The recent success of BTS prompted this thread. It seems one of the sort of always out of reach goals for many kpop acts is breaking that glass ceiling of mainstream Western success. CL has tried it and failed. SNSD tried it and failed. Wonder Girls flirted with it. BTS may gain some ground. Others have tried. Others will try. It's this just out of reach goal that many seem to always be looking toward. Our international fan community in particular seems to be cheering them on hoping and waiting for that magic act and magic moment. But..... Call me selfish, but if I'm honest I don't want k-pop to go mainstream. Of course I wish all the best for my favs as well as all other groups. I want them to succeed and prosper. However... I sort of like that they aren't mainstream in the West. I like that I'm sort of the odd man out among my friends listening and paying attention to this whole other world of Korean music and entertainment. I like being apart of this "other" community online where it feels like we all share this secret passion that is ours and ours alone. If I'm entirely honest one of the things that makes kpop so special to me is that it isn't mainstream where I'm from. It somehow makes it that much greater that it's this own set apart community that you get to be apart of that not everyone and their dog is into. Am I crazy? Way too selfish? An asshole? Do any of you feel this way or am I alone? Thoughts??? P.S. Of course if any of my favs or any other artists were to actually succeed in the West I'd truly be happy for them. I'm truly not saying I would hate on them or something. The success would just be tinged with a certain amount of melancholy for me personally.