Stuff We Like #5
Hello Everyone! Welcome to another installment of Stuff We Like. It's Freddy again this week, and for my contribution I wanted to discuss one of my favorite topics, manga. It's because of manga that I found the gay romance genre here in the US. I was never looking for it. I read SF & F, but I also liked manga and graphic novels like the ones below. Saga is one of my newer interests actually. I've been reading Blade of the Immortal & Vagabond forever.
Now, Amazon & Netflix like to suggest stuff to you once they have you ratings and watch list history. Netflix had the balls to keep suggesting an anime called Kyo Kara Maoh. This is Shounen-ai. How dare they question what I would want to see?
In this case, I finally got sick of seeing the suggestion over and over again so I rented it so I could watch and shut them up once I saw it. Surprisingly enough I did like the show. It left me flabbergasted and thoroughly amused. Now me being me, I immediately began researching to find out more about the genre. That meant I quickly found Yaoi.
And it's because of Yaoi I found the Gay Romance genre. For that, i am thankful because I have met so many wonderful people as a result.
What about you guys? How did you find Gay Romance?
*images used were from Amazon.com
12/10/2014 08:32:34 am
I found it quite by accident, almost 5 years ago. I was constantly looking for free books on Amazon and one day there was one by Andrew Grey, one of his Love Means series. I don't remember which one it was, but, since it was free, I downloaded it and I was hooked from that moment on. As soon as I finished that one, I went searching for more and eventually purchased all he had out at that time. Then, I just kept adding to the genre, until the time came where I realized that I wasn't buying anything else, even though I'd always loved my shifter and vampire books. Imagine my happiness when I discovered these books in the mm genre, lol.
12/10/2014 10:44:12 pm
I got into reading Anne Douglas and one of her books, Persuading Jo, which involved a threesome, but it was the first one where the two men were a couple, not just two men with one woman. I liked the relationship dynamic, and like you say, Amazon make recommendations and they kept recommending TA Chase and Amber Kell, so I finally took them up on it, and I've been reading it ever since. It's close to 5 years I have been reading this genre. For standard het romance, I like strong female characters - there only seem to be a few of them, and even then, sometimes I get tired of the "I hate you but secretly desire/love you" storyline, I found the gay romance had more options and variety of characters and plotlines.
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