There Are Things I Can’t Tell You Paperback
In There Are Things I Can’t Tell You there are two main characters. Kasumi and Kyousuke are polar opposites when it comes to personality. Kasumi is reserved, soft-spoken and shy; Kyousuke is energetic and has always been popular among their peers.
As the saying goes though, opposites have a tendency to attract, and these two have been fast friends since elementary school. To Kasumi, Kyousuke has always been a hero to look up to, someone who supports him and saves him from the bullies. But now, school is over; their relationship suddenly becomes a lot less simple to describe.
Facing the world — and one another — as adults, both men find there are things they struggle to say out loud, even to each other.
What is yaoi?
Yaoi, also known as Boys Love (BL) or shonen-ai, is a media genre depicting romantic and homoerotic relationships between males. This genre blossomed in Japan in the ’70s as a literary genre. When originally consisted of derivative works developing from parodies of original anime and manga stories. However, it gradually transformed into an umbrella term for other forms of fiction. Such as anime, movies, dramas, and fan-works, featuring homosexual relationships.
The Fujoshi/Fudanshi Fandom
Fujoshi (腐女子) refers to the female yaoi fandom that emerged in the early 2000s among manga and anime fans in the online community. Fujoshi can be loosely translated as ‘rotten girl’. So the use of ‘rotten’ in a self-deprecating manner. Because it symbolizes the somehow immoral or inappropriateness of the genre in the mainstream culture. In conclusion, women who take pleasure in consuming media depicting sexual and romantic relationships between men.
Despite most fujoshi being heterosexual young women, the fandom is diverse and includes people of all genders, ages, and sexualities. Male fans are called fudanshi, meaning ‘rotten boy’.