Mr Darcy will become a predatory seducer in a raunchy revamp of Pride and Prejudice thanks to a new series of X-rated classics, capitalising on the success of Fifty Shades of Grey
Mr Darcy will become a predatory seducer in a raunchy revamp of Pride and Prejudice thanks to a new series of X-rated classics, capitalising on the success of Fifty Shades of Grey.
The X-rated collection, called Clandestine Classics, is aimed to spice up the likes of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights for a new generation of readers.
In the series of erotic rewrites, Jane Austen’s heroic English gentleman Mr Darcy tempts Elizabeth Bennet into a number of saucy clandestine meetings, while Sherlock Holmes and his right-hand man Dr Watson will be outed as gay lovers.
Elsewhere, Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester will even indulge in a spot of bondage (no, we can’t quite believe it either!).
The reworkings follow the success of the Fifty Shades trilogy by British writer E. L James – the story of a sizzling sexual relationship between a graduate and young businessman that has sold millions worldwide.
Published by Total-E-Bound, the new X-rated classics ebooks will keep the original prose of the novels, but have steamy scenes woven into them in the hope of attracting a new wave of readers.
Claire Siemaszkiewicz, founder of Total-E-Bound Publishing, said: ‘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.’
In other titles in the series, classics such as Treasure Island, Phantom of the Opera and The Three Musketeers will feature spiced-up adult content, including everything from ménage a trois to BDSM.
Fifty Shades of Grey has been such a worldwide hit that it is soon set to be transformed into a big budget movie, with the likes of Hollywood heartthrobs Robert Pattinson, Ryan Gosling and Ian Somerhalder all hotly-tipped to play S&M enthusiast Christian Grey.