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IJSSH 2024 Vol.14(3): 93-96
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2024.14.3.1199

Taking Wu Zhe’s “Sa Ye / Run Freely” as an Example to See the Growth of Chinese Original Danmei Fictions

Jiating Zhu

Department of Chinese, Lingnan University, Yiwu, China
Email: jiatingzhu@ln.hk
Manuscript received October 23, 2023; revised December 13, 2023; accepted January 19, 2024; published May 24, 2024.

Abstract—In the Chinese novels of the new century, danmei online fictions are often regarded as a special type. At present, most of the academic research on it is based on “women’s sexual fantasies”, ignoring that it is also a youth subculture with entertainment properties. It is of great significance to interpret danmei fictions from the perspective of growth. The popular novel “Sa Ye / Run Freely” takes the northern towns of modern society as the background of the story, and tells the story of two teenagers redeeming each other. Although it is produced as a danmei, it presents a relatively real growth state of Chinese young people. On the one hand, the author shows the marginal attributes and rebellious colors of the protagonists Jiang Cheng and Gu Fei in the process of growing up, and on the other hand, describes how they regulate themselves in the group, family, and system. As an attempt for teenagers, “Sa Ye / Run Freely” uses women to imagine the love and growth between men, and has a dialogue with the culture of the parents. It contains a kind of “Mulan”-style gender anxiety, which reflects the resistance and obedience of Chinese teenagers to the culture of their parents. 

Keywords—danmei fictions, BL (Boys Love), subculture


Cite: Jiating Zhu, "Taking Wu Zhe’s “Sa Ye / Run Freely” as an Example to See the Growth of Chinese Original Danmei Fictions," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 93-96, 2024.

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