Netizens Wonder How Much Of Jessica’s “Fictional” Book “Bright” Is True After Spotting Similarities To Her Real Life

Netizens had mixed thoughts on the book and its connection to Girls’ Generation.

Back in 2020, Jessica, formerly of Girls’ Generation, released a book called Shine. The book told the story of a Korean American teen that moves to South Korea to pursue her dreams of becoming a K-Pop star.

It caught the attention of fans after many noticed the similarities to Jessica’s career after the protagonist, Rachel Kim is thrust into a debut group of nine girls under one of South Korea’s largest entertainment agencies.

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Recently, Jessica released the sequel to the book, and it’s called Bright. According to the synopsis of the book, Rachel’s group Girls Forever is the biggest K-pop group in the world, and her fame skyrockets after her viral airport styling attracts the attention of fashion’s biggest names.

Yet, with the rising fame and appearance of a mysterious designer who Rachel falls in love with, the idol had to battle with her head and heart, making sacrifices.

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When the first book was released, netizens noticed links or connections to Girls’ Generation, whether it was the Thai version having a lightstick that looks similar to the iconic heart lightstick SONEs have.

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When it comes to Bright, netizens have raised concerns that the book might not be as fictional as promoted, noting distinct similarities to Jessica’s career in Girls’ Generation.

In particular, one excerpt has gone viral where one of the group members criticizes Rachel for her lack of commitment to the group. The manager explains to Rachel that the members refused to share a stage with her, leading the company to get rid of her.

Although there was no confirmation whether it was the members’ fault that Jessica was “kicked out” of Girls’ Generation, the idol shared a statement on her Weibo after it happened. In the post, she explained how “shocking” it was to be told she wasn’t in the group.

I was excited about our upcoming fan events, only to shockingly be informed by my company and eight others that as of today, I’m no longer a member. I’m devastated – my priority and love is to serve as a member of GG, but for no justifiable reason, I am being forced out…

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Even when it came to the aftermath of leaving Girls’ Generation, it seemed to be indirectly mentioned in the book. According to sources, the reason for Jessica leaving was due to conflicts of schedules of the group and her own business activities, which included her fashion brand Blanc & Eclare.

Jessica’s fashion brand BLANC & ECLARE

In Bright, it seemed to be a similar issue for Rachel as the book explained that the agency released a statement saying that the reason for her leaving the group was to focus on fashion rather than her idol career.

Yet, there were also rumors that Jessica had asked several times for her release from the group.

The book then shares the emotions Rachel went through after leaving the group with the line, “It’s strange to think there won’t ever be a photo with the nine of us in it ever again.” Although Jessica never openly shared her reaction to what happened but instead focused on her shock, many think it might be her way of showcasing emotions.

When the excerpts were shared, netizens shared their reactions to the book. Many pointed out that this is a work of fiction and might not mirror anything that happened surrounding Jessica’s exit, while others pointed out that the similarities seemed uncanny. Some also pointed out that there are always two sides to the story and to take the book with a pinch of salt.

Bright is a work of fiction and Jessica has not confirmed whether there is any inspiration from her real life. Netizens have speculated that there might be links but there is no confirmation from Jessica, SM Entertainment, or the members of Girls’ Generation.

You can read more about the initial reaction to Jessica’s first book below.

Jessica Jung Releases A Novel…That Has Girls’ Generation’s Album And Lightstick On Its Cover

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