Friday, 2 August 2013
Book: Erotic Fairy Tales Volumes 1-5 & 6-9 by Leila Bryce Sin
Link to Volumes 1-5 on Goodreads
Link to Volumes 6-9 on Goodreads
Link to Volumes 1-5 on amazon
Link to Volumes 6-9 on amazon
These books is contains graphic sex scenes, including incidents of lesbianism (The Little Mermaid) and bondage (Snow White and the Huntsman and Rapunzel).
I was looking for fairy tales (I wanted to read some alternative versions to the originals) and erotic fairy tale versions kept coming up, so I thought I'd give them a go, as mentioned in yesterday's review, if sex is part of the story then I like it, it is when it is sex in a random place for no apparent reason that I don't.
Now I guess one could argue that sex in fairy tales is unnecessary, however to that my response would be; really? You think that? Because how else are the Prince and Princess going to live happily ever after? Sex is an important part of relationships, and all these love-at-first-sight fairy tale endings, well they come about because the people involved are attracted to one another! So it all comes down to sex!
What I liked about Erotic Fairy Tales was that the author kept the integral storylines in place, the only major deviation being that Hansel and Gretel weren't siblings (thank goodness, there was a paragraph were I was worried that they were!)This worked all the way down to Rapunzel not having a clue what to do because she'd been locked in a tower since she was 10.
So the beginning and the end of each fairy tale was 'traditional', they lived happily ever after, but in the middle there was a good deal of sex, which in my opinion was well written. The only sex scene that made me feel slightly uncomfortable was in The Little Mermaid, which firstly had a lesbian threesome, and then had a predominantly male perspective, which is where I suspect the uncomfortableness originated from, that and there is no way I could possibly relate to a male character doing that!
I thought the writing was very good, both of the traditional parts of the fairy tales and the sex scenes, and the author managed to catch the thoughts and wishes of the young female characters well, i.e. in Snow White and the Huntsman, Snow White has had a crush on Eric (the Huntsman) for quite a while, in Rapunzel, Rapunzel wants to meet a man and fall in love like it says in her book, Hansel and Gretel want to get married, Red (Little Red and the Wolf) wanted adventure over marriage. All of these examples show that the author has thought more about her characters than how to sexually please them, and that, along with the keeping the traditional elements, is what makes these fairy tales a pleasure to read. Pun completely intentional!
So long as you don't mind the sex scenes, as quick reads I would recommend these to you! Traditional fairy tales with a hint of passion!