Form of a Successful Y Series


The research in the topic of “Form of a Successful Y Series” is a qualitative research with the objective of studying and analyzing successful television series in the Boy’s Love genre (known in Thai as “Y Series ”). The methodology involves the textual analysis of 7 key qualities of the shows studied, including Plot, Character, Themes, Setting, Iconography, Audience Appeal, and Ideology. The five Boy’s Love series selected for the study were chosen from a collection of popular Thai Boy's Love series broadcast between 2017 and 2022. Through the analysis, the study determines that successful Y series have the following key characteristics:
1. Plot – the plot centering on the love story between two men, filled with obstacles but eventually concluding with a happy ending.
2. Character – the lead characters are opposite types of each other.
3. Themes – the popular theme is romance with obstacles initially but with a happy ending.
4. Setting – almost entirely taking place in a university setting.
5. Iconography – using symbolism to emphasize the theme of love and romance.
6. Audience appeal – appeal to the audience using intensely emotional scenes such as fighting scenes to convey the drama of the story.
7. Ideology – emphasizes same-sex relationships and highlighting the social issues regarding sexual equality and family relationships.
Additionally, data gathered through in-depth interviews using open-ended questions with creators and researchers finds that there are six factors that determine the success of a Y series. These are the quality of the source material, the quality of the plot, the casting, production value, investment, and marketing.

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Chawinroj Likitcharoensakul, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Porawan Pattayanon, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Chatchai Ekpanyaskul, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand

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Conference: MediAsia2023
Stream: Film Criticism and Theory

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Likitcharoensakul C., Pattayanon P., & Ekpanyaskul C. (2023) Form of a Successful Y Series ISSN: 2186-5906 – The Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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