Sunday, March 18, 2007

Yaoi: A new Era.

Three months ago, an Interest was jump started again. Just in time to replace the waning, destructive hold that WoW had so absolutely commanded for 1 1/2 years. Now, 8+ GB of Yaoi scanlations: an estimated 160+ titles including some excellent series like Kusatta and Haru wo Daiteita but excluding the 36 hardcopy books I actually bought, 40+ GB of anime(both Yaoi and non) and 28 translated chapters later, the obsession has firmly set in.

Scanlators, forums and yaoi-sharing communities feed this obsession and literally gives more than you can consume. ^^ I haven't read at least half of my scanlations and probably an equal proportion of books. But everytime I see a nice one out I can't help but download/buy it- the former much more than the latter naturally. Somehow I have a feeling this Interest will last for a long long while, the reading / watching part at least. Certainly not as consuming and demanding as WoW. Whether it'll last for 10-20+ years though, remains to be seen. The mental image of a middle-aged man reading yaoi is a little disconcerting. Ha ha but that's probably just the bigoted I-can't-imagine-myself-doing-this-at-45 ageist side of me speaking.

Though come to think of it, most of the gay/aj friends that I know don't read Yaoi or dislike it. What's weird I guess, is that I like it despite the fact that the Yaoi or Boy Love world is often very and extremely different from real male-male relationships. In RL, there are no happily ever afters, no bishies(bishonen) dropping out of the blue like flies, Love isn't some self-sustaining, overcoming all obstacles magical solution but rather something precious yet fragile that requires constant effort and committment to nuture and develop. Forced sexual encounters hardly ever result in love, you cannot do 'IT' 4 or 5 times a day, not if you want to walk and angst is NOT sweet sorrow, angst sucks; the list goes on. But Yaoi does remain a very pleasurable fantasy nonetheless inspite of its many fictions.

There are a few gems of truth though: certain reactions remain universal, love is beautiful and guys are horny. Yaoi remains a favourite vice. So for now, gimme my smut, smex, bishies, hot Semes and boyish Ukes replete with outrageous sex and comical dialogues. Gimme my Yaoi!
A new Era is in full swing.


The gang from Three Wolves Mountain by the extremely talented Naono Bohra

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for giving such a complete overview. I've never even heard of the series

Aelgtoer said...

Hrmm.. I wasn't giving an overview of any particular series, just my obsession with Yaoi ^^.
But if you're talking about three wolves mountain, that's a complete one volume work done by naono bohra.

misuzui said...

hi ^^
I found this post by accident while searching for something else XD
odd thing is I ever find interesting things by accident XD
I just love the way to describe your love for yaoi ^^
it's totally addictive, isn't it?
even though I often think "OMG ... how'd that be possible in RL?" I still keep reading ^^
on the other side you don't read love stories either cause they are so 'realistical' - now do you?
you keep reading them cause they have something you're missing/looking for/wanting in RL
they make you 'dream' - something like that ^^
that's why I like shoujo manga - they have this romance feeling on them (but sugar pink romance with fluffy happiness freaks me out too ... it's like too much makes you sick ...)
I love funny stories with a good plot and after reading shoujo for ages the interest in plots kinda changed - shoujo got boring T__T
it's like you can tell what's going to happen next and to more then 90% the girl and the guy who meet first are going to be the couple and the story is done ... even if you have obstacles - it's kinda the same in most of the stories ...

but yaoi is different
it's not fixed into the sheme of girlxboy you have boyxboy and in this constellation nearly everything is possible ^^
the way of the characters to interact with eachother is totally different
in shoujo you have a girl trying to snatch the others boyfriend (cause she likes him and that's it - no more reasons needed)
in yaoi you have a boy trying to snatch the others boyfriend (cause he likes the boyfriend or cause he likes the other and doesn't want anyone to touch him or out of some other reason?)
so yeah I think it has way more possibilities and isn't that fixed like shoujo is
so it stays interesting ^^

I'm a girl, but I can understand that many gay guys don't like yaoi
I have no big liking for yuri either ... even though I do have a girlfriend ^^
(I'm bi and prefer guys, but somehow she's so ... *smiles* I think you know what I mean? there are things out in this world you just can't put into words ^^ )
anyways to 95% yuri kinda creeps me out ... but some stories are really cute and I love them dearly ^^

dunno if you'll ever read this but anyways let's spreed the love ^^
(btw I have a nakama account - if you wanna talk send a pm to Julien ^^)
misuzui