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Classic novels gone wild

Even if Fifty Shades of Grey had never come into existence (can you imagine?), this new venture of making erotic versions of classic novels would not have surprised me. Why do you think there are like 80 Pride and Prejudice imitation novels? Because women want to fill their dirty minds with an inexhaustible amount of Mr. Darcy.

I mostly just find this whole idea amusing, but it’s also a little worrisome to imagine people only reading the erotic versions of classic novels.  That would be like only reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. That just feels a little wrong, to the books, to their authors, and to history. Let’s not forget that a Jane Austen hero is the kind of guy who tracks down and takes care of a ruined woman, and not the kind of guy who ruins her.  And that Jane Eyre spends her novel agonizing over what it would mean to her morals and religion if she were with Rochester.  And that Tess of the d’Urbervilles, who does get her very own sex scene, follows it up by spending the rest of her life thinking she’s a horrible person and doesn’t deserve the tiniest bit of happiness.

Erotic classic novels will be fun to read, but they will also require some extra suspension of disbelief.

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