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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  12,641 ratings  ·  310 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.
Paperback, 640 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Berkley (first published October 1986)
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Apr 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
So I learned two things about Anne Rice reading thisshe'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
Sep 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
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. The protagonist in Belinda, childrens 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 novel to rival Valley of the Dolls. Belinda's
Dannii Elle
Jul 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'm not sure what I thought I was signing up for with this one. I knew the author Anne Rice had penned this under a pseudonym and was intrigued as to what the result would be, when she veered from her expected supernatural writing.

This is sold as romance and erotica. It is neither. I feel the need to add a disclaimer here that I do not even read romance or erotica and had I seen the genres this fell under then it is extremely doubtful I would ever have picked up the book (no hate, they're just
Nov 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
Even with my generous suspension of disbelief, this was unrealistic and ridiculous. I think Anne Rice wrote it just to enjoy imagining the sex.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: READERS, the not-so-easily-squicked
Shelves: majorinfluences

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
Sarah Mac
(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;
Feb 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 Cosby
Jun 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
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.
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 24, 2011 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 (burialshroud)
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.
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
marissa  sammy
Aug 16, 2007 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.
Dull. Even the "hot" sex scenes are boring. If I want half-baked, overwrought literary porn, I'll read Anais Nin, thanks.
Suzanne Thackston
Jan 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 29, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Mirvan. Ereon
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this. A Lolita for the new generation but more tender and more accesible.
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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. :|

Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
lots and lots of crazy. and lots of fun. skimmed parts at times. but overall liked it for what i thought it would be.
Kim Vanderpool
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Melissa Stacy
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
I first read this book in 1998, when I was 18, not much older than the 16-year-old love interest in this novel.

I know why people hate this book. I know how problematic it is. And yet, I can't bring myself to care. It's one of my favorites. I identify so much with Belinda, and always have. I don't have her specific body type or her background, but I have her mindset, and Anne Rice gave me myself in fiction when I picked up this book. If you don't like to think about teenage girls who want older
Jul 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rena Sherwood
Yes, it's an updated reworking of Lolita but a much more interesting book. Not a BETTER book, just more interesting to a hungry homeless girl from America stuck in the rain-soaked city of Bath, England wondering where I'd spend the night after the library kicked us out. Now, those were a lot of troubles I had and this book helped me forget them for a few hours. If I picked up Lolita at that time I would have become damn near suicidal.


Now, granted, I also gave Lolita five stars. I think that's a
Mikella Etchegoyen
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 childrens books who becomes fascinated with a beautiful, golden haired sixteen year old girl. I became entranced by the tale of their love
Jean Ramsay
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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“I wish you'd fall in love with me," she said.
"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.”
“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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