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Day: March 19, 2020

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What Makes a Good BL Drama or Film (Under a Thai/Asian Setting)? Part 1/2 [Opinion]

First published 15 May 2019, updated 19 March 2020

This is a seemingly innocent topic to start with, but when you deal with fans and their personal preferences, it could get ugly. There is a misunderstanding with some people think that BL (or Yaoi) originated in China.

FACT: BL was born in Japan and is a celebration of romantic love between boys who are handsome or ‘hot’. It’s interesting to note that Thai BL is dominated by male directors and filmmakers, with a predominantly female fan base. International fans from Europe and America are divided – there are both male and female fans in the audiences.

Anyway, let’s start with some introductions…

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What Makes a Good BL Drama or Film (Under a Thai/Asian Setting)? Part 2/2 [Opinion]

First published 17 May 2019, updated 19 March 2020

In Part 1, we mentioned a list of outstanding BL films/series from across Asia – Thai, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese productions, including The Love of Siam, Night Flight, Lan Yu, Present Perfect, A Touch of Fever, Like Grains of Sand, SOTUS, HIStory, Love by Chance and many others.

As to why a movie or series is of quality? One of the primary reasons is always to do with the story itself – and the fact that it should be engaging. What about the other factors that make them great?

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