Welcome To Fake Paradise!

This is the personal writing blog for Joana Hill, creative writing major extraordinaire! Here you'll find the random ramblings and occasional writings of a girl obsessed with gay romance and the yaoi manga FAKE. You've been warned.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Word Wednesday: Mellifluous

Mellifluous is an adjective that literally means "flows sweetly." It's usually used to describe music, so if you go to a recital and the person playing is really good, you might say they are playing mellifluously! It is quite a nice sounding word, even if it can cause one to be tongue-tied.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Word Wednesday: Pleonasm

Pleonasm is a noun and, if you're anything like me, probably sounds really scientific to you if you don't know the meaning. But it's actually not! It means "the use of more words than necessary to express an idea." So essentially, it's redundancy. Some of you probably know the term purple prose. So if you come across writing that's really wordy and overly-descriptive, you can say it's "fraught with pleonasm."

Monday, September 12, 2011

Yaoi Manga Monday- Mysterious Love

Ugh, one day I swear I'll use one of my college's scanners for these instead of having to look up images online. I say this mostly because I couldn't find ANY sample pages or pictures of the characters other than the Japanese cover.

Uh anyway.

Mysterious Love is a manga written and drawn by Taishi Zaou and put out by Doki-Doki, an imprint of Digital Manga Publishing (the same people who own June, although Doki-Doki doesn't exclusively put out yaoi). It stars Masafumi Tamura, a high school student who's had premonitions all his life via his dreams. They were usually things like scores on games, people getting hurt etc. When he entered junior high, however, he started having dreams that hinted about his first love. They weren't that innocent, however- they were "HD, surround-sound" dreams about him having sex with a guy. These dreams bothered him so much that he started avoiding sleep as much as possible, and trying everything he could to prove to himself and those around him that he is straight. As the manga starts, however, he's going about his day in school, and he finally meets the mysterious dream man- Narumi Seiwa, who instead of being put off by Masafumi's efforts to push him away, actually starts falling for him.

Mysterious Love is a comedy despite its drama label. Masafumi's family (mother, father, older sister) know about his dreams and actively encourage him to pursue love no matter what gender it is. Masafumi's two best friends even pitch together money for him and Narumi to go to a love hotel so they can have sex for the first time. It seems everyone is okay with him being gay but him! The translation itself is actually very well-done, with no visibly awkward places, if a typo or two for the discerning eye. Masafumi is pretty over-the-top at the start, but it's one of the few yaoi manga I've read that does not actively include the "rape-is-love" trope (Cafe Latte Rhapsody also has no signs of it) so it's a good starter manga. I would definitely suggest it.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Yaoi Manga Monday- Desire

Desire is a single-volume manga written by Maki Kazumi and illustrated by Yukine Honami. It's about a single couple.

Toru is your run-of-the-mill student who doesn't think there's anything special about him, especially compared to his honor student best friends. He loves to paint and is part of the art club at school. He's also had a crush on Ryoji for a long time but has never acted on the feelings because he didn't want Ryoji to think he was weird and end their friendship.

Ryoji is Toru's best friend. He's an honor student, part of the swim club, and constantly going out with girls he gets bored with after having sex a few times. He's quite brash and will go for something when he wants it without questioning it, even when it comes to his unexplained feelings for Toru.

So what's it about? One day, Toru and Ryoji are having lunch alone (they usually have another friend with them, see) when Ryoji suddenly turns to Toru and says he gets turned on looking at him. Toru is flustered and Ryoji explains that he has no idea where these feelings are coming from. They forget about it until Ryoji walks up to Toru after school a day or two later and says he wants to try having sex with him. The following is pretty much your average soap opera plot: they have sex, Toru thinks Ryoji doesn't have feelings for him so feels guilty and attempts to break it off, etc etc. It's not a bad manga, just a bit formulaic.

I won't be showing any pages in this entry, because I have a physical copy but no scanner, and all the scanlations I've found online are frankly terrible. If you'd like to see it for yourself, though, go ahead.

Desire is, as you might have gotten from my description, heavy on the sex. It's a good read, though, along with its novel companion, which has more story than the manga covers. It's good initiation material for someone who wants heavier yaoi but not the kind of kinks and fetishes that come with more hardcore stuff XD Desire is put out by June and can be ordered online if you're interested. Happy reading!