koneko_desu (koneko_desu) wrote,
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Boys Love: What's the appeal?

(I tried to look for a G-rated BL pic...google image searching the term "yaoi" gives surprisingly few work-sake results x__X  Yes, that's Duo Maxwell and Heero Yuy from Gundam Wing if you can't tell.)

 I got asked today why I like Boys Love (BL)/ yaoi / whatever other name you want to call it.  

Hmm...honestly I don't know.  I mean, I always figured if I like one pretty boy, two's always better right?  Like how boys enjoy girl-on-girl porn, 2 b**bies are nice, 4 are better kind of thing.  Of course that's generalization and just as I'm sure not all guys like girl-girl, not all females enjoy boy-boy.

Plus I have a tendency to find girls in manga/anime really...whiny...annoying...clingy...behaviors that make me want to ram my fist through my computer screen.  So maybe BL allows me not to have to deal with that?  But then a lot of the guys in BL (especially the ukes) sometimes act like that anyway...whiny, clingy, yet it doesn't bother me so much...I wonder why...

I mean clearly I don't love BL for the stories or anything, even though some have heart-wrenching tales like Ai no Kusabi a lot of it is just...PWP XDD  The art in BL is sometimes quite beautiful, artists like Minase Masara or Yamane Ayano are amazing artists, but then girl-boy mangas/anime also have great artists too, so it can't be just limited to that reason alone.

Honestly I'm not sure what the appeal of BL to me is. I dove into it when I was...13?  Somewhere around there.  I remember because I had just gotten into the Gundam Wing anime at the time and was digging online for fanfics, and anyone that knows Gundam Wing knows that fanfics are like...90% BL so naturally I stumbled onto it.  At first I was like "Ummm...I'm sure Heero wasn't gay in the anime" but then since I hated Relena so much I preferred Heero with Duo or Trowa or Quatre or Wufei or Zechs or Treize anyway (Hilde, Catherine, Dorothy and Sally didn't appeal to me that much either...an Noin and Une..well I didn't find them that irritating but I wasn't in love with their characters either.)  Then it kind of spiraled from there.  I searched tirelessly and got my hands on some Ai no Kusabi, Boku no Sexual Harassment, FAKE and Kizuna videos (these were the days before torrents, aarinfantasy or the likes, these were the days before even kazaa existed...anyone still remember kazaa?).  Then in grade...10 I think me and my 2 best friends got our hands on our first shounen ai anime, Gravitation and it was just such a weird world that was portrayed in the anime.  I was like "2 boys...how does that work?  Wha..?"

I heard some rumor that fangirls support BL as a political thing, you know "I like BL because I support GBLT", but I mean, I support GBLT too yet I don't go searching for girl-girl manga/anime :/  Granted I mean...if I was vehemently anti-homosexuals I probably wouldn't be checking yaoi_daily...well, daily.

Hm...I've kind of wondered about it off and on over the years but never came up with a concrete answer.  I guess I like it just because.  Something in my brain makes me happy when I read/watch it, and it's not like I'm hurting anyone indulging in it so meh, why not?

Any BL lovers on my f-list that want to offer up their thoughts?

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And lastly, some humour.  This is "The Ultimate Yaoi Fangirl Song (with ENG subs)", or the "Fujoshi song"  ROFLMAO.  It's hilarious and I laughed so hard when I first listened/watched it.

Tags: anime, ponderings
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