I will be meeting Mary at Yaoi-Con. *chair bouncing* I am so fangirl-squeey excited!
Two hot men together has always been my idea of yummy goodness, just the biggest turn on ever. One of the first stories I ever wrote had two knights who were best friends and traveled around together. I was twelve, and there were no women in the story and my family asked where the heck the damsels in distress were. Sorry, no girl-cooties needed or wanted, just the boys was hotter. As I got older and discovered Yaoi, it was like finding heaven.
Everyone is gorgeous in yaoi, there is clearly the big, strong handsome alpha guy, or seme, and the other guy, even more beautiful than the first, the uke, with big eyes and feminine features who is pursued, sometimes relentlessly, by the stoic, smaller eyed, seme. There are definitely yaoi influences in my own writing and the cover for my first book from Dreamspinner Press, Change of Heart, done by the amazing Anne Cain, is clearly done in the “yaoi” style.
Wild Rock by Kazuza Takashima has a nice story where the prettier Yuen thinks he is fooling the more masculine Emba into falling for him so that their two tribes can co-exist in peace. Man’s Best Friend by the same author has Ukyo finding a dog that, when he gets excited, turns into a very hot guy with cute ears and a tail. It sounds weird but when you read it, it just works. The second story called Summer’s Here Again has Kasumi in it who has “thee” most beautiful hair you have ever seen bar none. They all have great hair but his is a masterpiece. There’s also a third story about a goldfish that turns into a really feminine looking boy. It’s all a pleasure to look at.
U Don’t Know Me by Rakun is also beautifully illustrated but does have the seme attacking his uke, here because Yoojin thinks that Seyun has been sleeping around already and that he won’t really hurt him. Little does he know that his friend is a virgin. But he is forgiven and all ends well.
I have many, many more shelves of yaoi in my house but these are my favorites, the ones I will schlep to Yaoi-Con in hopes of getting them signed.
So, do any of Mary’s favourites tempt you?