Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Erotica 101: The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

I've written a proper review of this over at Eden Fantasys, so this will just be my general thoughts. If this whets your appetite, here's a handy widget that'll give me credit for your purchase:

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Book by Anne Rice writing as A.N. Roquelaure
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Audioworks

 It took me a while to get through this one. Not because it isn't good, because it is, but because I just didn't get it at first. It just seemed so melodramatic, and the prince was a pretty terrible top, and I found myself wondering what happened when princesses strung from the rafters for two days had to pee. I might be the only person who worries about these things, but still.

Then I relaxed and remembered that fairy tale people don't have bodily functions, unless they're inherent to the plot. Then I tore through the rest of Claiming and decided that I would definitely have to read the rest of the series. As I said in the review, the part of the book that finally sold me was Beauty's final decision to embrace and perfect her own submission, even while outwardly appearing to rebel. I loved that moment so much, and I can't wait to see what happens to her next.

I love this book even more for the fact that Rice wrote it in response to anti-porn sentiment. As a purveyor of porn and a feminist, it makes me happy to know that eloquent arguments like this were being written even back in the day. It makes it an important historical work as well as a delicious kinky romp. :-)

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