wednesday_10_00: (kitty sporfle)
From Beyond Heaving Bosoms:

The protagonists would have an exasperating knack of overreading or underreading a situation at just the wrong time, but if the two of them were locked in a room for five minutes with truth serum and a big stick for beating heads, all problems would be solved.

I can't even count the number of times I've wished for this in BL manga and/or novels. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WOULD YOU JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER.

ETA: I am encouraged by the discussion of how rape (or Forced Seduction ["It's not rape if she comes!"]) has pretty much died off in romance novels. Dare we hope for this to happen in BL? It does seem like it's less prevalent than it used to be. Or maybe I've just learned what authors to avoid.
wednesday_10_00: (kitty sporfle)
From Beyond Heaving Bosoms:

The protagonists would have an exasperating knack of overreading or underreading a situation at just the wrong time, but if the two of them were locked in a room for five minutes with truth serum and a big stick for beating heads, all problems would be solved.

I can't even count the number of times I've wished for this in BL manga and/or novels. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WOULD YOU JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER.

ETA: I am encouraged by the discussion of how rape (or Forced Seduction ["It's not rape if she comes!"]) has pretty much died off in romance novels. Dare we hope for this to happen in BL? It does seem like it's less prevalent than it used to be. Or maybe I've just learned what authors to avoid.
wednesday_10_00: (bookcat)
From Wired magazine: Japan, Ink, an interesting article about how doujinshi has escaped the wrath of Japanese publishers. (I gave this article to my mom and was like, "Look, this is why I'm going to Japan in December. :D") I thought it was interesting that the example they used (when talking about buying doujinshi in the same store as you buy regular manga and how that would never happen in the US) was Harry Potter. I mean, true, you don't get it in the same place as the books, but like the HP powers that be aren't turning a blind eye to fanfic?

Also, I was amused by the little short piece about how our brains process manga, mostly because it reminded me of my old coworker who complained that she couldn't read manga because she found it difficult to look at both the pictures and words at the same time.

I spent a lot of my free time last weekend (and some this week) finishing up my database. database blather )

Next projects: Adding drama CDs to database, cleaning up novel and artbook data, finishing Japan shopping list, crying over lack of Flesh & Blood 11, finishing review backlog...let's see how much I get done before we leave for Hawaii. >.>
wednesday_10_00: (bookcat)
From Wired magazine: Japan, Ink, an interesting article about how doujinshi has escaped the wrath of Japanese publishers. (I gave this article to my mom and was like, "Look, this is why I'm going to Japan in December. :D") I thought it was interesting that the example they used (when talking about buying doujinshi in the same store as you buy regular manga and how that would never happen in the US) was Harry Potter. I mean, true, you don't get it in the same place as the books, but like the HP powers that be aren't turning a blind eye to fanfic?

Also, I was amused by the little short piece about how our brains process manga, mostly because it reminded me of my old coworker who complained that she couldn't read manga because she found it difficult to look at both the pictures and words at the same time.

I spent a lot of my free time last weekend (and some this week) finishing up my database. database blather )

Next projects: Adding drama CDs to database, cleaning up novel and artbook data, finishing Japan shopping list, crying over lack of Flesh & Blood 11, finishing review backlog...let's see how much I get done before we leave for Hawaii. >.>
wednesday_10_00: (NERD.)
I was just going to reply in the thread, but it got kind of long, and I thought this might be of interest to others anyway, so: What is moe? )
wednesday_10_00: (NERD.)
I was just going to reply in the thread, but it got kind of long, and I thought this might be of interest to others anyway, so: What is moe? )
wednesday_10_00: (priority seat love)
This morning I happened to stumble across this article from the Onion about a father's authoritarian Monopoly rules. It's a funny article, but especially of note is this line:

And don't ask to be the wheelbarrow. No son of mine will ever be the wheelbarrow. I have my reasons.

Reminding me, of course, of our discussion regarding the etymology of "tachi" and "neko."

Which brings me to my real question: Was the use of the wheelbarrow as the taboo Monopoly piece just a coincidence, meant to be funny because of the sheer nonsensicalness of the command, or do men really think wheelbarrows look like the bottom position in sex? Would this sort of association be like the male version of randomly slashing inanimate objects? (Just like porn vs. BL, our fantasies include love, while male fantasies are all about sex?) And am I completely beyond all hope now? I mean, when even the vague mention of wheelbarrows makes my gaydar go off...that's bad, isn't it?
wednesday_10_00: (priority seat love)
This morning I happened to stumble across this article from the Onion about a father's authoritarian Monopoly rules. It's a funny article, but especially of note is this line:

And don't ask to be the wheelbarrow. No son of mine will ever be the wheelbarrow. I have my reasons.

Reminding me, of course, of our discussion regarding the etymology of "tachi" and "neko."

Which brings me to my real question: Was the use of the wheelbarrow as the taboo Monopoly piece just a coincidence, meant to be funny because of the sheer nonsensicalness of the command, or do men really think wheelbarrows look like the bottom position in sex? Would this sort of association be like the male version of randomly slashing inanimate objects? (Just like porn vs. BL, our fantasies include love, while male fantasies are all about sex?) And am I completely beyond all hope now? I mean, when even the vague mention of wheelbarrows makes my gaydar go off...that's bad, isn't it?

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