80 Post Challenge – Post 28

Share a dirty little secret about yourself (or someone else).

Well let’s see…

Okay, I’m feeling brave, I’ll share one about me. Though I must admit, some people will already know this. Not many though. o.O

Right… deep breath… I read/write Yaoi!

Oh. Right, you don’t know what that is? Well I feel better now, though I suppose I’ll have to explain what it is, or else its not much of a secret shared is it? Lol, right. Well if you visit here, you’ll get the full break down of what the denizens of Wikipedia reckon its all about. Once you’ve read that, keep going through this post…

…because I’ll tell you what… for me, Yaoi is a way for me to put my favourite anime characters together and have them do filthy-dirty things to each other (though that is subjective. One man’s porn is another man’s erotica, right?)

BL Icon CharAnyway, there is poorly written Yaoi, there is very well written Yaoi (which really is just erotica) and then there is all the drivel in between. There is lots (and lots) of that middle category I’m afraid, but I have been lucky enough to find some very good Yaoi (and Yuri for that matter, though I don’t like it as much) which features some of my favourite characters.

For a long time I’ve been trying to explain what it is that draws me to this style of writing/story telling. Considering how much grief it once caused in my life, I’ve still not come up with an answer that satisfies me. Pity, because I’d love to be able to lay it down in words just why I love it so much. Is it the characters? Yes and no; some pairings just don’t work while others are so perfect that you really do wonder why the anime/manga wasn’t written that way in the first place. Is it the writing? Lord no! Most of it is awful and I stick with it just because I’m curious about what the characters are getting up to. Is it the sex? Yes… probably… but that can’t be the only reason. I’m not that shallow… am I? o.O

Its been a long while since I wrote (or read, for that matter) anything even remotely like Yaoi. There was a very dear friend of mine who expressed a love for the genre a while back and I wrote her a 50k piece for her birthday that year. I had it professionally bound in a hardback cover and included some hand drawn sketches of the featured characters in various guises. I really enjoyed doing that and almost did it again the next year, but I got distracted by other projects.

Maybe its time to start doing that again. Writing Yaoi I mean.
After all, my tag line does say; ‘gleefully penning SMUT, vamp-fiction, fantasy and comedy since 1997.’ I must admit, I’ve not done very much smut for a while. Erotica and smut are NOT the same after all… don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.





My 80 Post Challenge is brought to you with help from Tom Slatin’s 80 Journal Writing Prompts.

About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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2 Responses to 80 Post Challenge – Post 28

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