WARNING: LOTS OF SEX TALK IN THIS REVIEW
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Erotica, Pages: 115, Level: Easy
Book Description from Goodreads:
“BEYOND 50 SHADES OF GREY…
Eighteen-year-old Alice is unhappy. Her boyfriend is nice and polite, but he’s also quick and careless in bed, and doesn’t give Alice the attention and variety she craves. But he’s not entirely to blame, because Alice herself doesn’t understand her own needs. She’s heard about what sex is supposed to be like, but has never felt anything remotely close to what she’s read about in runaway bestselling books.
BEYOND 9 1/2 WEEKS…
Then Alice follows a vibrating white rabbit down a deep, dark hole, which leads to a place beyond her wildest imagination. There are no nice boys- or girls- down here. Only those who indulge in secret, forbidden, kinky fantasies.
BEYOND PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES…
Alice is confused and frightened and… aroused. She is bound. Teased. Spanked. Toyed. Brought to the limits of sexual endurance. And during her trials, she begins to understand her body’s needs for the very first time.
This isn’t the fairy tale you grew up reading. This isn’t for children at all.
This is for those with dark desires, who wish to explore erotic excess beyond the plain vanilla of everyday life. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole, if you dare…”
First, let me clearly state that all characters in the book are 18 or older.
Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland is obviously a parody of Fifty Shades of Grey. There is obviously a lot of sex in this book and obviously a lot of… shall we say… adventurous sex. Shades of Alice is sort of in between Shades of Grey and Roquelaure’s Sleeping Beauty, but don’t expect a love story like Shades of Grey and Shades of Alice is not nearly as extreme as Sleeping Beauty. Alice does have a boyfriend and the story does have a happy ending (don’t even go there). This review is going to be a little challenging.
To give you an idea of what you would be getting into (drats!) if you decide to read this book, indulge me for a moment and take a look at the endorsements:
“This is the funniest adult novel I’ve ever read!” -Anonymous
“A surprisingly intelligent, well-written parody, and also very hot.” -A Different Anonymous
“Sexy as hell. This is really going to turn you on.” -A turned-on woman who asked not to be named
“Wow! If you were disappointed in other books that claim to be titillating, here’s the cure. You won’t be able to put it down.” -Jane Doe
“I love my Kindle, because no one around me knows what’s on it. Reading this ebook feels like I’m doing something wicked and daring.” -Jane Doe’s friend
“You’ll bookmark the whole thing. Trust me.” -A satisfied reader
“My wife really benefited from me reading this.” -A friend of the author
“Melinda DuChamp is my favorite author, because she came over and painted my house. Also, her book is pretty good.” -The author’s cousin
“I read it and returned it because I’m thrifty, but now I wish I’d kept it because there are some scenes I want to revisit.” -A cheapskate
“Comic erotica! They should invent a new category called comerotica or erotomic. On second thought, that’s pretty stupid.” -A man with too much time on his hands
“My new safeword is DuChamp!” -An enlightened fan
“I read it in one sitting, then had to go to the Emergency Room for a priapism.” -A man about to sue the author
“Strawberry is my favorite flavor.” -A woman who likes strawberry
“I also like chocolate.” -The same woman
Hmm… you think they’re made up? The endorsements alone were almost worth the price of the book. Oh wait, I got it for free during a promotion. Whatever.
Erotica is not my usual genre so I don’t have a lot to use as a comparison. Just the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, the Sleeping Beauty trilogy, an indie short story I read the other day… okay that sounds like a lot, but do a search on Amazon or B&N for erotica and you will see that it barely scratches the surface. Regardless, this is the first erotica parody I have read.
DuChamp does begin by setting the scene but is considerate enough to provide the reader with a direct link to the beginning of the good stuff in case you don’t care about setting the scene. So moving right along to page 15… Just kidding. It’s more like page 13.
There are a lot of different sexual situations in Shades of Alice, so be prepared; don’t expect a one on one situation with Christian Grey. I guess it could be considered light Sado-Masochism because there is ‘teasing’ in it, but there doesn’t really seem to be as much of a ‘control’ issue as with Shades of Grey. But there are more creative situations than those found in Shades of Grey. Like I previously said, this is not my genre so I don’t have a lot with which to compare but after reading Roquelaure, I am confident Shades of Alice is pretty moderate.
What I thought was funny is when the story jumps outside of itself:
“I wish I were a little bolder.”
“What for?” the Hatter asked. “Being a small rock wouldn’t be much fun.”
“Unless you were a rock star, perhaps,” added the Hare.
“What? Oh. Not boulder with a u. Bolder, as in without fear.”
“We knew that,” the Hatter said. “We were making a stupid pun.”
“Which we must apologize for,” said the Hare. “They weren’t funny when that hack Carroll did it back in 1865, and they certainly have no place in an ebook of mommy porn.”
“What are you both talking about?” Alice asked.
“Mommy porn is a crude label applied to erotica read by discerning, intelligent women who seek something more adventurous in their reading choices,” the Hare said.
“What?” Alice said.
“Perhaps you should Google the word metafiction,” the Hare suggested.
This was my favorite part of the book. No really, it is. Who asked you anyway? One of the reasons I like this part is because a friend of mine used the term mommy porn once, and it cracked me up; I thought she had just made the term up.
And then another funny quote:
“Yes, tea. Isn’t this a tea party?”
“No, we’re not really interested in politics.”
There are a lot of erotica parodies out there that use classics as the background story, but they are not all written by DuChamp. It almost seems as if a lot of authors got together and played rock, paper, scissors to see who would use which classic. Bottom line, DuChamp’s first Shades of Alice book was good, but I will likely not pick up other authors. First, I don’t read a lot of erotica. Second, the others didn’t get good reviews. The combination of both doesn’t win a new reader for the other parodies.
If you are into erotica, I think you will find this entertaining. It certainly serves up plenty of the main dish that is expected from erotica novels, along with a side dish of humor. Mommy porn? I’m not sure. Maybe mommy porn plus, sort of like grape juice plus.1
Reviewed by Christina
1 In the movie Escape from the Planet of the Apes, a character describes wine as ‘grape juice plus.’