QOTW: How does Blythe affect those around you?

Written on August 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

Dolls have become a big part of my life since I started collecting Blythe in 2009. They’re a fantastic aspect and, what some of my friends consider to be, an “odd hobby”. Odd is one of the nicer words that I’ve heard in reference to Blythe. There’s also been comments of “Those look like Bratz dolls” and “That’s a very large head!”. Such is life when those around you do not appreciate the dolls that you do.

Brighton: The shirt says it all.

Former coworkers can attest to the fact that I would have dolls sitting on my desk. I’d even occasionally change the eyes so that they would be looking at a coworker. Then there were people who find the dolls creepy because of the large head-to-body ratio and the orange or pink eyes. Nobody ever seems to have a problem with the blues or greens, but the stock orange or pinks? Those are demonic, apparently. I don’t see it, obviously, and I typically like and leave the stock pinks in my dolls. My family is fairly non-opinionated about the dolls – mostly because they stay in my room and they don’t make too many comments besides “Don’t you think that you have enough?”. My boyfriend likes the fact that I like them, and there has been promises of building me a dollhouse ‘one day’. So, that’s something to look forward to! Most of the time though, people tend to say nice things about the dolls – this may be because they don’t want to offend me, which is a nice thing for them to do.

How does Blythe affect those around you?

2 Responses to “QOTW: How does Blythe affect those around you?”

  1. SonjeB says:

    Ha! I sew clothing for my dollies, so I think my husband is glad that I have them to focus on and leave him alone more often. 😉

    My female family members, who visit often because we are a rather close family, love to visit the dollies and see what they are wearing and what they are doing.

    I don’t get the naysayers who think it is a silly or childish hobby. No one really says that kind of thing to the old men who are into model trains (except perhaps their wives). People are pretty cool, overall, about my hobby, but I do have one friend who is so terrified of my “creepy” dolls that they give her nightmares. Poor thing.

  2. Jane AKA @maidensuit

    I think adults collecting dolls really mystifies others, and Blythes aren’t as recognizable in terms of nostalgia as dolls like Barbies (or even American Girl dolls, if you’re my age-ish). What I always find weird is how quickly and openly people — including members of my own family or my friends — will say, “They’re so freaky! They’re so creepy!” and express a dislike for them, when it’s clear that I collect them and therefore enjoy them. I don’t take it personally, but I actually marvel about how it’s acceptable to them to express distaste about my collection. A friend of mine collects typewriters and I don’t say, “Typewriters are so stupid!” whenever I see one. My mother collects a certain type of mug and I never say, “Do you really need ANOTHER mug?” People are so weird…

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