In case you missed the noise: erotic-romance publisher Total E-Bound introduced their new series Clandestine Classics, in which the original texts of several classic and free of copyrights have been spiced up with erotic scenes.
And oh boy, there’s quite a bit of controversy there, and as far as I’ve read the reactions, much, perhaps even most, of it is downright negative. How dare those writers dirty such beloved stories like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre with sex? Murder might have been just forgiveable, but sex??? The writers who committed such a crime must all be talentless hacks who never wrote an original piece in their lives.
As for the writers, the four who’ve written the first in the series have, between them, published dozens and dozens of original romantic/erotic titles, from short stories to novels. Whether or not you enjoy their books is a matter of personal taste, but Clandestine Classics is by far not the first time they put pen to paper.
But, there’s still the not-s0-small detail of what they actually did with those precious historical works. Shouldn’t we, lovers of our literary world heritage, protect the classics against the grubby paws of those who only want to make a cheap buck, because surely no way any of those authors is doing this out of affection for the original stories?
Well, no, we shouldn’t. Those works don’t need our protection. Seriously, they don’t. They survived time and many changes in taste and morals, bad translations and indifferent publishers, terrible fanfiction and what else creative humanity managed to throw at them. And the stories are still there, and will be there long after the next shocking new interpretation of Sherlock Holmes has been forgotten.
Good stories that stood the test of time are no frail flowers; they are alive with possibilities, they inspire and almost openly invite you to have fun with them. And after all is said and done, those stories will still be there, in their original form, untouched by all the noise.
Curious? The first four titles will be available on the 30th of July, and to be sure: the writers only get paid for the number of words they’ve actually written, not for someone else’s work.