Just a short background…
I think it was around the end of 2009 or the beginning of 2010 when we came up with this idea to give Dara a “magazine” full of articles, photos, features, fan-accounts about her and of course 2NE1. We mobilized ourselves and distributed different parts of the magazine to different Daralings. We had so many plans and so much content that our heads were bursting with it. Then I dunno what happened but the fire died down a little and we found ourselves buying other gifts instead for Dara. But of course, little by little, Daralings began submitting their stories, features, etc and we decided to compile it.
Over the years, we told ourselves that we would just give it for Dara’s birthday, then it became Christmas, then New Year, then Dara’s birthday, and then Christmas again. We just added and added but never really made it into one whole magazine. Eventually, the magazine became a “book” and the fan-accounts began to pile on and on… many fan-arts were submitted, many letters from Daralings that it became thicker and thicker. Until finally we put our foot down and said, “We HAVE to finish this! We just HAVE to.” I mean, its been years already!
The content of this book is 100% made by Daralings over the years. If you guys can remember, we had various contests here in OhDara and in WeLoveDara and some of that content has made it into this book. We also have an article by a Dara fan since 2004. We have articles about Dara’s various fanboys – information about them, why they became fanboys, what they said, when they said it. We also have a feature on Dara’s most memorable 2ne1TV moments as well as Dara’s most epic hairstyles. We also have a section which includes a compilation of Dara’s most meaningful “sayings” over the years. We even have a section about what other people have to say about Dara. And of course, let’s not forget the fan-accounts. Over the years, admins and friends of OhDara and WeLoveDara have attended various 2NE1 concerts and fan-accounts of those events are included inside as well. We have a feature on what it means to be a Blackjack and a feature on what life is being a Loyal Daraling. ^_^ So yes, this book is filled with pages upon pages upon pages of Dara. We have a collection of fan-arts submitted by fans. We also have sections of “fan-arts” which serves as ADs in magazines. Remember guys, this “book” was initially supposed to be a “magazine” so we had several ADs made too. So we included that. There are also fan-arts of the different music videos Dara was in. Do you guys remember entering contests about why you love Dara and such? Well, some of your entries are here too! ^_^
Unfortunately, some of the content in the book isn’t that recent anymore. T_T As we said, there’s years and years of work behind this book so some parts aren’t really that updated anymore.
Some people in this fandom have questioned by we love Dara so much. They question our dedication over and over again. But what they do not realize is that Daralings work really hard to show their love towards Dara and our loyalty is unwavering. There are a lot of Daralings who have been fans since 2004. 9 years is long to be a fan of someone. Beauty comes and goes, the value of talent changes along with the trends, but I truly believe a person’s good heart remains constant. And that is what Dara is to all of us.
But I think at the end of the day what’s important is that this “book” has been made by Daralings, for Dara and Daralings. <3
To those who made this possible, you guys know who you are!!! <3 We have been friends for a long time haven’t we? Thank you!
Here’s a sneak peak of some of the pages!