The Barbie movie is coming out this summer (in case you haven’t seen all the Barbie memes all over the internet lately)… forcing us to ask ourselves: What would it be like to really be inside Barbie’s world? Today, write a scene that depicts what you think it would be like to be inside Barbie’s world. Keep reading to see my completed version of this writing prompt. And feel free to share your own writing with us in the Daily Drafts & Dialogues Writers group, where you’ll see additional writing prompts too.

In a Barbie World by K.E. Creighton

Barbie always smiles at Ken as he approaches the front door of her dream house. And doesn’t ever stop smiling at him. Not because she’s happy, or even fancies him, but because the plastic she’s encircled in, that embodies her, doesn’t leave her much choice. As it is in and on everything. Nothing is free of it. It clings to everything, pulling everything taut and even. Not even her thoughts or desires, if they exist at all, aren’t shaped perfectly, for her. She still isn’t sure if she exists at all. But still smiles.

Although Ken is always smiling back at Barbie too and is always by her side, he remains impartial and distant. Always undressed but never undressing. More like a beautiful furnishing than a true companion. Steady and solid but void. Yet if that’s the case, then what is she? How is she? Why is she? Always moving, yet never of their own accord, their waxy days wane, together. With no grief. But no substantial joy either. Because it is not possible to know one without the other. Especially when you’re in an artificial fantasy of someone else’s making.

All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.

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