Inspired by the phenomenon success of EL Jamess mummy porn title Fifty Shades Of Grey, a publisher of adult fiction is giving literary classics such as Jane Eyre and Pride And Prejudice an erotic makeover.
The company said that it was 100 percent convinced that there was a market for the racy versions of the 19th century novels by authors Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen and that the spicing up of the much-loved books will introduce the classics to a new generation of readers.
Other titles to be published under the Clandestine Classics collection include Austens Northanger Abbey and Arthur Conan Doyles stories featuring Sherlock Holmes.
However, some original fans of Jane Eyre might be unhappy to discover that the female protagonist has explosive sex with Mr Rochester in the publishers 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 July 30 in digital format, said that they were not changing the original prose but were merely adding the missing scenes for readers enjoyment.
Were not rewriting the classics. Were keeping the original prose and the authors voice. Were not changing any of that, the Independent quoted her as saying.
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 were 100 percent convinced that theres a market there.
Well 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, she said.
Siemaszkiewicz further said that she had herself wondered whether Bronte sisters would have taken the erotic romance route, if they were alive.
Ive often wondered whether the Bronte sisters, if they were alive today, would have gone down the erotic romance route. Theres a lot of underlying sexual tension in their stories, she said.
Charlotte Bronte was a bold, forward-thinking lady for her time. Theres so much sexual tension and eroticism there, she added.
The adult scenes will be penned by some of the 250 authors on the publishers books who are expert at writing erotic romance.