Aliyah Whiteley’s The Beauty merges Invasion of the Mushroom People, literary fiction flourishes and Old-school Fictionmania for a gender bender experience best described as different. Based in a post-apocalyptic world in which all women have been wiped out my a mysterious plague, when the book starts off we are introduced to a small village composed entirely of men living in a world that has regressed technologically to a more primitive, hunter-gatherer state.
Since it is literary fiction, there must be some shimmering shrine to “the power of narrative” and so these men spend their nights gathered around a campfire as their village story teller regales them with what have become their tribal legends. Outside the town lie the graves of the last women from their group.
Enter the mushroom women. Mysteriously, mushroom creatures begin to emerge from the graves of the vanished women. They can’t speak, but they have female shapes and a kind of psychic empathy. Soon, the men began to couple with the mysterious creatures, who also take over all the manual labor in the village. The men grow weak, their arms smaller, and soon enough one of them discovers that he is pregnant.
This creates some anxiety among the men, and the story flows from there. The book certainly explores the idea of gender, and it is a different approach, the whole thing written in that literary mode meant to suggest the relating of an ancient myth. Check it out.
First of all, I hope everyone out there is safe. It’s a scary time. Wash your hands!
Now, if you are locked down and looking for something fun, I have two very different new ebooks out for your reading pleasure. Forever Mine is a forced femme story inspired by the book and TV series YOU in which a first person narrator talks us through as she targets and then feminizes a man– of course, it’s all for his own good! I would describe this one as dark.
On the brighter but still kind of dark side is 1950s Sitcom Season Two. This one picks up where Season One left off, with our feminized hero still trapped as a woman and living in a 1950s sitcom. The story is written in the manner of The Honeymooners or I Love Lucy, and it loaded with 50s fashion, music and lingo. Links below:
Howdy, buckaroos! I have just put out my latest TG ebook, 1950s Sitcom. The premise of this book is that two guys get stuck in a 1950s sitcom in the manner of I Love Lucy or The Honeymooners. One of the guys, of course, finds himself transforming into a sitcom 1950s housewife, while the other settles into a comfortably boozy life as an entitled husband.
The story is broken up into three episodes, and it is very funny, if I do say so myself, while also having an overall Twilight Zone-esque tone of quiet horror. The stories were commissioned by a client who prefers to remain nameless, but I do want to thank Anonymous 2 for this great idea. I hope you enjoy!
If you are familiar with the manga Backstreet Boys or the cartoon series inspired by it, Goku Dolls, then you know the plot of the live action movie Trans-Sweetie. Three tough guys are forced to get sex-changes and become a girl group pop band.
I don’t know of an English translation, but the action is easy to follow nonetheless. We see the boy’s (mostly) shocked expressions as they see their new selves for the first time, watch them trying to den their new genders (the struggle to pee standing up is very amusing). We watched as they are dressed up in girly costumes and forced to compete on a TV show (they fail) and are then subjected to a grueling diet and training program including dance and gymnastics, of course wearing cute outfits (one wears a top that reads Barbie). And, we see them come to terms with their new lives, finding a kind of middle-ground between their past identities and new genders.
I predict you will love The Venus Lily, a premium illustrated story now available on tgcomics.com.The Venus Lily follows the story of Matt Baxter, a hard-boiled private investigator in the mold of Dash Hammet’s Sam Spade. The story stands out for several reasons:
Matt Baxter’s character is thoroughly developed before the change. I like this because it makes his journey more interesting and believable. We get to know him as a man, so his gradual change into a woman has more resonance.
The change is, as the title of this entry suggests, slow. The writer is very patient and Matt’s body changes gradually, leaving him in denial as to what is happening for quite some time.
Matt is skillfully maneuvered into some very feminine roles– no spoilers– that compel him to perform as his new sex. It’s interesting to watch him deal with being a woman in a man’s world.
In addition to the excellent story telling, the story features fantastic illustrations in a jagged, atmospheric style that perfectly compliments to mood and atmosphere of the text. The Venus Lily is one of the top TG publications of the year, and invites multiple readings. I would say that either the story or the illustrations are worth the price, and together they are a bargain! Check it out!
Bradley has always felt like a girl, but his whole life he’s suffered in fear, hiding his true self. What would his Dad say if he found out? His Mom? And, he’s sure all the other kids at school would laugh at him. But the girl inside Bradley longs to be free, and over the years she is determined to free both herself and Bradley from living a lie.
As some of you know, I have had the pleasure of creating several stories on commission from a wonderful person who prefers to be known only as Anonymous. Each of these stories has been a joy to write. I feel Freedom is the most special of all these commissions. Please check out a free sample at the links below:
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.)