Fifty Shades of Grey effect: Classics get raunchy makeover

The publisher is free to adapt the classics as the copyright on the original titles has lapsed.

Written by Agencies | London | Published: July 17, 2012 7:52 pm

Beloved classics like Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’,’Jane Eyre’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’ are getting a steamy makeover following the success of EL James’ erotic novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’.

An enterprising publisher has decided to release a raunchy remix of the classics under ‘Clandestine Classics’ collection where the old texts have been twisted to include

more racy scenes.

The publisher is free to adapt the classics as the copyright on the original titles has lapsed. The series will be available as e-books but may be made into printed copies if

the e-version is successful.

Other titles to be published in the series include Austen’s another novel ‘Northanger Abbey’,Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories featuring Sherlock Holmes and Jules Verne’s

‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’,the Daily Mail reported.

In the new version of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Elizabeth thinks Darcy is ‘hot and spicy’ while Sherlock Holmes is having a sexual relationship with his sidekick Dr Watson.

The changes are bound to invite the wrath of devoted Austen,Charlotte Bronte and Conan Doyle fans.

Ann Channon,from Jane Austen’s House Museum,said,“I feel it’s almost desperate. In Pride and Prejudice everything is already there but people are too lazy to bother to

understand. There will be a lot of Jane Austen fans banging drums about this and kicking up a fuss.”

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’,written by EL James,has become the fastest-selling book of the year. Hollywood has already bought the movie rights of the book,which revolves around the relationship between a college graduate,Anastasia Steele,and a young business magnate,Christian Grey.

Dubbed as ‘mommy porn’,the book contains explicitly erotic scenes and practices like bondage,discipline,sadism and masochism.

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