WHAT TYPES OF YAOI ARE THERE?
A Lesson by Dayami-chan
So I thought I'd teach you to write YAOI in a QUESTION and ANSWER format Enjoy! (:
HOW TO WRITE YAOI ~Dayami-chan
What types of YAOI are there? O:
There are many different types of YAOI that caters to a different target audience, but the main types are:
*Boy's Love involving a seme and an uke - targeted at female audience
*Men's Love/Gei comi/Bara involving more masculine characters (hence "Men's Love") - targeted again at a female audience but also to a gay/bisexual audience
*Shota involving a premature child usually under the age of around 12 and a more mature adult - targeted at a female/bisexual audience
The key difference between these types of yaoi is the age of the males characters. The ages of your characters will appeal to different people. Keep this is mind!
Seme? Uke?? What?! ;A;
Seme comes from the Japanese verb semeru which means to attack. In martial arts, the person attack would be called the seme. This term is no longer used..ou can guess why ;)
Semes come in different shapes, sizes, personaities, preferences - just like a normal person. Most assume the seme to be the person who attacks the uke, the one who penetrates, but that is not always the case. In some situations, the seme can be the one recieving the uke, the "bottom" character. That is, if the seme wants to be ;)
Some prefer semes who are experienced and teach the uke sexual things.
Some prefer the seme to be the sexier character who is dirty, sophisticated and says "seme" type things.
*e.g In Soul Eater: Dress Me Down I use Soul's husky and "back off b*tch" attitude to assemble the statement: "Kidd, I wanna f*ck you right now!"
**e.g In Naruto: What REALLY happened I take Itachi's firm and assertive voice that I hear in the anime and cater what he says to how I think he would say it. If you know a fan character, it'd be easier to write a more natural dialogue
In some stories and situations, the seme turns out to be the character you'd least expect!
This gives the story an edge and surprises the reader.
Kazuhiko Mishima is a yaoi mangaka who enjoys swapping the mature, older character into the "bottom" character.
Some readers love this idea and it turns them on to see the older seme-assumed character cry and cling to the bed sheets. Their serious face to horny face is a BIG turn on for some readers....like me B3
What about the uke? What's this uke?! ;W;
The uke term comes from the Japanese verb ukeru which means "to receive". This was also a martial arts/karate term but~ it turned out to be rather awkward to yell "Go get 'im Seme! Uke! Prepare yourself!"
Oo I just thought of a scenario idea! 8D
Most uke assumptions are of a frail, meek, fragile, cry-baby uke who can't do anything by themselves. Who is clingy and weak and is always mentally beggng for attention but doesn't want to cause trouble.
e.g Raivis Galante is not an uke because we want him to be
though we obviously do, it's because everything about his character SCREAMS "F*ck me, I'm an uke!" He shivers, he's weak, he has big shoujo eyes, loves to cry, depends on others. His character is perfect for the role of an uke! Some would decide that Raivis is mentally and physically incapable of f*cking Ivan with his mind or anything else for that matter ;)
These traits are of typical ukes - but we love them! They really turn some readers on.
Because of these assumptions, some readers either embrace or reject the assertive, strong-willed, high-strung, atitude-filled ukes. Or the tsundere types.
There are MORE types? *faints*
The opposite to an innocent/shy uke is a tsundere type, who are mostly uke.
Tsundere is japanese, made from the words: tsun tsun // dere dere
Tsun tsun = angry angry (methinks) // Dere Dere = Love Love
They're shy one moment and unnecessarily angry the next.
These type of Ukes are quite popular but their tsundere attitude is loved only for a while. Tsundere types are usually homophobe, which explains why they are angry most of the time (when Seme tries it on) then enjoy the sex only to be angry all over again.
Be Careful with tsundere types. They usually annoy readers who just want sex and happiness between Sir Seme and Lil Uke. An argument and a fight in the heat of the moment or when Sir Seme is trying really hard is NOT loved at all.
Famous tsundere types:
*Arthur/England - Hetalia
*Misaki - Junjou Romantica
*Souichi - Tyrant falls in love
Masculine YAOI? Orly? :o
Because of the typical Seme and Uke pairing, some gay/bisexual mangaka and writers have responded saying, "We are nothing like that! I'm a strong boxer and my boyfriend's a strong wrestler. We have hot MAN sex not your prissy fairy-tail crap!" >:C
...or something like that :P just not as assertive hehe
Bara/Gei Comi (Gay comics)/Men's Love is basicall a response to the Seme and Uke YAOI type as most fangirls/boy/tards assume all pairings must have a Seme and an Uke.
Bara says you can have two semes or two smukes because in a real homosexual relationship it happens.
Wait-- smuke??! .0.
A smuke or seke character is a cross between a seme and an uke.
They are either:
*More seme than uke
*More uke than seme
*Interchange between the two when they feel like it
Smuke characters are like bisexuals - there's more variety. You're not tied down to being a seme or an uke character, you can be whatever with whoever whenever you want!
A little boy having sex? LeGASPplz! O:
Shota is a YAOI type that is very popular whether you like it or not. Embrace it or reject it - it happens, and some reader just can't get enough of it!
Some who are against shota feel awkward at the concept and think it supports paedophilia.
Some who are for shota find it hot/cute/whatever. Love is love and that's it.
I, myself am not necessarily for shota but not totally against it either. Some may say, "But wait, you've done TWO shota pairings!: Raivis x Ivan and Ritsuka x Soubi! Raivis and Ritsuka are 14 and 15 and Ivan and Soubi are...old!
That because I write it.
I think I like it because I don't mention how old the characters and when writing, a make the "shota" boys older in my head and the "seme" younger in my head.
I think when I see shota, I feel a little uncomfortable because I can see how young the child looks around this much older man or men.
So yeah - sometimes shota turns me on and sometimes it doesn't - end of! :)
Shota ukes aren't always underage, they can just look underage. This is what's called Age in Appearance / Appearance Age. A character is just like a human being and can look older or younger than they actually are.
E.G Take Honey-senpai from Ouran High School Host Club. He's the oldest member of the club and the toughest, yet he barely scrapes around 4 feet tall! Being totally cute and bursting with a pure childish quality, Honey uses his personality and Appearance age in his favour.
Added on July 5, 2011
Last Updated on July 5, 2011
London, Essex, United Kingdom
I've been writing YAOI / Boy's Love for almost 5 years now and hope to go further with it. I'd like to be published in a magazine, novel, or even assist in writing a boy's love visual novel.