Boys Love recommendations

*Updated May 11, 2019. I’ll keep this as a sticky post on me.shirasade.net.

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:

  • 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 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. 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… 🙂

Warning: There will be mild spoilers below.

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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)

Some liveblogging

Didn’t do too much today, except laundry and this very important gif for sinning of Guardian‘s delectable Zhu Yilong, which leaves me speechless:

Zhu Yilong with a lollipop, taking off his jacket
Source: Youtube

I also liveblogged episode 21 of Guardian and then proceeded to watch Thai BL series Love by Chance:

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Daily tv report

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…

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Today’s tv report :)

Copied from Mastodon.

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:

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Links and lots of tv!

Today is Friday, which currently means catching up with The Good Place (season finale, though), Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Star Trek: Discovery. But first, a link to a fascinating fairy tale:

The Girl Who Was a Boy | The Public Medievalist

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, â€śA 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.

Of course I haven’t gone entirely without my Guardian fix during the day, mostly in the form of meta like this. Also, I started on these highly amusing episode chats. (What can I say, work was slow. *g*)

I also got a bunch of absolutely lovely feedback for my first ficlet, which was really, really nice. And then there’s this:

Now on to my episode reactions, under a spoiler cut:

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