Um. No thanks. Lina's already fallen in love with a boy she met online named Jack. Only he has no idea that thumbelina1847 could literally fit inside his heart.
When her creators threaten to hurt Jack unless she chooses a husband from among the ‘Toms’, Lina agrees to star in a reality TV series. Once the episodes begin to air, the secret of her size is out. Cut off from any contact with the outside world, Lina assumes Jack is no longer interested. After all, what guy would want to date a girl he can’t even kiss?
Slowly, very slowly, she befriends the six young men who see her as their only ticket to happiness. Perhaps she can make just one guy’s dream of love and companionship come true. But her creators have a few more twists in store for her that she never thought possible.
She’s not the only one playing to the cameras.
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Guest post, Welcome Jennie!
As a rule, I do not like reality shows very much. I definitely don’t like the dating ones. However, I am fascinated by how they use video editing to build a story and how they manipulate the emotions of the contestants by putting them into planned, dramatic situations. So when I was plotting a futuristic retelling of Thumbelina and needed to figure out how to portray the forced betrothals that happen to her in the original story, I decided to put her on her own show.
I did a lot of research on how reality shows work, especially with the help of Reality Steve’s blog with all of his Bachelor/ette spoilers. I was shocked to read that many contestants barely even meet the lead (the bachelor/ette) before being eliminated, and the ones that do make it into the later episodes rarely spend much time with the person they’re supposed to be falling in love with, either. In that sort of scenario, a lot of decisions have to be made based on gut feelings. Contestants aren’t allowed any contact with the outside world while they’re on the show, so they spend most of their time watching tv and drinking the free alcohol that’s provided by the show. While there’s no alcohol for Lina and her Toms, I tried to stick as closely to this model as I could. She gets to know her potential suitors as well as she can in the very limited amounts of time she’s allowed to spend with them.
While I didn’t get to write about the Toms and their individual personalities as much as I would have liked in DAMSELFLY, I’m excited to be diving more into their characters in the sequel that I’m working on right now. I hope you enjoy the reality show ride!
Thanks for stopping by, Jennie!
I met my husband in the World of Warcraft and we live in Los Angeles with our cat. We spend our time playing video games, reading, hiking, sweeping up cat hair, and cursing the terrible traffic.
I have a bachelor's degree in Religion and Philosophy from Hillsdale College, and some of my past jobs have included: swimming lessons teacher, lifeguard, furniture salesperson, barista, and loan officer. I was especially terrible at the loan officer bit and that's what prompted me to make a major change and go off to Canada to get a diploma in 3D Animation and Visual Effects. After that, I moved to Los Angeles by myself and roomed with two crazy sisters I found on Craigslist. But that's another tale.