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You know what the classics need? Explosive sex.

Poor Jane Austen.

First there were the zombies. Now, reports the UK Huffington post, an adult publisher has been inspired by 50 Shades of Grey and plans to add “explosive sex” to the classics:

Some original fans of Jane Eyre might be unhappy to discover that the female protagonist has “explosive sex with Mr Rochester” in the publisher’s erotic edition.

In Wuthering Heights, heroine Catherine Earnshaw “enjoys bondage sessions” with Heathcliff while sleuth Sherlock Holmes has a sexual relationship with his sidekick Dr Watson in the new e-book.

Claire Siemaszkiewicz, founder of Total-E-Bound Publishing, which is releasing the titles from 30 July in digital format, said:

“We’re not rewriting the classics. We’re keeping the original prose and the author’s voice. We’re not changing any of that.

“But we want to enhance the novels by adding the ‘missing’ scenes for readers to enjoy.”

What say you, readers? Is this just good fun? Could this, perhaps, introduce a new group of readers to classic literature? Or are you outraged at seeing the words “bondage sessions” and “Wuthering Heights” in the same sentence?

Further Reading:

  • A much less riqsue remake of some classic novels: Cozy Classics
  • Curious about the doctored-up versions? Check them out at Clandestine Classics. Don’t worry, we’re not tracking your usage, or anything…

Join the Discussion

  • Lee Thomas

    Haven’t they heard the old Einstein adage, “Imagination is more powerful than knowledge.” Part of what makes something like Wuthering Heights so dark, and even dirty, is what’s left off the page. I’ve yet to meet an explicit sex scene that can rival even the most pedestrian imaginings of the reader. The mechanics (and how can you be explicit without some mechanics?) rob something of the magic. Readers, feel free to prove me wrong with some examples …

  • Anne S

    A good sex scene is hard to find. As my MFA cohort will remember, I was obsessed with figuring out how we could write sex better: there must be delicious places between cliched pornspeak and fadeaways! I mean, if we (writers) can write about food so well, why not sex? I’m all about incorporating good sex into new fiction and I have no problem with the legions of fanfic folk penning deleted scenes into old. BUT it’s this publisher’s attempt to add legitimacy to 50-Shadesing the Bronte sisters’ work that makes me feel ill: claiming (as they do!) that the authors would have written these scenes thesmelves, had times been different, or that these books are “missing” something or need to be “enhanced” by sex misses the very point they think they’re making.

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