, Big Hit has given us ARMYs a little more depth to the Bangtan Universe in this book and that “little more” is still as heartbreaking as the “little” we have been previously given through the music videos, short films, high light reels and such. I’ve been told that some of the ‘old’ notes included in albums have also made a reappearance in this book, but that is understandable since we need all the pieces to put a puzzle together.