AFTER A BILLION TRILLION YEARS!!!!!!!1111elevenone
There's a part two apparently... lol XD IDK I don't think I can do that
- Current Mood:accomplished
... ahahaha it's still there... erm... somewhere... sorry ^^a
Anyhow, drew a sketch yesterday and unfortunately didn't finish coloring ( it's mostly just the background and the lighting that I couldn't finish) but since I might not continue coloring this (I have to habit of finishing everything in one go so if I leave it I... might not come back to it after a while) I might as well post it here and now. I'll post the better version in the future.
Because, you know, I seriously didn't watch Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on HBO last night which took up most of my study/coloring time.
( Always bring a gun to a sword fightCollapse )
- Current Mood: where's my TEA?!
I didn't draw this....I saw this in deviantart...If Seth and Roviden FUSED...this is how they'd/he look like
Female and Gay Male YAOI Readers: Whose Genre Is It, Anyway?
Despite the above examples (note from a_m: the first part of the article discussed different BL series), the majority of YAOI titles do not feature characters that identify as gay, but are rather sexually attracted to a single male. The genre doesn’t generally seek to address gay issues, but rather to explore themes of dominance and submission in heterosexual relationships in an abstract and less threatening way. As the innate masculine/feminine dichotomy of heterosexual relationships is at the root, this introduces themes and ideas that many gay men find problematic.
One frustration is the seme/uke formula common to YAOI. Most YAOI stories divide their leading couple into seme and uke with the seme (attacker) being more masculine-appearing and behaving more aggressively than the uke (receiver), who is usually more feminine in appearance, more emotional and nurturing. When badly done, the formula suggests that in gay couples one partner is “the man” in the relationship while the other is “the woman. ”
This rather abstract and unrealistic view of same-sex romance that is at the core of much YAOI has led to friction between YAOI’s female writers and gay fans who feel the genre trivializes or oversimplifies sexuality.
One such clash occurred when comics retailer and blogger Christopher Butcher excerpted a Giant Robot interview with Kazuma Kodaka, who wrote and drew one of the most popular YAOI series, Kizuna. When asked about the connection between her work and gay culture, Kodaka responded, “My manga is YAOI, not homosexual, and there’s a subtle difference between the two … It’s about how the characters feel and how they struggle to obtain love until it’s finally achieved. The story is usually about the characters’ feelings of pain and longing for each other, which is a more feminine sensibility.”Gay readers took offense to Kodaka’s comment, which was interpreted as implying that gay men’s relationships weren’t based in love, like the heroes of her stories. Her female fans were quick to defend her words.
The debate revealed an uncomfortable divide among YAOI readers. For some gay men, the image of their sexuality found in YAOI comics is as realistic as the depiction of lesbians in straight porn. Meanwhile, some female fans have countered that women should be allowed to have a space where they can be allowed to explore their sexuality without the judgment of men.
Indeed, with the right touch, not reflecting the realities gays face can make YAOI an ideal source of escapism. The fact that YAOI characters rarely face discrimination or rejection for being in a same-sex relationship can make these titles feel like a glimpse into a world where there’s nothing shocking or scandalous about a same-sex relationship.
An example: in Only the Ring Finger Knows, the trend at Wataru and Yuichi’s high school is for couples to buy matching rings as a symbol of their love. Both boys are single, but it turns out that the rings they wear match. That inspires gossip about the two, but none of that gossip is homophobic. Instead, the idea of the two boys being a couple is treated as any other bit of juicy schoolyard gossip. The world of Only the Ring Finger Knows is one where a male couple isn’t treated any differently from an opposite-sex couple, and where being gay doesn’t carry the risk of being ostracized in high school. The complete absence of homophobia places it in a universe many gays may have wished had existed during adolescence.
Even if they’re not identified as gay, the heroes of YAOI are men engaged in romantic relationships with other men. In most YAOI titles, characters in opposite-sex relationships are limited to being confidantes or instigators for what happens to the story’s same sex couples. Gay men are used to seeing the opposite – where they’re the advisers and confidants helping opposite-sex couples find love or improve themselves. But in YAOI, they can find stories where same-sex relationships dominate.Until manga so radically changed the readership of comics, comics focusing on gay male relationships were limited to a small niche. With the arrival of YAOI, those stories have moved from a corner of specialty comic shops onto prominent shelves in most bookstores. Even given the problematic elements of the genre for gay fans, the success of YAOI means that gay male comic readers have more opportunities to see comics that reflect their lives, or the lives they wish they had.
article: “Yowie!”: The Stateside appeal of boy-meets-boy YAOI comics
written by: Lyle Masaki
ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE