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?
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