Sleeping Beauty by Anne Roquelaure (Anne Rice)

I loved Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat (who doesn’t?) However, the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, written by Anne Rice under the pen name Anne Roquelaure, is so different from the Vampire Chronicles that the author seemed to feel obliged to write an introduction explaining just how different it was going to be.

Sleeping beauty trilogy

For one, people didn’t constantly walk around in the nude in the Vampire Chronicles…

Anyways, in the first novel I’m reading, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the prince arrives to “rescue” the princess, but instead of waking her with a kiss, he wakes her with… you guessed it: taking her virginity, and none too gently either! While I was definitely not comfortable with this lack of consent, it was only the beginning of the many trials Beauty was to undergo.

As soon as the prince “claims” her, he declares that he is taking Beauty to his castle where she will learn to be a sex slave.

This is definitely not the Disney version, as the prince likes to punish Beauty in various painful and uncomfortable ways, and all Beauty can do is obey while shedding many tears. After a while, this gets old.

If this was a more consensual situation, I might have found it more erotic, but so far it just seems miserable. And while we’re on the subject of misery, I am really not enjoying the style of this book. Maybe it’s intentionally simple to achieve a fairy-tale atmosphere, but I miss the vivid and dramatic writing of Anne Rice in the Vampire Chronicles. Well, she did warn us that this was going to be something completely different…

So, like  Beauty, I will persevere in the arduous trial of reading this book and hope that it will bring some kind of enlightenment by the journey’s end. More on Beauty coming soon…

If you’ve read this book too, let me know what you thought of it!


3 thoughts on “Sleeping Beauty by Anne Roquelaure (Anne Rice)

  1. I hear you, it’s definitely not Disney 😉 I like Prince Alexi! As for the other characters, I could take ’em or leave ’em.


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