Monday, February 20, 2017

This is Not a Wardrobe Door, by A. Merc Rustad

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(Portal Fantasy) Ellie used to travel freely to the other world, but lately her door doesn’t work. In fact, all the portals are broken for some reason. (1,772 words; Time: 05m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: Nebula

"," by (edited by Brian J. White), appeared in issue 29, published on .

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Pro: In the end, Ell and Zera open the door for everyone, even adults.

The story makes it clear that it’s a metaphor for being a female-to-male transgender person. As a child, you’re nominally a girl, but you can be a tomboy too and no one minds.  As you get older, that door closes. (By contrast, few little boys experience a time when it's accepted for them to be sissies.)

Con: The metaphor aside, there’s isn’t much of a story here. Ellie writes her letters to no effect. The Forgotten Book’s opposition seems merely petulant, and Zera’s victory over it comes too easily.

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