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Product Details

  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; Second Edition edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573443670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573443678
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,443,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Who can resist the erotic origins of fairy tales, from Little Red to Rapunzel's long braid? Szereto knows her way around the mythic scholarship and the most outrageous sexual deviations in Pandora's Box."—Susie Bright

From Library Journal
Like Rollins (see The Empress's New Lingerie, reviewed above), Szereto explains that the sexual content of most fairy tales was deleted by the likes of the Brothers Grimm to make them more family-friendly. Instead of researching and restoring the original erotic elements of each tale, however, the author chose to work from the clean versions and eroticize them as she saw fit, making the stories her own. The writing is sometimes uneven, as she attempts to maintain an antiquated fairy-tale narration but includes some modern phrases. While some of her rewrites take the obvious route (the above-mentioned shoe fetishism of "Cinderella"), each story contains some surprising new aspects, and none seems clich d or unoriginal. The results, in fact, are sexy and often quite humorous Rapunzel, for example, becomes a "rapstress," enticing a horseman with her rhymes. The tales chosen by Szereto, who has published four volumes of erotica under the pen name M.S. Valentine, are quite diverse, and she includes an introduction explaining the origin and history of each. Enthusiastically recommended. Amanda Glasbrenner, "Library Journal"

"A deliciously fresh and sexy look at fairy tales. Szereto takes our modern, sanitized versions and gives them an earthy twist."
-- Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author

“opens whole new perspectives into the lands and lusts of fairy tales. After reading this enchanting book, you might wish to read bedside tales to adults, rather than mere children…”
- Maxim Jakubowski, editor, the Mammoth Book of New Erotica

Making their way into the spotlight again, classic fairy tale characters like Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, just to name a few, are brought back to life in Mitzi Szereto's delightful collection of erotic fairy tales. Mitzi takes these stories back to their roots and re-creates them with an intriguing mixture of humor, satire and wit. I particularly like the way she preserved the tale's original disposition, giving a mysterious, Eastern flair to stories like The Goblin of Adachigahara and The Magic Muntr.

Deserving a write up all their own, the bonus introductions written for each story were a brilliant touch. Mitzi relates the history of her fairy tales in fascinating detail. As with her stories, this background information is delivered in Mitzi's clever and humorous, tongue-in-cheek manner, which is a real pleasure to experience.

In her Romp Through the Classics, Mitzi Szereto breaths life into even the most ancient tales dating back to a time before recorded history. Fairy tale lovers will definitely want to add her rousingly fun and entertaining book to their collection.

NANCY MADORE, Bestselling Author of Enchanted; Erotic Bedtime Stories for Women

Customer Reviews

I don't understand the people who graded this book with five stars.
cia R
My review copy of Mitzi Szereto's erotic fairy tales came sizzling through my letter box in time for me to read over the Christmas period.
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This book was ridiculous, offensive, insensitive, AND poorly written.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By cia R on March 30, 2010
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I was very disappointed in this book. I thought it would be titillating,romantic and erotic. It is not. The little mention of sex in the stories so so unappealing that it is just gross. Take for instance Cinderella's Prince proffering to stick his thing into the glass slippers and ignore her. Rapunzel raps obscenities and that is what turns on the woods man who climbs up to rub against her. Little Red Ridding Hood likes to flash the men at the construction site.
This book is stupid and a waste of time. I don't understand the people who graded this book with five stars. Makes me suspect that they work for the publisher or writer.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 19, 2011
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At first I was annoyed by the poor quality of the book. Then I began to notice far more disturbing aspects of the book. Firstly, and not as importantly, nearly ALL the young ladies in question--and some of the men as well--were described as pale as alabaster, even those characters from the ARABIAN nights. Many of them had blonde hair and blue eyes as well, playing into the "only white girls are pretty" stereotype.

Secondly, and most importantly, this book was full of rape, sexual assault, and other acts of brutality. This book should come with a giant red trigger warning on it: from literal dungeons to impersonation in order to have sex, to peeping toms that girls are too intimidated by to turn away, to bestiality, to gang rape implied to be "good luck," to drunken or asleep or unwilling or unable women and men who are forced or coerced or tricked into having sex, this book really churned my stomach.

Add to that the the author has NO penchant for describing things appealing at all. If I have to hear one more line about "fleshy swellings" or "recklessly dancing protuberances," so help me...

Additionally, I found it ENTIRELY implausible and ridiculous to believe that apparently adult women and men would not recognize genitalia when they see it. Especially the handmaiden Czarina who thought that another woman's private area was literally a living, hissing monster. Excuse me, but if it's hissing, you need a doctor, not oral gratification.

This book was ridiculous, offensive, insensitive, AND poorly written. If I could give it no stars and a sarcastic slow clap, I would.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. Burris on May 25, 2010
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I was rather disappointed in this book. I only read the first three or four stories, but this is obviously written for men who are into alternate sexual ideas and not actual sex. I wish it had been a bit more detailed in the content of the stories. They are not even humorous. Mostly, they are very unsatisfying for what I consider erotica. I have a large tolerance for alternate ideas, but this book leaves very little to be desired.

I will leave the rest of this book unread which is sad. The writer is really good and her (?) use of language is very skillful. I just wish the directions she chose to take the stories were different.

A great read if you don't actually want hot steamy sex or actual sexual intercourse in your erotica. Otherwise, find another book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WEH on June 17, 2013
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Not the quality of her previous writings. Very disappointed with the content and found the reading to be at best difficult and dull.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chocolateeasterbunny4 on October 10, 2012
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This so far has been an interesting book to read and I'm glad that I took a chance on a book that's better than I ever thought it could be :) A+ in my book :)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Quinn on October 28, 2009
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The author of a dozen+ books and creator and host of Mitzi TV, Mitzi Szereto, now brings us a seductive selection of (in)famous Fairy Tales with a titillating twist of Mitzeroticism.

Szereto explores the erotic origins of Rapunzel's curly locks, Beauty's sleeping habits, along with thirteen other arousing tales that would make the Brothers Grimm grimace.

While I personally found Szereto's erotic fairy tales entertaining (more naughty than erotic, actually), what I enjoyed more were the historical essay introductions for each story as presented by the author. They were well-researched and academically informative.

Those who would like to revisit their childhood stories told in a more ribald manner will enjoy In Sleeping Beauty's Bed. Recommended.
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Plot Summary: If you've ever hungered not only for fairy tales that continue after the marriage, but to know where those very stories originated, then this unique collection by Mitzi Szereto is for you. Combining historical research with fanciful fiction, Ms. Szereto traces the origins of various fairy tales, and then writes her own adaptations with some decidedly R-rated scenes.

This is a curious collection of erotic short stories. The introduction for the book, and each subsequent story, is full of scholarly research about the origins of each fairy tale. It's so thorough that it could serve as the text for a college course, but the fairy tales themselves are more appropriate for private, bed-time reading. It was a strange experience switching between serious essay and naughty little story over and over. It was almost like the book couldn't make up its mind as to what it wanted to be. I certainly don't expect to learn anything from erotica (well, except for a new sexual position), but this book has more information on the origins of fairy tales than I'd ever imagined.

While I found myself deeply interested in the research, I'm sorry to say that the fairy tales themselves were lacking. Mitzi Szereto faithfully stuck to the traditional fairy tale style in each story, and for that I was grateful, because I've always wanted to read a whole collection of repurposed fairy tales where everything remains the same, but with an erotic twist. The only thing missing here was the "Once upon a time," and the "they lived happily ever after."

While the stories were clearly written for adults, and full of all kinds of interesting sexual fetishes, none of the stories moved beyond the naughty and titillating stage.
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MITZI SZERETO (http://mitziszereto.com) is a bestselling author and anthology editor of multi-genre and erotic fiction and non-fiction, has her own blog ERRANT RAMBLINGS: MITZI SZERETO'S WEBLOG (http://mitziszereto.com/blog), and is creator/presenter for the Web TV channel MITZI TV (http://mitziszereto.com/tv), which covers "quirky" London.

Her books include LOVE, LUST AND ZOMBIES: SHORT FICTION; DARKER EDGE OF DESIRE (GOTHIC TALES OF ROMANCE); THE WILDE PASSIONS OF DORIAN GRAY; NORMAL FOR NORFOLK (THE THELONIOUS T. BEAR CHRONICLES) - the first in the series of quirky crime novels co-written with her celebrity sidekick bear Teddy Tedaloo; THRONES OF DESIRE: EROTIC TALES OF SWORDS, MIST AND FIRE; PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: HIDDEN LUSTS; RED VELVET AND ABSINTHE: PARANORMAL EROTIC ROMANCE; IN SLEEPING BEAUTY'S BED: EROTIC FAIRY TALES; GETTING EVEN: REVENGE STORIES; DYING FOR IT: TALES OF SEX AND DEATH; WICKED: SEXY TALES OF LEGENDARY LOVERS; SILK SHEETS: COLLECTED STORIES OF MITZI SZERETO; the EROTIC TRAVEL TALES anthology series; THE NEW BLACK LACE BOOK OF WOMEN'S SEXUAL FANTASIES; THE WORLD'S BEST SEX WRITING 2005; and EROTIC FAIRY TALES: A ROMP THROUGH THE CLASSICS.

MITZI SZERETO's Web TV channel MITZI TV has attracted an international audience. Segments have ranged from prowling the streets of London in search of jellied eel and chatting about classic cars with Formula 1 racecar driver/BBC TV presenter Tiff Needell and couture shoe designer Jimmy Choo, to joining in a lively pub singalong, being recruited into dance by a troupe of Morris dancing software geeks, hanging out with a chapter of Harley Davidson riders, and covering a teddy bear festival with her ursine sidekick, Teddy Tedaloo.

In addition to books and web TV, MITZI SZERETO has pioneered erotic writing workshops in the UK and mainland Europe, teaching them from the prestigious Cheltenham Festival of Literature to the Greek islands. She's been featured in the Sunday Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Times, Observer, London Evening Standard, Toronto Star, The London Paper, Company Magazine, Dare Magazine, Family Circle, Writing Magazine and Scarlet Magazine as well as on Bravo UK Television, Telecinco TV 5 (Madrid), BBC Radio, Newstalk Ireland, Talk Radio Europe, and FM4 ORF Radio (Vienna). Her anthology "Erotic Travel Tales 2" is the first anthology of erotica to feature a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She divides her time between England and the USA.

Follow Mitzi on Twitter @mitziszereto