|1960 Virginia Prince/Transvestia novel|
The transgender fiction novelette for many of us is a vicarious part of our journey. Virginia Prince, our departed Grand Dame likely perfected the venue with her Chevalier Publications series of stories. The photo here is the cover from her first novelette – “Fated for Femininity”. the story is about Lennie Parks, a boy, who became a cheerleader, a beauty queen and then the bride of another "pretty" girl. The cover image shown here is from an original copy of Virginia’s novelette, which I own and treasure.
The tradition has continued over the years with the Reluctant Press and the Sandy Thomas series of stories. Many of which can still be ordered and read in e-books format at Lulu.com - even the “Fated for Femininity” story.
What made me think of this, was yesterday's "Going Back" story. I must admit that over the years I have consumed my share of these prurient stories preferring the "PG" versions - That is my story and I am sticking to it. A few years back a good Palm Beach friend passed away, leaving me an almost complete set of the Reluctant Press and Sandy Thomas collection. On slow days working in my home office, I search the box of one I have not read and put my feet up on the desk.
Which bring me to a good question for you - What makes for the perfect transgender Story?
It is said that the perfect country and western song must include a certain narrative; Mama, pickup truck, train, prison and getting drunk. In fact, David Allan Coe wrote "You Never Even Call Me By My Name" what is touted as being the perfect country and western song. Just to be sure he had all the bases covered, one verse included all of the above mentioned items.
Here is my list of what must be present in the perfect transgender fiction story: (please add to the list)
- Father absent or nowhere to be found
- Strong mother, stepmother, sister or aunt
- A strong reluctance/resistance to be dressed up
- A stash of clothes available (sister away at school)
- Bad boy to good boy transformation
- Sent to a girls' school, dance class or charm school
- Trapped into the situation with no way out
- Acceptance and realization that you are so much better off as a girl
Please Comment - Share your Favorite story - Must have plot - Setting?