The Barbie Set

This set of 2007 jackets points out a cultural symbol. Barbie, the doll with breasts, has come to symbolize anatomy and perfection (no zits on her!). It’s hard to attain flawlessness – and if you can’t are you a freak?

Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky (Delacorte 2007)
and Flawless : A Pretty Little Liars Novel by Sara Shepard (HarperTeen 2007)

Anatomy Flawless

Fake Freak Show
Fake Boyfriend by Kate Brian (Simon & Schuster 2007)
and Freak Show by James St. James (Dutton 2007)

Reading through the summaries of these titles, it looks as though the symbol, in all cases full figure and face forward, might do a good job as a visual indication of the idea of the plot. What seems unusual is that only one is a female Barbie – well…. Freak Show is kind of half and half with another – male – doll’s head on a Barbie body (I’m not sure if this is a doll head I should recognize?), but I saw an online interview of James St. James on YouTube and it seems an appropriate symbol for his story. I don’t have any whys for this set. They seem apt to me. It’s just interesting to see them all together.

Anatomy of a Boyfriend: In her last semester at a private school in Fort Myers, Florida, seventeen-year-old Dom finds her life transformed by her first boyfriend, Wes, a track star at the public school her best friend attends. (Age 14+)
Flawless: After their friend who has been missing for more than three years turns up dead, four former best friends continue to receive frightening messages from someone who knows damaging secrets about them. (Age 14+)
Fake Boyfriend: When Lane and Vivi’s best friend Isabelle has her heart broken by her unreliable boyfriend, they decide to save her by inventing a new boy on the internet to ask Isabelle to the prom, but the scheme quickly becomes complicated, and the results surprise them all. (Age 14+)
Freak Show: Having faced teasing that turned into a brutal attack, Christianity expressed as persecution, and the loss of his only real friend when he could no longer keep his crush under wraps, seventeen-year-old Billy Bloom, a drag queen, decides the only to become fabulous again is to run for Homecoming Queen at his elite, private school near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Age 14+)


2 Responses to “The Barbie Set”

  1. Have you seen the back covers of the Pretty Little Liars series? While the front covers each show one girl as a faux doll, the back covers feature all four main characters in photograph form, with the featured girl’s outfit matching the cover doll’s outfit precisely. I also like the fact that the pictured girls match the character descriptions.

  2. lwilli0316 Says:

    Ah, no! Haven’t seen them. I’ll look for the photos.

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