An elderly billionaire finds himself trapped in the body of a beautiful young Caribbean girl, living and working as his wife’s maid.
A man allows himself to be feminized in order to pass as a woman and infiltrate a mysterious and diabolical mega-corporation.
A couple is cursed by a witch on Halloween, so that each time they have sex the man becomes more feminine.
These plot lines come from the books of one of my favorite TG authors, Tom Tame.
What I like about Tame’s books first and foremost is that they are always plot-driven. These are stories in which TG is a major element, but they are stories where the characters have goals, conflicts, developed personalities, and in which the stories advance and progress which each scene.
They all explore gender and identity. The characters struggle with what is happening to them and what it means about who they are and how they fit into the world, and the people around them struggle with the changes as well.
In Little Brown Girl, for example, the main character is a very rich and powerful alpha male type who not only finds himself suddenly female, but a penniless female totally dependent on his ex-wife, and powerless to stand up to her when she pushes him into serving her as her maid. The books very patiently explores how his new sex and newly disenfranchised state impact him mentally, as he finds himself browbeaten by people who he used to believe were beneath him. The physical change is very fast, but the mental changes come very slowly as he struggles against biology and society.
In Pinsedo, where the private investigator agrees to be feminized, we see a similar exploration of identity as the main character sinks deeper and deeper into his role, and the man who was once pretending to be a woman more and more becomes the act. It’s an interesting exploration of how the masks we wear come become our faces, and of course a thrill to watch as he begins to find himself thinking like and having the same needs as the young female he pretends to be.
And then Femmer is a wholly different story altogether, and the variety of Tame’s work also interests me as I don’t feel like I am reading the same story over and over again, but different stories with different characters experiencing the results of gender changes. In Femmer, one of the intriguing things is the way the male character becomes trapped not only in a female shape, but trapped by his own ultra feminine passivity.
That’s a quick survey of a few of Tame’s works, which can be found at Amazon and elsewhere. My only complaint with this author is that I want more! Get typing, Tom Tame! The world needs your stories!