Making use of the absurd
On this week’s part of my two week blog tour to promote my new book, ‘Alice in Fetishland’ I’m talking about how the classic ‘Alice in Wonderland‘ and ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ books inspired my own bdsm/fetish re-imagining of them.
One of the reasons why the Alice stories provide such brilliant scope for re-invention as a fetish wonderland is the way in which you can suspend and manipulate time and place. This gives you a vast canvas to work from in which you are not constrained by time or a formal structure. Does anybody bother to ask how long Alice was in Wonderland for? No, of course not, because it’s irrelevant; the nature of the world is such that you suspend belief and, with that, any sense of an arc of time you have to conform to. Similarly, my main character, Kim, can pass through this bizarre fetish world without the author or reader needing to be concerned about how long each of her encounters lasted or bothering about whether she gets any sleep! The Alice books provide a framework where none of that matters.
The Alice books also create a fantasy logic-defying world where anything can happen. This works perfectly for the world I wanted to create. The character of the Red Queen can appear in different guises and costumes without having to conform to a sense of place, moving through her world making appearances in places where it should be physically impossible. The back-story of Kim, told in a series of ‘stories within a story’, was also made possible because the structure of the original books allows the absurd to be believable if you’re prepared to enter into the magic and strangeness of the story
The story extract I’ve chosen today is from my fetish parody of the mad hatter’s tea party and has little erotic content but is chosen to illustrate the absurdity of the Red Queen’s fetish world. Those familiar with the detail of the book will understand the references in the language here.
In this bdsm re-invention of the Alice stories Kim’s life takes an unexpected twist when she is taken from the massage parlour she works in to a fetish fantasy world ruled over by the Red Queen, a powerful dominatrix. There, an intense psychological drama is played out between the two women as Kim enters a journey into submission. The Red Queen assumes different characters who torment Kim in a series of trials ranging from the funny and strange to the sadistic and erotic. Kim is lured deeper into this world by hints the Red Queen knows something about her past. Why has she been chosen to serve this powerful female? Why is the Red Queen so interested in her? When Kim finally finds out the truth, it is shocking and bizarre.
Extract from book
“More tea girl?” said the Hatter after her own blend of tea had been dispensed over the two men.
“Mmm, yes,” replied Kim, “I’m thirsty again now.”
“How much tea do you think was in the tea pot?” asked the Hatter.
“Too much,” said the hare.
“Too much of a muchness,” said the dormouse.
“Tell me, girl, how much do you think there is in a muchness?” asked the hatter turning to her.
Kim looked bemused. Was this a trick question? How was she meant to answer that? She thought about how much the huge yellow tea pot might hold and blurted out the first figure that came into her head.
“Two pints! Oh dear, that’s not right.”
“To be honest, sir, I don’t even know what a muchness is.”
“She doesn’t know what a muchness is? She’s rather stupid then isn’t she?” said the Hatter.
“Well, I don’t think that’s particularly fair,” Kim protested.
“Ask her some more questions?” said the Hatter.
The dormouse asked one, “Now, there were three sisters who lived in a treacle well. If Elsie collected 3lbs of treacle, Lacie, 2lbs and Tillie, 5lbs, how much treacle had they got out of the well?”
“Well,” answered Kim, “that would be 10lbs.”
“Wrong!” called the Hatter. “It would all depend on the consistency of the treacle. Ask another question.”
“What’s two plus three?” asked the hare.
“Well that’s easy,” said Kim, “five.”
“Are you sure?” asked the hare, “be careful what you reply.”
“But, of course it’s five,” said Kim.
“Wrong!” said the Hatter, “it’s seven.”
“No, it’s five,” complained Kim.
The Hatter’s penetrating gaze bore down on her. Kim had a feeling of foreboding. Her voice was slow, deliberate and menacing, “It’s whatever I say it is, girl.”
“But that’s not fair,” protested Kim.
“She definitely needs some education,” said the hare.
“You should send her back to school,” the dormouse said.
“Yes, she definitely needs to learn a lesson.”
Slave Nano writes stories drawing on the themes of female supremacy, goddess worship, bondage, domination and submission, sado-masochism and fetish, frequently in fantasy, paranormal or historical settings.
His work usually has dominant female characters and submissive males. His stories explore the tensions between dominant and submissive and the boundaries between pain and pleasure, physical and mental bondage and retribution and reward.
Slave Nano lives in Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. He works full time and juggles his writing with this. His work has been published by Xcite Books and House of Erotica.
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