Immediately after work, I came to my house and tapped on the friendly office man’s door, and told him my room number and asked if there was a delivery for me. Guess what? There was! The Big Bang ‘Extraordinary 20s’ photo book. It was actually waiting for me yesterday, but I didn’t have time to claim it. I skipped back to my room and stared at the box. Staring contest! I lost. It was time for me to cut this sucker open.
I forcefully scissored the box. I could already smell the delicious book smell. It smells like an I Spy book. The best kind of book smell in the world. This is the box the book comes in. Yes, the book is so special it requires two encasements!
The cover of the book itself. Very high quality. The edges of the pages are shiny gold. There’s a little fake photo negative wedged into the front cover. The seemingly random phrases at bottom are the names of the different themed chapters.
The book comes with a small poster and this photo frame with interchangeable photo cards. The Daesung one is just plain awful and doesn’t even look like him. The other ones are okay. I really like this theme- it’s very ‘street’ and ‘legit’ and not ‘manufactured.’ Even though, obviously, it is.
The book has A LOT of these random quotations, all in English. In fact, there is nothing Korean in the book at all. Only English. YG must have gotten a way better copy editor because the English is so much better than any of the previous stuff they’ve put out. BigBig Bang world domination, go!
TOP is moody and never smiles in any of the pictures. Protecting his 2cool4school image well.
Lots of b&w shots, and many of them are very casual and seem natural. I like it.
Aw, who HASN’T fallen for Daesung’s smile? He smiles like a baby.
At this point, things started to get a little weird.
TAEYANG IS SHRINKING. Seriously, last time I saw him (in person; don’t believe how tall he looks in photos because I think they make him stand on boxes) I would have put him at 5’4” or 5’5” (being generous with the later,) but if GD claims to be 5’8” but is really closer to 5”6” and Taeyang is THIS short, I must conclude that Taeyang is a garden gnome.
So, was this $35 book of well-groomed and manicured Korean men who are very talented in singing and dancing worth my money? Yeah, I think so. I like the style of all the pictures, the design and packaging are great, the random English interview quotations which are never attributed to any individual member are kind of weird, but who even reads these days anyway?