Written by Jenny Brady on Thursday, July 19th, 2012

In the “Say it ain’t so!” department, erotica publishers are now looking to literary classics such as Jane Austen‘s Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte as their next cash cows, in light of the wave of success of the Fifty Shades series.

Total E-Bound is 100% convinced that there is a market for more sexually explicit versions of the 19th century classics by Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, spicing the novels up for a new generation.

They’re also looking at “updating” Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Sherlock Holmes stories. Yeah, that’s right – Sherlock Holmes and Watson are going to get more than friendly… and we’re presuming this Dr. Watson is not Lucy Liu.

“We’re not rewriting the classics. We’re keeping the original prose and the author’s voice. We’re not changing any of that,” says Claire Siemaszkiewicz of Total-E-Bound Publishing.

“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 we’re 100% convinced that there’s a market there.

“We’ll 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 adds, “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.

“Charlotte Bronte was a bold, forward-thinking lady for her time. There’s so much sexual tension and eroticism there.”

The “additional” scenes will be written by many of the 250 erotica authors who already work with the publishing house. The new books will start appearing in eBook format on July 30th.

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