Anne Rice's Erotic Sleeping Beauty Trilogy Gets A Re-release

Anne Rice's Erotic Sleeping Beauty Trilogy Gets A Re-release

E.L. James is raking in a reported million dollars a week with the Shades of Grey trilogy, probably swimming in a penis-shaped pool of money and making it rain on strippers as we speak. As writers and publishers scramble to replicate the success of her erotica for housewives, one writer is ready to ride the trend to the bank without even lifting a pen to write new material.

A. N. Roquelaure—better known to you as Anne Rice—was nearly thirty years ahead of the curve. She released a trilogy of BDSM erotic novels inspired by the tale of Sleeping Beauty in the mid-eighties, but says that back then, "people really didn't want to talk about them. It was viewed as an outrageous thing to do."

Fortunately for Rice, one decade's outrageousness is another decade's cash cow. Sales for her Sleeping Beauty series for the first six months of this year are already double what they were for all of 2011, but Rice and publisher Plume think they could be even better, so they are re-releasing the series tomorrow with new covers that proclaim, "If You Loved 50 Shades Of Grey, You'll Love The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy."

They are also being proudly sold under Rice's real name rather than her pseudonym. "Women have just as much right to pornography as men do, and I'm talking about literary porn, erotica," she says. "If a woman wants to read about being overwhelmed by a pirate, that's her right." As a woman, I'd like to think the right to read about being overwhelmed by a pirate should be the next cause we tackle after this pesky right to equal pay thing.

According to readers, the Sleeping Beauty series is a bit more, uh, rapey and intense than 50 Shades, so it'll be interesting to see how that goes over with today's mommy porn connoisseurs.

What do you think of the new covers?

Kimberly Turner

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Jakub Stastka's picture
Jakub Stastka from Czech republic is reading The Necromancer July 10, 2012 - 8:50am

Despite having a penis, I am curious how porn works in literature, never read it.

What does strike me as weird, is the price of kindle edition. I know what ebooks are for some reason more expensive, but $17 computer file compared to $10 paperback?

Now I am never going to use that thing. Oh well.

Pretty Spry for a Dead Guy's picture
Pretty Spry for... July 10, 2012 - 9:31am

Did you coin the word rapey? I approve.

1979semifinalist's picture
1979semifinalist from California but living in NYC is reading Joe Hill's NOS4A2 July 10, 2012 - 10:45am

Was wondering when they would smarten up and re-release these.

I've only lightly sampled 50 Shades (definitely not for me) but I read this Rice series back when I was in college and remember it pretty fondly. Definitely more BDSM and "erotic" than what I saw in 50 Shades...and it's Ann Rice, so the woman knows how to write.

The new covers are terrible though. There's no character to them at all.

It's funny that this could be re-released to kind of dovetail both with the popularity of erotica via 50 Shades and a renewed interest in modernized fairy tales. Circle of life I suppose!


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Jane Wiseman from living outside of Albuquerque/in Minneapolis is reading Consider Phlebas, by Iain Banks July 10, 2012 - 10:55am

I remember reading these ages ago, too, and they were a whole lot better written than "50 Shades," although it wouldn't take much. Good god, just go read "The Story of O" and be done with it.

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Jane Wiseman from living outside of Albuquerque/in Minneapolis is reading Consider Phlebas, by Iain Banks July 10, 2012 - 10:56am

I love "rapey" too!