“Giving voice to characters that have no other voice—that’s the great worth of what we do.” — Meryl Streep
“The best acting is instinctive. It’s not intellectual, it’s not mechanical, it’s instinctive”- Craig MacDonald
Romance is an integral part of most shows, be it heterosexual or BL dramas; nevertheless, the fact remains that both intimacy & sensuality is important for romanticization. More so, in Boys’ Love dramas, where the comfort levels of the lead couple is always tested. In today’s feature, our authors will be talking about their favorite BL couples; the ones that stole the limelight and the audience’s hearts!
Recently, I’ve read and seen a lot of news about social injustices, gender discrimination, and inequality. Yes, I know these are overdue issues. But while I was pondering about these things, I came across Not Me which incorporates those concepts and has become one of GMMTV’s BL series masterpieces.
BL Ships are the veritable anchor that makes or breaks the popularity of their respective shows. If the anchor is strong, it saves the ship (read TV ratings); or else the drama is doomed to sink.
Shipping is a serious business in the Asian BL industry, with legions of fandoms invested in the offscreen camaraderie between their beloved idol’s.
Welcome to the first Safe House of 2022, advertised as Couples’ Getaway, because unlike previous seasons where GMMTV had one or two shipped couples and a handful of others, this season had 5 pairs – OffGun, EarthMix, JimmySea, NeoLouis and JoongDunk. It was also a season where the gimmick was called ‘Best Bro Secret’: each member had a best bro looking out for them, sending messages through the producers, making their bros or others do tasks, and so on.
There is a time for weakness and a time for strength.
The Thai BL Not Me doesn’t know how to do anything halfway, and we’re all benefiting from their need to relay a well-rounded, genuinely emotional story.
I’ve written about the Thai BL Not Me in the past, touching on the issues the drama raises and how valid and relatable it is to viewers.