09/04/12 - 0 Comments
Classics Get “Fifty Shades” Twist
They say that Fifty Shades of Grey was the fastest selling book this year, partly—no, solely—because of the addictive, racy and rather steamy dialogue between the fabulous Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. The popularity of this fan-fiction literature is definitely bringing us back to our hormone-driven high school days and Clandestine Classics are hopping onto the sexual bandwagon.
Clandestine Classics writers and Total-E-Bound Publishing have joined forces to create a new twist to “mommy porn.” Since July 30, we can digitally read raunchy versions of Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte’s classics, among others. Some “improved” titles include Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet, Northanger Abbey, Wuthering Heights and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
“We’re not rewriting the classics. We’re keeping the original prose and the author’s voice. We’re not changing any of that,” said Claire Siemaszkiewicz, the founder of Total-E-Bound Publishing. “But we want to enhance the novels by adding the ‘missing’ scenes for readers to enjoy. People are going to either love it or hate it. But we’re 100% convinced there’s a market. We’ll be bringing the classics to a new generation of readers as well as to people who love the classics but would like to see what we have done with them.”
Two-hundred-fifty authors from the Clandestine Classics page have already penned the new raunchy scenes. We can only wonder, will these newly-added details take away from the power of a classic novel? Here is what you can expect: Jane Eyre having “explosive sex with Mr. Rochester,” Wuthering Heights’ Catherine Earnshaw “enjoy[ing] bondage sessions” with Heathcliff and even a taste of Sherlock Holmes’ supposedly sexual relationship with sidekick Dr. Watson.
“I’ve often wondered whether the Bronte sisters, if they were alive today, would have gone down the erotic romance route,” added Siemaszkiewicz. “There’s a lot of underlying sexual tension in their stories. Charolette Bronte was a bold, forward-thinking lady for her time. There’s so much sexual tension and eroticism there.”
Classic literature has definitely gotten its modern twist but is it going to live up to our expectations? What do you think of these new e-editions? Will you be indulging?