xmas eve is for lovers

a joyful yaoimas In Japan, where less than 1% of the population is Christian, Christmas really isn’t a religious holiday — and that’s great news for yaoi. On the surface, Japan’s Christmas looks a lot like the modern commercial American Christmas. Glittering lights, decorated evergreen trees, wreaths, presents with big shiny bows, reindeer, and Santa. Basically,…

my favorite yaoi lies

WARNING: Um, so a few of the pics here are a bit more graphic than what I normally post. There was just no way around it. truth vs. fiction: fiction wins In Yaoiland, many deliciously, delightfully unrealistic things happen. However, it’d be boring to join yaoi’s critics in debating whether that’s a good thing or…

top 10 yaoi manga: the best gentle schoolboy stories

gentle? What is a gentle schoolboy yaoi mood? It’s when you want to read BL where highschoolers fall for their classmates, in stories that are emotionally easy to digest. In other words, you’re craving stories of sweet love and romance, without the darkness or angst of noncon, physical/emotional abuse, or taboo relationships. That’s right, these stories…

curry and yaoi – the comfort food of seduction

hey baby, I’ve got some tasty curry at home… wanna come over? More than shoujo’s chocolate, in the world of yaoi, curry is an effective tool of seduction, a way to get into a man’s pants. Thus, it’s something yaoi taught me to love —after all, I always root for characters’ successful seductions. Before I read manga,…

gender rebels — when uke and seme switch: yaoi’s top 10 reversi manga

too hot to handle? The reversible (or switch or reversi) couple is probably my favorite pairing. When a couple trades sex roles — the pitcher becoming the catcher and vice versa — it’s such a pleasing violation of yaoi conventions. If there’s one basic move in yaoi that both ratchets up the sexy and pushes gender boundaries, it’s the act of throwing the roles of seme…