AlterEgoists Let's Talk About JR FanFiction
So, there have been these amazing discussions popping up on my reviews lately, demonstrating just how thoughtful and insightful fanfiction readers truly are. First topic: What's your Yaoi story? So far people are just posting replies under butterflyquvrs.
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butterflyqvrs

I guess I shall throw my posting out there as see where it goes.

My yoai story. As with most things that are important to me, I came into the experience sideways. I have always enjoyed anime but I had never really come across manga for some reason I think it is because I am by nature a voracious reader, manga tend to be short and I usually don't read anything that can't be used as a door stop. A friend of mine who had heard that I liked anime suggested that I try Bleach. I was captivated but waiting for the canon story to be made into the anime left me chafing. So, I did a search on youtube for related material and stumbled across AMVs. That is where I stumbled across yoai for the first time. Some of the fan pics are too beautiful for words but so many of the pairings, while entertaining and sexy as hell, would never actually happen. That was until I saw Ichimaru and Kira. They fit so well together. I looooove~ them.

So, I took up cyber stalking my beloved couple and found fanfiction. I read so many stories, good ones, silly ones, crack and some that were so bad I couldn't finish them. And then nothing… what to do, what to do while you are waiting for someone to post the next installment in a story when you know very well they probably have something better to do than to entertain you? So I decided to write my own story. It is still one of my favorites even though it is not popular. I do not have the same deftness with words that Don't Preach has.

I have never felt the need to hide my yoai. I am a grown woman. I don't hide my romance novels and if I am reading a yoai story and someone asks I will tell them I am reading a romance about two men. Where is the shame in it? I even told my mother about what I am writing with the rating dialed down to tepid so as to not cause a heart attack in the woman. I have had to sit through a session of my brother calling me a degenerate and a sick twisted pervert. Oh well.

I am not sure if this is what you were thinking of when you started this forum but that is how I started this like adventure and I wouldn't do it any different. I can't wait to see what others post.Kat.

9/20/2011 #1
Don't Preach

Dear Kat, Hooray for being the first post!

Okay, so since it's my forum. I guess I should offer my own story.

So here is my yaoi/fanfiction story. When I was young we were not allowed to watch much tv, but my best friend and I played a lot using the characters off the tv shows I was allowed to watch. When we reached an age where playing like that was no longer deemed acceptable by our parents, we switched to still playing but did it as stories. So we would each have a set of characters. Some times they were stories that other people had made (books, tv, movies), other times they were our own. Each day, we would call and talk to each other and I would say," okay my character is going to do this... how will this character of yours respond..." and so it went.

I started having male/male pairings in the stories in middle school which my friend tolerated, though thought I was weird. I had already been labeled "queer" by 6th grade anyway. So... eventually my friend an I parted ways as their narrative got progressively hetero and mine stayed well...yaoi. Now don't get me wrong... my tastes are eclectic, I like reading a lot of different lifestyles, but yaoi meets me in a way few other things have.

Anyway, I spent a lot of time trying to find what I was already writing in my head, out in the world. I came across an essay on yaoi by a woman who teaches "Porn Studies" at UC Berkely a few years back and I was like: This is it! Once I had a name for it.... well I was off. I found the JR series on a site this last summer and was entranced and that fueled my hunger for more animation and manga.

Then researching yaoi I found some articles on slash/fan fiction and started reading. There were some things that were really good and some that were really terrible and I started to wonder if I might not be able to write my own. Being able to play like this and getting reviews from the readers makes me feel like that middle school kid again. I call out each day and the readers answer back. Only this time I am no longer ashamed of the stories and thoughts that fill my mind. Since I started writing in fact, I am happier than I have ever been (except when I am making art and I've had to cut back on that because of some health issues lately).

I don't hide my yaoi... of course I lead a rather quiet life and am not inclined to visitors. I do have a "porn friend" however. I think everyone should. She knows where everything is and will come and go through my house if I die in a freak accident (like getting hit by a car when I looking at a dead butterfly in the middle of the road) and take out anything that would give my family a heart attack. (I think she's going to have to get a moving van...just kidding).

I have told my mom what I'm writing. She just blushes and rolls her eyes and says, "well if it makes you happy and you're not hurting anyone, and as long as you remember to eat and still have some real friends as well, I am just happy knowing you are happy." (Man, where was that version of my mom when I was twelve?) My sisters are the same way (though they have long thought me a bit of a freak). My dad... well he still doesn't even know I'm queer... so let's just leave it at that.

9/22/2011 #2
noxname

i'm not really sure how to post my own yaoi story so i just clicked reply to don't preach's post, if that was the wrong way please forgive this noob *shy grin*

having the stereotype asian in me, i've always loved anime and manga.. i think i started when i was in the 5th grade with the usual pokemon, dragonball stuff (LOL.. i was kinda boyish back then).. then puberty hit and it all went downhill from there.. LOL. just kidding.. partly when i was at the mercy of my hormones, i've drowned myself with anime/manga with romance involved, if i remember correctly my first romance anime was fushigi yuugi (damn, the bishies in there were SO fine).. so i've stuck with my hetero pairings for quite some time..

until i got fed up and pissed of about the misogynistic portrayal of females in anime (don't get me wrong some are female characterizations are good like hawkeye in full metal alchemist brotherhood, actually most of the females there are pretty badass especially olivier but this isn't the forum for that XD) i can't remember exactly when but my sister introduced me to yaoi, namely junjou romantica ^^ (oh yeah)

i'm not gonna lie, my first reaction was like "o.o.. ok?" which tansformed to "i'm getting used to this" to "i'm pretty much immune to this" to "holy crap, i can NOT live without this" XD

most yaoi romances are waaaay better than most hetero romances i've seen.. it doesn't hurt that the characters are hella fine too.. plus it's always fun to see a variation from adorable eye candy ukes like ayase from okane ga nai and yuuen from wild rock, boyish ukes like our very own ritsu and shinobu and sexy ukes like the kamijou hiroki (he is sexy. nobody can convince me otherwise)

so i watched the anime's 1st and 2nd season and i just watched all the romantica episodes first, to follow my sister's footsteps.. as many of you can probably tell my inner rabid fangirl was unleashed when i saw junjou egoist.. and then i watched junjou terrorist too (i like them too ^^).. since i was pretty much a hardcore fujoshi then, i read the manga and pretty much cussed my heart out because of the lack of egoist XD.. the obvious solution for me was exploit all the yaoi goodness i can find on fanfiction LOL

then i watched many ova's that most fujoshi's have probably watched from light BL like gakuen heaven to pretty much harcore yaoi like sensitive pornograph (this OVA surprised the heck out of me.. not that i'm complaining XD).. by this time i've already stalked most of the manga, anime, drama cd, ova, etc of many yaoi ^^ .. in addition to junjou egoist, i'm beginning to love takanoxonodera pairing in sekai-ichi hatsukoi.. takano destroys my common sense with just his voice.. have you heard the drama CDs? afgdhskl!!!! *ahem* anyway, suffice to say, i'm a converted fangirl now thanks to my sister and my OTP will always be kusama nowaki and kusama hiroki (no that wasn't a typo unlike some of the mistaked i've probably made in this post; they're already married in every sense of the word in my reality :D)

i don't hide my yaoi (me and my sister talk about it in the bus or the train and even in front of our mom, not that she knows what the hell we're talking about) but i don't really show it off either.. most of the people i know don't even watch anime ... i am so glad there's a community out here that allows conversations about my beloved egoist couple.. so thank you don't preach and the readers for all your wonderful ideas and reviews ^^

9/22/2011 . Edited 9/22/2011 #3
Miss Mysty

And here I am, as I promised I would be!

When I was fifteen I was a terrible delinquent (still am :P) and I ended up getting a failing grade for the quarter in one of my classes. Because of this, my mother grounded me from everything to do with electronics. Basically all I was allowed to do was eat, sleep, do my homework and read. My older sister (eight years my senior) had a trunk full of manga, but I'd already read most of it. I was so bored one day, though, so I went through it. I think I read Pet Shop of Horrors first, and when I got through all the volumes of that, I found another of her series, Eerie Queerie.

It was a series about a teenage boy who can see ghosts and channel them into his body, like to help them fulfill something they wanted to do but weren't able to in life. And the love interest juuuuust happened to be a guy. It was my first yaoi series, but it was by no means hardcore or anything; no sex. After that I read FAKE, which DOES have sex (in the final volume) and I was pretty much gone after that. Now I have shelves full of yaoi volumes and I introduce myself at the anime club as the yaoi girl because that's what I AM. It's gotten to the point where I even did a video essay about yaoi for my Advanced Nonfiction class a couple semesters ago (Don't Preach has seen it). One might not suspect it but I AM queer myself; specifically, bisexual but mostly attracted to women. So I guess I'm a bit of a paradox XD

9/22/2011 #4
Cerberus Revised

MissMysty,

So glad you joined in! Hooray! You should post that link if you can to your presentation. I don't think that your paradox is all that uncommon really. I just think most people are not as open about things like that. So Okay, obviously you like JR and SIH. I know you recommended Cafe Latte Rhapsody, what other recs or yaoi wisdom can you offer?

9/22/2011 #5
Miss Mysty

Hmm, I'd have to say that other than Junjo and SiH, my favorite yaoi series are FAKE (about two New York City detectives) and Our Kingdom (about cousins vying for the right to inherit their grandmother's mega-corporation). Cafe Latte Rhapsody is definitely at the top for my favorite one-shots, but there's also Only The Ring Finger Knows (takes place in a high school where rings and what finger you wear them is an important thing, and the MC just happens to have the exact same ring as the most popular guy in school) and Mysterious Love (about a guy who has premonitions and constantly has ones about him having sex with another guy). I have a lot of yaoi- last time I counted it was at 54 volumes- but definitely nowhere near everything you can get in America right now.

9/22/2011 #6
The Black Flamingo101

*figuring out how to post on this thingy....not used to forums.....*

Okay. My yaoi story.......or lack thereof.....

I grew up in an extremely strict household, so there were tons of things me and my sibs weren't allowed to watch. But, instead of fight with the parental units about it (like my stupid siblings), I did the smart thing and watched it in secret. When I was a kid I was really hooked on Yu-Gi-Oh and Shaman King and my parents eventually became too busy to notice. In middle school I found an asian friend and we spent waaay too much time together, and she got me hooked on Inuyasha and my first major obsession Full Metal Alchemist. I was a huge anime buff in high school and pretty much read every manga in borders (before it was assassinated *tears in eyes *). I actually taught myself how to draw from copying anime pics and now I'm an art major with a career in illustrating ahead of me....hopefully.Thanks to my asian friend, I had heard of yaoi and was attracted to it, but there was no long lasting commitment.

Then I went to college. And the boredom of the dorm room made internet searching a constant. I'm a diehard introvert and have the social life of Oscar the Grouch (except he actually talks to people), and so dating is out of the question as I'm much happier alone. So....in anime speak, I guess I'm the equivalent of Hiroki without the temper/violent tendencies....

Ironically, I didn't start with the nice fluffy stuff. One of the first yaois I watched was Enzai, which was about graphic prison rape....yeah. After that, I found Okane Ga Nai, Papa to Kiss in the Dark and was throughly enjoying myself. But everyone on youtube kept saying "Oh this is good but Junjou is still the best!!! squee heart heart smiley face" and I'm like "What the heck is Junjou????"

So I looked it up....and got hooked. I watched season 1, then season 2. Then I was depressed. Then I found the manga. Then I found out that the manga was significantly harder than the anime. Then I read the manga. Then I read it again. Then I watch the anime. Then I bought the manga. Then the cycle repeated itself so many times I was depressed again that Nakamura wouldn't get off her japanese butt and DRAW FASTER!

Then i found fanfiction. And here I am.

Though I must say, I'm very fascinated with my obsession to yaoi, considering I hate real men and can't stop scowling when I'm sitting next to one. I'm not gay myself, since I don't like women particularly either.....

But I figured out the reason I like it so much is that I see two men displaying romantic affection. As an incredibly cynical antisocial scowler, I can't sit through a bloody rom-com without adding my own commentary to save my life from cannibalistic Aztecs. But if it's a gay romance, I can sit quietly (with starry eyes).

Personally, I guess I'm just a huge gay man trapped in a petite woman's body. Because two guys kissing is just hot.

Okay. I'm done. * bows and scurries off....*

P.s. Even though I already didn't like guys, Usami Akihiko has ruined all other men for me.

P.P.s Oh yes! Recommendations!

If you like Slice of Life yaois like Junjou:

Rules (ssoooo effing great! Very realistic and complex :)

Sorenari ni shinken Nandesu (uke has a sweet daughter)

Yachin Hanbun No Ibasho Desu (uke is adorable)

Fantasy ish Yaois:

Acid Flower (so emotional. very reminiscent of junjou)

Koyoi wa kimi to chi no kiss wo (vampires. sexy ;)

Steal moon (great plot.)

Military ish:

Maiden Rose (art is AMAZING....)

Smutty school life:

Ai to yukobou wa gakuen de (TONS of couples. Tons of smut. really funny. and one of the seme's names is Asagi XD and he's very similar to a certain author we know)

Also, if you just want smut, Minami Haruka has tons of great oneshots on Mangafox. (and most of recomms can be found there)

9/22/2011 #7
teabags

Hey there Don't Preach, Uh, I don't really get how to post. But you press reply right ? Hmm... I'll just do it this way because I'm sorta unsure. Basically, I got into Yaoi/Yuri (I sometimes read yuri, only if it's got a good story plot, but since I'm a girl myself it's sorta boring Y'know ? I mean girls just squeezing each other's boobs and tickling each others cindy loos just don't have the same spark in it for me as yaoi does. I mean "Strawberry Panic" was an alright yuri, but still). When I was the age of... let's say twelve ? Quite young really. But, then again I had my own computer at that time. My mother never thought much of it what I could wonder across and I'm a curious person afterall. But, I was actually looking at fanart websites. I first stumbled onto Fanart-central (it's sorta dead now though) and I was just looking at cute pictures people did. Tv shows, old cartoons like the Rugrats, Catdog, The real Monsters ect. Disney, Sabrina, You get the drift eh ? Well, I was really innocent back then.

But then I wondered into the comic section, I already knew what anime/manga was since I was first introduced to it by the whole Pokemon fad years ago when it just came out (I was obsessed). However as I was looking at the comic section I noticed someone did their own yaoi story. So I was like "Huh ? What's this ?" and I read it then it left me thinking "Wait, is this a gay anime comic or something ?". I didn't judge it, it didn't bother me at all. So as I read a few more yaoi comics they did and I was intrigued by the word "Yaoi" and "Yuri" so I looked it up. Then I found out it was basically homosexual fanart. Again, I read more of them, for some reason they caught my eye more than straight manga. I just really enjoyed reading them. While deleting the history off my computer from my mum. But there was something about it... Because I'm female I think like it's really cute, seeing boys get emotional and needy. If it's a girl I'm just like "Oh shut up, you annoying cow". But it being yaoi I was more sympathetic and like "You poor thing ! NO !". It's not that I drooled over it, found it hot or whatever. I just thought I could kinda relate to some of the guys through anime/manga. Like the guys they liked, who didn't like them back and ignoring their feelings. So I felt "Yeah, I can understand what they mean". It does help that I do get along better than boys even in real life too, honestly, in my college form I don't really speak to any of the girls. They just irritate me, occasionally, but all my friends in form are boys. I don't fancy them, but just some of the things said I can just really understand. So yaoi kinda helped me there, understanding of boys a little more. Not all are closed off or anything. But then again everyone is different. Now, at seventeen/eighteen soon. I'm still reading yaoi ! I just enjoy reading it alot. Infact, I only found Junjou Romantica/SIHS earlier this year. Since I blog alot, someone blogged an image of Ritsu/Takano. It was a caption picture too from their early school days. Ritsu was hiding behind the bookcase in the library and He was like "I never believed that you could love someone from the first sight". This dragged me in because earlier this year I did myself like someone who I didn't know. So again I could relate it what He was feeling. That NEED of wanting to know that person, finally getting to know them and being struck with pain. So, then I looked into it. Thought it was interesting, so I read SIHS first and then Junjou Romantica ! So it was like a backwards thing for me, yet others read JR first haha. But generally, I love both of Sensei's work. I do have ideas for my own yaoi novel, it's quite a sad story but I'll get round to it one day. The main reason why I love SIHS/JR because it feels really realistic, theres no silly fairies, action, guns or whatever in it. It's just normal guys working/everyday life. I liked Gravitation (Own the manga set) but again the whole rock star scene, it bugs me. I just want raw love between seme/uke. As for Papa kiss in the dark... that was some messed up stuff right there ! (Go check it out). But yes, that's my Yaoi story. It's not very interesting, but thats how it all began for me. Sucking my innocence away from me like a parasite sucking blood. Only expect I enjoy it and a parasite would be kinda painful... :)

9/22/2011 #8
Alexia Featherchild

What is my yaoi story? Well considering I was reading Harlequin Romance and other similar publisher series since September 1996 I grew bored of the same story-lines over and over again. It became -- predictable. I can't even enjoy movies that much, because 80-90% of the time I can guess whats going to happen. When the thrift store books were 10 cents a piece and my grandma went there more than once a week... lets just say I often got between $1 and $5 dollars worth. I could read one book in 12 hours, now I can read 'em in 4 hours as long as it doesn't bore me. If it bored me I skimmed a lot. Its all I did other than play outside with friends during summer, was read, read and read. Sometimes 3 books a day. So I've read well over 10,000 books some much longer than others... the longest I think was almost 700 pages.

Anyway... I loved the show Will & Grace... but that was before I really got into M/M... this was back during my high school years. I didn't think M/M was gross or anything, but I wasn't... interested in it. I knew that Zoicite was a guy in Sailor Moon despite the dub saying otherwise. I looked up everything about Sailor Moon online in '97 online. I'm a sucker for romance or a good story, so I didn't care about it. (Although I didn't appreciate being called a lesbian by my neighbor, when I wasn't...all my crushes at the time had been on guys. However I've since had a couple on some women real or imaginary. I define myself as pansexual. Though there are times since I was young and even now that I wish I'd been born a man though not enough to get any surgery... I feel like what some Native American's call two-souled if I remembered the term correctly. I have both a male soul and female soul. Though not everyone believe in that sort of thing, but I've always been considered odd by my family...)

I didn't start really getting into M/M stories until after I was bored one night in the late winter/early spring of 2007, when my grandfather had television and there was an on-demand channel called Anime Network on Demand. I saw something called Gravitation and began watching it. Ever since then I haven't looked back and have been trying to get my M/M reading and watching up to part with my hetero fandoms. Yuri's okay, but I'm not big on it... but a little bit here and there isn't amiss. I know I liked Haruka/Michiru (Sailor Uranus/Neptune) from SM...

Actually... I think it was even before then. I was in a role-play in 2004-2008... and I'm not sure when it was, but it was before I ever saw Gravitation when some other male character was interested in my male character who was an Alpha of a pack. (We transitioned the characters to werewolves instead of feral wolves on another forum rp). I miss those days though. I had played Noel Kringle for so long...that when I had him die I felt so horrible... but he was getting on in age for a wolf...but damn if while I had him we didn't have the damn biggest pack on the site. Of course... some people didn't take to the idea of having two male alpha wolves running a pack. I was a co-Admin at the time. He ruled as Alpha for another in-game six months before stepping down and giving the position to his now... two, three? year old adopted daughter. My straight male wolf...ended up turning bisexual on me. They just had the chemistry and since I'm very open minded well... it was fun while it lasted.

As for how I found Junjou Romantica... I just looked up Gravitation, learned it was called yaoi and had a much longer manga...put that in a search for yaoi manga and found information on other yaoi manga of which Junjou Romantica was a part and then I joined aarinfantasy and discovered JR was an anime too. I can't remember everything I read...but after reading Challengers I discovered The Tyrant Falls in Love and having read those extras with Morinaga Tetsuhiro and Tatsumi Souichi I just had to read it... and the manga Sex Pistols really got me into mpreg other than fanfics I'd read....but then I watched Junior a long time ago too...when it played on a channel that played older movies. But for the life of me... I can't stomach Viewfinder.

I just sent in a short story for dreamspinner presses anthology older men to be published 2012... but I don't know that its good enough to be published...short stories are sort of hard for me unless they're PWP and there was nothing explicit in this short story I sent... but now I have to wait 6-8 weeks to learn whether or not they wish to use it.

And I have several original fic ideas I want to write that are M/M... I'm thinking Samhain or Dreamspinner Press or even Liquid Silver would be the place to publish it unless I went and self-published through amazon kindle... of course I need to finish it. The other original fic while it might have hints of M/M in it in later years since the characters start at age 10 and end at age 18...the romance is not the primary plot and there might be hand holding/kissing when they're older, but...nothing beyond that. That one was the one I was writing for CampNaNo in August... it needs a huge rewrite.... but I'd rather concentrate on The Misfit Prince (working title)...but fanfic has consumed my soul ;

9/22/2011 #9
Maggie Mae from Penny Lane

I read the 'stories' in this topic, and I have to say, if those are stories, mine is a paragraph. I first heard of this genre when a friend of mine would talk about it, and I had NO idea what she would ramble on about, I always assumed it was a random manga, until she talked about Gravitation. I've never been such an anime lover, I have truly only followed maybe 4 animes, and that is including Romantica. I have read Little Butterfly (I think it's called) and Seven Days (Again, I think that's the name), I read Okane Ga Nai, but it was so not my cup of tea, and I never went above reading them. Their biggest appeal is that they were short and complete. I always preferred live action, I can recommend various gay movies.

As to how I actually got into yaoi, I am, after all, obsessed with Junjou! I came home rather drunk one night, and I had the sudden urge to watch anime. Gravitation was the only short anime I could think of, and I went on Youtube to watch it. I read a bunch of comments talking about how the author ripped off from Junjou Romantica, and others saying that it was the other way around. So, curious me, got annoyed and decided that I wanted to judge for myself. Thus, my love for Junjou was conceived, specifically Egoist.I discovered fanfiction through a random forum, thinking they were parts of the anime that didn't have the pictures or whatever (I am that much of a newbie). I was even excited thinking I was going to read more Egoist!

I consider this a HUGE guilty pleasure, unlike others here, who are so opened about it. Good for you gys, but I am not absurdly reserved. I always say Yaoi is made for girls, by girls, at least that's what Wikipedia told me, as a way to explain my obsession (to myself, haha). I have shown the Junjou anime to a few people, but I keep the DVD I burnt with the anime in my underwear labeled as another anime I used to watch. It's mainly because of my really conservative parents, and if they ever watch the DVD, I could at least make them look stupid by asking why they were looking at my undies. I consider Junou Romantica sort of like a VERY explicit Disney Princess movie type, I one day hope to cry on a bench and have a toy bring me a real Nowaki. :DDDDDDDDDD Pandas can sing to us on our wedding day, such a lovely image, lol.

What I dislike/like about yaoi is, how extreme some can be. I like relating to characters and putting myself in their situation. Scenes sort of like the rapes, sex slaves, incest, etc., make me feel like I endorse that! Ugg, but from what I understand, most fans are fed up with those plots. Also, the radical age differences, Terrorist is super funny, but I do not read the sex scenes, I feel weird about it. Miyagi is so experienced and Shinobu is so... not, his very young features don't help, either, forget about Romantica, they're worse. The Tero age difference doesn't totally bother me, but I once stumbled upon a manga that was mainly 14 year old kids getting it on with older guys. I did not get past the first ten pages. I am all about freedom of creativity, I just stay away from the ones I don't agree with.

What I look for in fanfiction is, that Egoist is involved! I hate extreme ooc that has no true explanation, or that is so exaggerated, it feels like a children's story. I admit, I loveeeee the lemons, it's only natural, and well, I hate porn. I also look for realism, it doesn't mean I don't read the AUs, or that I hate them. It just means that if the authors want me to buy their stories, give me the features and explain it well enough, I am open-minded, and I like to read. Well, this is long enough, and I think I covered the main points of what Don't Preach said in Neko Hiro. Sooooo, that's all, folks. :)

9/22/2011 #10
Maggie Mae from Penny Lane

I read the 'stories' in this topic, and I have to say, if those are stories, mine is a paragraph. I first heard of this genre when a friend of mine would talk about it, and I had NO idea what she would ramble on about, I always assumed it was a random manga, until she talked about Gravitation. I've never been such an anime lover, I have truly only followed maybe 4 animes, and that is including Romantica. I have read Little Butterfly (I think it's called) and Seven Days (Again, I think that's the name), I read Okane Ga Nai, but it was so not my cup of tea, and I never went above reading them. Their biggest appeal is that they were short and complete. I always preferred live action, I can recommend various gay movies.

As to how I actually got into yaoi, I am, after all, obsessed with Junjou! I came home rather drunk one night, and I had the sudden urge to watch anime. Gravitation was the only short anime I could think of, and I went on Youtube to watch it. I read a bunch of comments talking about how the author ripped off from Junjou Romantica, and others saying that it was the other way around. So, curious me, got annoyed and decided that I wanted to judge for myself. Thus, my love for Junjou was conceived, specifically Egoist.I discovered fanfiction through a random forum, thinking they were parts of the anime that didn't have the pictures or whatever (I am that much of a newbie). I was even excited thinking I was going to read more Egoist!

I consider this a HUGE guilty pleasure, unlike others here, who are so opened about it. Good for you gys, but I am not absurdly reserved. I always say Yaoi is made for girls, by girls, at least that's what Wikipedia told me, as a way to explain my obsession (to myself, haha). I have shown the Junjou anime to a few people, but I keep the DVD I burnt with the anime in my underwear labeled as another anime I used to watch. It's mainly because of my really conservative parents, and if they ever watch the DVD, I could at least make them look stupid by asking why they were looking at my undies. I consider Junou Romantica sort of like a VERY explicit Disney Princess movie type, I one day hope to cry on a bench and have a toy bring me a real Nowaki. :DDDDDDDDDD Pandas can sing to us on our wedding day, such a lovely image, lol.

What I dislike/like about yaoi is, how extreme some can be. I like relating to characters and putting myself in their situation. Scenes sort of like the rapes, sex slaves, incest, etc., make me feel like I endorse that! Ugg, but from what I understand, most fans are fed up with those plots. Also, the radical age differences, Terrorist is super funny, but I do not read the sex scenes, I feel weird about it. Miyagi is so experienced and Shinobu is so... not, his very young features don't help, either, forget about Romantica, they're worse. The Tero age difference doesn't totally bother me, but I once stumbled upon a manga that was mainly 14 year old kids getting it on with older guys. I did not get past the first ten pages. I am all about freedom of creativity, I just stay away from the ones I don't agree with.

What I look for in fanfiction is, that Egoist is involved! I hate extreme ooc that has no true explanation, or that is so exaggerated, it feels like a children's story. I admit, I loveeeee the lemons, it's only natural, and well, I hate porn. I also look for realism, it doesn't mean I don't read the AUs, or that I hate them. It just means that if the authors want me to buy their stories, give me the features and explain it well enough, I am open-minded, and I like to read. Well, this is long enough, and I think I covered the main points of what Don't Preach said in Neko Hiro. Sooooo, that's all, folks. :)

9/22/2011 #11
the banana queen123

I really don't remember when i liked yaoi. I guess it was when I was fifiteen. I was watching yami no matsuei on the syfi channel.

9/22/2011 #12
The Black Flamingo101

the banana queen123: I LOVE YAMI NO MATSUEI!!! :D That is my favorite manga of all time hands down! Bonzai ^_^

Maggie Mae from Penny Lane: I totally get what you're saying about the rape thing. I didn't really get why that was such a repeated occurance in yaoi until I watched a documentary on sexuality in Japan. Apparently over there, they expect the woman/uke/bottom to take a completely submissive role. It's like some sort of fetish/cultural thingy. So I guess like most animes they just ampted it up....(but that's typical of anime. good grief. the chibis!)

9/22/2011 #13
Kirakrz

Hi guys! Glad to see so many peeps sharing your stories and here, I would like to share mine too :]

I would say truthfully that at first, I wasn't really that ok with homosexuality. Growing up in a society where homosexuality was not generally accepted, we were taught about how straight is right and how not straight, was not normal. But I wasn't to the point of a homophobic or an extreme anti-gays.

So how it all started that brought me to become such a crazy yaoi fan or rather Boy's Love or shounen-ai fan (I don't really like the term 'yaoi' caused I wiki-ed it before and it is an acronym for "Yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi", "No climax, no point, no meaning", "Yaoi has been used to describe titles that contain largely sex scenes and other sexually explicit themes and shōnen-ai is used to describe titles that focus more on romance and do not include explicit sexual content, although they may include implicit sexual content.") was actually an American singer, Adam Lambert, who was the runner-up from the 8th season of American Idol, that inspired me.

He is my first ever and my most favourite idol. He is openly gay and I admire him so much for his honesty and being so open about it (of course other than that, what captivated me is his voice and his good looks). He almost made me think how abnormal other gays are, to be hiding the fact that they're gay when they should be proud of their unique sexual orientation (not trying to insult anyone but yeah, Adam is that open about his sexuality and he totally embrace it). Then I started to think, "Gays are… not so bad. They're… pretty cute together.".

So one day, I chanced upon an anime called Junjou Romantica (I'm an anime freak already way before that, that's why) and I kinda figured it would be a BL judging from the title. And strange enough, I don't know what got me but I just wanted to watch it. I believe (and hope) JR is my first BL anime that I have ever watched and I totally fell in love with it! (I don't think anyone could resist not liking this anime) And so, it triggered my love for BL and since then, I love BL soooo much and I went crazy, looking for any BL anime or manga to feed my obssession and eventually lead me to fanfiction. But I don't really like yaoi that mostly focus only (not saying I don't like lemons) on the sex rather than plot. Even until now, JR is still the best BL I have ever watched imo. And of course, the egoist couple is my favourite of all!

So yeah, when I first started, I kinda asked myself if I'm weird or a pervert with a twisted mindset. At first I was pretty scared and tried to hide any traces of me being a BL fan but soon, seeing so many others who enjoy BL too like on fanfiction or video comments by others and how my favorite singer is so open about it and encourages people to be themselves, I got quite comfortable with it that I can even proudly show to my friends the egoist wallpaper I had set on my phone and iPod (lol). Though some of my classmates (and maybe friends as they never voice out) think it's wrong but whatever and so, I have kinda being labeled as "the person who likes gays" -_- My sister knows about that I'm a BL fan but she doesn't show any interest in it or whatsoever and my family... don't think they know much about it too (though some had seen my wallpaper & probably cocked an eyebrow at it... idk). Sometimes I wish I have a close friend that shares the same enthusiasm towards BL too, sigh.

That sort of concludes my story (and I really need to stop in case it gets too long) and thanks for sharing other BL anime/manga guys! Think I'm gonna check some out!

9/22/2011 #14
DumpsterCat69

Okay, i also didnt know how to post quite yet, so i clicked reply :P heres my intro to yaoi:

My name is Emma, im 15. My mom is a big prevert, so inside: ive always been a pervert.

I moved a year ago upstate, and had access to the computer everyday. i began watching animes, but they were mostly stuff like: slice of life, and tragedy. i never really thought about gay couples, but i always accepted them. so one day i was looking for a new anime to watch coz i had no life, and i came across a pink and sparkly pocture that caught my eye. i clicked it and read the summary. it was Junjou Romantica. i was sceptical about watching an anime based on guys, but yet, (though i still have yet to know why~!) i clicked on it, and watched the first episode. not even 5mins in, MISAKI WAS MOLESTED BY USAGI. after the first 10mins i kept looking at the "stop" button, but never clicked it. by the time the first episode ended, i pretended i didnt enjoy it, but i rlly did. so i said well i just...wanna see what happens next...yea *laughs nervously* so i watched the next episode...AND LOVED IT. i was hooked. so i told my friend about it, and she was actually a yaoi fan. she inrtoduced me to Fanfiction.net. by then i had watched most of sekai ichi hatsukoi season 1. she sent me a link, and it was a sex scene between Takano and Onodera. although i blushed ALOT, i thought it was ADORABLE. i finished sekai ichi hatsukoi, and began watching more yaoi. a month later, i signed up for Fanfiction.net. 2 weeks later, late at night, i randomly scribbled some story ideas down, thinking that i would never write them since im lazy. but once i got out some paper, my pencil flew across the page without stopping, and 20 pages later, i was very proud of myself. 2 weeks later i had about 30 chapters, but experienced writers block for the first time. then i began writing my second story. after a week of writing my second story, inspiration bitch slapped me and i began writing both stories at the same time. at the ending of august ( i think..) i began posting chapters.

now i currently am writing 2 stories, and am thinking about starting another. if you want to check out my stories...idk feel free i guess XDD im a beginner go easy on me XDDDDDDDD theres my story..? LOL

9/23/2011 #15
AveryEgoist

So this is my first post (while logged in) on anything... Where do I start?

I guess I really started loving yaoi when I was eleven. I started watching Digimon re-runs over and over again and just so happened to find fanfiction.net... and it all went downhill from there, ha ha. Fanfiction got me into anime even more and I just couldn't help pairing different male characters together. I already knew I liked guys so I could relate to couples more when they were two guys. I really didn't know there were legit yaoi anime at the time... until my good friend showed me Gravitation. I will thank her for the rest of my life, because otherwise I would've never found any other yaoi anime.

When I was thirteen I started reading fanfiction on school computers (horrible idea, I know), and I met my current boyfriend when he started reading over my shoulder and called me a pervert. He and I started giving each other anime recommendations, and one day he told me about Junjou Romantica which he'd just started watching. I watched it and I absolutely loved it! It's so much easier to relate to than other yaoi, because it's more... realistic in some ways (not entirely, but hey, anime is never that true to life in general). I love Egoist the most and I've probably watched their episodes over twenty times each.

My boyfriend and I started going out in March right after we watched the first Sekaiichi Hatsukoi OVA, and we've pretty much watched every yaoi anime we like together... we even stayed over at each other's houses just to watch Sekaiichi Hatsukoi every friday earlier this year. We're really a yaoi loving couple, ha ha. I'm glad that we have a good yaoi loving community at our high school (even though it's almost all girls), because it just gives me the chance to rant about what I love.

I write a lot of original yaoi stories, but they're all horribly cliched and odd so I'll probably never even try to get them published. Also, I like Yuri (though I've never seen an actual Yuri anime, watching Lucky Star sort of forces you to pair the girls together. And plus pairing the girls together gets them out of the way for yaoi couples, ha ha.) I don't read a lot of hetero stuff... it just seems weird to me, ha ha. But I'm pretty accepting of all couples you could talk about. I'm really weird aren't I?

I keep reading this over and it doesn't flow at all... oh well. Hopefully you all get the idea of what I'm trying to say.

9/25/2011 #16
Sun'sMoon

In a sense I've been in love with anime and manga since I was around the age of four. I was in love with Pokemon, Digimon, Yugioh and the Dragonball series. (Later on this included Inyuyasha and Full Metal Alchemist)

I think I just turned thirteen when the madness started. I was a bored seventh grader in middle school who happened to rediscover her love of Yugioh (also thanks to GX). Lo and behold, I look it up and come upon a Puzzleshipping (AKA Yami/Yugi) video (I believe called "Yami is the Candy Man" or something) and I was all, "WHOA WHAT IS THIS? ...Are they implying that they're gay!?? D: Pfff no. Impossible!" Then I clicked on a slide show video with all these hot pictures of Yugi and Yami making out. At first I was a little uncomfortable with it. Then I started finding more videos and soon enough I became hooked. From there I found fanfiction.net.

At first my preference of yaoi was strictly limited to a few pairings but then I started watching more anime and fell in love with many others. Also began my route on yuri from there once expanding my horizons. I'll admit hetero became less and less of my forte but now I can say I'm fine with any type of pairing (gender wise) and moreso crack pairings (because they're so much fun).

I even had multiple fanfiction accounts but those became inactive and died.

And then this year I created Sun'sMoon after falling in love with Junjou Romantica for the second/third time. 83

9/25/2011 #17
xMoymoy

I've been watching anime for basically as long as I can remember (Pokemon, Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh :D The good stuff...) I grew up as a little kid going back and forth between a Japanese woman's place and home. The woman's name was Kuniko and she came from Japan. She was probably the one who introduced me to anime and and got me obsessed. She was awesome, she spoiled my sister and I with things like Pokemon and Sailor Moon shirts, cookies, cool Japanese toys, etc. Ahaha... it was nice while it lasted.

I've always had extremely neutral thoughts about LGBT stuff until around 11-ish. My parents are pretty much homophobic and are always saying things like "It's not right" or whatever. Since I never really cared, I just thought stuff like, "Sure, whatever," when they or other people said things to put them down. Maybe that was bad of me, but I never really had much of my own opinion when I was little. It was only when I hit puberty at 11 (lol, no one wants to about hear that) when I began to rebel and limit communication with my parents. I've gained an incredible amount of independence and only believed in what I personally believed in and didn't care much for what others thought. And of course, I began to wonder why homosexuality was even remotely a bad thing. I didn't do anything further than to just wonder to myself about those things because it was always irrelevant to me.

Starting at the age of 11, I began watching anime online. Naruto was the first one I got into (yeah, ninja crap) then probably Inuyasha. I really liked romance so I pretty much ditched the fighting sort of genre and got into shoujo anime. I really liked things like Vampire Knight and Ouran High School host Club, and that went on for a couple of years. But somewhere during that time, my sister and I were bored one day and came across a yaoi AMV on Youtube. We were kind of weird and slightly perverted, so then we watched a couple of short yaoi series nothing more than for shits. It began with Okane Ga Nai... we thought the uke's unusually high-pitched voice was sort of funny. Then we watched Papa to Kiss in the Dark. I was surprised that I actually enjoyed some of it, but my sister didn't seem to like it as much. And after that one day, she never went back to watching any more yaoi. Since she didn't, I didn't bother either since she was the only person who I still sometimes listened to.

When I was 14, I was sick one day and was home alone. It was during a time when I had no current anime obsession and was just watching as many shoujo as I could until I would find one that really hooked me. But, there was one thing that prevented me from looking at more shoujo that day when I was sick. I was so damn annoyed with many female character's whiny voices. I've been watching it for a few years, and I was no longer able to stand listening to another whiny female main character. That was when I came back to boyxboy. I found an anime called Sukisyo, and ended up watching the whole thing in less than a day. I fucking loved it. It was only a shounen-ai, but I became obsessed with that anime for a couple of months.

I then watched Loveless and a couple other shounen-ai things I can't remember right now. It was then the end of the school year, and summer vacation had started. While I was in the middle of Gravitation, I thought I would try something I found called Junjou Romantica ;) To be honest, I didn't think much of it. Misaki and Akihiko bored me. Then I met Egoist, and I think they were what kept me from dropping Junjou because they were two that I really enjoyed. As the series went on, it showed a lot of Romantica and Egoist, I didn't think there was a third couple. Then I hit episode 10. It was the first time I met Shinobu. The first time seeing the Terrorist couple.

And I was bored xD I didn't think too highly of Terrorist at all, even after seeing them in action for the first time.

Or at least that was what I thought. I finished the first season then began the second season. I was bored watching Romantica things, but was entertained watching Egoist. As I finished more episodes of the second season, I kept wondering when they would show Shinobu and Miyagi... I don't know why, I was just anxious to see them again. In an Egoist episode, they finally gave of a glimpse of them after Hiroki walked in on the two... I was so happy. I didn't even know why. Just seeing Shinobu and Miyagi together again, it made me smile so much :)

Holy shit, this story is getting so long, I'll try to end it soon. So basically, I was incredibly disappointed Terrorist only got 3 episodes, stalked the manga, LOVED the manga, searched more Terrorist on Google, forgot about the existences of anything that wasn't Terrorist-related, found Terrorist fanfic, read Terrorist fanfic, began writing Terrorist fanfic, never finished watching Gravitation because of Terrorist, began doing a lot better in school for some reason (lmao, I don't know why) and yeah... I think my parents think I'm a lesbian now because whenever they mention anything about LBGT, I step in and begin to strongly defend it. In short, I got into yaoi because I was annoyed at high-pitched female voices. That was pretty much the only reason why I chose to look at it again :)

9/26/2011 #18
lillemmi

Is this how it works?? Just Reply? I hope so!^^

Soooooo my yaoi story is quite new. I First started watching anime about 2 yrs ago, but it really caught me about a year ago (Thank you Kuroshitsuji). I live in sweden and the only anime people know here are sailor moon and pokemon (which i did enjoy when i was younger).

The first yaoi I watched was ofcourse JR (the anime is labeld shounen-ai). My best friend is gay and I have been raised not to be predjudice against homosexuality. Here in sweden it is pretty much accepted by everyone to be gay. So the plot didnt scare me off, I was rather excited! After watching one episode I was hooked, when I like something I obsess over it! So I started googling what shounen-ai was and came across the term "Yaoi". I found some websites hosting yaoi anime and tried watching okane ga nai etc... First, I couldnt watch cause I was blushing like mad! But since Im very good at accepting new things about myself, I started enjoying it more and more.

I didnt take long before I had seen every frickin yaoi anime out there and started reading a small amount of fanfic (kuroshitsuji for some reason, okay im not gonna deny it: Kuro fangirl right here!) on one of the yaoi websites. Then I found fanfiction.net and oh lord I was saved! But I felt i needed more. I wasnt really in to manga in general at first, having a hard time reading them. Then I made up my mind to try a yaoi manga. I Don´t remember which one was my first, but one of the first yaoi mangas i read was Viewfinder...And holy hell that blew my mind!...So yeah, I started obsessing over yaoi manga..And I am still obsessing over yaoi in general!!

None of my friends watch anime and I can only share my interest in anime with my brother and his friends cause they watch anime too. So that means that yaoi is my secret, and no one knows about it. But my brother suspects something though! As stated earlier, I am an open person but the thought of telling my friends about my yaoi fetisch makes me feel uncomfortable. I dont know why, feeling dirty maybe? ashamed? Its kind lonley not having anyone to share it with. But still I have no problem telling my friends "Oh yeah btw, I will get tied up and spanked if I´m not home in 20 minutes, and yeah we are going to Whipclub on saturday so I´ll be on a leash all night!" ( I am a 25 year old proud kinky fox)

I hope this made sense to anyone, I havent practiced my english writing in a few years so its very rusty. Not that Im better writing in swedish..Im probably worse... Writing has never been my thing...which kinda sux cause i have an awesome imagination which has many pervy scenarious, some from real life experience too.

Okay soo this got to long??? I give up! Thank you and good night!

9/26/2011 #19
has left
so uh, yeah. my yaoi story, let's see..... i know this forum hasn't been posted on in a while, but it's always good to get it out there, ya know? i've been watching anime since I was 5. i know, right? it all started with a blockbuster. I could walk there from my house, and every week, my mom would let me get 1 movie. at first it was just normal movies like casper and land before time. then i discovered sailor moon, and i was addicted. from ages 5-10 i ate up anything sailor moon, and was heartbroken when blockbuster got rid of them cause no one would rent them anymore. later i discovered tokyo mew mew, and winx club, sticking to the fighting girls that save the day. then i got interested in romcoms like ouran. my love for manga didn't really blosomm until i moved from my hometown to houston. i knew what manga was, the book form of anime, had even read a few, but wasnt really hooked. but a girl in my english class bombarded me with series after series of shoujo. manga now outshone anime for me. now to the juicy boyxboy part. :) i was reeeaaally bored and wanted a manga. so being the innocent shoujo lover i was, i clicked random manga. fate stepped in in the form of junjou romantica. not reading the summary, i just plunged right in. i was a little put off at the mention of usagi's crush on takahiro. it wasnt like i was against gays, i just wasnt used to finding them in manga. then i got further in and, well... this is how it went... 0.0 HOLY SHIT! HE'S FUCKING RAPING THE POOR KID IN THE FIRST CHAPTER! you must remember, this was only a year ago. i ran with my tail between my legs from the manga, returning to my mamotte lollipop, and my lovely complex. a couple months later, i found myself pondering 'what DID happen to misaki?' so i went back. i am now a freshman in high school, a closet fangirl, and am struggling with my sexuality. the problem is, my family is straight religion and my bff who is making me question my self is a saint. my life is doomed. :(
12/3/2011 #20
has left
okay...i'm guilty, i didn't read everyones story before iwrote mine down, but i went back and looked, and this is what i have to say... QUIT BASHING ON THE ROMANTICA COUPLE! jeez, i actually find them to be my favorite. egoist never sparked my interest, as they just seemed like an old married couple that still had sex to me. no offense to any egoist fans. terrorist was cool i guess, funny, somewhat realistic. but romantica? omygawrsh, its awesome! the story line is more in depth, the characters more complex, the relationship has more trials and tribulation, and its just goddamn hilarious! i have my own suzuki-san at home and when my friends ask why i chose that name for my teddy, i just tell them not to ask. :) also i can relate to misaki, as i suffered from an inferiority complex for two years and have only recently finished counseling. it's all my stepdad's fault.... anyways, romantica's awesome, quit hatin'!
12/3/2011 #21
Sun'sMoon

I don't think it's really fair for you to say something like this =/ I'll admit it, Romantica is my favorite pairing of the three, but it all depends on your preference of the characters. They're all just so different from one another that their plots seem to kind of fade out since the stories are character driven.

Akihiko is a well rounded older man with the sex drive of well... a bunny. But he does prove to care about the ones he loves. He'll do whatever he can for them. Just of course, you can't expect to run away from him so easily once you begin to be involved with him. He's a romantic guy and he'll turn you into one as well. Yet he's not all about the sex even though he wants it frequently. He doesn't want to force Misaki into a relationship if he doesn't want it. He's got many complexities that trace back to his family that desire normalcy, although, he doesn't obtain it so well. Although a bit of an exaggerated personality of a typical wealthy, accomplished, gay man (especially since Misaki was able to figure out his past in one shot), the fact that he has a lack of common sense despite his educational background is hilarious and makes him human.

Misaki is a teenager struggling with school whose first romantic experience is Akihiko. He always planned to have been with girls and just all of a sudden, bam, he's gay? Not easy to be caught up in something like that. So of course it's frustrating at times when he's all "No no no I don't want this D:" but it's because he's just not ready to face this sort of thing. Yet deep down, even he realizes that he loves Akihiko-just he refuses to admit it out loud. At the same time, he's so likeable because he does try to considerate of others while also being perceptive of their feelings-something that is not that common with air-heads. I just feel like Misaki is close to what another might feel in his sort of situation and he breaks the stupid air-head stereotype well.

Hiroki is your typical tsundere, but more on both extreme ends of being willing to admit that he's in love or willing to hold back-which I'll admit is very different from other tsunderes according to the spectrum. (In case you don't know, a tsundere is someone who tries to hide their emotions constantly while putting on a tough face.) In the end, he'll always give in to the one he loves. Then again, part of it is that he doesn't know how to convey his feelings for fear of being rejected. At least if he acts tough around others, he's more feared and opt to get what he wants. And while I find some tsunderes so damn annoying, this one is just so awesome because he's a more realistic tsundere.

Nowaki is a giant sweetheart who, although at first he appeared to slightly be a mix of a yandere (cute and deadly) and kuudere (emotionless, but cute), constantly feels like he needs to be accepted by those around him-especially Hiroki- or at least make them happier than he is. Unlike the usual seme, Nowaki isn't already at the top of his career with a way of being controlling. Although as for it all being about the sex, I will say I'm not sure on that one. It's never really implied why Nowaki is so fascinated with Hiroki other than the fact that Hiroki is like a chihuahua- small, cranky, but an adorable mush ball on the inside. (If it wasn't implied in the anime or I missed a point, feel free to call me out as with anything I say on the characters!) But what makes him so likeable is that he's so damn nice and willing to put up with Hiroki's issues.

Shinobu is a kuudere and a rich brat. What's interesting about him is that he's so deadpan and blunt right from the beginning. He just...takes sweeps you up like a tornado in one try and slowly, you reach the ground gently. And the whole destiny thing... God it's such a sadly accurate parody of teenagers and their idea of love today and how "love overcomes all (including age) because it's destiny!" And he tries to do romantic things like make dinner (terribly) and it's hilariously done. Yet you can't help but think that you want him to try again. Again, lack of common sense despite his grades-especially when it comes to love and sex. Yes, as a typical teenager, he's driven by the idea that sex is love and that everyone's doing it and that if you aren't, there's something wrong with you or that every time you have sex, it's gonna be bad. Some might not like him because he's so straightforward and illogical, but in ways, you kind of have to think deep down and see how you two relate.

Miyagi seems to do pretty well for himself despite going through a divorce around the time he's introduced in Romantica. But what really tore him apart was losing Sensei and that he will never forget her. Shinobu enters his life like a terrorist and instead of going along with him right away, he actually ponders about a relationship with him and his sexuality (although he did run into bisexuality a bit too quickly). He thinks before he acts-something that sets him aside from the other characters. While some might be thinking stuff like, "Dude, you gotta get over this Sensei chick" or anything of the sort, remember. He was a teenager like Shinobu once with the same exact ideas he had. The piece of him that remains a teenager is through his love for Sensei and then Shinobu. It's a destiny relationship done right because both boys in ways are childish, but growing up together.

So, I'm sorry but to state your opinions and all that... I feel it's fair to share mine. Nobody's bashing on the Romantica couple. It's all a matter of preferences. The egoist couple happens to be more popular because others find Nowaki and Hiroki more appealing. But you know what? There are still a lot of Romantica and Terrorist fans out there. Nobody's hating on any pairing. The matter of this forum is to share our feelings on yaoi-not to hide them.

12/4/2011 #22
AnastaciaxofxRussia

ok first online chat ever um i guess i first got into yaoi through a friend at a new school shortly after i moved there it started with ouran highschool host club and snow balled from there

12/27/2011 #23
AZ1087653
After reading the author's notes on a few stories, and even though no one has posted since last year, I thought I would post as well. My story for being introduced to homosexual relationships in media/books comes from my mother taking me to see The Birdcage when it came to our small (Christian/Mormon/Catholic/religious beyond belief) town. In fact the movie only lasted one showing before it was removed by the demand of religious nuts. I wasn't exactly a young child at the time, but I was rather 'innocent' because of the religious upbringing. My mother kind of went against the community in bringing me to this show before I was old enough to understand it, or so people said. I did understand it though and at that point I started looking into what the term homosexuality was. I didn't find stories since the Internet wasn't readily available with how far from town we actually lived, so I spent a lot of time at the library. At this time there wasn't a site like Fanfiction.net or Japanese manga site where the books had been translated. Wikipedia wasn't even available yet, so the Internet wouldn't have helped much anyway. I was able to find copies of "Annie on My Mind" and "Daddy's Roommate", (both excellent books, one written for teens the other written for children) and I watched "The Children's Hour". While my parents were more than supportive of my reading whatever I got my hands on the bishop at our church actually told me I wasn't allowed to attend services anymore because of my choices in reading material. So I left small town life and grew exponentially fast after that. I am bi-sexual and proud of who I am and am not ashamed of standing up for what is right when it comes to equality. As for manga, specifically designed to attract women (no matter the content) I didn't start reading until after college. I didn't like the pictures in highschool. My first manga was Loveless, but that one doesn't fall into the BL category. I kind of stumbled onto a copy of Junjou Romantica written in Spanish and read that while I was stuck on a bus and that was how I discovered Sensei's works. I do find the stories to be simple and very much easy to understand, but none the less they keep me entertained. I read stories on Fanfiction because I like to see other's interpretations of the pre-existing characters. I prefer to immerse myself in this culture of BL from Japan because it makes me feel as if, even though so much of the world's population is against finding love where they may, BL novels prove that there is a light. I liken BL novels to how humans want to be treated to how Shirley Temple movies were perceived during the war. With all the crap that is going on outside, people can pay a small fee and for an hour or so dive into a world that will make a person feel happy, even if for a time.
5/6/2012 #24
MireaShta

Ok peeps, this is the first time I have ever posted anything on a forum so excuse me if I do something wrong. The first time I ever got into Yaoi was when I was in ninth grade. My friend was on a site and I happened to steal glance at what she was watching. I was actually all "innocent" back then. My friends were REALLY perverted. Anyways back at the site. I looked at it and saw a guy naked on another guy that was naked as well. My eyes were like O.O...."What the heck are you reading?!" So yeah she told me about the Yaoi, although hers was a SasuxNaru one.

To tell you the truth the main thing that attracted me to Yaoi that time was the sexyness. Yep, I saw sweat, body, and... you know the rest. I didn't really look it up though to see what it really was. My other friend was reading something on her computer. I looked on her screen too.... I am nosy, I know. She caught me looking and didn't hesisitate to tell me about Fanfiction and Yaoi. That is how I found out about this site.

She showed me some Yaoi anime and made me watch it. She seriously pinned me down to the chair until the anime episode was over. The first I have ever watched was Junjou Romantica. I noticed that JR and SIH were the really popular Yaoi anime.

I like the really romancive Yaoi. I hate the forceful Yaoi. My most unliked Yaoi was Maiden Rose. The guy practically killed the other guy's insides. I don't care how much he loved him, he shouldn't have done it that horrible.

I try to keep it a secret I like Yaoi. One day my brother found out and told my cousin. Yeah I know what you are about to say.. At least he didn't tell your parents. True but still, that cousin could tell other people and they could tell somebody and then the cycle starts.

So yeah that's my story.

8/3/2012 #25
AshleyTangerine

I know this forum hasn't been updated in forever, but since I am following the Uke Flu and saw Don't Preach's A/N, I thought "Eh, why not?" So here I am.

I should begin at the beginning- I've been watching anime since I was 5. I started off with Heidi, Girl of the Alps. Me and my mom used to rush back from my kindergarten school so we could eat lunch while watching it. Then came Dragonball and Dragonball-Z, and my first foray into proper shoujo started with Cardcaptors (we got the English dubs, so I don't count it as my first shounen-ai, they cut lots of episodes out). Of course we had the Pokemon craze next, and then Digimon, which ate up quite a lot of my free time, when I wasn't reading. I was introduced to Animax in fourth grade, and I loved it. I watched near about every genre they showed. From Fushigi Yuugi, Inuyasha, Gakuen Alice, Cardcaptor Sakura (the real thing this time), Daa!Daa!Daa!, Ginban Kaleidoscope (that was pretty recent), Fate/Stay Night, Fantastic Children...the list goes on and on. Being a huge bookworm (I read discarded cartons when I can't find anything else) I also read a lot of classic books. Animax was taken off our channels for a while, and I wrote CCS fanfiction in that time before I even knew what the term for it was. (I still have those copies somewhere!)

Then came seventh grade, and Ranma 1/2 and Kyo kara Maoh!.

I credit this anime with turning me into the complete perv I am today. It left literally nothing out! It became one of my favorites, even though I didn't watch it long, and the genderbending (and speciesbending XD) also helped me along in my views of gender equality (as bizarre as it sounds) and well, built the foundation for my yaoi fangirl self. Kyo kara Maoh!- that series blew me away. I watched and rewatched it, and wanted more. Till eighth grade, I was a happy bird obsessed with this shounen-ai. Then they stopped showing it, and I started watching Beyblade, Naruto and well...it was kind of a back to shounen thing. I never quite forgot about it, and I didn't have the Internet at my house, so I used to go to nearby cyber cafes and check if it got a new season.

By the time I was in tenth grade, I was too involved in my studies and didn't really have time for much anime. Or so I thought. I got my Net connection, and I started-purely by accident-to read Gakuen Alice fanfic. I loved it to bits and me and an otaku friend used to discuss them all the time. Then one day I remembered KKM!, searched for fanfic- and well, I started plowing through the entire fandom for Yuuram/Wolfyuu. By that time, I'd read a lot of het!smex, so I wasn't too concerned reading yaoi. Then I read a fic called Wolfram's Bruise, which had mentions of Only The Ring Finger Knows and Gravitation. I checked them out on YouTube, and read the manga- and my yaoi journey started. Before that I hadn't been exposed to manga at all, and I read several oneshots in literally days. I also watched Sukisho and the third KKM! season.

As for how I entered this fandom- I was watching Gravitation (when it was still available) on YouTube, and some guys kept saying how it was just like Junjou Romantica, except that no one died of cancer. I kept hesitating to watch it because of that comment (I avoid the tragedy genre like the plague), but one night, when I was tired doing projects and all, I blew caution to the wind and watched it.

My reaction was SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I fell in love with it, especially Romantica and Terrorist. I'll be blunt- I didn't understand the Egoist dynamics much, but I still loved Nowaki (because it's impossible not to). I tried to download the episodes, but they were taken off YouTube, so I chose to keep to KKM! and later Naruto (SasuNaru/NaruSasu shipper) and all kinds of love/hate relationships in yaoi. I got into the Harry Potter fandom and Drarry is still my OTP. I returned to JR by accident (again) when I read a fic, and decided to try and read the manga. I hated the art (WHAT is WRONG with their hands?) but I read it anyway, and I loved the storyline. Then I found and downloaded the eps, and a new obsession began! I tried to scour the fandom for Roma and Tero late last year, read a lot of crap and a lot of amazing stuff, and THEN I found Neko Hiro, and was addicted. Don't Preach's Hiroki has ruined me for all other guys, and I'm proud to say I love Egoist with all my heart only because of those fics, which gave me a new understanding of Nowaki and Hiroki. And in Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, Nostalgia is my OTP because Masamune and Ritsu are just too cute and squeeworthy together, but my favorite seme is Kirishima _

My mom knows I read yaoi, but not about the smexy parts, and since I do not wish to give her a heart attack, I hope she never finds out. My three best friends all know, and they've often been at the receiving end of my yaoi fanfics. They're not really into the genre, or even into anime, but I have one of them hooked on Egoist and the other dizzy on Romantica. Yes, I'm quite proud of myself, considering that here in India one out of every 5000 people have even heard of anime. Or something. I have a fujoshi friend too, and though she leans towards RPS more than anime yaoi, I still fangirl with her over Egoist.

And that's it, really. :D

4/16/2013 #26
Cerberus Revised

Hey Tan-chan,

I know I have been quiet lately, but thank you so much for sharing your story here. I really appreciate you sharing your adventures into yaoi with me.

Don't Preach

4/19/2013 #27
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