I seemed to have pushed this from my realm of consciousness until the other day when I was organizing my books and deciding which ones to sell. I saw this and had to post it here, because it is my secret shame that I not only read it, but own all three in the trilogy! I read this as a teen, as in my late teens, but my god, what the fuck. I mean, I am all up for a good erotic novel, but this one made me want to run screaming to a convent. I thought maybe it was because I wasn’t sexually mature enough to understand. I did reread it in college and yup, still didn’t do it for me. Even summarizing it may be NSFW, so I’ll put it under a cut.
So we all know Anne Rice is a huge perv, which I can totally appreciate. So she wrote this trilogy under the pen name A.N. Roquelaure, but everyone knew it was her, so what’s the point?
So I’ll do some sharing and let you know that domination, S &M, and humiliation totally don’t do it for me. So if that is what you are into, no judgment, it’s just something I will never really get or be into. So, maybe these books really “spoke” to those of you out there who are into that. So good for you. Freaks.
The plot is not to be believed. I am holding my head as I write it. For those of you that remember it to, you may need to fill in the holes. WHOA! SEXUAL PUN!
So you all know the Sleeping Beauty story, thanks to Disney, right? Well, it’s only followed by the first three pages. So Beauty is Sleeping, and the Prince comes and finds her, and to break the spell, he rapes her until she wakes up. Yup folks, this is hot stuff. So they kind of lost me on page one.
Instead of being rewarded by marrying her, Beauty’s parents give her to the prince as his slave. Thanks Mom! So the Prince takes her and makes her march through the streets naked. I’m pretty sure they stop at a tavern, and the Price begins spanking her, and she cries and is humiliated. So, if you are into spanking, this is totally for you. Because the whole books are about spanking until their are welts on buttocks.
So they finally get to his castle, and…omg….this is just ridiculous. But so ridiculous it’s awesome. Apparently his castle is chock-full of naked prince and princesses, literally hundreds, who are the slaves of the court. And apparently, every prince and princess in the land has a commitment to serve as a slave for like a year or something. Wtf, Disney? You never showed that in your movie.
After that, about half the book are these excruciating (for me) scenes where the Prince trains Beauty into being a good and obedient slave and then half the book is them “consummating” their relationship in which Beauty is totally into being dominated. Yet she is so in love with the Prince and so wants to please him! Someone please hand this girl some Feminist 101 literature.
Somewhere in there Beauty learns about the “Bridal Path” where the royal court dress up there slaves in glitter and ribbons, and whip them into running along the bridal path like a horse and it’s painful and humiliating but of course Beauty desires to do well and please her master because see? She’s turning into a good little obedient slave.
Beauty is subjected to a room of sexual tortures, and for god’s sake, please don’t make me describe that. I may die of shame.
Oh, but see, Anne is totally down with equal rights, because the men aren’t left behind here. Beauty’s prince has another male slave that he enjoys, er, “playing” with, so there’s something in there for everyone. There may or may not be something about a c*ck ring with a leash attached to it. Beauty has a secret tryst with this other prince slave, and he teaches her about the psychological secret to becoming a good and obedient slave, which is like “submit to the exquisite pain of being spanked” or something equally stupid.
Finally they are caught or do something wrong, I can’t remember (does it matter?) and they are shipped off to the village to be sold on the slave block to the common folk.
Good lord, it was so horrible- that I had to keep reading through all three novels. Please oh please do not make me even think about the second one in which the male slaves are used as “human ponies”. GAAAHHH!!!
Plus, Anne totally used dumb euphemisms and metaphors for body parts- please Anne, we’re all adults here. Just call it what it is. And me being the nerd I am, kept being distracted by the fact that no one ever went to the bathroom, and is it really that sanitary to have all those naked slaves all around? Clearly I was not Anne’s target audience for these.
Someone please save me from a lifetime of shame and say you’ve read this. It may seem that I’m a total prude by being horrified by this, but I may actually be more horrified by the terrible writing and the characters.
So I’m begging you. Please validate me and tell me some of you have read this or I will die of shame! That or I deserve a spanking.