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Immoral Darkness by Matsuda Miyu 
7th-Jan-2009 10:48 pm
Matsuda, Miyu. Immoral Darkness. Trans. Christina Chesterfield. Los Angeles: Juné, 2008.
          Summary: With illustrations by Jissohji Yukariko. Shiina Jun is neglected by his parents, and he sells himself an older woman to fill the void. However, math teacher Sasagawa-sensei also has eyes for Shiina...and he will stop at nothing to make the seventeen year old his forever. Will Shiina succumb to him and allow him into the darkness of his heart?
          Comments: Uhhhhh...well, I can see why Borders doesn't stock this one on their shelves. Holy inappropriate teacher/student relationships and statutory rape! In a train station bathroom (bad gay porn cliché)! But still, Matsuda writes BL novels like they "should" be: Over the top emotions and over the top sex scenes (which, wowie, are almost as explicit as gay erotica written by gay men). You can't help but be captivated by the passion on display. The depth of sentiment is a fantasy world of its own. Sasagawa in particular is a type of seme--big, brooding, violent, and violently in love with his uke--that you don't see many people write with such unwavering conviction anymore. (I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.) The weakest point of the plot was without question Shiina's mother's explanation for her neglect. It was too prosaic; it should have been over the top just like everything else in the appropriately titled Immoral Darkness. The way the lovers totally discomfit Shiina's normal homeroom teacher at the end with dirty talk was much more true to form. (P.S. Doesn't Shiina, like, totally look like Light from Death Note?)
          Rating: 5/10 - This is definitely one of those "You'll either love it or hate it" books. As for me, I liked the romance but not the subject matter.
8th-Jan-2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
Okay, so I'm not the most horrible person in the world for kinda enjoying this thoroughly disturbing little book? It's just so WRONG, but the writing was better than I expected, and the sadistic part of me enjoyed watching the problems escalate into a relationship that can only be described as "dysfuntional" on the best of days. And like you said, the love scenes were intense, and the writer was unapologetic and consistent in her depiction of the most horrible of semes, so it was like watching a spectacular train wreck in HD. I also liked that the uke was sleeping with a lonely housewife because his mother didn't hug him enough, AND HE RECOGNIZED THAT FACT. Ha! Twisted as hell.
8th-Jan-2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
A lot of genre types--romance, horror, musicals, *uhhh* porn--have plots that are built around heightened emotional states, the moreso, the better. This one definitely had heightened emotional states, so that's why it worked so well.
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