Okay, that's not completely accurate. Of course I understand the concept, I was in my early teens during the New Kids On The Block original era (even if I was more of a 1927 power ballad kind of gal), so I do understand why boy bands are so popular with the prepubescent females of the species.
What I don't get it the sheer intensity of the obsession.
That teen group, One Direction, is in Australia at the moment, and I don't think I've heard of a single girl between the ages of 12 and 16 who hasn't begged, pleaded or bribed their parents into buying tickets. At least, all the women at work who have girls in that age group have shelled out the ridiculously large amounts of money, along with an extra ticket for themselves so they can chaperone their kiddies.
A whole evening of cheesy commercialised music in a concert hall full of girls in their mid teens? Talk about sacrificing for your child!
But it's the obsessiveness of the fans that really baffles me. I read the other day that one of the boys in the band was Tweeting to some fans who were hanging around outside the back of the hotel he was staying in, obviously hoping to catch sight of him.
The reason he was Tweeting them? Because the spot they'd chosen turned out to be a ruddy snake enclosure [link]!
See, that's a level of dedication that I'm just not capable of. I'd do a hell of a lot to meet someone I'm a fan of, but standing in a snake infested enclosure? Just in the hopes of catching a glimpse? Hmm, I don't think so.
Maybe I'm showing my age, but I think I'll just stay home. If I want to see someone famous that desperately, I can always google them.