First of all, Yaoi is its own genre; it’s not Gay Fiction, it’s maybe a variance of M/M romance, but you absolutely have not to compare it with western standard. This story is set among high school students, but these are not your ordinary western high school students. They are criminals (who will meet an horrendous death), rich kids with too many money and too less scrupulous, young girls who are way too emancipated for my taste, and probably the most ordinary of all of them are the nerds with game boards first in mind and them maybe sex and relationships.
This is not a theme I’m new at, and one thing I noticed again and again is the lack of parental figures: where are the fathers and mothers of these boys? Sometime there is an old grandfather/grandmother, most of the time stepmother/stepfather or uncle/aunt, but the real parents are sorely missing. Now I’m not saying that all the bad these boys are doing is due to the lack of good upbringing, but I wondered on the real lack of any good example in these boys’s life.
More or less the two main characters are Kane and Dai: Kane is the rich boy with a tragic past who now I think is making pay everyone for it; doesn’t matter the real villain (or villains) are not the people Kane is treating like objects, or that the one he should love, his brother, is becoming a criminal due to the lack of affection, Kane I think reached a point where his mind is twisted and he is no more able to understand what is good or what is bad. By the way, Kane is not even gay, he is probably bisexual (and yes, with this I’m alerting the reader that there is a heterosexual relationship in the story, if relationship can be defined…); like probably Dai, that more than once expresses interest for a girl, but he is a virgin and Kane will be his first lover, so he has no comparison.
Dai is the nerd, what I can probably define the most ordinary among all of them, but like all of them, he has a naiveté that borders in stupidity: how can he don’t recognize who Kane really is? How can he fall for that boy? And here actually I have to make a remark: the series is named Boys in Love but I’m not really sure there is love involved between these boys, maybe lust, for sure passion, but I’m not really sure this is a strong and deep feeling like love. These two boys are a good example of young men that I can easily see taking a separate path in the future, maybe even an heterosexual one, slowly forgetting what they did in high school.
Coming back to the fact this is a new author, I believe to her first novel, and a new publisher, probably more on the level of a self-publishing, there are some points of the novel that I think would have gained by a good editing. Nothing major and moreover being me not an English tongue reader it’s something I easily disregarded, but still sometime it stopped my reading; plus I think some point of the story could have been lightened up, they were really too much and too dark (like all the young criminals around).
Amazon: Game Boys: Boys in Love (Yaoi Novel)
Amazon Kindle: Game Boys: Boys in Love (Yaoi Novel)
Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (November 16, 2010)
Cover Art by Candra