There’s nothing new about erotic fiction. But the popularity of it, thanks to the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, is new. That’s why one not-so-popular sexy trilogy from the 80’s was recently re-released.
According to The New York Times, Anne Rice’s erotic Sleeping Beauty trilogy was re-released last month with new covers. Rice wrote the books in the 1980’s under the pen name A. N. Roquelaure. At the time, the books — entitled The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Release and Beauty’s Punishment — were an underground hit. But with the help of E. L. James’ Fifty Shades books, publisher Plume decided now was the right time to re-release the series and hop on the erotic bandwagon, as Julie Bosman explains.
Publishers have raced in recent months to acquire, release and market more erotica to take advantage of the attention paid to the ”Fifty Shades” books, which are the best-selling novels in the country.
A spokeswoman for Plume said the publisher had recorded a sharp rise in sales of the Ms. Rice’s trilogy in recent months. Sales in the first six months of 2012 were twice those throughout all of 2011. Plume said it would print 350,000 copies of the newly designed books, titled ”The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty,” ”Beauty’s Release” and ”Beauty’s Punishment.”
So will you be picking up a copy?