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SNSD fans clash as ex-member Jessica Jung's fictional novel 'Bright' seems too in touch with reality

The excerpts of Jessica's novel have been released online, causing a lot of chaos, and leading to clashes between OT8 fans (SNSD fans) and fans of Jessica
Fans of Girls' Generation wonder if Jessica Jung's novel 'Bright' is inspired by real-life incidents from her time with the girl group (SM Entertainment and @jessica.syj/Instagram)
Fans of Girls' Generation wonder if Jessica Jung's novel 'Bright' is inspired by real-life incidents from her time with the girl group (SM Entertainment and @jessica.syj/Instagram)

It looks like the story of Girls’ Generation aka SNSD’s journey has a new angle but fans of the girl group are not happy with ex-member Jessica. Korean-American singer Jessica Jung, who was formerly a Girls’ Generation member, dropped the second novel from her Shine series. The new novel titled ‘Bright’ is a highly anticipated sequel to Jessica's 2020 release ‘Shine’.

The original release of the second book was slated for October 2021 and after a long wait, the novel ‘Bright’ was finally released on May 10. With the novel being out, Sones (fans of Girls’ Generation) and fans of Jessica have finally had their hands on the novel and are pinpointing snippets from the book that hit really close to home in context with the SM Entertainment girl groups’ past.


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Girls' Generation was a nine-member group until Jessica Jung exited it due to scheduling conflicts (SM Entertainment)

Is Jessica Jung calling out the group with 'Bright'?

Fans have been posting excerpts from the book as they are reading it online and are trying to put two and two together about the disagreements that allegedly took place within Girls’ Generation when Jessica was still a member of the girl group. These excerpts have been released online which is causing a lot of chaos in the fandom as OT8 fans (fans of the active SNSD members) and fans of Jessica have been clashing with one another.

Fans of Jessica believe that the stories in the novels 'Shine' and 'Bright' are inspired by real-life situations that Jessica experienced during her time with the girl group, while fans of Girls’ Generation are not willing to believe that the story relates to real-life incidents that took place when the girls were promoting actively. OT8 Sones, on the other hand, are questioning the authenticity of the claims that are being made online against the girl group based on Jessica’s fictional story.

Jessica is the author of novels 'Shine' and 'Bright' which follow the journey of Rachel, who is trying to make it big in the K-pop industry (@jessica.syj/Instagram)

The fictional novel by Jessica Jung is a K-pop-inspired story that is based on the life of Rachel, a Korean-American teen who dreamt of becoming a K-pop idol. The first novel talked about how Rachel was on her way to making a debut in the industry and now, the sequel in the ‘Shine’ series shows the journey of Rachel as a member of the fictional girl group Girls Forever which ironically also has nine members.


'Why are so many people surprised?'

The first novel was a hit as soon as it was released because it narrated the story of the K-pop industry from an insider perspective but fans of Girls’ Generation are now beginning to draw conclusions based on real-life incidents. Some fans think that the incidents mentioned in Jessica’s novel correspond with the incidents that took place during Girls’ Generation’s past press conferences as well as references to her exit from the SM Entertainment group. One fan said, "Suddenly the line “snsd lost 1 sister but jessica lost 8” hitting me right through the guts." Another fan joked, “Snsd reading jessica’s new book."

Another fan said, "Me reading thru the jessica vs snsd beef with 0 background knowledge abt what they were even beefing over." One more fan said, "Snsd when they found out about jessica’s side hustle." The fan who originally posted the screenshots of the book said, "CHINESE SONES WERE RIGHT ALL ALONG HOLY S**T "WE WONT GO IF YOU DO."

One fan of Jessica said, "Why are many people so suprised with the content Jessica Jung wrote in Bright? I thought everyone should have known it? Chinese fans even knew what happened about 930 2 days prior. It's quite similar to the book. That's why many Chinese fans decided to support Jessica."









'Can Jessica at least confirm?'

One more fan supported, "People are always going to do whatever they can to diminish what jessica had to say about 9/30 and how she felt... for some of us, what's written in bright isn't surprising because it's stuff we heard throughout the years but it got brushed off as "unconfirmed rumors" and lies."

One SNSD fan wished, "Can Jessica at least confirm that Bright is also FICTIONAL? Please. Some of you go out of everyone's throat when they are associating SHINE with the girls and now suddenly Bright is like an autobiography??? Isn't this a sequel? I can't. Leave Taeyeon and the girls alone."

Another Sone said, "About Jessica’s Bright: the book only tells her side of the story. It’s important that we know how she felt, but that doesn’t mean that the way she told things happened it’s a 100% truth. We never heard the SNSD side of the story. And even their side wouldn’t be 100% true."

Another fan said, "As a fan of snsd for 10 years now and Jessica biased. I know there's 2 sides of the coin. The 8 members might've done something wrong and J might've done something wrong too. I still love these 9 girls no matter what."