Surprising as this may seem, I have NOT been watching American Horror Story: Asylum. Since Pleasure House takes place in an asylum, you might be wondering why on earth I would not watch a new show featuring such a place. Honestly, I have no answer except, perhaps, this one: After watching the first of the Friday the 13th series, I swore off horror movies. And that was a LONG time ago, folks!
I have actually watched a couple of shows of Asylum, and I must admit I still love Jessica Lange. I love to see the older stars used in the entertainment industry, even though they have to play the roles of older characters. They’re still fantastic at entertaining, not to mention convincing in their roles.
In Pleasure House, there are no clergy, oddly enough (oh, well, that could be used in a future book, no?), and Dr. Arden (James Cromwell) is nowhere near the personality of Dr. James, the House physician. Dr. James is too lusty and willing to use sex as a teaching tool whenever possible. But I’m sure he has a way of making someone scream, if you know what I mean (oh, that’s in the second book! Yes, I’m writing a companion novel to Pleasure House–just so you know).
But when I heard the line from Dr. Thredson to Lana: “Baby needs colostrum,” I nearly fell out of my chair. Instead of being bemused, I was actually amused. Why? Because Pleasure House does feature lactating women. Actually there are whole erotica books focusing on this one condition: a lactating woman offering her substance to any horny person (man or woman) who’ll try it. Okay, I’m probably being cruel here. Not everyone who tries breast milk is horny; maybe they’re just curious, that’s all. *wink*
Anyway, that scene with Dr. Thredson and Lana was far from erotic, unless you get off on something like that, and I know you people are out there. Don’t think I don’t! But really, I think the scene would have been much more enhanced if Lana would have just reached down and grabbed Dr. Thredson’s crotch and went on from there. But then, my version of the scene would have rendered a completely different reaction. And if my memory serves me correctly, wasn’t Lana’s hands cuffed to the bed? I think so. Ha! Another similarity to Pleasure House. Nothing better than cuffing your charge to the bed, or other places for that matter. The House has all sorts of places where one can be tied up, and the attendants there will see to that!
So what do you readers think about American Horror Story: Asylum? Does it stimulate the senses, gross you out, confuse you with the editing style? Whatever you think, I’d love to hear it!