Boys Love recommendations

*Updated March 16, 2019. I’ll keep this as a sticky post on me.shirasade.net.

As you might have noticed, I’ve been on an Asian boys love kick recently and figured some of you might appreciate a recs list. Here are some of my requirements:

  • happy ending
  • good chemistry between the leads
  • no rape-y vibes

The latter is unfortunately incredibly wide-spread, making many of the most popular shows unwatchable for me (looking at you, Addicted…). Even in some of the shows I mention below there are side-pairings that squick me out, but that’s what the fast-forward button is for.

With all shows, the subtitles often leave a lot to be desired, but I’m just grateful people went to the trouble to translate. Also, don’t watch especially Thai BL shows if you want high quality filming and acting – very often the actors are inexperienced and the sound quality is horrible. For me, a show lives and dies with its main couple – I usually go back and only rewatch their storyline, ignoring everything else.

If you have any recommendations for similar movies/shows, please don’t hesitate to share, as my obsession doesn’t seem to want to end any time soon… πŸ™‚

Warning: There will be mild spoilers below.

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The three most beautiful days

That’s what we call Fasnacht, our carnival in Basel, which is happening right now – actually it’s ending tomorrow morning at 6am, having started Monday 4am. (Yes, we’re a week later than most, already officially in Lent – my theory is that they chose the date to thumb their noses at their Catholic neighbours, post-Reformation. Basel is special like that. *g*)

I missed most of it this year, only going to the children’s parade on Tuesday with my brother and his family (omg, my nephews were so fricking adorable!) and having a wander through town today, taking a look at some of the lanterns and floats. I did, however, have the mandatory foods: onion quiche and flour soup, yum!

I also booked the trains for the Shadowhunters con in Brussels in June. As an extra awesome perk, because traveling via Paris is fastest, I’ll leave a day early and spend the night with one of my Jalec gals. We’ll then travel to Brussels together. Yay for time in beautiful Paris!

In other news, I watched two more episodes of Guardian (eps 28/29), which means more liveblogs! πŸ™‚

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First day

Back at work after over a month of sick leave. Surprisingly I managed to get caught up with most of it in a few hours – it was nice that several people said they were glad I was back. It’d be a bad sign if I wasn’t missed, after all. πŸ™‚

In Basel it’s carnival, so it was relatively quiet, and I even managed to work on my Jalec round robin chapter, which is due this Thursday.

And now for some Guardian – episode 27 from yesterday, and a rewatch of episode 1. πŸ˜‰

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AO3 meme and Guardian liveblog

Some fanworks analysis from my AO3, as seen on Hubzilla:

Rules: Go to your AO3 works page, expand all the filters, and answer the following questions!
(Snagged from @Vaysh Swiftstorm )

I’m excluding my vids from this. (For the record, I’ve got 80 fanvids posted to AO3, almost half of which are Jalec.)

FANFIC – 407 (this includes several drabble collections)

What’re your first and second most common work ratings?
Teen And Up Audiences (144)
Explicit (107)

What’s your most common archive warning?
No Archive Warnings Apply (372)

Do you consider yourself an adventurous writer?
Not really.

How many fics have you written or podficced in each pairing category?
M/M (314)
F/M (82)
Gen (34)
Multi (27)
Other (4)
F/F (4)

Is this more accidental, or do you have preferences?
Oh no, slash is absolutely my preference. πŸ™‚

What are your top 4 fandoms by numbers?
Shadowhunters (TV) (98)
Backstreet Boys (51)
Lord of the Rings RPF (46)
The Lord of the Rings RPF (46)

Are you still active in any of them, and do you tend to migrate a lot?
Shadowhunters is very much still my most active fandom. I tend to migrate every couple of years.

What are your top 4 relationship tags?
Alec Lightwood/Jace Wayland (88)
Billy Boyd/Dominic Monaghan (38)
Howie Dorough/AJ McLean (27)
Patrick Stump/Pete Wentz (16)

Does this match how you feel about the characters, or are you puzzled?
They’re four of my OTPs, so it makes total sense. I actually wrote surprisingly little for Pete/Patrick, considering how much I loved them – but then, with Bandom the situation was similar to MCU/Stucky right now. There’s so much high-quality fic around, I don’t feel the urge to write (and the few I do write get lost). Jalec is definitely a less popular pairing – and getting feedback absolutely inspires me. πŸ™‚

What are your top 2 most used additional tags, and your bottom 2?
Angst (44)
First Time (43)

Post-Canon (23)
First Kiss (21)

What would happen if you combined all 4 of these into a fic?
Jace and Alec getting together at some point in the future, the angst being supplied by the fact that they both start out in their canon relationships and might even be married.

How many WIPs do you have currently running on AO3? Any you don’t plan on finishing?
9, excluding my drabble collections. The two that aren’t Shadowhunters are officially abandoned.

Also, forgot to share my Guardian liveblogs of eps 25 & 26 from yesterday:

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My free time’s coming to an end

Starting Monday I’m back at work. It shouldn’t be a problem, but I am glad I was still on sick leave this week – not so much because of the hysterectomy, which has given me few problems, but because of the stupid infection in my arm pit.

They cut it open on Tuesday, to drain it, and I’ve had to go back to hospital to get it cleaned twice since. I’ll likely still have to undergo another operation to have it cut out, but I’m hoping I can postpone that so there’s a bit of a larger gap between round of full anesthesia. Overall, it’d have sucked having to go to work, as it was definitely noticeable.

Anyways, in other news, today I also succeeded in making my first Chinese tea eggs, courtesy of a recipe by asya.

A peeled Chinese tea egg, showing the marbling.

While doing this, I watched Borgia (Fear & Faith, not the Showtime version), which is not normally my cup of tea – I’m not usually into politics and intrigues and unpleasant people, all of which the show has aplenty. Yet somehow, I find myself binging it. Here‘s an interesting article by a historian comparing the two Borgia shows.

Also, much to my chagrin, I found out that I’d somehow overlooked the last episode of my favourite BL show, Love by Chance. MORE AE/PETE, YAY!!! Unfortunately, also a rape subplot, including gaslighting that made my skin crawl. So naturally, I drabbled:

  • Change of Perspective (Ae/Pete, 200 words, demisexual Ae)
  • Fix-it (Type & Techno, 300 words, canon divergence of the horrific Kla/No plot)

Jalec gif set: I refuse to stand still

Alec is unapologetic about the fact that he’ll do anything to keep Jace by his side, and I live for it. (Codependent parabatai FTW! *g*) And Abby S is always good for inspiration… But wow, colouring this show is a nightmare. :/

I refuse to stand still 
in the face of losing you

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