Female Erotica Trilogy about Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice under pen name A.N. Roquelaure
In 1983, Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure, began the first installment of the trilogy that is now considered a forerunner of erotic literature
- According to fans, the novels are very graphic
- The beginning of the story remains intact, Beauty is in a deep slumber but little background is provided because Rice assumes that readers have previous knowledge of the tale.
- Books in Chronological Order
- The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty: No Longer a Prisoner of Sleep, She is Locked in Sensual Love
- Beauty’s Punishment: Banished From Love, She Learns the Erotica of Discipline
- Beauty’s Release: Once Pleasure’s Play Thing, Now Love’s Willing Slave
Anne Rice explains why she chose to write the story of Sleeping Beauty as female erotica:
I’ve always loved the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, and found something erotic at its core. The Prince awakens Beauty with a kiss. And I thought, all right, what if he brought a kind of liberation, an induction into a world of bizarre yet irresistible delights? It has to be remembered that within the frame of a sadomasochistic fantasy like the Beauty trilogy, the readers are invited to identify with and enjoy the predicament of the slaves. The books aren’t about literal cruelty; they’re about surrender, the fun of imagining you have no choice but to enjoy sex. Beauty’s slavery is delicious, sensuous, abandoned, and ultimately liberating. This is all part of the framework. And it seemed to work exquisitely with the old fairy tale. And of course the fairy tale removes us from everyday life; it removes us from the intrusion of garish headlines, literal violence, and all the ugliness of crime. We go into a gilded dream here, luscious and engulfing, in which we’re free to imagine all sorts of things—a fairy-tale world indeed.
As discussed in class, fairy tales often become the center of perversion due to its inherently dark and sexual underbellies. Pornography and Erotica are not far cries from fairy tales, especially a tale such as Sleeping Beauty where a beautiful girl is taken advantage of in numerous ways.
To Read Summaries of Each Book Check out: http://www.penguin.com/static/pages/features/sleepingbeauty_trilogy/