After the success of 50 Shades of Grey (which I have not read), a digital publisher is re-doing some classic novel to now contain sex scenes, these include Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Sherlock Holmes. I find the whole concept uncomfortable, especially in Sherlock Holmes case as the sex scene is between him and Dr Watson. This is not because I am homophobia, but because there is not sexual feelings between the two characters. You would not be surprised by a steamy sex scene between Heathcliff and Cathy from Wuthering Heights as there is blatantly sexual feelings there. By trying to make something fit into a society it was not created for, are we losing what made those books classic in the first place? Or does this say more about today’s reader?
July 30, 2012