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In Sleeping Beauty's Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales Paperback – Sep 8 2009
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"Who can resist the erotic origins of fairy tales, from Little Red to Rapunzel's long braid? Szereto knows her way around the mythic scholarship and the most outrageous sexual deviations in Pandora's Box."--Susie Bright
From Library Journal
Like Rollins (see The Empress's New Lingerie, reviewed above), Szereto explains that the sexual content of most fairy tales was deleted by the likes of the Brothers Grimm to make them more family-friendly. Instead of researching and restoring the original erotic elements of each tale, however, the author chose to work from the clean versions and eroticize them as she saw fit, making the stories her own. The writing is sometimes uneven, as she attempts to maintain an antiquated fairy-tale narration but includes some modern phrases. While some of her rewrites take the obvious route (the above-mentioned shoe fetishism of "Cinderella"), each story contains some surprising new aspects, and none seems clich d or unoriginal. The results, in fact, are sexy and often quite humorous Rapunzel, for example, becomes a "rapstress," enticing a horseman with her rhymes. The tales chosen by Szereto, who has published four volumes of erotica under the pen name M.S. Valentine, are quite diverse, and she includes an introduction explaining the origin and history of each. Enthusiastically recommended. Amanda Glasbrenner, "Library Journal"
"A deliciously fresh and sexy look at fairy tales. Szereto takes our modern, sanitized versions and gives them an earthy twist."
-- Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author
"opens whole new perspectives into the lands and lusts of fairy tales. After reading this enchanting book, you might wish to read bedside tales to adults, rather than mere children..."
- Maxim Jakubowski, editor, the Mammoth Book of New Erotica
Making their way into the spotlight again, classic fairy tale characters like Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, just to name a few, are brought back to life in Mitzi Szereto's delightful collection of erotic fairy tales. Mitzi takes these stories back to their roots and re-creates them with an intriguing mixture of humor, satire and wit. I particularly like the way she preserved the tale's original disposition, giving a mysterious, Eastern flair to stories like The Goblin of Adachigahara and The Magic Muntr.
Deserving a write up all their own, the bonus introductions written for each story were a brilliant touch. Mitzi relates the history of her fairy tales in fascinating detail. As with her stories, this background information is delivered in Mitzi's clever and humorous, tongue-in-cheek manner, which is a real pleasure to experience.
In her Romp Through the Classics, Mitzi Szereto breaths life into even the most ancient tales dating back to a time before recorded history. Fairy tale lovers will definitely want to add her rousingly fun and entertaining book to their collection.
NANCY MADORE, Bestselling Author of Enchanted; Erotic Bedtime Stories for Women
About the Author
Originally from London, where she trained to be a sculptor, Tobsha Learner has lived in the United States and Australia. She is the author of "Soul "and "The Witch of Cologne", among other books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This book is stupid and a waste of time. I don't understand the people who graded this book with five stars. Makes me suspect that they work for the publisher or writer.
Secondly, and most importantly, this book was full of rape, sexual assault, and other acts of brutality. This book should come with a giant red trigger warning on it: from literal dungeons to impersonation in order to have sex, to peeping toms that girls are too intimidated by to turn away, to bestiality, to gang rape implied to be "good luck," to drunken or asleep or unwilling or unable women and men who are forced or coerced or tricked into having sex, this book really churned my stomach.
Add to that the the author has NO penchant for describing things appealing at all. If I have to hear one more line about "fleshy swellings" or "recklessly dancing protuberances," so help me...
Additionally, I found it ENTIRELY implausible and ridiculous to believe that apparently adult women and men would not recognize genitalia when they see it. Especially the handmaiden Czarina who thought that another woman's private area was literally a living, hissing monster. Excuse me, but if it's hissing, you need a doctor, not oral gratification.
This book was ridiculous, offensive, insensitive, AND poorly written. If I could give it no stars and a sarcastic slow clap, I would.
I will leave the rest of this book unread which is sad. The writer is really good and her (?) use of language is very skillful. I just wish the directions she chose to take the stories were different.
A great read if you don't actually want hot steamy sex or actual sexual intercourse in your erotica. Otherwise, find another book.
This is a curious collection of erotic short stories. The introduction for the book, and each subsequent story, is full of scholarly research about the origins of each fairy tale. It's so thorough that it could serve as the text for a college course, but the fairy tales themselves are more appropriate for private, bed-time reading. It was a strange experience switching between serious essay and naughty little story over and over. It was almost like the book couldn't make up its mind as to what it wanted to be. I certainly don't expect to learn anything from erotica (well, except for a new sexual position), but this book has more information on the origins of fairy tales than I'd ever imagined.
While I found myself deeply interested in the research, I'm sorry to say that the fairy tales themselves were lacking. Mitzi Szereto faithfully stuck to the traditional fairy tale style in each story, and for that I was grateful, because I've always wanted to read a whole collection of repurposed fairy tales where everything remains the same, but with an erotic twist. The only thing missing here was the "Once upon a time," and the "they lived happily ever after."
While the stories were clearly written for adults, and full of all kinds of interesting sexual fetishes, none of the stories moved beyond the naughty and titillating stage. They were full of teasing situations, but there was no satisfaction to be gained, no sense of release that I'm accustomed to finding in erotica. Perhaps that's because they're erotic fairy tales, but not erotica, per se. The difference is slight, but in this case, it's important that the reader understand what they're getting here. Above I referred to this book as R-rated, and I think that's an accurate grade, but unfortunately I was hoping to find something closer to an X-rating.