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Thursday, April 2, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Brains and Bondage

This year, I am once again taking part in the April adventure that is the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it's basically about 26 posts (we don't post Sundays), preferably on a theme, blogging our way through the alphabet from A to Z. My theme this year is all about TV Tropes, celebrating random tropes with some sort of weird, odd, unusual, controversial, or taboo element that appeals to my warped sense of literary adventure.

Continuing the theme, we have Brains and Bondage (check out the page for a complete definition, but your first guess is probably pretty close to the mark). After a quick perusal of the Literature examples provided, I've gotta go with:

"Kushiels Legacy is made of this trope. Terre D'Ange is by and large highly accepting of any sexual kinks, and while there's less talk among the general public about the S&M practices, they're also considered sacred. This view is magnified exponentially by the main character, who experiences pain as pleasure (the mark of her patron god). She is a high class prostitute, and engages in a wide range of masochistic sexual encounters. Many of these are portrayed as loving, cleansing, or just downright fun. The negative BDSM scenes are a result of true malice on the part of her client, and are portrayed as perversions of the kink, rather than the entirety of it. Moreover, Phedre is extremely intelligent, and the books often wax philosophical on the nature of pain, pleasure, and sexuality."

4 comments:

  1. Pain as pleasure. I never understood that.

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  2. I sort of understand the psychology of it all. Very interesting! It is nice to meet you I am one of Lisa's Live Wires!

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  3. Finally found a few moments to visit my fellow Live Wires! Interesting theme for the challenge. Being a Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, etc. fan, odd, weird and creepy are good. LOL.

    Have a great night! Eva

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  4. I am with Alex on this one. I don't even read these kinds of book. Good "B" however, as it's interesting.
    ~Rhonda, a fellow LiveWire

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