Anne Rice Returning To The Erotica Scene

Anne Rice

With all the poppycock out there about E.L. James and her Fifty Shades of Grey series, one might be tempted to think she was the first big female author to dip her toe into the forbidden genre of mainstream erotic BDSM fiction. Yet, returning to claim her belt as the rightful champion is Anne Rice, who wrote a successful series of erotic novels under the pen name A.N. Roquelaure.

And no, this wasn't some side job on the way to becoming a big author. Rice was already enjoying success from Interview with a Vampire, and when her next couple of books failed to receive the same acclaim, she decided to return to her original interest in erotica and put out the Sleeping Beauty trilogy. And yes, the books were hugely successful.

So perhaps it shouldn't shock anyone that she's returning to the Roquelaure name and the erotica genre, as announced on her Facebook page. This time, she's being completely open about her identity as the author, and isn't shy about discussing her enjoyment of the genre.

In a 2012 interview with the Anne Rice Examiner, when asked why she decided to write “The Beauty” trilogy, Anne Rice says,” I wrote it because I thought most pornography was 1) Victorian classics revived and repackaged or 2) Hack work by people who didn't share the fantasy. So I decided to write the pornography I wanted to read, to prove that good S&M porn could be done without murder, burning, cutting or any kind of real physical harm; that a delicious pornography of detailed S&M games — dominance and submission, humiliation and love — could be made, all of it with elegance, refinement, and some romance. I created a fairytale kingdom of luxurious chambers, gorgeous costumes, and handsome and beautiful royal slaves, a world filled with romance, some intrigue and a lot of detail as to sexuality. I wanted it to be fun”.

I am not familiar with the Sleeping Beauty trilogy, but I am familiar with the level of success Rice has enjoyed in a career that has spanned over 30 novels, and her status as one of the few "vampire genre" authors anyone seems to take seriously anymore. If she's returning to the BDSM erotica scene, should E.L. James be watching her back?

Nathan Scalia

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Nathan Scalia earned a BA degree in psychology and considered medical school long enough to realize that he missed reading real books. He then went on to earn a Master's in Library Science and is currently working in a school library. He has written several new articles and columns for LitReactor, served for a time as the site's Community Manager, and can be found in the Writer's Workshop with some frequency.

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