Saturday, May 21, 2011

Girls Gone Insane

Short Story by John Jasper Owens
Read for Pseudopod by George Hrab

An excellent narration to a well-paced revenge fantasy. The slow reveal of backstory is masterful. And the protagonist's feeling of guilt is very well done. But otherwise, there isn't much here. Girls who have been drugged and taken advantage of, then filmed for pornographic videos, are finally able to take their revenge on the man who drugged them. It's somewhat a commentary on how their lives are ruined more by ostracism and societal pressure than merely the one event, but the bulk of the story is just guilt and revenge and more guilt. Most of the characters have very little agency.

3 girls with low self esteem out of 5.

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