Aestheticism

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Name: Aestheticism
Owner/Maintainer:
Dates: 1996-?
Type:
Fandom: BL, shoujo, and josei manga
URL: WBM link to the last archived version from Aug 2008
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Aestheticism is a website (and formerly a zine?) that covers BL, shoujo, and josei manga. It was the premier source of information for English-speaking "yaoi" fans as of the late 90s. The site is notable for its adherence to Japanese word usage (for example, 'yaoi' vs. 'BL') and for its information on older works from the 80s and 90s.

The site is currently down for unknown reasons; it reportedly became inaccessible to its maintainers.[1]

Aestheticism contains news related to yaoi/BL, detailed articles about various aspects of yaoi/BL and its fans in Japan and the United States, translations, recommendations, and lengthy introductions to and summaries of famous manga, anime, and novels. It also hosts a fanfic archive and manga exchange/shop. In the late 90s, proof of age such as a credit card number had to be provided to access mature content on the site.

Aestheticism was a sponsor of the first Yaoi-Con.[2]

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References

  1. Esu vol. 1-4 BL Novel by Saki Aida, accessed 06/11/2011;
  2. Interview with Tracy P. on Sequential Tart
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