My dear Readers,
In this installment of my ultra-cool blog, I’ll be talking about Yaoi. Be forewarned, we are now venturing into a land that is not exactly G-rated. If any talk of such things is uncomfortable for you, please feel free to skip down to the recipe part, which I can promise you is much worth, such delicious.
For anyone who doesn’t know, Yaoi is anime or manga that focuses on male x male love, typically written for women by women. Basically, it’s the your typical romance novel, just with pictures and guys. I find the entire phenomenon of Yaoi extremely fascinating, because it’s unusual if you think about it. Women writing romance stories about male homosexual relationships…you’d think Yaoi would be directed at a male audience, and while it does appeal to gay men, a large part of the fanbase are women, dedicated women, who are happy to find any kind of material that is catered towards the female gaze.
This past weekend was Yaoi-Con in San Francisco, and since a few of my friends were planning to go, I decided to bum along with them, despite knowing very little about Yaoi. Quite unexpectedly, I had an amazing con experience! The con was small enough that I got to see everything I wanted, but big enough that I was never lacking anything to do. I saw some great panels (the Female Gaze panel springs notably to mind), and the Artist’s Alley (my favorite place for scoping out original art) was small, but packed with a ton of fun stuff!
Perhaps the best part of the whole experience was being able to hang out with my best friends, and I had such a fun and relaxing time with them. Thanks, guys! So, because I had such a great time, I decided to do commemorate my first Y-Con with a tart recipe for the tart on the cover art of the Yaoi manga/anime, Antique Bakery. And guys, even if you aren’t a fan of Yaoi, you will be a fan of this tart.