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After the success of Season One, the mysterious studio that runs the Shrinking Show commissions a new season with eight new contestants! One again, eight contestants arrive at the set of this secretive reality show, only learning upon arrival that they will be shrunk down bit by bit, taking part in various competitions along the way. When a contestant shrinks to 1/16th of their normal size they are eliminated--usually. Things are a bit more complicated this time around.

Season Two is longer, raunchier, and all-around better than Season One. As it is a new cast of contestants, it is its own story and you do not need to read Season One to understand what is going on, but it wouldn't hurt.

Categories: Young Adult 20-29, Body Exploration, Entrapment, Gentle, Humiliation, Insertion, Instant Size Change, Lesbians, Mouth Play, Slave, Slow Size Change
Characters: None
Growth: None
Shrink: Doll (12 in. to 6 in.), Dwarf (3 ft. to 5 ft.), Lilliputian (6 in. to 3 in.), Minikin (3 in. to 1 in.), Munchkin (2.9 ft. to 1 ft.)
Size Roles: F/f, F/m, FF/f, FF/m, M/f
Warnings: Following story may contain inappropriate material for certain audiences, This story is for entertainment purposes only.
Series: None
Chapters: 47 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 250434 Read Count: 270193
[Report This] Published: July 06 2014 Updated: April 25 2015
Reviewer: Ancient Relic Signed starstarstarstarhalf-star
Date: July 08 2014 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

Not much action in this chapter, but we got to see the characters act and interact a fair bit, and their personalities are emerging. I'm curious to see what kind of games this story will have, and I was trying to guess what would happen to who. Dale and Hailey may break up, or wind up like Sandra and Bill. Paul seems like he'll be a domineering one, and so will get shrunk relatively quickly. Andy and Marie will love being shrunk.

I'm also curious to see what Betty and Sherri do when the contestants aren't around, whether Sherri knows about the scientists, and whether the machines actually can make you taller than your original height.

Author's Response:

I can tell you that some of these questions are going to be answered soon!

These kinds of longer-form stories I like to ramp up to things slowly, but when it gets going, it's going to be pretty wild.

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Date: July 26 2014 Title: Chapter 15: Chapter 15

Paul just keeps on sinking. I can see him breaking eventually.

And we now have a threesome, and one where the man is in the middle sizewise. This is another unusual sexual adventure.

Author's Response:

It's always fun to do something different with the size configurations in sex scenes like this! And yes, Paul is not doing well.

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Date: July 18 2014 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8

The Carla-Andy scene was a nice hint of things to come. I figure Carla will stay big for awhile while Andy gets smaller, so that they can get up to some crazy stuff.

The Marie-Dale scene was a good gentle giantess moment, a good way of fleshing out Marie's character, and marks a turning point in Dale's character. It seems to me that it was the ambiance, and Marie's caring nature, that helped ease Dale into his new state.

Paul's new attitude toward Andy is interesting. He's either changing, or thinks he needs to put on a nicer act now that he's small.

You wrote Dave instead of Dale alot. Things like that need to be caught in proofreading.

Author's Response:

It's kind of cool how the Carla-Andy relationship is the thing that is getting the most attention--I actually thought this might be the case even as I wrote it. Also, I checked and there were 19 instances of "Dave" instead of "Dale" - how embarassing! 

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Date: July 10 2014 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3

Current status:

Big: Paul, Andy, Vera, Carla
Small: Dale, Jerry, Hailey, Marie

Next chapter. Yes, I counted:

Big: Andy, Vera, Carla, Marie
Small: Paul, Dale, Jerry, Hailey

And the women get the advantage in the second round. This being Giantessworld, of course you're going to go for giant women primarily, but I have reasons for wondering if that's how people would vote in real life.

I like the blocking vote. The added complication makes it more interesting.

Andy may think Hailey is a little ditzy, but her interest in astronomy suggests that she's smarter than she lets on.

And do ramp up slowly! I expect my sex scenes to be a part of a proper story, and so it's good that you're taking the time to build up.

Would Betty ever allow herself to be shrunk?

Author's Response:

It's funny, because when I was writing the Shrinking Show (both seasons) I actually needed to have a chart to keep track of who was what size at what time! Hopefully it doesn't get too confusing for the readers as things get more complicated.

I think it is likely we would have more large women than men in real life if this kind of competition played out. This is largely because the men would see each other as competition and try to shrink one another rather than the women. The women might do that to each other too, but I think the women would be scared of men larger than them so they might go for shrinking the men as well, which would tip the scales. I could be wrong though, but that's the general thought behind how it turns out in these stories.

As far as Betty, she likes to be in control. Beyond that her preferences and intentions are for now a Mystery...

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Date: April 21 2015 Title: Chapter 46: Chapter 46

"I do!" Like they're getting married or something.

I doubt Sherri was in fact able to keep that away from Betty. I know that Betty is not at all bothered by a permanently shrunken man.

Author's Response:

Things are going to become a lot more complicated for Sherri!

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Date: July 28 2014 Title: Chapter 16: Chapter 16

So that's what Sherri was doing the first night. With the Hailey-Jerry bit in mind, I'm pretty sure Carla is going to be the new queen. Now who uses that storm door? Can't be the scientists - they can't leave. We haven't seen Betty shrink herself yet, and Sherri doesn't know what it is. It is a mystery.

Author's Response:

Indeed, the mystery of "who tickled the toes" is now answered.

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Date: July 10 2014 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3

@Benton: Funny that you mentioned the chart. Sometimes I had to think to remember who was large and who was small, so it would actually be a good idea to add reminders, whether charts or brief mentions.

Author's Response:

hmm, I could include a brief guide in the author's notes if that helps.

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Date: October 11 2014 Title: Chapter 35: Chapter 35

Now all four of them are breaking down. I'm starting to feel sorry for all of them.

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Date: March 19 2015 Title: Chapter 38: Chapter 38

Welcome back! Women always win, so Jerry's out. I want to see Carla win, so it'll probably be Vera.

Author's Response:

I'm glad to be back!

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Date: July 20 2014 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9

Paul is going to be a changed man after this, I bet.

And I don't think Andy will want to grow after this. I can see him volunteering to be Carla's pet permanently.

As for the lack of reviewers, everything you mentioned is right, but I'd like to add one more thing: there's no moral dilemmas or philosophical and social issues to debate in this story. That's how The Titan Empire series got over 3000 reviews (Exile alone broke 1000) - a few people wrote multiple reviews per chapter arguing about the issues the stories present.

Author's Response:

Yeah, this whole show has put Paul into a situation that he never thought he would be in, and it's causing him to see things in a new way. And yes, Andy is just nutty enough that he might want something like that.

You are correct when you said that there are no moral dilemmas or debates in the Shrinking Show. Which is kind of funny, because a lot of my other work (not so much stuff that winds up here) tends to have a bit of social commentary to it. But I knew it even as I was writing it--the Shrinking Show is just a bunch of kinky fun. There is conflict, but it is all interpersonal stuff, character dramas. The only way in which the Shrinking Show can be thought about seriously is in the way that it is a character study; other than that, it is pretty much a vehicle to produce porn scenes--and in my opinion they are that much more interesting when the characters are developed. Even the plot of the Shrinking Show is very thin when you look at it, to be honest, though this season sets in motion many things that would make the plot of further seasons more complex. (not giving anything away yet!)

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Date: July 30 2014 Title: Chapter 17: Chapter 17

“There’s no drive to the market. In a few years things will slow down completely.” And this was written before September 2008, I gather.

Well look at that, are Dale and Paul starting to adapt? Maybe things will get better for them.

Prediction: Marie and Carla will grow, and the others will get smaller. Hailey could either become more of a tyrant, or turn around.

Author's Response:

Huh, I guess I'm a fortune teller, lol. (Season Two was finished in July 2008; this chapter was probably written in late 2006 / early 2007)

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Date: July 13 2014 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5

I can't say which team is more likely to be shrunk. Andy has a good reason in that he wants to be shrunk, but Paul has a good reason in that he's in for a nasty fall when he's shrunk with that attitude.

“Betty is…” Sherri’s face broke out into a knowing smile. “She’s something else, I can tell you that. There’s a lot that you don’t know about her.”

“What does she do with you back there?” Andy asked.

“I’m not going to answer that!” Sherri said.

It sounds like something's going on back there...


Author's Response:

Perhaps it's a little bit of foreshadowing...

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Date: March 23 2015 Title: Chapter 40: Chapter 40

"she couldn’t take a piece of it home with her." Do I see a bit of foreshadowing?

Author's Response:

Maybe ;)

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Date: September 17 2014 Title: Chapter 32: Chapter 32

This is an excellent example of a gentle giantess story. Sherri is very kind toward Jerry, and together they have a fun date.

The hints about Betty suggest that you're setting up for something...

Author's Response:

Thank you! 

Yes, we are learning a little bit more about Betty here. Part of it is just Sherri begining to figure out what anyone who read the epiloge to Season One aleady knows, but much of it is new information that will come into play later!

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Date: April 25 2015 Title: Chapter 47: Chapter 47 - Epilogue

And it's done! When you said that things are going to get complicated for Sherri, I thought it was obvious that Betty would have a stern word with her and probably shrink her over giving Andy to Carla. I was not expecting this.

It'll be good to see Shrinking Show 3. Don't worry about length (long stories are good), and take the time you need to edit and polish it. I eagerly await the result.

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Date: August 01 2014 Title: Chapter 18: Chapter 18

So Andy has a thing going with Marie and Carla. This could with jealously or a full-on threesome.

Any time Betty says that something is random, I assume that she rigged it for her own amusement. Her statement that everyone was so predictable she didn't have to rig anything was interesting.

Author's Response:

Betty is indeed the chessmaster! And Andy has to tread carefully here!

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Date: October 15 2014 Title: Chapter 37: Chapter 37

Paul's note to Vera was a sweet thing to do.

This story is doing pretty good for fresh situations with good variety, and this chapter is a good example.

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Date: July 15 2014 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6

Jerry is definitely playing it right here. He hasn't offended anybody, and everybody feels safe with him. That suggests that he's about to get bigger, and Paul and Vera are about to get smaller.

It's good that you spent so much time describing the characters in action. You get to know people by seeing them talk and act, not by reading a list of one-word traits.

Author's Response:

Jerry is definitely a low-key, non-offensive kind of guy. The tough guys are the ones that get themselves into trouble, as we see. And I'm glad you like my approach with the characters. I definitely do like to think of them as if they were actual people rather than just a list of a few traits. I also tried to make it so that people could see any character in a positive or negative light depending on their viewpoint, although I am sure fan favorites are going to emerge.

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Date: August 16 2014 Title: Chapter 21: Chapter 21

I bet Betty is about to cause a turning point in Paul's character arc, before giving him back. Paul's arc has been about dealing with his dwindling power, and he's almost hit bottom. He will be transformed, or broken.

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Date: July 24 2014 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10

I actually wasn't sure how you'd do a half size sex scene, since it's not done very often. You made it work, though.

Author's Response:

It's kind of sad that there aren't more half-sized sex scenes on this site. While I am generally most comfertable writing in the 2"-6" range (like most on here), I like to explore the whole range of size differences from just a little off normal to very tiny. I actually had an idea for a story where the main male protagonist would merely shrink from 6'0" to 4'4", and it would explore how his life and relationships would change on account of his new size.