Here we are again with another doll Blogger! Today's entry is Belle's Bulletins by Hannah Prewett.
Belle's Bulletins was "written" by one of Hannah's treasured Belle Disney Store fashion dolls, one of the dolls she actively collects. Belle is very much her own doll, not tied down to a certain destiny or character just because she's a Belle doll. (I can't say my character dolls were tied to a role just because they where So and So.) Started in 2011 and ending in 2013, Belle's Bulletins chronicles the adventures and misadventures of a group of Disney dolls.
The story begins with Belle, feeling like dolls like herself are misrepresented, so she decides to take to blogging to disabuse us humans of our mistaken opinions. The cast expands to include Rapunzel, another Disney Princess doll and her boyfriend/husband Eugene, Robby, Belle's beau, Ben, another Beast doll and Robby's rival, and many other dolls and toys as guest stars.
Because the blog is more like a novel, there are definite arcs. The first arc is about Belle crushing on Ben, while having Robby as a friend. Arc two tells the story of Robby having a terrible accident, and Belle realizes how much she loves him. The third, and longest arc discusses Robby and Belle's marriage. A fourth arc discusses emergencies involving both Belle and Rapunzel, and the final arc wraps up many loose ends, such as Ben, Belle and Rapunzel's families, and other similar issues.
The structure of Belle's Bulletins means that the perspective is from the dolls as though they were humans. Because of this, the emotions run high. I mean, how would you feel if you could be sold or given away and sent to a place you had never been, and possibly separated from your "family" or a sweetheart? This idea runs through the extent of the story, including explaining fashion doll culture. It's a fascinating worldbuilding exercise!
Although Belle's story has ended, it is still very much worth reading. If you like clean romance, read Belle's Bulletins. If your child loves dolls, let her read Belle's Bulletins. If you are a collector, read Belle's Bulletins. If you like fantasy worldbuilding, read Belle's Bulletins. If you just like a good fantasy story, read Belle's Bulletins. Hannah will not let you down!
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