Literature: The Ties That Bind

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Le lien (Literal transition: The Link) or The Ties That Bind is an autobiographical erotic novel written by French author Vanessa Duriès and published in 1993.

Laika is a young student who has been initiated into BDSM (bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/sadism and masochism). She gradually evolves into a slave and develops a growing love relationship with her master, Pierre. She also reveals her sexual orientation to her parents, which has devastating effects on her relationship with them.


This book provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Laika took corporal punishment from her father for the first 20 years of her life.
  • Causal Kink: Subverted. Anything but.
  • Extreme Doormat: Laika qualifies if she took corporal punishment for 20 years without complaint and willingly became a slave in BDSM.
  • One Steve Limit: An out-of-universe example. Just look above!
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: This book is supposedly an autobiography, but there's no evidence that it did happen as it's being described.