Why are some M/M books being published as "Yaoi"?
According to Wikipedia, "Yaoi (やおい) is a publishing genre, which originated in Japan and often encompasses manga, dōjinshi, anime, and fan art." This sounds like the definition I'm familiar with - yaoi is generally used to describe animated films and comics depicting m/m, usually with men that are effeminate in appearance. You know, big twinkly eyes the size of dinner plates for the designated "female" and bodies that look like that of a preteen adolescent girl that hasn't grown breasts yet.
I can see why the Dragon's Disciple series by Barbara Sheridan and Anne Cain are marketed as yaoi since it is set in a setting typical of yaoi, complete with Japanese characters and/or cultural elements and there are illustrations of recognizable yaoi quality in these books.
Some publishers, like loveyoudivine, however, are selling M/M romances under the blanket label "Yaoi", which suggests to me that they either don't know what yaoi is or this term is becoming interchangable with "gay" or "M/M" in the genre.
Where are the "Yuri" (the F/F counterpart of Yaoi) romances, by the way?
I'm not a yaoi person because effeminate men aren't really my thing. I'm more of a Hong Kong comics gal - I love how homoerotic each kung-fu comic from Hong Kong always turn out to be. Men with unrealistically tight jeans and nothing else except for maybe a fluttering unbuttoned shirt pounding the crap out of each other, these same men bonding with other men often at the exclusion of women (often depicted as objects of temptation that render brotherhood asunder or cause these men to stray from righteousness - these men often find "salvation" by returning to their male buddy's side at the end of the day) - what's not to love? I find such homoeroticism more enjoyable that the girly screams of two yaoi characters shagging on film, second only to voices of female characters in anime as sounds I believe are created by the devil to plague humanity for all eternity.
What's with the trailers?
I'm puzzled by the use of "movies" and "trailers" by authors to promote their books, especially when these trailers turn out to be flash scenes or video clips of slideshows of their book covers. Are these slideshows fun to watch?