It seems like erotica books that originate in France and make it to the North American market often are profoundly different than their homegrown counterparts. That is certainly the case with Sad Sister, a recently re-released BDSM-themed book written by Florence Dugas in 1996. This book professes to be semi-autobiographical, not a common feature in books of this genre, and it is written in the first person as a journal that includes notes by the author and her ex-lover at the end of some entries.
Sad Sister primarily recounts the BDSM ménage a trios activities of two female college students and a professor. The lean matter-of-fact narrative greatly mutes the erotic impact of diverse and fairly graphic scenarios that transpire. As a consequence the story has a sort of gritty and sordid feel to it. Overall, it is a dark tale of self-destructive behavior and debauchery largely driven by emotional dysfunction.
From a literary standpoint, this book is well written and thought provoking. It is an interesting and intellectually stimulating read. But as an erotic book it is somewhat less successful. For the most part the sexual relationships are portrayed as bleak and mean spirited. Some eroticism emerges but it comes at a price. I think it would be safe to say that this book would not be as likely to awaken dormant submissive or dominant proclivities in impressionable readers, as would other more accessible books in this genre.Powered by Sidelines