[Inspiration] People are full of contradictions

[Inspiration] People are full of contradictions

“People are… Full of contradictions. They’re lonely. And then they’re not. They’re missed. And then they’re not.”

Kou Yoneda, 漂えど沈まず、されど泣きもせず [Tadayoedo Shizumazu Saredo Naki Mo Sezu]

I write MM novels, and one of the reasons I fell in love with this genre is, without a doubt, the amazing work Yoneda Kou does with her mangas. If you write MM fiction or just love the genre, keep reading to get some insight on her work.

The best (and worst) character

Yoneda Kou gave life to one of the most complex, intriguing characters I have ever seen: Yashiro. He comes from a painful past which changed his life and the way he views relationships. He’s the kind of character that you want to get to know, but when you think you have figured him out, he keeps surprising you.

His story is hard to read. Whenever Yashiro is involved, there’s abuse, traumas, and so much physical and psychological pain to deal with. But such a dark, painful past has allowed this character to evolve from just a character into a beautifully defined human being.

A short but powerful read

“Tadayoedo Shizumazu Saredo Naki Mo Sezu” is a prequel to “Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai” (Twittering Birds Never Fly) and it shows Yashiro’s high school life. Unlike most BLs, which stick to the “boy falls in love with another boy” plot point, this manga focuses on how love hurts. Yashiro doesn’t know love and he doesn’t want it.  When he realizes he’s fallen for Kageyama, he’s destroyed by the thought of being in love with another man.

Unrequited feelings are a mysterious thing: they make you happy, then they make you sad, and sometimes they leave you feeling completely empty.

This read is a dive into all of this, and so much more.

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Also, if you like Yoneda Kou’s works, I suggest you check out the sample chapters of my debut novel Back in the rain (available here). She’s a great inspiration for me, so you might like my works too!


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