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Okay. Secret Life. The entry coding is done, but I am still working on pictures, because honestly, some of these are hard to set up (and still look believable), and I'm having to choose just two or three of the simpler ones to pull off. However, at least one of the pictures is unspeakably epic and I think you will enjoy it.

Meanwhile, the read-through is properly updated--even the briefest mentions from the early days now have entries For Your Convenience. You will probably want to revisit Shelf to the Future and A Very Shelfy Christmas I, if nothing else, because the next entry is the second part of Christmas, because yes, I am nine months behind. This does, however, allow me to tell the story in past tense now, which may make the narrative a bit--richer?--so we will just deal with it.

However, one of the problems with the nine-month lag is that a number of y'all have only just joined us this year, and thus you have not the slightest idea what I am talking about. The Secret Life of Dolls is the saga of my doll collection, their shenanigans, and their beleaguered owner (me). It even has its own TV Tropes page. ("Guilty Pleasures: Oh god is it this. A soap opera played by dolls. Multiple primary characters are from Twilight. And this male troper CAN'T STOP READING IT.") There are also, however, a large number of Lord of the Rings dolls, an Elizabeth Swann, an Anna Valerious, a Lyra and a Serafina, two Ellowynes, and I am still probably forgetting someone. We are also now up to three new characters who will be appearing as soon as I can bring them in--one of them was supposed to debut last August, but the Compocalypse happened, etc. One of the three, however, will not be a main character, and I expect will only make a few minor appearances, or otherwise--well, let's just say it would be counter-productive to my goal of doing more with the original group of dolls.

What I would like to ask of y'all, however, is to explain in the comments, if you would, to the newer people why they would want to read it. Because I've had a number of people tell me they just skipped the doll entries on purpose, because, you know... dolls... but eventually broke down and started reading, and discovered that it wasn't what they expected. Which is why I need y'all to explain this (if you would), because it's not something you can really take my word for. I feel really conceited asking you to do this, but I sound completely delusional when I try to explain it. So.

Meanwhile:

YOU GUYS

NOEL CRUZ FIXED THE ALICE DOLL

THIS IS WHAT ALICE WAS SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE, OKAY




I DON'T EVEN NEED SOMEONE TO DO HER FACE, I JUST WANT THE HAIR

I AM INFORMED THAT HIS DOLL REPAINTS USUALLY GO FOR $3000+

HIS GALADRIEL IS ALREADY OVER $1000

but strangely I like the original paint better, which is a testament to how great that doll turned out

BUT MY POINT IS THAT THIS IS TRAGIC

IN A NOT-ACTUALLY-TRAGIC KIND OF WAY

#shelfworldproblems


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SLoD is the most epic, geeky, meta, fabulous doll soap opera EVAR.

I, too made the mistake of skipping of the doll entries, but I'm happy to say that I soon saw the error of my ways and started reading them.

Just...read them. You'll thank me, and most importantly you'll thank Cleolinda.

The doll entries bring me so much glee--at first, I was constantly going "Wait, what? Who?" and then I just started reading them, and giggling endlessly, and before you knew it I was trying to convert my entire flist. Mind you, it didn't work, but I blame that on my poor advertising. :-)

Why you, yes you, should read The Secret Life of Dolls

The Secret Life of Dolls is the only thing on earth that has ever made me like Edward Cullen.

Re: Why you, yes you, should read The Secret Life of Dolls

Seconded.

I skipped the doll entries the first few times I came across them, but then was bored one day and thought, "Hey, why not?" and a read a post. Then I got hooked and anxiously awaited each one.

God help me if they came out when I was at work though, because then I had to sneak-read them while trying to stifle my giggles.

Can't wait for the new episodes!

All I can say is when you start developing crushes on dolls based on characters you hate in a series you despise, you know the writing is amazing. So yes, newbies, you must read SLOD.

I skimmed over the doll entries at first because I wasn't sure where you were going with them, but it really is this epic serial like the great Victorian writers used to do. The dolls have developed their own characters, so even people who aren't into the particular stories the dolls come from (like Twilight or Lord of the Rings) will find a lot to enjoy here. It is just so funny and likable and strangely riveting.

Because it's not about dolls, it's about character and narrative and story, and Ms. cleolinda is really good at these things. Obviously it is about dolls, but that's like saying Toy Story is about Toys.

I read SLoD last year when I was broken and had chicken pox. It was perfectly silly and shallow and ridiculous and wonderful and let me escape the horror.

SLOD-dolls = Toy Story - toys is the best analogy ever. It really sums it up perfectly.

I was one of those "skip the doll entry" types because it wasn't my thing, and then one day I got bored and started reading them (early 2009, I think) and I was hooked. Seriously, ye of little faith, they are just plain funny. The fact that they're dolls almost falls by the wayside because they just act so hilariously human. And it's really fun to see some of their respective canon things fall into place during SLOD. I won't spoil anyone, but really... there's something for everyone, fandom-wise, in SLOD. JUST READ THEM.

Anyway, Cleo, I'm so excited to see the new installment and meet the new dolls. :D (Whoa, and Alice's repaint looks AMAZING. I went and checked for the Galadriel on eBay and I think I like the original paint better, tbh... I think it looked a lot like Cate Blanchett in the first place. But the way he repainted the mouth was beautiful. I have a lip stain that color.)

The SLoD is an elaborate series of What Ifs (what if Van Helsing met Twilight, what if Iorek were plush, what if Bella had to interact with "people" who weren't scripted to like her). I think most fans of fiction (books/movies/etc) enjoy the idea of crossovers and breaking the 4th wall. SLoD combines these meta-indulgences while staying true to character canon. IMO, it's the Plastic Conceit that makes it better/likelier than standard-fare fanfic. There's no implausible wormhole/demon dimension/TARDIS crash to justify the crossover, and the idea that they're dolls forced to shelve together? Provides both a plausible impetus, and a humorous situational constraint (I still LOL IRL over the plush stuffing/blood).

You come for the gentle mocking of emo sparklepire.

You stay for the tiny tiny swordplay.

This is why I read "The Secret Life of Dolls".

1) I love Cleolinda's voice and storytelling. The stories have frenetic highs, doom-laden lows, and adorable slice-of-life moments.

2) Each character is recognizable from their canon. However, Cleo is adept at twisting individual characteristics into a new, logical whole. I imagine half the comments on here will be something like "She made me like Edward!" That's because Cleo is adept at figuring out characters, picking a couple of traits to highlight, and then using these traits to maximum comedic effect.

3) I hardly ever literally laugh out loud at things on the internet. SLOD makes me giggle almost every time.

I second the whole loving of Cleo's voice and storytelling. I really enjoy her voice, so any chance I get to read more of that, I jump at it. Metaphorically speaking.

I first hopped over here because of SLOD! I believe it was padawansguide who first linked it on my friends list. I read the entry she linked, then immediately went back to the beginning to catch up on it. They are seriously so funny and unexpected and I can't wait to read new ones!

YAAAAAAAY NEW SLOD! *FLAPS HANDS EXCITEDLY* Thank you thank you thank you!

AND OMG THAT ALICE IS AMAZING.

I VOTE WE HAVE A RAFFLE OR SOMETHING SO YOU CAN BUY HER.

How does one explain SLoD?

It's like all the best soap operas, all the best movies, all the best TV series, only really well-written and ten times more fun and awesome.

With dolls.

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