Anne Rice was one of the first authors whose body of work I completely consumed. I wanted to pick one of her erotic works, many of which she wrote under pseudonyms, to review, but as I was going back through the various novels, I couldn’t zero in on which one I would consider the most typical of her stories.
Most people will remember her from her Vampire Chronicles, where she made popular the idea of the tragically romantic undead. But, she was also one of the first to popularize the idea of turning a fairytale into erotica with The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. In Belinda, she tackled relationships between the old and young, though the young woman was a bit younger than some might find tasteful. Appalling movie aside, Exit to Eden took on living out BDSM fantasies.
Whether written specifically as erotica or not, she’s never shied away from controversial subjects. Her books shamelessly contained homo and bisexual characters at a time when few other authors were willing to include them. Though some complain that her writing is excessively wordy and descriptive to a fault, especially in her later works, it is also argued that she is one of the pioneers of erotic writing becoming mainstream.
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
Jake and/or Sean give a score on how they felt the book compares to others they’ve read and how good the sexytime in the work is.
Exit to Eden