Friday, November 15, 2013

Fabulous Filthy Fairytales

Post by Lily Harlem

As we've been talking about, erotica authors have been using the classic fairytales as the basis of some their books for years. The characters are rich and diverse, the plots timeless and there does seem to be lots of hints that there's a whole heap of sexual fun for all going on.

Hollywood also uses these stories, from Disney to some of the more recent, 'darker' tales aimed at the post Twilight fans.

But what about the future? Will these classics ever run dry? How many times and in how many ways can Sleeping Beauty be roused into wakefulness and will Hansel and Gretel ever learn that using bread as a trail in the woods is just damn foolish? I suspect not, these stories are just to much part of our Western culture. But will we add to them and if so what stories will they be?

I'm not up on children's tales of modern times it's not my thing, but I do remember books by Welsh born Roald Dahl from my childhood. His stories are, like many fairytales, gruesome, scary and at times downright un PC. But kids love them, from James and the Giant Peach, to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Remember Willy Wonker  - I always used to snigger at the name 'Willy"!) The Twits, and George's Marvellous Medicine - to name but a few.

But could these be made into erotica the way Snow White and her contemporaries have been? I'm not sure, but perhaps one day, it would be fun to give it a go...

Roald Dahl - 1916-1990

I did try my hand at an erotic fairytale and Enchanted Submission was the result of Cinderella's Hen Night with Rapunzel, a newly divorced Beast and a rather rampant Woodcutter! It is wickedly naughty, contemporary and fantastical and was so much fun to write.

Thanks for reading,

Lily x


  1. Hi, Lily,

    I love the notion of mixing up the different tales together!

    I doubt that we'll ever wear out these old saws, though we may pick and choose characters and plot elements. For one thing, it's really efficient to use a well-known character or story as a starting point. Mention "Cinderella" and your reader automatically has a whole range of knowledge and assumptions. Then you can either work with those (pushing them to extremes,perhaps) or turn them on their heads.

  2. Good point, Lisabet never thought of that.

    These archetypal plot lines will lend themselves to modern stories, as Lily says. Vague (or not so vague) similarities become apparent in the basics of any story, if somebody bothers to look.


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