Dan Mei / Boys Love Fiction Genre

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    Dec 09, 2014 10:37 PM GMT
    I don't usually look at The Advocate, but hey, it's lunch time and nobody is posting noods here today... Anyhow, this story was mildly interesting.

    Recent Chinese crackdown on writers of erotic gay fiction: Dozens of on-line authors arrested.

    "...all writers of gay fiction, known as dan mei, which over the past two decades has gained a vast and dedicated following in China, a country where homosexuality is still heavily stigmatized. ... it spread to China in the 90s from a type of Japanese manga known as “boys’ love” (BL). Focusing on male-to-male romance, dan mei (which may be literally translated as “indulgence in beauty”) has surprisingly spawned an exclusive fan base: Its readers and writers are nearly all straight young women and girls.

    “According to one male author of dan mei who did not wish to be named, “The dan mei circle” simply does not accept that male authors are capable of writing it. He says that writers and fans “believe that it requires a complete detachment from reality and the male view of sex and homosexuality.”
    A female former writer says, “Dan mei is a girl’s fantasy of gorgeous guys, often with feminine traits. It’s very naive in its depiction and does not feign realism.”

    Strange. icon_neutral.gif

    But then, I suppose that's exactly what Brokeback Mountain was too.
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    Dec 10, 2014 1:00 AM GMT
    Found some more sources that are actually linkable. No examples though. Apparently one of these criminals got up to 5000 clicks on her smut icon_surprised.gif

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/kevintang/inside-chinas-insane-witch-hunt-for-slash-fiction-writers
    https://prezi.com/6j71fmvsaix6/chinese-danmei-fandom/
    http://www.newnownext.com/benedict-cumberbatch-gay-sherlock-china/11/2013/
    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/truth-about-danmei240912
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    Dec 10, 2014 6:05 AM GMT
    K. Found a site, if anyone would like to get their 15-yo-chinese-girl on and read some of this stuff.
    http://bltranslation.blogspot.com/2014/08/cold-sands-by-mu-yun-lan-qing.html

    Well, it ain't "Nifty." Then again, it ain't necessarily worse than "Nifty."
    Shockingly subversive! No wonder these ho's are in jail.



    Title: Cold Sands

    [ENGLISH TRANS] 漠上寒沙 BY 牧云岚卿

    Dairytea's comment: Let's give a big welcome to ayszhang, the translator who has adopted this epic story!

    Title 标题: Cold Sands 漠上寒沙

    Genre 类型: romance 爱情, drama 剧情, warfare 国战

    Disclaimer 声明: The original story is not written by me. The author has taken down his/her account at www.jjwxc.net and I could not find any contact information. This is a translation project undertaken by me completely out of personal interest. Furthermore, this story contains homosexual relationships and adult content. Reader’s discretion is advised. 此故事原作为网络小说家牧云岚卿所作。作者随抄袭风波而退隐江湖,至今毫无音讯。此作的英文翻译纯属本人个人兴趣,无意贩卖盈利。此外,此作含有同性恋爱情与成人内容,请读者注意。
    For more information contact 如有问题请联系: 790249948@qq.com

    Synopsis:

    He’s just a low-ranking deputy general and he’s a prince. They meet on the battlefield but it turns out to be the beginning of a complicated and beautiful story.

    Murong Yu is a very confident man – until he meets Han Xin.
    There’s nothing he cannot get; there’s nothing he cannot destroy.
    To let live or not, is all up to him.
    He is the future ruler of Great Yan and so it’s only natural that the world should bow down at his feet.
    But he had never thought that one day he would lose control of it.
    That even his own will would be uncontrollable.
    Murong Yu can neither get nor destroy this prisoner of war.

    Han Xin has never given a care about the world – until he meets Murong Yu.
    He has never cared about anyone, nor has anyone cared about him.
    It doesn’t matter if you’re alone or sad, as long as you can still laugh, life will go on.
    He has learned long ago how to not question, how not to believe, how not to lose and how not to care.
    Destiny’s uncaring teasing and humiliations have already become numb to him.
    That’s right, he doesn’t have a care in the world.
    Even if it’s this Prince Royal of Great Yan who’s started to warm up to him.

    This is my magnificent summary. Okay, I admit I can’t write summaries. I mean it’s so boring!
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    Dec 11, 2014 12:19 AM GMT
    sounds a lot like

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    Dec 11, 2014 5:49 AM GMT
    Hmm... I suppose the teenage girl angle explains why some of them have the heads of cats.

    So, maybe the next generation's straight porn will have as many obligatory boy-on-boy scenes as todays has girl-on-girl?