I put off reading this for quite awhile. Porn doesn't tend to normally do much for me and I've never been fond of The Wizard of Ox, Peter Pan or Alice in Wonderland, so a book with those three as the main characters didn't seem that interesting. I think the fact though that I didn't like them helped me see their characters more for who they were and what they'd been through without coming with preconcieved ideas about what they were up to. It's quite fantastic though as it works on so many levels.
First of all Melinda's art is just GORGEOUS!!! She'd been working on this for years, and I really hope she does something else soon. But I loved all the different styles. The ultra-realism of Dorothy's tornado, the beautiful silloutes, even the main style (which I think I read was done with crayons!) is breath-takingly beautiful.
Despite Neil Gaiman's claim that it doesn't work as porn because it's too big to hold in one hand. I found I was only able to read a few of the chapters at a time as they made me a little "flustered". As someone who doesn't normally go in for either visual porn or written porn this was great. Perhaps it was all the emphasis on the women? I loved how the majority of the sex wasn't straight.
The stories are wonderful, I loved the retelling of the familiar childhood stories, told in a dangerous and perverted way. Each discussion getting darker and darker as the children/young women grew deeper into the seemy side of life. I think Wendy's story was especially wonderful, standing up and liberating herself. Realising that there was a difference between fantasy and real life and facing the danger face on and winning (which leads me to the criticism that her triumph led her to repression instead of empowerment).
The book had a lot to say about the nature of sex, how we deal with it when we are young, the good the bad, the point of porn, while endless panels of lots and lots of people having sex go by. In the reviews I read a lot of the people had issues with the third book, they said it was too repetative, as well as too dark. (This is where a lot of the incest and sex with minors happens). But I think that is kinda the point. By book 3 you've kinda become desensitised to the images of the three women having lots of sex. So the concesequences beyong that have to be explored. After being titilated for the first books, it's disturbing to see the same images done in a situation that's unacceptable. But that's kinda the point. The three women were all lost and all traumatised but it was only by disclosing their very worst to each other they were able to find peace.
Definitely not a book to sit down and devour all in one go, but one to savour and that will stay with me for a long time. And definitely one to re-read favourite bits!...Continua