Devotees of Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters may wish to loosen their corsets and have the smelling salts within reach.
Some of the greatest works of English literature have been controversially ‘sexed up’ for the 21st century.
Following the success of erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, one enterprising publisher has given classics such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights a bawdy makeover
The existing texts have been interspersed with more racy scenes – some in toe-curling language that would surely have made the original authors blush.
Other titles to be published in the Clandestine Classics collection include Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories featuring Sherlock Holmes and Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
The announcement comes after ‘mummy porn’ novel Fifty Shades of Grey became the fastest-selling book of the year, making author EL James an estimated £6.5million in book sales and film rights.
However, Jane Eyre fans who are content with the protagonist revealing little more than ‘Reader, I married him’ in the final chapter of the original might be less than impressed to discover that she has ‘explosive sex with Mr Rochester’ in the publisher’s erotic version.
In Wuthering Heights, meanwhile, heroine Catherine Earnshaw ‘enjoys bondage sessions’ with Heathcliff, while sleuth Sherlock Holmes has a sexual relationship with his sidekick Dr Watson in the updated edition.
Good idea or bad?
Personally I hate the thought!!