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Belinda

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  11,843 Ratings  ·  285 Reviews
An erotic new pseudonymous novel of seduction and forbidden love from the author of the bestselling The Vampire Lestat.
Hardcover, 476 pages
Published October 1st 1986 by Arbor House Publishing (first published January 1st 1986)
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Jennifer
Sep 18, 2007 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ricean fans
Shelves: erotica
This is one of the lesser-lesser known works by the authoress Anne Rice, written under her least common pen name. On the surface, Belinda seems to resemble Nabakov's famous work Lolita, but the character dimension has Rice's typical sparkle, the intimate scenes are more vivid and realistic, and the more modern setting makes it more accessible for many.

This book is a shade more controversial and patently sexual than most of the Vampire Chronicles, but less so than the Beauty Trilogy, so if you a
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Kelly
Dec 14, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2010-read
November 16 2009
So much to say about this book and so many reasons why I loved it.
If you pick up this book keep an open mind. Jeremy is not a perv and this is no regular 16 year old girl. She has lived and lived hard in her short 16 years. I loved them. Great plot, fleshed out Characters. I could actually see the movie in my head as I was reading. Belinda's letter to Jeremy is so great. Alex's friendship with Jeremy was so wonderful and G.G. is so cute! Belinda's relationship with her mother is
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Laura
Jan 03, 2014 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Even with my generous suspension of disbelief, this was unrealistic and ridiculous. I think Anne Rice wrote it just to enjoy imagining the sex.
Ron
Jan 10, 2015 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, favorites
This continues to be one of my all time favourite books. Forget everything you thought you knew about an Anne Rice novel. No vampires or the like to be found here.

Actually, what lies within this book is a very engaging story about a teenage girl and her love affair with a middle-aged children's author. Yes, I know that last sentence has this sounding more like some sick pedophile story-time rather than the gripping and heart-breaking novel that this is. But trust me (and her many fans) when I s
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Naksed
Anne Rice's 1986 Belinda is so many things, it is hard to put a label on it. The first thing that comes to mind of course is the inevitable comparison to Lolita though the protagonist in Belinda, immensely popular but dissatisfied children's author Jeremy Walker, has so many kinks and fetishes for his baby-mouthed nymphette that, as one of the characters wryly observes, he could make Humbert Humbert rise up from the dead.

Belinda can also easily read as a wildly entertaining, trashy Hollywood nov
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Tia
Aug 22, 2016 Tia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So I learned two things about Anne Rice reading this—she's a shit writer with a cult following, and a disgusting excuse for a human being.

The vampire books seem to be her niche, and when she strays from that, you can see just how remedial her skills are. It's like with E.L. James. People say, "Anyone could write this crap! I could write it!"

Yeah, maybe you could, but you didn't. If James would've attempted to write a serious work of literary fiction, she never would've had a bestseller among t
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Savannah
Aug 15, 2007 Savannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: READERS, the not-so-easily-squicked
Shelves: majorinfluences
NOTE: THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART, AND CONTAINS A LOLITA-ESQUE TALE.

If you prefer a more Real Life angsty story with a fairly nice end over Rice's Over the top supernatural bru-ha-ha, look no further. Unless, of course, you are squicked by a teenage girl sleeping with and being in a romance with a middle aged man.

That, perhaps, is the major determent in recommending this book. It's rather frightening to know how good a book is but know that because of the plot, someone will judge you fo
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Twinkle
Jan 03, 2014 Twinkle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let me begin by saying my standards for Anne Rice under any of her names is incredibly high. She brought me Lestat and my Louis, absorbed me in her world of witches . . .and this was. . .? It certainly takes the twists and turns one expects from Rice, but the quality of writing, the total immersion, the characters that linger in your heart just were not there. Despite the obvious pedophilia overtones throughout the entire story I was willing to give it a fair shake (well I don't even think I can ...more
Lyn
Jun 10, 2008 Lyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Implausible. Unrealistic. Saccharine. A bit smutty.

It's been called Lolita-esque, but Rice isn't even close to the writer Nabakov was. It's been called erotic, but I didn't find it so. It's been called seductive, but I was not seduced.

There's no depth to this story. No reason either of these characters would fall in love. This is like Anne Rice put some typical sexual fantasy into words and published it because she could.
Ricardo
Dec 14, 2013 Ricardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erotica
Shelves: erotica
Ann Rice writes erotica with the same intensity as she does with her Vampire Novels.
Jeremy Walker, a handsome and famous 44-year old illustrator of children's books becomes totally obsessed with>>
Belinda the ultimate fantasy. A golden-haired object of desire, fresh and uninhibited. A forbidden passion, both beguiling and bewitching and someone he cannot keep his mind nor hands off of.
Sarah
(Oops, I just realized I never posted a review for this sadly maligned little tome. I shall do so right now, though it's a year late.)

While shrill, squeamish readers seem to dismiss BELINDA as fetishized tripe, this is an interesting character study -- also a beautifully written story of hard rich-people life & (ultimately) redemption of oneself through the love of another person. In this case, it happens that Belinda is a teenager & Jeremy is in his 40s. But it's different from Lolita;
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Sue
Apr 30, 2014 Sue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This one was probably the first nail in the coffin that was my fandom of Rice's work, the last being the abysmal 'Angel Time.' Not sexy, even remotely, this book is about satutory rape, plain and simple. While I was reading it I was, for whatever reason, able to rationalize it, but the moment I put the book down it clicked with me that this girl was 16, I became pretty grossed out. I have no idea why so many people have these older man/young girl fantasies, but I am actually angry that I allowed ...more
Emily
Apr 04, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would say that Belinda was a modern-day Lolita, if I were pretentious enough to allege that I had read Lolita, which I have not. However, reading this made me wish that I had so that I could make the comparison in an educated manner. What I can say is that Rice begins describing a 44 year old man's relationship with a 16 year old girl from the man's perspective in such a way that it almost gives you the creeps, making you feel guilty and dirty just for reading about it, then as she fleshes out ...more
Nicky
Can't believe I haven't added this before! It's one of my childhood favourites (weirdly enough) and I absolutely loved it. I loved all the insane characters and globe-trotting and rich famousness. I was dying to read Crimson Mardi Gras (the book Jeremy ghost-writes for his mother) and watch Belinda's mother's night time soap and the inscrutable foreign film Belinda makes with the cowboy-hat lesbian.

If you're thinking of reading it and expecting a 1980's Lolita, stop. This is pure soapy trash. W
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Vanessa theJeepDiva
AWEFUL! I am one of those individuals that must finish the book no matter how much I dislike it. Some of the reviews describe this book as sexy or erotic. I am confused. I did not read anything sexy or erotic in this book. I did however read about a dirty old man exploiting an uneducated poorly raised teenager. I felt so sorry for Belinda. She was raised by thoughtless people. The notebook/letter to Jeremy from Belinda was a torture all on its own. I mean, I mean how many times is she gonna use ...more
Becqui
Aug 08, 2016 Becqui rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Provocative, sensual, daring, taboo. I was unsure about the content, but I could not put it down. A painter/ children's author having a love affair with a 16 year-old girl, who is more of a woman, due to her unusual worldly childhood, than any woman he has ever been with. The way Anne describes the paintings, the house, the love scenes, is almost like you are there.
Melissa
I wanted to read an Ann Rice book, but not about vampires, so I picked this.
I liked this story and found it incrediably interesting and I could hardly put it down. It is really a different type of book.
Best way for me to describe this book, listen to the song Lullabye (Rock-a-Bye) by Shawn Mullins. weird
JadedlilFecker
Feb 11, 2014 JadedlilFecker rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
Meh...this is unbelievably embarrassing, but I only recall reading this because I was under the assumption that the heroine(?), Belinda, was a clandestine vampire who would ultimately devour the hero after sex0rz. :|


FAIL.
marissa
Dec 17, 2009 marissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anne rice, as she is the only one who would find it interesting
Anne Rice starts off this novel by declaring, "THIS NOVEL IS DEDICATED TO ME". Sadly, that's the best and most entertaining part in the entire book.
Natalie
Dull. Even the "hot" sex scenes are boring. If I want half-baked, overwrought literary porn, I'll read Anais Nin, thanks.
Suz Thackston
Mar 13, 2014 Suz Thackston rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this years ago and loved it, thought it was daring and naughty and fraught with all of Anne Rice's usual plot twists and great characters. On re-reading it in my 50s I just keep thinking 'Yuck.' I'm going to finish it out of respect for the author who gave me 'Interview' and then donate it to the used book store so its nastiness doesn't rub off on my other books. How did I ever think this crap was titillating?
and having finished it for the last time, that's exactly where it's going. i'm e
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Chari
Jun 26, 2014 Chari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kim Vanderpool
Dec 26, 2010 Kim Vanderpool rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anne-rice
I m fourteen and I happen to like it book along with her other books as well like interview with the vAmpire and Also the vampire lestat
stacy
Jun 22, 2013 stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
lots and lots of crazy. and lots of fun. skimmed parts at times. but overall liked it for what i thought it would be.
Mirvan  Ereon
Apr 02, 2012 Mirvan Ereon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this. A Lolita for the new generation but more tender and more accesible.
David Pimenta
Sob o pseudónimo Anne Rampling, Anne Rice escreveu “Belinda” como sendo uma história erótica de uma rapariga de dezasseis anos que se envolve e apaixona por um artista, pintor e autor de livros infantis com quarenta e quatro anos de idade. Afastando-se dos diferentes universos que criou, como é o caso do mundo dos vampiros de Lestat ou das bruxas, nos anos 80 termina este livro (que mais tem de romântico do que erótico) e consegue mostrar o seu talento para várias temáticas.
Esta história foge do
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Athena
Aug 12, 2015 Athena rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-own
I could not wait until the end of this book. I wanted to throw it across the room. This was by far one of the worst books I've ever read.
1. This was not erotic. If you think a few sex scenes with wine or mink make a book erotic then you can disagree with me.
2. This was not horror, maybe romance at best.
3. Horribly written, poorly edited. Yes, in one instance it said "Pam Am," and in another it said "Pan Am."
4. Rice/Rampling was particularly uncreative with the names; Jeremy Walker, Susan Jeremi
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Mikella Etchegoyen
When I think of Anne Rice, I think of Vampires and Witches. This book however, lacks the touch of the supernatural that most people would identify with Anne Rice. Of course, it is one of the several books written under a pseudonym. Either way, I was captivated by the sensual world her words created in Belinda.

Belinda is the story of a 44-year-old author of children’s books who becomes fascinated with a beautiful, golden haired sixteen year old girl. I became entranced by the tale of their love
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Jean Ramsay
Belinda has been one of my favorite books since I first read in back in 2001. Re-reading during the years that Anne Rice was writing Jesus books was difficult. This book celebrates unashamed sensuality, totes a kind of openness towards sexual identity, nudity, and the female body and was proof that Rice didn't completely believe in the Catholic morals she was trying to purport through her painfully tedious re-telling of Christ's life. Reading it now, after she's come back to her senses, for lack ...more
Lou
Dec 01, 2010 Lou rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A childrens writer 44 years of age becomes besotted with an 16 year old girl. The story takes you through their relationship which is highly sexual one.She had her period at 9 was wearing c-cup bra at 13, her mother explains in the story she was on the pill at 12. Who is this girl? Who are her parents? these are the answers he tries to find which turns the story into a sort of mystery, also the ramifications of the public discovering that a childrens writer is involved with a 16 year old is ...more
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“I wish you'd fall in love with me," she said.
"Why?"
"Because you're really someone worth falling in love with. And if we were in love, I wouldn't be drifting. I wouldn't be nobody. At least not while I was with you.”
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“Dear God," she said. She was shuddering suddenly and the tears came back and she looked past me into the light overhead. "If I can't trust you, then there is no one." "I love you" I said. "I don't care about any of it, I swear. I love you."
Holy Communion," she said. squeezing her eyes so the tears came out.
Yes Holy Communion, my darling," I said.”
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