The Book

Welcome to my website, inspired by my soon-to-be released, self-published book, “Discovering BTS: an unexpected journey” 방탄소년단 발견 : 예기치 않은 여정 . The project began after Lynn, my Twitter friend and fellow IBIS, suggested that I write a book about BTS, ARMY and its diverse fan base (IBIS stands for Itty Bitty Inspiration Squad on Direct Messenger). And when the six other members joined the cause, well, that’s all the impetus I needed.

I first admitted my adoration in my blog, dated August 2019, Honesty is the Best Policy – I love BTS. That’s when I fell down the rabbit hole, never to be retrieved again. And while I’m proudly OT7 (loving them equally), Yoongi is now my long-term bias, followed by a number of wreckers, including Jimin and Hoseok.

The book centers on my personal journey and will explain how a) I went from mild intrigue. To b) attempting to learn their names and being able to identify them with various colors of hair. To c) being able to tell who was rapping/singing each part. To d) making long-lasting friends worldwide, studying the Korean language, and writing a book about seven talented and outstanding human beings who changed my life forever, and helped me cope during the Covid lock-down.

So what’s up with the title? It simply means that while we may start down one path in life, our journey often takes us stumbling upon roads with numerous unopened doors and unexpected adventures. That sure was the case for me.

Hope you will take some time to read the stories already posted. If viewing on your phone, click the arrows at the top of the page to view them and the other main menu links.

With the help of this website, I’m hoping to collect ARMY stories from around the world,  and include many within the book.

I look forward to hearing from you.
MJ Chard 

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