Despite presenting same-sex characters, yaoi fiction has long been criticized by the gay community for not accurately reflecting real gay relationships. “They don’t,” says Jidanun. “Yaoi fiction is mostly written by women for women. The characters are, therefore, more representative of heterosexual relationships in same-sex bodies.”
She’s so passionate about yaoi fiction to the point that one of her biggest dreams is to have one of her stories translated into a live-action series. “People may think I’m insane. I had just won the S.E.A. Write yet I’m so obsessed with having my yaoi fiction made into a series,” Jidanun laughs. She particularly wants to see Good Morning Mr.Bad Love, a story centering on a love affair between two boys both named Chulakiat, on the small screen.
Her literary journey hasn’t always been rosy and smooth-sailing, but the 25-year-old is still happiest when she’s writing stories. “When I was 12, I wrote everything with great delight and happiness. I am, at some point, still happy being able to write and finish [my stories]. Doing it is now a profession; I now have to deal with adulthood or self-censorship. But when I can get the words to flow, it still makes me happy, just like the old days.”