Good morning everyone,
Today’s review of “Growing Bigger with Ayyla” was suggested by Eom on December 1st, 2021, in the comments section of the “Yul Tolbert’s Unique Giantess and Long Nails Art” post.
This series was first published to DeviantArt on March 10th, 2020. Its story begins in January 2020 with Ayyla, after she was already diagnosed with gigantism. Her doctors claim that it is a “special kind” of gigantism and that she will grow forever, but Ayyla “… really wasn’t listening half the time, it was kind of boring.” At that point Ayyla was five foot four 1/2 inches tall and 18 years old. (NOTE: According to a December 20, 2018 report by the National Center for Health Statistics, the mean height for American women 20 years old and older was a little under five foot four inches, or 161.5 centimeters, as of 2015-2016. So, Ayyla began this series at an average size.) She was excited to become taller because she was the “last to develop” in her school.
Since then, a total of 500 images (or deviations) have been created! Five hundred sounds significant so that milestone plus Eom’s recommendation means it’s high time There She Grows examined Growing Bigger with Ayyla!
(SIDE NOTE: As of the most current update, it is now March 2026 in Ayyla’s universe. Also, Ayyla still has a lot of growing to do before she is as big as was shown in the very top image.)
Since its introduction, new renders have been posted on weekdays at 8AM Eastern Standard Time (EST). Updates often include Ayyla giving the numbers behind her ever-increasing dimensions as she becomes taller and bustier.
We later meet new and recurring characters like Beatrice, a “body-positive” friend who becomes something more, Ayyla’s parents Tabitha and Winston, and Ayyla’s little sister Daisy.
We also learn that her rate of development is unpredictable. Sometimes she doesn’t grow at all, like in the images labeled March 2020, or grows only a relatively small amount like one-quarter inch over a month. Other times she shoots up one-and-a-half inches, but to date no more than that. Periodically, Ayyla also answers questions.
Now, it’s already been mentioned that this series can be read online without any fees. As such, it cannot be criticize too severely. It doesn’t require a single cent to enjoy. Nonetheless, the purpose of this review is to offer my perspective and hopefully provide constructive comments.
Personally, my preference is for rapid and destructive growth. Not in the sense of wanting to see pain and suffering inflicted on the person growing or to others, but destructive to their clothes and buildings. Of course, that’s merely a preference and there’s plenty of room in the community for a diverse range of tastes. But for anyone else with a similar preference, be advised that due to the nature of Ayyla’s slow growth you won’t see rapid transformation. Ayyla’s change is a slow, but ongoing process.
Additionally, this series is fairly non-explicit. It does include a few images of topless nudity, plus lovemaking sessions between two women, but that’s as risque as it gets. This is R-rated, not triple-X hardcore porn.
That said, while a frenzied growth orgy would always be welcomed, this was an enjoyable read. Growing Bigger with Ayyla provided slice-of-life content with a fairly realistic perspective. Additionally, Ayyla’s story included conflict, which is often absent in amateur narratives. Without conflict her story would have been boring.
However, it is also in the area of conflict where the greatest improvements could be made. What I mean is that as a reader it wasn’t strongly established that set-backs, like Beatrice distancing herself temporarily and Ayyla’s parents separating, were meaningful.
To be clear, Ayyla was definitely upset when Beatrice wouldn’t speak to her for an extended period. However, it felt like a foregone conclusion that they would reconcile. It’s not as if Beatrice moved away, as if she had left to study abroad in Europe without plans to return and found someone new. Instead, the two future lovers merely spent a few months apart and then reunited.
There should be higher stakes. For instance, whether or not Ayyla’s parents are married or separated has zero impact on Ayyla’s happiness. So, I didn’t care. Of course, an adult daughter may not be negatively affected when her Mom and Dad divorce. The critique is not that it’s unrealistic, but that it’s uninteresting.
Contrast that to the 2004 film Spider-Man 2. One of that film’s sub-plots involves Peter Parker trying to prove that he can be a good partner for his girlfriend Mary Jane. It goes back and forth as to whether or not they will be a couple. At one point, Peter Parker has a breakdown due to the resulting stress while Mary Jane moves on and was even set to marry John Jameson, son of Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson. It was emotionally effective, and had me hoping that Mary Jane and Peter would re-unite, but fearing that it wasn’t going to happen.
(SIDE NOTE: It’s not pertinent, but I have to report that in the comics John Jameson was an astronaut who became a werewolf, or a “Man-Wolf”!)
However, while I cared about Mary Jane and Peter’s imperiled relationship, I didn’t feel anything about Ayyla and Beatrice because their eventual reconciliation was never in doubt. Similarly, whether or not the parents stayed together meant little to me, because it meant little to Ayyla herself.
To put this a different way, it’s time to take off the kid gloves and make Ayyla truly suffer. That sounds sadistic, but compelling content requires that characters experience both good and bad things, triumphs and failures. To quote writing blog “Aliventures”:
“Even if you’re writing a light and fluffy romance, at some point, someone in your novel is going to need to get hurt.”
(NOTE: Creators should read their 15 Ways to Make Your Characters Suffer.)
Nonetheless, Growing Bigger with Ayyla is recommended. Making a 500-image story for fans to enjoy at zero cost is an awesome gift. Gentle growth fans should check it out over here: https://www.deviantart.com/ayylagts/gallery/72567724/growing-bigger-with-ayyla
Additionally, folks who enjoyed this comic and want to support it can do so here: https://www.patreon.com/AyylaGTS
That’s it for today, next week will begin with “Alone Time” by Oscar H. Harrington (a.k.a. OpenHighHat or OHH). Until then dear readers, keep growing!
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