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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…

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