in Japan, is a Japanese genre of fictional media focusing on romantic or sexual relationships between male characters, typically marketed for a female audience and usually created by female authors.
Yaoi also attracts male readers, although manga specifically marketed for a gay male audience (bara) is considered a separate genre.
The refined and subtle actions, the warmth, of a world where only girls reside..also the pain of interpersonal politics and selfish intrigue.
Material classified as yaoi typically depicts gay relationships between male characters and may include homoerotic content.
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In the late 1970s, shōjo magazines devoted to the new genre began to appear; and, in the 1990s, the wasei-eigo term Boys' Love or BL was invented for the genre, which replaced earlier terms such as tanbi, shōnen ai and Juné in Japanese usage.
In Japan, the term yaoi continues to refer mainly to parody dōjinshi; among Western fans, however, yaoi is used as a generic term for female-oriented manga, anime, dating sims, novels and fan fiction works featuring idealized gay male relationships.