Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Back to the Classics: The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy

Hi, pretties!

As you can see, there are quite a few change coming along Books à la Mode. I wanted to introduce today, my very first meme! I know, I know, I'm totally anti-meme because I value original content, I don't like jumping on bandwagons, I like to just give everyone a hard time, etc etc etc, but this one's really close to my heart because it's purely based off my love for literature.

I've even got a cool button for it, see? *grin*
I'll make an official meme introduction post soon. For now, enjoy my first one!

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The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy

In 1983, Anne Rice, who we now know as the prolific mainstream author of countless pieces of ground-breaking gothic and erotic literature (The Vampire Chronicles, anyone?) wrote the first book in her Sleeping Beauty trilogy—the trilogy that would put the entire world in a trance. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty was published under the pseudonym, A.N. Roquelaure; to this day, it is literary erotica at its finest.

The synopsis seems rather simple:
In the traditional folktale of Sleeping Beauty, the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind's unconscious. ... Here the Prince awakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him.

But then again, book synopses never really do literary masterpieces much justice.

I think the main reason Rice's series garnered so much commercial success is because its rather blush-worthy content was packaged neatly in her lush literary prose. Before this generation of literature, any fiction that had erotic elements—heck, any fiction that had romantic elements—was considered smut—pulp fiction, penny dreadfuls, call it what you wish. I'm not saying people in the 80's were completely prim and proper, but Rice's books really did spur this artistic revolution. Plus, BDSM developed mainly in the late 20th century, in tandem with the general sexual uprising of this time period, so the escape into fantasy that Rice provided was received with open arms and hearts.

I've yet to read the series, but I still discern with confidence that Anne Rice's books are classics of erotic literature, up in the ranks with The Story of O and Henry Miller. I'll get to them soon.

Anybody try Anne Rice's books before? How about any other "revolutionary" books? What did you guys think?