So this is the final part and yes, I know I’m late but I wasn’t feeling my best and I’m still not but I’m trying my best 😥
This last post is mainly about a few things you should know when going into the BL world or being interested in the BL world.
1 – There are more countries than the US and Thailand.
What I mean with this? Don’t scare away from trying movies and series from other countries than the US or Thailand. Before it’s LGBTQ ban, China produced quite a few good shows, Taiwan is really good, Philippines has a few, Japan too, I even know a few Indonesian ones. And if those examples are not enough. There are also shows like SKAM season 3 from Norway and its remakes in France, Germany and Italy…I think there was a forth country but I can’t remember right now. There are a few UK ones too. So you can find it all around the world, so I recommend checking them out too. Otherwise you’ll miss out on a lot of shows and I think that’s really sad.
2 – Support the original as much as possible
Let’s not kid ourselves. It’s really hard for international fans to enjoy shows and movies from other countries. I mean I’m from central Europe and it’s even hard for me to watch US shows (thank you Netflix and Amazon Prime!!! but I still have to buy a lot of stuff on DVD and wait for it to be send to me). You cannot watch it on TV, since most of the TV channels are local or at least restricted to a few countries. In the best case I happened to stumble upon a channel that was available on the whole continent but not farther than that. And if you want to watch it online on the channel’s site, it’s geo restricted. So what to do? Well, we all know what you’re gonna to but that’s not what I’m saying here. What I’m saying is: channels like LINE TV and GMMTV have come forward with their shows. Before they were only available in Thailand but now the also release international links for international fans, that are not geo restricted. Also there are other producers like the production company strongberry. As example they made the South Korean BL movie Long Time No See. And they released it on Vimeo on Demand and yes, you have to buy it, but it’s not overly expensive and the story is totally worth it ^.^
So please, support the original if possible. The more you support the original, the more the chance we fans will get more 😀
3 – Facebook and update site
I know, I know, facebook is supposedly not IN anymore. Well, I still like it more than Twitter but that’s not the point here.
Facebook actually has a lot of BL groups and fandoms on there in groups and it’s really great to join one. With so many people in one group you can stay up-to-date with everything, as well as exchange some fan banter and find some friends with the same interests as yourself. I’m in one of these groups myself and I totally love the group. We inform each other when there’s something new and exchange funny and lovely pictures of our stars and so on.
Find a page that gives information on the newest releases/trailers and stick with it. I have a few pages I support and love and I stick with them because I know I’ll get all the news and updates from them. If you change all the time you will lose sight and not get what’s gonna come out soon. If you stick to one or two sites you can keep a clear view.
4 – mydramalist.com
I’ve already recommended a few sites here but this one is important. While the site does not have many articles and news items about BL (which I understand since we are very passionate fans and would totally take over ^.^) the site has pretty much all of the BL releases. You can check for titles, dates, actor info and more on there and even keep an list on there. I found some dear friends on there and when you have a problem the site’s support and the admins are really nice and supportive. The site really offers a lot of info and help keeping everything in order.
5 – Don’t rush other supporters
There are a lot of helpers for the international fans. People who understand international fans’ problems: we don’t always understand the language. A lot of international fans, me included, need subtitles and if they are not provided with the original video it takes some time to add them. There are a lot of youtube videos (even released from the original channels) and some people only write “Subs!!!” below it. Seriously, can’t you be a little bit nicer? The subbers are doing their best to release them as fast as possible. I still remember with Love By Chance. The official subber did so well and most of the time you had it a few hours after release. And then the subber got busy or sick, I’m not totally sure now, but so many people were supportive and I think that’s what we should do. Be supportive and understanding. Subbing a video is a lot of work and I think the deserve that we compliment and cherish their work! Thanks to every subber of BL shows for your awesome work!
6 – Don’t ruin others beliefs
I’m one of these people that very rarely changes her opinion in what she likes and dislikes, at least regarding TV shows and movies. But just because I have my own opinion I don’t mess with others’ opinions. If someone else hated a show I loved I listen to their reasons, state my own, and that’s it. I don’t start disliking or disrespecting that person. Over time I realised that BL shows are seen very differently. A lot of people loved Make It Right and a lot of people hated it. So many people loved Love By Chance and I read a chat between fans of the show and some fans that didn’t like the show. Well, it wasn’t a nice conversation and I think that’s not okay. We are all allowed our own opinion and I think it’s wrong to ruin someone else’s opinion. Let’s all accept and respect each other!
If you stick to these points I think you can find a lot of good people in the fandom and have some fun watching BL and find a lot of new things! Start your adventure now!