Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sexing up the Classics

Has everyone heard about Total E-Bound's Clandestine Classics? It's basically where classic literature has the romance amped up and the smexiness added in.

Check out the Total E-Bound site for more info

I'm kind of tempted to check them out, but also a little bit dubious. Is it okay that I loved it when zombies were shanghaied into Pride and Prejudice and it became the truly awesome Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but I don't feel at all the same way about sex scenes? I am in no way a literary purist -- I love my classic literature, but I also love my erotica. And everything in between. 

I think it's to do with internal logic. I can accept that Pride and Prejudice with zombies makes a kind of sense. Why was that small English village so full of soldiers during the Napoleonic wars? Oh, of course: a zombie outbreak. Makes perfect sense. 

Sex doesn't. Pride and Prejudice hinges on manners and appearances and strict societal rules. Darcy and Elizabeth don't touch. They can't touch. And we know what happens to girls who break the rules, because it's what happens to Lydia. She runs away to marry Wickham, and repents at leisure. 

I think I'll do a Fifty Shades on these. Wait for someone else to read them and tell me whether or not I should. 

What do you guys think? 


  1. Hmm. I had not heard about this. I'm not sure what I think. On the one hand, yeah, sex is a big part of romance, and why not celebrate that even Elizabeth and Darcy had carnal desires? But I think you put it well. The deliciousness in a romance like P&P lies partly in the characters' necessary adherence to the rules of their society.

    I'm fine with some things being left to my imagination.

    Except zombies. I want the zombies described to me in juicy, gory detail.

    1. Oh, there's always room for zombies!

      And, it's weird. In some classics I think sex scenes can totally work: Dracula, hello! But not Pride and Prejudice, because I think it undermines the entire fabric of the story.

      And I also recommend reading Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Brilliant!


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