AFK starts with the premise that a bunch of people who play an online role-playing game find themselves trapped in the game as their avatars. This, happily, leads to a lot of fun gender exploration that goes a little beyond the things we’ve seen before (TWSB).
In the world of the familiar, we do have a womanizing bro who finds himself trapped as a petite Asian “warrior princess” initially wearing a chain mail bikini. The actress who plays “him” does a great job depicting a guy in a naturalistic way, and the character is well-written– hiding his former gender out of shame, struggling to deal with male attention and sexual assault.
In addition, we have the less common female trapped as a male– and though she is not explored as fully, there are some very fun scenes dealing with her discomfort over having male anatomy.
Most interesting of all, though, is a character who refuses to reveal their real world biological gender, telling anyone who asks “none of your business.” This character does the most to challenge gender steretypes because it is very hard to guess what her identity is– in the game she is biologically female, but her attitude and mannerisms could belong to either a man of a woman– which is true in real life of many people. So, I find her the most fascinating.
The show is on a budget, but the love and care of the whole crew is evident in the work. In addition, if you have ever played a MORPG, the show is full of really fun little jokes about the gamer life and the culture inside these games. The identity explorations even getting into people discovering there are multiple versions of themselves inside the game (in the form of their other accounts.)
That’s right, people, I am giving away free copies of Brother Bewildered, the epic gender bending fantasy novel! In this one, former swaggering alpha male Serren finds himself still trapped living as a teen-age girl, struggling to find a way to regain his manhood even while being drawn further into the life of a young woman, vying to establish himself as the queen bee at his school.
It’s action, adventure, romance and irony! If you are one of the many readers who already bought the book, stay tuned! I will be running more giveaways all summer long as a way to thank my awesome readers!
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Check out my promo video for The Shattered Isles Books, Brother Bewitched and Brother Bewildered! It’s groovy! And thanks to everyone who has been buying Brother Bewildered! It was a blast to write, and I am so happy to see sooooo many people snapping up copies!!! Rock on, people, and Stay Weird!!!!
Yes! You heard correctly! The second book in The Shattered Isles series is now available on Lulu and Amazon in ebook form! The paper will be available any day now! I am just waiting for it to process.
For those who have not yet come to visit The Shattered Isles, the books tell the story of Crown Prince Serren, first in line to the throne and the embodiment of male privilege. That is, until his sister uses forbidden magic to turn him into a girl. As Pattenia’s younger sister, Serren no longer has claim to the throne and watches as his sister takes his crown and consigns him to a life of corsets and gowns.
Book II continues his struggles learning to live as a princess, while his sister continues her journey into masculine territory, going off to war and adventure! I will say if you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it, you will be in a blissful state beyond words for the duration!
It’s still weeks away from done, with rewrites and copy editing yet to be done, but the first draft of Brother Bewitched II: Brother Bewildered, is done! I finished it this morning, and it does feel good!!!!!!
Here’s a little promo poster to tide over all the BB fans out there! The wait is almost over!!!!