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Belinda

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  10,264 ratings  ·  230 reviews
"Who was she?" That was the first thought that came into my mind when I saw her in the bookstore.

Who was she really?

She's Belinda. She's sixteen years old. She's the object of one man's ultimate fantasy. And she's one of the most "uniquely sensual and provocative" heroines to emerge from the "fearless" imagination of New York Times bestselling author Anne Rice.

"Call her th...more
Hardcover, 476 pages
Published October 1st 1986 by William Morrow & Co (first published 1986)
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Jennifer
Sep 18, 2007 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Laura
Even with my generous suspension of disbelief, this was unrealistic and ridiculous. I think Anne Rice wrote it just to enjoy imagining the sex.
Kelly
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...more
Michelle Vaughn
I kept referring to this as "that turd of an Anne Rice novel I'm torturing myself with" if that tells you anything about my reading experience. Crap writing, dumb dumb dummy dumb dumb plot full of unbelievable, unrelateable characters, and then there's that thing where Anne Rice is writing about a love affair (well, Jeremy says he is in love, but what I think he means is that he really likes to bone his live-in baby-faced teenage runaway) between a grown ass man (who should know better) and a 16...more
Lyn
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.
Emily
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
Twinkle
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
Ricardo
Jan 08, 2008 Ricardo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Ron
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...more
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
Savannah
Aug 15, 2007 Savannah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...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...more
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
Sue
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
stacy
lots and lots of crazy. and lots of fun. skimmed parts at times. but overall liked it for what i thought it would be.
Natalie
Dull. Even the "hot" sex scenes are boring. If I want half-baked, overwrought literary porn, I'll read Anais Nin, thanks.
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...more
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...more
Suz Thackston
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...more
Lou
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 over...more
Eroti Cliterature
If you didn't read this book when it came out, you might think it an erratic, saccharine view of child abuse. Because I was only a little older than the heroine, I saw it as a wonderful dream of freedom. Yes, it was unrealistic. Yes, Jeremy Walker was oddly obsessive. Who cares, so was Fast Times at Ridgemont High in many ways, and it was fantastic.

I loved Anne's ability to describe both Belinda's relationship with Jeremy and her mother in ways that felt both broken and worthy. Nothing black or...more
Becqui
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.
Chari Saiz
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marissa
Aug 16, 2007 marissa rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Kim Vanderpool
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
Chris G.
Too many words... seriously. I love Anne Rice, but sometimes I wonder if she gets paid by the word count. Quite a few places where the story drags while the author takes time out to spend 20 pages describing the history of a place or art, etc. flip, flip, flip... back to the story.

The story itself is good, if not a bit contrived. Very dated at this point. The 16yo starlet is my age, making her 44 now. Lots of references to the time period that don't hold up now. Would love to see a rewritten, mo...more
Mirvan  Ereon
I love this. A Lolita for the new generation but more tender and more accesible.
Michelle
This is one my favorite books by Mrs. Rice, and also the reason I write erotic
Joanna
Upon finishing this book, I was left with a feeling of bewilderment. I dare say that like which Dorothy experienced after the tornado and finding herself in a strange world she had never even dared to dream of before.
While I am no prude, I admit that I found it strange to be reading Belinda, to be reading a story of a middle aged man that falls in love with a sophisticated, mature, and beguiling 16 year old. And to be clear, she falls in love with him as well. While most people claim that age is...more
Mo Ibrahim
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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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