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Should the “Dark” Parts be Omitted From the Original Narrative? [Opinion]

We live in an age where people can pick and choose what to enjoy from the broadest selection of reading material or television in Human history. We have virtually limitless options of which book to read or show to watch. However, what happens when you adore a TV series based on a reading source, like a novel? You’re curious, so you look on the Internet for and find the novel available to you in its native language or even translated for you, usually with that same level of excitement. In this case, your well-loved show is motivating you to pay tons more cash just so you can read the book itself. Oh the book is always better than the adaptation. Or using a really enlightened approach, you learn a new language just to be able to read the story in its native language.

What happens when in that same book, you read about subjects that are far darker such as violence, sexual assault or even incest that were somehow left out of the TV version? It can be a bit of a shock to the system so to speak. Do you feel the same way about your favorite TV show now? Are you able to separate the newer, coarser, emotions you feel because of reading the book from the positive feelings you experience when watching the show? Here’s my opinion, what’s yours? Leave a comment, and we can talk about it. 

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Special Feature: A Guide to the Mo Dao Zu Shi Universe [#MDZS]

So you have watched and probably re-watched (Or am I the only one?) the Chinese Bromance series “The Untamed” running on Netflix but want more of these characters? Or are you curious about the story ‘canon’ that was adapted into this very popular live-action televisual feast? Or do you keep hearing the acronym “MDZS” in connection to the show but don’t know the details? This post is just to answer these very questions and to introduce you to various ways you can appreciate and love this story and characters a little more.

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Special Feature: Different Flavors of Pinoy Love [Opinion]

The days when Boys Love is dominated by Thai and Japanese dramas with worldwide reach are waning. The Philippines is the new entrant to the BL world that “celebrates love in this purest form, beyond the shackles of simple gender or sexuality.” The success of popular Thai series like “TharnType the Series” and “2gether the Series” might have set a precedent, but the fact remains that the Boys Love dimension is witnessing the onset of a major revolution in the form of Pinoy BL. Although Pinoy Boys Love hasn’t yet quite reached the international territory that Thai BL creators enjoy or brought forth the same sensual intimacy they display, Pinoy BL is fast becoming a contender and a global phenomenon in this genre.

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Strength and Conviction – A Woman’s Hold in the Boys Love World

I am a strong woman. I don’t sit around feeling sorry for myself, nor do I let people mistreat me. If I fall, I will rise up even stronger because I am a survivor and not a victim

Gone are the days when the BL world was stuck portraying women in obsolete YAOI tropes characterized by female characters as villainous ex-girlfriends or homophobic mothers terrorizing BL couples. Today’s social scene is being flooded with new-age Boys Love series and sitcoms that are marching beyond tales of the typical teenage romance; we have a new revolution sprouting and taking root. Many production houses are now representing the community of women in a far better light, so much so that these women even have prominent roles. In this new world of BL, we have more accepting female characters. They aren’t regressive, but they are strong. These women have convictions where they definitely stand up to obsolete societal norms. They are happy souls who accept that the men in their lives have “the right to love and that gender doesn’t matter.” Let’s get to know them better and celebrate their defiance.

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Games, Love & The Pandemic | The Gameboys Global Phenomenon

When I received a tip to reach out to IdeaFirst Company barely 12 hours before the premiere of the series Gameboys on YouTube, I never really expected anything much from a series that was marketed as a virtual meeting of two young gamers set amongst the current chaos of the Pandemic that has swept across all parts of the globe and transformed the very landscape of our normal.

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Thai BL Fresh Faces – Young Actors Series [Hitlist] – 2019 Edition [Part 2]

Dec 2019 edition | First published April 2019

This is Part 2 of our Top 30 hottest Thai BL actors – the fresh face edition. We believe that many of them will – one day – become Thailand’s most sought-after drama actors! Note that Part 2 is dominated by the cast of 2Moons2 The series and Why RU?

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Thai BL Fresh Faces – Young Actors Series [Hitlist] – 2019 Edition [Part 1]

Dec 2019 edition | First published April 2019

Fresh Thai faces in the BL universe! There’s a lot of them – in auditions, in modeling photoshoots, in TV commercials. But only those who are cast in 2018-2019 BL series are chosen. These are new, aspiring actors who want to enter the exciting Thai BL universe and play challenging, cutesy, famous Boys Love characters!

Who are they? There are 30 of them and you are about to find out!

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Thai BL Fresh Faces – Young Actors Series [Hitlist] – 2019 Edition [Part 3]

Dec 2019 edition | First published April 2019

This hitlist is fresh faces, which means the actors are relatively new – with 1 or 2 projects (lead or supporting). What we are looking for is that hotness factor – not necessarily the looks, but more on the acting potential.

What we are looking for is that hotness factor – not necessarily the looks, but more on the acting potential.

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BL Couple on Spotlight: Ming-Kit [2 Moons 2 The Series]

One of the most fascinating Thai BL drama, is without a doubt, 2 Moons: The Series. While many prefer the first couple Phana-Wayo, I’m quite interested in the story and character development of Ming and Kit.

Season One and its ‘original’ cast may have been relegated into the background with the introduction of a new cast, but both actors who play Ming and Kit are much appreciated! Continue reading “BL Couple on Spotlight: Ming-Kit [2 Moons 2 The Series]”

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New TV Series: 3 Will Be Free สามเราต้องรอด (2019)

As we posted Josh Wayar’s eye-candies, it seems his new project 3 Will Be Free has a video already! Mind that it stars the delectable and competent actor Tay Tawan, who at 27, still looks like a teenager. The fact that Tawan wears eyeglasses shows he can do different looks and be credible at the same time.

I’m also particularly biased towards Wayar. I think he took his time to consider all casting offers-given his amazing looks, there is only one logical move besides being a model – do the acting cross over! Continue reading “New TV Series: 3 Will Be Free สามเราต้องรอด (2019)”

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He’s Coming to Me – เขามาเชงเม้งข้างๆหลุมผมครับ Episode 7 [Review]

There is only one more episode of He’s Coming to Me and Episode 7 is a true-blue cliffhanger! There has been speculation on how Met died. The series also put the spotlight on Met’s cassette tape filled with Thai pop music and the ever-reliable walkman. They represent things from the past and may hold the key to who Met really is. Continue reading “He’s Coming to Me – เขามาเชงเม้งข้างๆหลุมผมครับ Episode 7 [Review]”

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He’s Coming to Me – เขามาเชงเม้งข้างๆหลุมผมครับ Episode 6 [Review]

The Ohm-Singto ghost-bromance-BL drama, He’s Coming to Me, is about to end in 2 upcoming episodes. The series – thus far – has exceeded all of my expectations. For a drama that tells the tale of a lonely ghost who befriends an even lonelier human, it has a lot of heart! And the drama! – more than I could possibly bear. Continue reading “He’s Coming to Me – เขามาเชงเม้งข้างๆหลุมผมครับ Episode 6 [Review]”

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He’s Coming to Me – เขามาเชงเม้งข้างๆหลุมผมครับ Episode 5 [Review]

Episode 5 of He’s Coming to Me is a highlight of the whole series. It’s impressive what the production team has come up with in terms of the quality. This is an instance when the substance matches the form. Continue reading “He’s Coming to Me – เขามาเชงเม้งข้างๆหลุมผมครับ Episode 5 [Review]”