’50 Shades of Grey’ Inspires Sex-y Versions of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and Homosexual Sherlock Holmes (Photo : Vintage Books)
The success of erotic novel “50 Shades of Grey” is inspiring a publisher to add sexual flavors to classical literatures, including “Pride and Prejudice”, “Jayne Eyre”, and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”.
The “Classics Exposed” section of Clandestine Classics intends to reveal the sexual sides of classic masterpieces that now belong to public domain. These erotic-makeover editions will be published under Total-E-Bound Publishing starting July 30 in digital format.
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“You didn’t really think that these much loved characters only held hands and pecked cheeks did you? Come with us, as we embark on a breathtaking experience—behind the closed bedroom doors of our favourite, most-beloved British characters,” wrote Clandestine Classics on its website.
“Learn what Sherlock really thought of Watson, what Mr Darcy really wanted to do to Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and unveil the sexy escapades of Mr Rochester and Jane Eyre.”
Total-E-Bound’s founder Claire Siemaszkiewick, who is 100 percent convinced that there is a market for these books, told the Independence that they intended to add “missing” scenes while not changing the original prose and author’s voice.
"I've often wondered whether the Bronte sisters, if they were alive today, would have gone down the erotic romance route. There's a lot of underlying sexual tension in their stories,” Siemaszkiewick said.
"Charlotte Bronte was a bold, forward-thinking lady for her time. There's so much sexual tension and eroticism there."
In the new version of “Pride and Prejudice”, Miss Elizabeth Bennet speaks to Mr. Darcy, “Please take me. I need it. I ache for it.” Jane and Mr. Rochester have a slave/master relationship in “Jane Eyre”. And Sherlock Holmes has a homosexual relationship with his assistant Dr. Watson.
Various reports suggested the popularity of “50 Shades of Grey” have inspired the erotic versions of classic novels. E.L. James’ bondage fiction is the fastest-selling paperback of all time and will be turn into a film.