Rewrites and analyses of “Sleeping Beauty” often focus on elucidating the tale’s sexual undertones. Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty trilogy (1983–1985) takes this further, using the tale as a vehicle for erotica. This article examines the novels in light of the traditional tale, scholarly literature on ATU 410, and the eroticization of the fairy tale. It looks at how Rice uses tradition, and posits that she does so consciously. The themes she explores are more than pornographic as they comment on the storytelling tradition in a complex and fascinating manner.
Lash, Sarah. "Intellectualizing Smut: The Role of Tradition in Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty." Marvels & Tales 22.1 (2008). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol22/iss1/5>.