Speaking of books, there are a few book covers out there that call my attention because of their design. In September of last year I posted the image above in my old blog, no title, no clues, and I asked members to tell me what they thought it represented. I used any excuse to play games and give the gift of points—as in the Giantess.com “currency”.
Thinking back on it, wow, I had forgotten how much fun it was to wrap a GDC present and wait til it was opened. Yes, it was only pixels doing something here and then over there, but it was the sort of thing that made that board experience unique.
The best part of those games were the guesses, and I believe I gave points to everyone that participated without reference to how much I like their guess, or to its accuracy, or to how little they sucked as a person, or any of those preferential, unfair, completely unrelated factors that are generally present in events such as sports games and orchestra auditions.
A few days later I added my thoughts to that particular blog entry, and shared the guesses I had received. A wonderful one related a thought of “walking the plank of a giantess’ thumb, to be flicked away”. While that is the most obvious thing about the image, the idea of a plank as a final platform of a relationship between a tiny man and his ex giantess/owner was what inclined me to name it “The Plank”, but not what attracted me to the image.
I think of a tiny man set in his ways, reluctant to try new things…. Maybe he wishes to make new friends, but feels self-conscious of his size when she tries to introduce him to her own colossal guests during a gathering at home. She never sends him flying in the air, but the gentle nudging, the female support, the energetic, endless, loving guidance is always there, and always shared when she needs it in return.
And that’s something I see in the funniest guess: “it’s her right hand, which indicates that she will be flicking him towards herself based on the position of her arm, etc… maybe she likes him and this is her way of ‘making the first move’…?” How the idea of a woman encouraging a little man by thrusting him off the safe ledge of her thumb, into the air, to meet her, any part of her, at the other side, made me laugh! “I LIKE you, so OFF my thumb and INTO MY HEART you go!” *thwack* Some giant first move!
The guess that most approximated the book cover in the way that I would picture (since I love to change song lyrics to include giantess and shrinking content) was this one, tweaked from the Paul Simon tune:
-make a new plan, Pam; you don’t need to be coy, Joy, just listen to me
Point him away, Fay; there ain’t nothing to say- ay,
Just give him a flick, Chick. And set yourself free.
The image was also someone’s reminder of playing football with a folded paper football with the guys, and that’s how they used to kick field goals. That, in turn, reminded me of mini soccer on desktops during my own school years, a game that was mostly played by boys but that I also enjoyed. We’d shape our own goals with our hands, laced fingers from hands that stood on our thumbs, and from the arch of those laced fingers would come one single digit, both the player and the goalkeeper, to kick that little paper ball across the top of the desk. It was clumsy, but that’s what made it fun.
And here’s the (technically true) answer of the blog game:
Every once in a while, when I’m searching for reading material, or merely by coincidence, I’ll stumble onto book covers that are perfect handheld images. I’m not sure what school of advertisement holds that such images will make for better selling books, but hey, I’m buying.
Actually, I’m not buying any of the books, and merely downloading the covers for my own perverted uses, but then again I tend to only buy used, old, smelly books anyway.
So I found the image and added it to my collection of three. Back then I realized there were plenty more at Giantess.net, but the whole image watermark thing that place has going on prevents me from saving anything from there.