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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Review - Bondage Fantasies Anthology by Anthony Stevens


Title: Bondage Fantasies Anthology

Author: Anthony Stevens

Publisher: Red Rose Publishing

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Rating: You Could Read


Reviewed By: Janelle


BooksStore – A female college student meets a bookstore owner and they share a passion for fantasy games. He helps her to explore some shared fantasies.
The Gift of Fantasy – A wealthy man gives his fiancĂ©e the challenge she needs as the ultimate wedding present.
Freedom Hall – An unfortunate girl on the run is given shelter by a man who demands payment.
The Party – A college student trades her freedom for a full scholarship.
A Question of Balance – A cop and a stripper are living an intense dominant/submissive relationship. Or have they?


Now, normally when I review anthologies, I do so story by story. But these are all done by the same author and all a variation of the same flavor. The problem with these story is that they aren’t really fantasies. The women involved are in desperate situations or are put in those situations by the men around them.

A fantasy, by definition, is an idea with no basis in reality, or an imagining of improbable or impossible things. I do understand the idea of a slave fantasy, giving up all responsibility and allowing another person to see to your needs. But no sane person really wants to be a slave; losing all your freedom and being forced to do the bidding of another without compensation for your labor. But that is the thing about fantasies: they end.

These stories aren’t fantasies, they are a subjugation of women. Tossing a girl you just met into a Gor-style LARP (Live action role-playing game) on the first date; not sexy. Hiring actors to kidnap your new wife on your honeymoon so you can be her knight in shining armor – without telling her it is all an act; not sexy and illegal in all states.

Overall, these stories are scary. Many people fantasize about situations that are in reality dangerous or taboo. Fantasies allow us to live out those moments without fear of judgement or consequences. By depriving a person the knowledge that what is going on around them isn’t real, it ceases to be fantasy and becomes very very scary.

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