Monday, May 06, 2013

Menage Monday: Capture, Capture and More Capture

Menage Monday: The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy

The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy has long been a favorite for me. Written under the pseudonym of A. N. Roquelaure, Anne Rice published these books in the early 80s. I didn't read them until much later but if I'm not mistaken, they were one of the first BDSM books that I read.

The books are loosely based on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. She's rescued from a hundred-year slumber by a prince. Whether she is rescued or not is up for debate, since he takes her virginity while giving her that kiss that wakes her. From there, she's taken to his castle where she becomes a sex slave.

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
First, the prince greedily tries to keep Beauty for himself because he's so captivated by her. She is fascinated by another slave in the castle, though. The princess decides she want to experience the village. This is where all "bad" slaves go to be punished. B & N

Beauty's Punishment
The first scene here is a slave auction where the princes and princesses that were banished from the castle are sold to common villagers for personal and commercial use. Personally, the second book is my favorite. B & N

Beauty's Release
The last book in the series Beauty and a few other princes and princesses have been captured and sent across the sea to another land where they become the property of a Sultan. B & N

On a side note, while searching for book links, I went to Amazon. Amazon has started arbitrarily slapping Adult ratings on erotic books. This keeps them out of the general, store-wide search. One of my books is labeled Adult. This trilogy is dubious consent, non-consent and capture, yet, it's not being filtered by Amazon like so many other books.

There have been a few nicely-done blog articles about this. Follow this link if you'd like to read more about what Amazon seems to be up to lately. http://philipgarland.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/amazon-buries-kindle-direct-published-erotica-keeps-e-l-james-on-their-buddy-list/

5 comments:

  1. These were good books. I read them years ago, and it's quite graphic, like nothing else I've ever read or was exposed to before. Thanks for reminding me of them. :)

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    1. I'm glad I could remind you of them.

      I haven't read anything quite like them since. Or maybe it's like losing your virginity. You always remember your first! These were my first BDSM-style/capture/non-consent books.

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    2. Its unfortunate! What amounts to pornography when it about literature is not so easy
      to determine. The porn police at amazon would have to be quite arbitrary when filtering or censoring what they consider to fit their definition.

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  2. The other thing about the Sleeping Beauty books - the main character is a 15-year-old girl. I read them as a teen and I was disappointed when real sex was not automatically bondage! When I originally had the idea for my Cinderella Club series, I wanted Thyme to be younger but I had to make her 18-19 otherwise publishers wouldn't touch it. I wanted that sense that submission is not an acquired interest but a sexual orientation in one's DNA, which is something I am exploring in the book I'm writing now.

    I reread the Beauty books again three years ago right before I started writing erotica and they seemed a lot tamer than I remembered. Same w/ Anne's Exit to Eden, which is basically a vanilla love story w/ a backdrop of a bondage island.

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    1. It's always disappointing when the sex isn't like it is in stories! I never thought about how young she was or about the depth of her submissiveness as much as I liked the fact that it was a twist on a childhood fairy tale. The captured sex slave was a draw for me, too.

      I'll need to re-read the series, now!

      Since your Cinderella Club series sounds like it would be along those lines, I have more stories to add to my reading pile. That pile will kill me if it ever falls.

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