I'm a big fan of Venus In Furs. Not because it has furs, but because it's a love story. When you compare the writing of Leopold and the Marquis, the styles are very different. To me de Sade has a style like a fantasising schoolboy. But then I remember that he had to smuggle his work out of prison or a lunatic asylum. This obviously gave him little chance to edit and correct. Leopold on the other hand earned his living as a writer, and had as long as he liked to polish his work. To me he is an incurable romanic. (Me too! What are the odds?)
Both authors are well worth the effort to seek out. After all, they lent their names to Masochism and Sadism. (Coined by Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing in 1886 in his book, 'Psychopathia Sexualis'.)
And now, what if Leopold was also into chastity play? Thank you Aria...
P.S. Not to sound too superficial, but Aria Giovanni is one of the most beautiful women on the planet. Check out her images, they're all over the net.
P.P.S. Of course I don't know the woman, so I don't know what she's like on the inside; as a person. But one can always fantasise...
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