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Erotic Fairy Tales: A Romp through the Classics (English Edition) eBook Kindle
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I can honestly say without a shadow of a doubt that after reading fifty-plus percent of this book, my opinion is standing that this book is not at all what it could be as the so-called erotic fairy tales they're supposed to be. And for those of you reading this who might feel skeptical in the first place since they are fairy tales in the first place, I bade you to pick up any book if not all of Nancy Madore's Enchanted Bedtime Stories for Women series to see how its done. Seriously, never has the retelling of Beauty and the Beast ever been so arousing. Or Snow White. Or Cinderella. Or Goldilocks. Really, the list continues.
Anyway, this book isn't disappointing because of the story choices. On the contrary, I really like the diversity of the stories in this book and like the history lesson introducing them. The author seems very knowledgeable about the background of each story in that they (sorry, can't tell the gender of this author by name alone, although I guess its a woman? Mitzi?) share the various origins of the story as well as the erotic content that were a part of these tales initially before they were watered down for children's ears as well as for those of more refined society. It was this and the fact that the stories themselves are quite interesting on their own without the "so-called" erotic spin on them that I gave this book three stars instead of the two I might have given it if it would have been based on only those common classics that we grew up on.
The problem comes from the claim that these are supposed to be erotic. The author appeared to be more concerned about sounding more traditional in her storytelling and so much so that the erotica was poorly descriptive and at times concealed altogether. I felt like if one of my children picked up my kindle and read this, I probably wouldn't even care because they wouldn't know they were reading a sex scene -seriously.
Another peeve besides the above was the absurdity of the way none of the characters seemed privy to their own body's functions sexually. And the descriptions of the body parts themselves were liken to inanimate objects their owners simply had no idea what to do with until this one moment in time that the story is told.
I'm sorry, but this is far from a "romp", like the title suggests. Frankly, I'm more interested in the original versions of the stories presented here. But as a lover of erotica in all of its genres and after having read waaaay better in Nancy Medore
(and Selena Kitt, even), I just can't let this author get away with calling these stories "erotic." Sure, there are erotic themes and references, but this doesn't offer the kind of read that people want when they read these kinds of stories. Fairy tale or not - we want to be turned on, plain and simple. And this one didn't do that. End of Story.
As I've said, I didn't finish this (although I probably will because I'm almost finished). However, I've read more than half the stories in this book and the storytelling is the same. But you don't have to take my word for it. Go ahead and read it yourself if you don't mind spending the 9.99, which I definitely regret spending on this myself. But the stories themselves are interesting so it's your call.