I dont know Jacki Pett, but as an author, she is one of my heroes. She is the one
who demonstrated to me that TG fiction did not have to consist entirely of short stories
that take place in unbelievable "universes" and that are populated mainly with
cardboard characters. No, it was Jacki (along with Vickie Tern, whose Jack and Jill still
blows me away) who made it clear that long stories with rich characterizations,
interesting relationships, and strong writing could be developed around classic TG fiction
themes. This woman knows how to write and makes almost every minute you spend with her a
I forget whether I encountered "Black Lace" or "Dancer" first.
"Black Lace" is not like most of Jackis stories. But it is a little gem
about a young man who goes to a street party with his girlfriend, who has dressed him as a
girl, and who, through a series of really rather plausible events, finds himself in the
hands of a group of exotic dancers who think it would be a lot of fun to fully feminize
him. The story ends with him trapped in the hands of the girls, but before the
feminization process is really begun. Its such wonderful, compelling writing that
every place either, this or any other Jacki Pett story has been posted, you will find
readers pleading to Jacki to continue it. That so many people got hooked on what really
was only the beginning of a story says much about the strength of her writing.
Dancer, another relatively short effort for Jacki, establishes a general story
structure she has since used to great effect. A hapless male, who may or may not have
offended a small group of women, is taken by them and feminized. The group of women,
usually four or so is always an interesting mix of more or less well developed characters.
There is typically one "bad cop," whose motivation to feminize the soon-to-be
former male arises from anger, either at him directly, at men in general, or both. She
usually drives the feminization process further than the other girls had anticipated or
would have done on their own.
Then there is the "good cop," a woman who agrees with the process, but who
eventually sees the victim as a whole person, and is taken with him, but only after he
becomes she. This pair of polar opposites sets up a tension that runs throughout the story
and allows for some rich exploration of motives and feelings. The other women align
themselves with the good and bad cops in shifting alliances, usually changing sides before
the story ends and thereby tilting the inevitable final confrontation one way or the
other. In the end, our hero, now and forever more a heroine, is at least rescued from the
bad cop, but still must find her way in the world as a new girl, who has at least earned
the friendship and trust, if not love of some of the others.
Of Jackis longer stories, I liked "The Export" best, although
"Executive Assistant", "Sweet Revenge", "Heather", and the
recent "Tina" are all excellent. All of them, except for Executive Assistant,
follow the format I described above. In "The Export", the victim is being
feminized to be sold into a pleasurable sexual servitude, a departure for Jacki, but in
many ways it is one of her richer stories because of the expansive emotional range the
characters must traverse before they reach an ending that will keep you guessing. It is
also her only story that includes scenes in which the hero is turned into an infant before
becoming a woman.
"Executive Assistant" is simpler, without the emphasis on group dynamics that
Jacki seems to enjoy, but delivers a truly sweet story written with real attention to
detail. "Heather" really explores the women involved and sets up a serious
conflict for them to overcome, as does Tina, in which a sweet young man is feminized
primarily by a nasty young woman for no apparent reason except that she can. But much of
this story is still rather sweet and just feels tender and remarkably feminine.
In all her stories, Jacki follows the feminization process in great detail, often
lingering on key scenes, like a visit to the salon, or a first date. We learn a great deal
about how the main character thinks and feels, and how he adapts to becoming a she. At the
same time, Jacki explores the feelings of her female characters as they go through the
process of changing a man into a woman and while their own relationships with each other
wax and wane.
This is fertile territory and Jacki explores it with skill and insight, letting us
learn much about her characters while we share their trials and triumphs, along with some
of their regular days. As much as these stories are about the transformation of a man into
a woman, with all the attendant clothes, hair, and behavioral modifications that implies,
they are also stories about people and their feelings, and that is why they are so good.
Jackis writing style is simple and straight forward, and perhaps because of that,
it does sometimes seem a little flat. But her story telling is strong and serviceable and
she rarely loses the thread of her stories or allows her characters act in ways that are
not consistent with their personalities. Her stories carry a ring of truth that makes it
easy to imagine they are happening in your own neighborhood to people you know, to you
even. It is easy to empathize with her characters and a joy to do so because her stories
have a real femmy feel to them. At their best, theyre like wearing soft, flowing
clothes and lace, or sitting with your cat in a Laura Ashley sun room full of cut flowers
and soft lighting.
Much to her credit, Jacki accomplishes much story telling through dialog and her
stories almost never get bogged down in long runs of uninteresting narrative that
characterize much of TG fiction. Her stories are obviously well crafted, edited with care,
and have few errors or any kind.
As you can tell, I think very highly of Jacki Pett and her stories. But they are long
and there is rarely much going on in them. These are stories that explore the interior
lives of characters who basically do little more than engage in everyday activities (at
least they would be everyday activities if someone wasn't changing you into a woman). If
youre looking for action or adventure, youll have to go elsewhere. If
youre looking for a slice of life that is richly explored, carefully observed, and
lovingly described, however, and if you like to sit and savor the little moments that make
lives so real, then download one of these and curl up with it on your sofa. You wont