What is passion? 

Dam My (Chinese: 耽美, pinyin is Dānměi) means enjoying beauty, or indulging in beauty in life. Passion is infatuation, infatuation and beautiful and romantic things. Passion originated from a bourgeois artistic and literary trend called aestheticism that was popular in Western Europe near the end of the 19th century. However, since the 2000s, it has been used mainly to refer to Chinese gay love novel series .

Are love stories bad?

Reading a love story and feeling whether it is bad depends on each person's feelings. In fact, there are good love stories with deep humanistic content and touching readers. There are true passion stories that carry pale content and have no real value to the reader. You should carefully read reviews of romance stories before reading, to avoid falling into the pit of cheap stories.

Although not accepted by mainstream literature, love stories still have their own vitality, representing the existing LGBT community in society.

What is passion? Common passion terms and genres
What is passion? Common passion terms and genres

What is a love story?

Romance stories are a genre of romance novels, focusing on exploiting the love stories of same-sex male couples. Romance stories originated and emerged as a trend from Chinese online literature. Then spread to other Asian countries.

  • In Vietnam, passion is a common name for gay relationships.
  • In some other countries like Taiwan, it's called Boy's Love
  • Japan calls it June.

Due to the great development of Internet technology , now the lines of romance novels, love stories and feature films adapted from China have rapidly developed and spread strongly in Vietnam.

Where does passion come from?

In fact, "passion" originated in Japan . This is a literary school that appeared from the period 1909 - 1913 of the 20th century. In this period, modern Japanese literature was very developed with the birth of many schools and anti-liberal tendencies. course. At that time, the birth of the newspaper "Subaru magazine" ("Sao Mao" or "Tao Dan") with the aim of "Artistic taste, promoting aesthetics and human sensuality in style Western symbolism and aestheticism”.

This is considered a sub-module of romanticism and is designated as "neo-romanticism or aestheticism" in Japan. In the early days, novels born in this direction suffered a lot of fame and influence. Since 1960, the "passionate novel" has gradually been isolated and affirmed its position with the name of a mainstream novel genre.

The birth of "passion" and the development of "manga" in Japan were introduced to China as early as in the period 1991-1992. At that time, Japanese comics flooded the Chinese market with many different genres. Names like Keyinuo, Tokyo Babylon contain gay content aimed at female audiences.

In 1999, passion in China developed to a climax with the establishment of the magazine "Season of passion" headed by AYA editor. It is also the first magazine in China specializing in the production and publication of all kinds of romance stories, gay manga and romance novels.

What is passion? Common passion terms and genres
What is passion? Common passion terms and genres

Genres of good passion stories

The wave of "passion stories" has grown widely to meet the needs of people's learning and entertainment, especially young people. Therefore, "passion stories" also require a plot and variety of genres:

1. Reverse passion

Reverse romance is a genre with sad content, without a happy ending for the male and female protagonists. Usually, the plot of this genre can be reversed at the beginning, middle or end of the story. The situations are built against the heart, bringing both physical and mental suffering to the characters.

2. Mechanism fascination

Mechanism passion is a genre of stories or feature films adapted to passions whose plots are often written about the future context when science and technology develop humans who can control robots and robots in daily life. or fight militarily to defend the country.

3. Passion for hammock

Passion for hammock is a genre of story that takes the premise of being set in the online game world, then creates a real-life relationship. That is, the two main characters will get to know each other for the first time in the game context. 

4. Passion for short texts

The short story is a long story, but it moves quickly. A series can last about 10 chapters, each chapter will describe a situation or story twist. Usually, readers will be attracted to this type of story because it creates curiosity and directs the reader to find ways to answer questions on their own through each chapter. And as a result, the author will achieve his goal of drawing the audience to the final chapter.

What is passion? Common passion terms and genres
What is passion? Common passion terms and genres

5. Passion for omens

This type of novel usually has a light, simple plot and does not have a climax. It may just be the daily life story of the male lead couple, they wake up every morning and relax together, creating the best view for the reader about the chaotic life in real life.

6. Passion for companionship

Romance is a genre different from the original story that has been officially published. The main theme in this rom-com will explore characters from the original romance novels or movies. The author of these series will build many new love scenes, different from the original plot. However, the basic rule is that the character name must remain the same and the content can be changed.

7. Passion through space

"Through the air" refers to the fact that one of the two main characters will be transported to the ancient or modern world and will meet another object in that world. The interesting details of the character traveling through space will create attraction and the end of the love story of the male lead couple will be curious to the audience.

8. So passionate

Apocalyptic Passion is a structured love story set in apocalyptic times, the world entering a period of destruction. The appearance of many natural disasters, even zombies and people with abilities, will be created by the author to create difficult and challenging situations for the male lead couple.

Common passion terms

After you understand what passion is, you also need to know some passionate terms that often appear in romance stories, or in the comments area. These terms are often used by geek enthusiasts. They will use separate word symbols to communicate with each other:

What is passion? Common passion terms and genres
What is passion? Common passion terms and genres
  • Cong (Seme or Top in Yaoi) : Being only one of the two male leads, usually the one called "public" will have more masculine features than the other. Usually, the public will be the one taking the initiative in a romantic relationship. 
  • Thu (Uke or Bottom in Yaoi): Called to refer to the other person, contrary to the nature of the public, Thu is softer and more meek. 
  • CP: This is an acronym for the word “Couple” which refers to a couple in love.
  • ABO: A word indicating the future context, the relationship between male - male. The characters in ABO are divided as follows:
    • A- Alpha : Called the general public, this person is usually strong and excellent in both body and mind. 
    • B- Beta: This is an intermediate of A and O, possessing less power than A, but stronger than O.
    • O-Omega: is the person with the weakest health compared to A and B. 
  • HE (Happy Ending): The end of a passionate love story.
  • SE (Sad Ending): The end of a sad, unhappy love story.
  • OE (Open Ending): Open-ended, allowing followers to build on their own ideas.
  • BL (Boy's Love): A serious love relationship between two guys.

Who reads romance stories?

This is definitely a question that causes many people to wonder, especially those who want to learn about passion. With the information of the above article, " hu nu " and "hu nam" will be the audience that the author aims to read novels, stories or movies.

The majority of fans of passionate stories will be female or "funny". They often have a strange, even "different" personality and these people are not very interested in the LGBT community . About 5 years ago, the LGBT community had a negative view of girls who loved this genre of stories. At that time, the new "fu girl" was in the stage of development and popularity, so their psychology for the intimate gestures of a love relationship between two people of the same sex in real life made them curious. . There was even the act of "pointing" causing the conflict between these two communities to increase significantly.

However, now this relationship has improved a lot because the "nude woman" has begun to know personal feelings and understand the thoughts of gay people. They no longer have extreme behaviors or gestures and words when encountering a same-sex couple. Instead, the "hussier" and "huu male" have won understanding eyes for the LGBT community.

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