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Being a mermaid in the 21st century isn't all sunbathing on a breathtaking island and diving for beautiful shells — and no one understands the complexities better than Ryn of Freeform's hot new show Siren. Outsider Ryn's enigmatic arrival in the small coastal town of Bristol Cove creates a cascade of events that will alter the community forever and places Ryn herself in mortal danger. Read on to discover exactly how perplexing the life of a mermaid can be, especially on land. Who knows? You may relate more than you'd imagine.
The Terror of Venturing Into a Strange New Place
Your last trip overseas may have been intriguing and eye-opening, but acclimating to a land-based culture when you're
from the sea is quite a different situation. Ryn finds herself perplexed by objects familiar to humans, like toys and makeup, and regards human customs with suspicion until they're properly explained. Now that we think about it, 2018's makeup trends are awfully perplexing, even to beauty pros...
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The Unease of Being an Endangered Species
As one member of a rare species that has been persecuted in the past, Ryn must constantly consider her survival above all else. By running from those who seek to help her and hesitating to trust marine biologist Ben and local mermaid expert Helen, Ryn shows how threatened she feels. While Ryn's behavior may appear odd to the citizens of Bristol Cove, she is clearly motivated by fear.
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The Stress of Fulfilling Unique Health Needs
From her diet (seafood preferred!) to her need to be fully immersed in water on a semiregular basis, Ryn has a set of incredibly particular health needs that mortals simply can't comprehend. After all, a medical alert bracelet detailing the need for fish and fresh saltwater might not have the same gravitas as one specifying severe allergies!
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The Stress of Protecting Your Home
Ryn's anxiety is compounded by the turf war over the ocean that has been brewing since Bristol Cove's founding. As the town's residents encroach on her territory, Ryn must fight to save her home environment. As any devoted beach-goer understands, Ryn's little pocket of paradise in the ocean is certainly worth defending.
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The Tricky Nature of Relationships With Mortals
If you thought single life on land was tough, try being a mermaid and dating a mortal! Interspecies dating is tricky, especially when one party is an ocean-dwelling mermaid and the other a landlubbing townie. Ryn's dating difficulties are compounded by Bristol Cove's unsettling history with mermaids, which places her safety in question. With this savage history in mind, Ryn is wary of potential mates she meets in the small town. Such significant obstacles to relationship bliss certainly puts bad dates in context!
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The Fear of Being Discovered
With the government on her tail — literally and figuratively — Ryn lives each day in fear of being exposed. In her new environment, Ryn must treat everyone she meets as a potential foe, remaining guarded in her interactions with Ben, Helen, and Maddie, a local marine biologist. And you thought the idea of your friends discovering your hidden collection of jeggings was anxiety-inducing!
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The Choice Between Land and Sea
Much like mermaids in the legends of yore, Ryn is caught between aquatic life and her life in Bristol Cove. While the ocean is her comfort zone, Bristol Cove offers the opportunity for an enviable life with friends like Ben and Maddie and regular access to resources the ocean simply doesn't offer. While the decision between life in a beautiful, quaint town and the open ocean might seem like a win-win for most mortals, Ryn still finds herself on the fence.
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