Yaoi Infused M/M Romance

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 December 22, 2009  Books, Manga, Yaoi Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,  Add comments

I don’t know what I have against this company, except that they’re known for producing sappy romance novels involving happy endings with heterosexual couples getting married and having babies. There’s always the stereotypical alpha male hero and the blushing - OMG, I hate him, but I love him, but I can’t have sex with him – heroine. I…HATE…THAT. In fact, I think this type of romance novel is the very reason I’ve never read one before I started writing fanfiction and the only type of romance novel I’ve ever read is M/M or Yaoi.

I don’t know, maybe I’m a bit jaded and I’m going to get a bit personal here. After two failed attempts at marriage and four miscarriages I just see this fairy tale as being a complete farce in today’s society. Now that I’m settled with my two boys, one adopted from Russia, and NOT tied down in a marriage anymore, I’m happier than I’ve ever been. And I know I’m not alone here. My therapist (think I haven’t had therapy with what I went through? LOL) said the average number of marriages today are three.

So this sort of thing doesn’t seem real to me and I don’t see it being real to the majority of younger readers – I’m talking Generation X or Y or whatever the heck anyone under the age of 40 or so is being called these days.

Now back to Harlequin, the book mecca of all things neat and orderly and in their place (love before sex, marriage before sex, marriage before baby, all babies and husbands are perfect, a woman can’t be happy without a husband and gay people don’t exist – oh, I could just scream). So I hear they have a manga line. I hear they’ve even hired mangakas to do the artwork for their manga line. And they even showed them off at Yaoi Con in San Francisco. BUT THEY STILL HAVE THE REDICULOUS STORIES ABOUT LITTLE BO PEEP FINDING HER PRINCE CHARMING IN THE LATE 1880′S.  *falls over with a seizure*

Okay, I’m better now.What retarded impulse led them to think women who like to see two beautiful, androgynous guys engage in ass-play would want to read that garbage? That sort of thing is like the anti-christ for a Yaoi fan! I mean, being in the industry, I’ve heard all sorts of things about not having any women at all on the book covers of M/M books (not even really tiny and in the background) or the girl-cooties will make it unsellable to M/M readers. AND THEY BRING THESE THINGS TO YAOI CON??? *falls over again*

Okay, I’m back. I think I’ve had too much coffee, LOL. I was thinking I should post an image here to prove my point of how stupid these things are, but I can’t stand the thought even having one of the book covers on my blog. So you’ll have to go look for yourself: http://manga.about.com/b/2009/12/14/8-harlequin-romance-comics-debut-on-emanga-com.htm

And yes, I know that by posting this I’m giving them publicity and even negative publicity is good publicity, but I just can’t help myself. If you find you like that sort of thing, have at it. I won’t judge you (okay, maybe a bit ;) )

So what do you all think about this? Should Harlequin finally break out of their tiny little mold and face reality and make some real Yaoi titles? How about opening the door to the M/M genre? Just to combat all this hetero romance stuff, I need a Yoai pic (I love this pic, BTW):

  6 Responses to “Harlequin at Yaoi Con – Really?”

  1. Ugh, no. Harelquin should stay OUT of yaoi. Really. I agree with you about their novels 100% and I'd just HATE to see the utter crap they'd be willing to publish when it came to M/M stuff. Just… no. Plz to be GTFO'ing my fandom, Harlequin.

     
  2. Well that was stupid of them. At Anime Expo it may have worked but Yaoi Con?

    It may be interesting to see what happens with their Carina Press venture which is "open" to M/M

     
  3. Ah yes, I saw that. I'll believe it when I see it when it comes to them ever releasing a M/M book.

    Christie

     
  4. I am not to keen on Harlequin books as a whole but only buy their books in the lUNA line since they have some decent authors there but Yaoi?! WTF?
    *shakes head*

    If they want to hit the graphic novels/manga craze, then by all means go ahead but for petes sake, make sure you are doing it with some good stories not as you said, Bo Peep finding her true love. *AACK*

    I love M/M anf never read a Yaoi before so if you want to recommend any for me Christie, go right ahead. LOL

    Dawn R.

     
  5. Hi Dawn,

    I don't usually read manga, though I have a few Full Metal Alchemist and Gundam Seed Doujinshi's lying around:) I usually watch Yaio anime – I think Sensitive Pornograph and Loveless (which are both in manga)are good starters.

    Christie

     
  6. I think Yaoi should stay just that yaoi. Me being a huge yaoi fan and love all things yaoi, I believe yaoi should just stay were Its just two hot guys having hot, wonderful sex. That makes this chick very happy. I mean I don’t mind yaoi to have happy ending because I think a lot of people want that wonderful happy ending, but yaoi is just that yaoi where there is sex involved otherwise is not yaoi, and the hotter the sex the better. Man I sound perverted now I better stop talking before I regret it.

     

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