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Much better than Fifty Shades - The Story of O

Post Number:#1  Postby karueter » 01 Oct 2012, 22:09

Despite the hype surrounding the Fifty Shades trilogy, I found it to be badly written. However, Pauline Réage's "The Story of O" is another story. Keep in mind that this is definitely erotica, so if that's not your thing this definitely won't be, as it features some hard-core BSDM scenes. However, unlike Fifty Shades, the characters are very well developed. Hard to believe it was written in the 50s! Apparently we've been naughty all along!
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Re: Much better than Fifty Shades - The Story of O

Post Number:#2  Postby ralfy » 02 Oct 2012, 02:01

There are lots to consider, including the Perennial Forbidden Classics collection:

http://www.readings.com.au/collection/p ... n-classics

which includes works from previous centuries.
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Re: Much better than Fifty Shades - The Story of O

Post Number:#3  Postby jordan96 » 11 Oct 2012, 17:44

I am definitely going to check this out. I loved FSOG so I hope I like this one too. Thanks!
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Re: Much better than Fifty Shades - The Story of O

Post Number:#4  Postby mcfmatthews » 19 Oct 2012, 17:23

I have also read both books and I agree, The Story of O is much better.

The story of O is developed and actually has a great plot. It is erotica with a much more intense BDSM story line.
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Re: Much better than Fifty Shades - The Story of O

Post Number:#5  Postby larryb » 21 Oct 2012, 14:15

I don't think there is much disagreement about 50 shades. If you care about language, character, and plot it is unreadable.
O is superior-but there is an issue we should discuss. Wayne Booth asked a long time ago what do we do with a work that employs great artistry to valorize an evil idea-the Holocaust for example. As I recall O ends with the heroine consenting to her death. Do we in our reading leave aside our normal ethical sense? Can we and should we? O comes out of a milieu fascinated by the idea of transgression and as I recall in that milieu there was a lot of sympathy for fascism. "Eroticism"-
but arousal for whom? Does the work express female sexual desire or, even though written by a woman, a male fantasy of that desire.?
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Re: Much better than Fifty Shades - The Story of O

Post Number:#6  Postby stacylee0726 » 17 Oct 2014, 21:56

I absolutely love these books

-- 17 Oct 2014, 22:57 --

The 2nd is my
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Post Number:#7  Postby simplypochi23 » 18 Oct 2014, 02:15

I'll check this out. I've been searching for books that is something similar to FSOG. "ve read the books almost 5 times. Unbelievable. haha
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Post Number:#8  Postby deer+ » 18 Oct 2014, 16:51

Anybody would have a problem writing books as badly as the author of 50 Shades. What is worse, the story is predictably boring.
Why, in heaven's name, would a reader plough through them 5 times? I shall look and see if this one is better, but there is modern erotica out there that's well written. Try looking on Goodreads, under an appropriate group.
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Post Number:#9  Postby suzy1124 » 22 Oct 2014, 09:53

Anyone remember " Lady Chatterly's lover ? " D.H. Lawrence...
" We don't see things as they are but as we are "

Carpe Diem!

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Post Number:#10  Postby Briebird » 29 Oct 2014, 21:35

How about the Sleeping Beauty trilogy, by Anne Rice writing as A.N. Roquelaire? I really loved the first book. The second and third, it got a bit crazy, but they were all really fun. If you're into BDSM with a fairytaleish twist, and if you don't mind m/m stuff and HEAVY bondage / slavery scenarios, I definitely recommend the trilogy.
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Post Number:#11  Postby suzy1124 » 18 Nov 2014, 06:10

I have no interest in reading fifty shades of grey, but in that genre ( risqué ) I highly recommend Lolita, by Nabokokov
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Post Number:#12  Postby ladykait116 » 19 Nov 2014, 11:49

I'm reading fifty shades of grey right now & I like it so far, so I'll have to check it out!
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Post Number:#13  Postby ambalon » 19 Nov 2014, 13:49

Does the Story of O keep you in suspense the way fifty shades of Grey does? I mean for a young reader I found fifty shades to be exhilarating to the point where I couldn't put it down since I needed to know what happened next! It wasn't so much for the BDSM as it was for the suspense. Like would she leave him or would she actually stay with this man. I don't know about the rest of you who read Fifty shades of Grey but I am certainly looking forward to the movies! I have to wonder if they picked the right characters though? In the previews it certainly looks as if they portrayed the characters correctly but will they grasp the books the right way? Books are always better than the movies! I am still in suspense as to how Mockinjay will be at the end of this week ;) I will certainly pick up the Story of O if it is a suspenseful book that will grasp my attention and hold it there.
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Re: Much better than Fifty Shades - The Story of O

Post Number:#14  Postby Redlegs » Yesterday, 20:10

I wouldn't waste my time even picking up a copy of 50 Shades of Grey, which is a mass market piece of tripe for bored women.

On the other hand, the Story of O is a classic piece of erotica published in the 1950s, the authorship of which remains something of a mystery. Pauline Reage is the pen name of Dominique Aury, itself the pen name of Anne Declos, a French author and journalist. She wrote The Story of O as challenge after her lover claimed that a woman could not write and erotic novel.

There is not a lot of plot - it is a series of degrading sexual experiences involving bondage, whippings and brandings, a total subservience to the men in O's life.

However, the constrained language certainly ensures that this is genuinely erotic and not just titillating.
She wore her sexuality with an older woman's ease, and not...like an awkward purse, never knowing how to hold it, where to hang it or when to just put it down.

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