Life’s been a bit too busy for my taste recently, hence my lack of activity (which includes creating fanworks, unfortunately). I made the mistake of signing up for no less than FIVE cons between Easter and mid-July. And in between I’ve been sick, right now with a bronchitis, so that’s fun. :/
Anyways, in the past weeks I’ve done something I’ve rarely done in my offline life: I’ve come out to people as aro-ace.
So far, I’d only identified as such to my mom and my best friend in so many words (who both took it as well as could be expected from people who have no experience with the queer community), although I’ve been quite clear about not ever wanting a relationship when talking to some people at work.
I definitely didn’t go into details with any of them, didn’t mention that the only sex I’m interested in is in my head.
As you might have noticed, I’ve been on a kick for Asian gay-themed movies and tv shows (aka Boys Love) recently and figured some of you might appreciate a recs list. Here are some of my requirements:
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. Luckily more and more shows seem to avoid the painful clichés.
With all shows, the subtitles often leave a lot to be desired, but I’m just grateful people go 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 (although it’s been getting decidedly better). 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… 🙂
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.
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:
Only managed to watch one episode of Guardian today, because I came home late, but this show just continues giving me so much joy! This ep in particular was rather good for the secondary ship of Brother Chu and Little Guo, who got some very nice moments.
Also watched the first episode of last year’s The First, because I love near-future space exploration. But it was canceled, so I’m not sure if I’ll continue, since series 1 ends before they even get to Mars. Also, not the biggest Sean Penn fan.
If you’re into Mars stuff, I can recommend the National Geographic Mars series – half present-day documentary, half drama about Mars colonization. I think at least the first season is on Netflix.
But on to my Masto livesquee about episode 18 of Guardian…
Because apparently #guardian isn’t enough, I’ve been checking out a few other movies & tv shows while doing other stuff today (sth I can’t with Guardian)… I didn’t get far into the “A Discovery of Witches” book for some reason (although it’s technically still on my “currently reading” list), but the tv show has a few things going for it – like Alex Kingston (River Song! as a lesbian witch!) and Matthew Goode. 🙂
Okay, time for some more Guardian… Extensive liveblog of episodes 16-17 under the spoiler cut:
A gender-affirming fairy tale. Originally a Romanian folktale translated and adapted into French as “Jouvencelle/Jouvenceau” by Jules Brun, translated and adapted into English as “The Girl Who Pretended to Be a Boy” by Leonora Blanche Alleyne, gently adapted into the 21st century by Paul B. Sturtevant. Find out more about it in our article, “A Transgender Fairy Tale”. Once upon a time there lived an emperor who was …
This adaptation is awesome! The article about the original version is also very interesting.