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Until We Meet Again the series & intro to BL dramas

I started watching Asian Dramas ( mostly the kdramas initially ) sometime last year. It was one or two shows from Netflix initially but then I had a lot of free time in the last two months of 2019, and I finished watching about 15+ Asian dramas before the year ended.

Based on my watchlist on MyDramaList ( MDL) recommended me the series Until We Meet Again the series (UWMAseries) which had just started airing [the last episode will be released on Feb 29th]

The mention of the red thread of fate tying the two couples with each other was the only reason I decided to give the show a try. I dived into it without any expectation and it hooked me with the opening scene itself. The emotional rollercoaster that the scene threw me into, continues with every passing episode. The show is slow-paced (in a nice way), a very intimate look at the love life of the couples in the show. And I am a sucker for stories spanning across generations and how fate ties people to each other. It is a story of three gay couples and it was amusing for me to see a show where the straight coupling is almost absent and there are more people cheering for the gay couple. Another thing that was so new to me was witnessing a completely different culture through this show. I am kind of used to Korean shows by now but this being the first Thai show for me, it was interesting to learn new salutations,about the food, the places and interaction of the people through this series.

Trailer – Until We meet Again the series


Till two episodes into the show, it had not fully dawned to me that this is a m/m love story and it is completely different from the romance stories I usually watch. This Thai drama made me wonder about the reception of such shows in the country and worldwide among the viewers of Asian dramas. That’s how I came across the term Boys’ Love / BL / Yaoi

Yaoi also known as boys’ love or BL  is a genre of fictional media that features homoerotic relationships between male characters.[1] It is typically created by women for women but it can also attract male readers and male creators can also produce it. It spans a wide range of media, including manga, anime, drama CDs, novels, games, and fan production. Boys love and its abbreviation BL are the generic terms for this kind of media in Japan and have, in recent years, become more commonly used in English as well.

( from Wikipedia)

During a recent book-related conversation, it was pointed to me that most of my fav YA book recommendations were of the BL category. What started as an out-of-comfort-zone read for me, subconsciously became a favorite genre over time. But I avoided watching dramas/ movies of this genre as I was not sure if I would be comfortable with some of the sex scenes (I skip them in the books most times). UWMAseries though, with its beautiful story and brilliant acting by the young cast, and subtle hints towards a slow-building intimacy, broke that bias in my head. Case-in-point, the latest episode [ linked to youtube] which was a highly awaited one to finally see the lead couple to “do it”. We get to see only the initial kiss and then the next morning scene. But later in the show, we hear about it from a neighbor in a third POV. So you know what happened without the actual scene being shown. This and many such scenes together make this show a benchmark for me. In a way, it was a perfect show for me to explore the BL drama genre. It is a no-nonsense, happy feel show, though quite a tear-jerker in most episodes.

This series also highlights some amazing friendship bonds as much as it focuses on the couples. Whether it is Dean – Win / Dean – Sorn / Pharm – Team or Manaow – Del bonding, every scene is full of fun, affection and genuine care for each other. Families of both Dean & Pharm are understanding and loving towards them and the partners alike even when telling them that it will not be easy for them in society.

Though I have already watched each episode twice, I am eagerly awaiting the show to end so I can watch it once again from beginning to end and cry one more time. The only thing I want right now is to have a happy and satisfying end to the show *fingers crossed* and then maybe one more mini-series for Win – Team pairing. Looks like I have become a fan of some of the BL couples and shows.

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While reading about UWMAseries on twitter, I came across Psycho Milk and his blog. Within a week, I had read half of the blog sts on the BL dramas – the history [ I started with this opinion post on the blog], the initial works current ones and his reviews of these dramas /movies. [Linked to notable BL drama list from his blog ]. This led me to watch a few (or a lot) more BL dramas, about which I will talk in the next post.

This girl who taught me love

This is not the whole poem but just the closing lines , ’cause I think it suits the Kerry’s Wednesday challenge for this week  :
 

she taught me patience,
and she taught me to cry with grace,
as the lovers bond over calls,
every touch demands her to wait.
This girl who taught me love…
she taught me love,
she taught me to believe my soul,
she says love always win
if you let it lead your actions
and control every of your thought.
This girl who taught me love…
she taught me to not care,
for all lovers appear the same,
no one is a perfect match,
but imperfect has a class, she says.
This girl who taught me love…

book Review : Love virtually

 
 

A dear friend of mine told me about this book and since then I been trying to get my hands on this one. Luckily , the same friend gifted me this last week. 



To say , I loved this book would be less.

I kind of lived this one.



This is the only book this year that i finished in 2 sittings ( one of 40 pages and other of the rest number of pages )



It begins by chance: Leo receives emails in error from an unknown woman called Emmi. Being polite he replies, and Emmi writes back. A few brief exchanges are all it takes to spark a mutual interest in each other, and soon Emmi and Leo are sharing their innermost secrets and longings. The erotic tension simmers, and it seems only a matter of time before they will meet in person. But they keep putting off the moment – the prospect both unsettles and excites them. And, after all, Emmi is happily married ..



The book has the perfect tagline : “Have you ever just clicked with some one?”



I know a lot of people on blogging and other social media have. in N possible ways. but falling in love with some one’s words , via emails / long messages ?



why is it that you can act yourself , act so freely at times with strangers without knowing you are acting different than usual. How does some one whom you have never met or even know might be lying to you become so important that you want to forget that you have a family.



How can mere words take you away from your reality or become your reality. Words that both excite and calm you , words that make you angry and guilty too, words that make you dream , make you change yourself and create a separate world. “an island away from your mainland life” as Emmi puts it.



“Write to me Emmi. Writing is like Kissing, but without lips. Writing is kissing with the mind.”



And the spontaneous , bubbly  Emmi loves to write.

Leo loves Emmi’s emails. He loves the way she thinks and the way her emails are without any filter.

Of course Emmi writes this way and talks this way only with Leo.





Love virtually is an Epistolary Novel that is solely written as emails between Emmi and Leo – from the first wrong one to the last long one.



There is fun , love, friendship , jealousy , possession , wit , intelligence and a sweetness to the emails. The language is casual and yet sophisticated. The dialogues are clever , sensitive and appear genuinely personal as you read them.


I’m thinking of you a lot, in the mornings, in the afternoons, in the evenings, at night, in the periods in-between and just before and after – and also during.



5 goodnight emails , midnight wine session emails , Good morning emails, between the break email, desperate emails , possessive emails – oh god !  I miss some emails now 😀



and for those , who wonder if such relationships are possible and how long , I say its all where you put your trust and how long.


All you romance lovers , should read this .

Non romance lovers , please read this.

Word lovers , you will adore this.

Friends and lovers from internet , you will smile at the journey.


Leo : It’s sad, Emmi, we’ve got nothing more to say to each other.Emmi : Maybe we never did.Leo : Well, for two people who’ve got nothing to say to each other, we’ve been chatting away one hell of a lot.



The end might shock you a bit. 

As for me , the wait for the sequel has begun !

 
 
This is the German book cover. I later found out the book title means “Against the north wind” And you would understand it only after reading the book. North wind has such a sweet episode in the book between Leo and Emmi
 
Rating : 5/5 😀
[ Originally written for ALOP ]