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Sadism and masochism in fiction

In general, the depiction of sadism and masochism in fiction tends to be portrayed from the viewpoint of masochistic fantasy.

Novels

The Marquis de Sade's works, including Justine and Juliette are written from an extreme sadistic viewpoint.

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's novel Venus in Furs (1870) is essentially one long masochistic fantasy, where the male principal character encourages his mistress to mistreat him.

The Story of O (1954) is another classic masochistic novel, this time written by a woman, Pauline Réage. In this novel, the female principal character is kept in a chateau and mistreated by a group of men.

L'Image[?] (1956) is another classic sadomasochistic novel, written by another French woman, Catherine Robbe-Grillet[?], under the pseudonym Jean de Berg. It was made into a 1975 film, The Image[?], also known as The Punishment of Anne[?].

The writer Anne Rice has produced a number of examples of well-written sado-masochistic fiction, including Exit to Eden[?] and Belinda[?] as well as The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty and its sequels, Beauty's Punishment and Beauty's Release.

As of 2003, sado-masochistic themes are now common in mainstream erotic fiction, to the point of cliché.

More literary sado-masochistic fiction includes the works of authors such as

To do: gay and lesbian sadomasochistic fiction

Mainstream films

Consensual BDSM is not generally depicted accurately or sympathetically in mainstream films, to say the least. However, film-makers often find some way to incorporate BDSM imagery[?] into many films. The following films feature BDSM as a major plot point, not just as an exploitative add-on.

Sado-masochism is featured as a central plot element in the following mainstream drams films:

Art movies:

Comedy:

  • Exit to Eden
  • Preaching to the Perverted
  • Personal Services (starring Julie Walters)

Thrillers:

  • Body of Evidence

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