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7.09.2012

Anne Rice: You Have the Right to Pirate Porn


In Anne Rice news, following the 50 Shades fad, Plume is re-releasing Rice's 1980s erotica series,The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy.





First printed in 1983, the books is an erotic imagining of Sleeping Beauty with an exploration of BDSM, though Rice isn't too fond of the BDSM community, from Wikipedia:
Anne Rice told her biographer that she refused the offer to meet with its practitioners face-to-face, and in fact her brief encounters with "those people" resulted in the discontinuation of the Sleeping Beauty series after the third book, because of moral revulsion she felt when she was confronted with the actuality of the practice.
Nevertheless, Rice sees erotica and sex as rights; it's about sexual liberation:
“In the ’80s when these books were published, people really didn’t want to talk about them...It was viewed as an outrageous thing to do. The gays were the only people speaking about sexual liberation.”
As she further states in the NY Times interview:
“Women have just as much right to pornography as men do, and I’m talking about literary porn, erotica...If a woman wants to read about being overwhelmed by a pirate, that’s her right."
There you have it: you have the right to overwhelmed by a pirate.


On another note, there's a book of literary criticism on Anne Rice by Jennifer Smith. Apparently Jennifer Smith is famed romance writer Jennifer Cruise, who has a PhD and an MFA. Who knew?


(Absolutely love this picture of Anne Rice by Anita Kunz, here and here)

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