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Promotional materials for a new rewritten version of Jane Austen's much-loved novel "Pride and Prejudice" arrived today, proclaiming the arrival of a "raunchy new version of the Jane Austen classic!" But wait, there's more:

In this no-holds-barred account, men are not necessarily the only dominating sex. This time Mr. Bingley and his sister both have designs on Mr. Darcy’s manhood; Elizabeth’s dear friend Charlotte marries their family’s strange relation, discovering that her husband’s pious nature extends to worship of a different sort; and, in this telling, Lady Catherine de Bourgh takes the disciplining of those in the parish very seriously. As for the handsome Mr. Wickham, he’s wickeder than ever! And of course there’s plenty of good old-fashioned bodice ripping that shows no pride or prejudice and reveals hot hidden lusts in every scandalous page-turning chapter. This is the book Jane Austen would have written, if only she’d had the nerve!

But... would she? And if she didn't back when she was making those final edits in 1812, must she now?


Was it not enough that Austen has already endured the onslaught of zombie hordes? Now, poor "Pride and Prejudice" stands to face something possibly more destructive to the author's Austen-ness: plain old consummation.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: What if Mr. Bennet were looking at a dirty cartoon? He's not -- it's the 2005 version of "Pride and Prejudice." Credit: Alex Bailey / Focus Features

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Don't these already exist as like the Pride and Prejudice Wild and Wanton Edition? I thought it was a waste of printed material when I saw it on display (and would have gouged my eyes out had "Swamplandia!" been nearby). And judging from Amazon, it didn't do that well...so why continue?

What's next? "Pride and Prejudice and Vampire Caesarian Sections"?

Yes, I believe I've already run into some x-rated jane austen. Remember picking up one sequel version that opened with our heroine unable to handle a carriage ride because of Mr Darcy's attentions from the night before! Ugh. And another with their children fornicating all over Europe. Bizarre stuff, never purchased either - would never purchase anything like this.

It's a rip off to use Austen's characters, why can't the author show some originality and write her pathetic porn with her own characters? Oh, that's right. Because the author doesn't have actual talent and no one would buy it.

What?! No way! Its a Classic! is not TWILIGHT!

As the author of the above-mentioned tome "Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts," I guarantee it won't be like any of the other versions! (Though I did forget to stick in a few zombies...)

If I wanted to read smutty Jane Austen, I'd read fanfic. It, at least, is free.

Oh, go for it. Why not. I'd read it. Or see it on film.

XXX (and any other) authors should write their own books, rather than turning other writers' masterworks into erotic fanfic.

Personally, I'm looking forward to reading this title.

The appropriation of characters in world literature has been a long-standing tradition and is responsible for many of our 'original' classics, including Virgil's Aeneid and the majority of Shakespeare's output.

Each generation supposedly discovers their own Shakespeare and Austen. I'm hoping this next incarnation has more to offer than the version with the zombies.

Porn is at the saturation point. So tired of sex this and sex that. Yawn.

If the author has managed to pull off something new from the old (and from the book reviews I've been seeing, it sounds as if she has), then more power to her! Never assume anything about anything until you've actually seen the goods.

So some smut-writing hack decided she couldn't manage to sell a book on her own name and skills, so she dragged Jane Austen's name down with her? I don't have any problem with sexually explicit material, but this is in no way Jane Austen, and it's probably not even a legitimate pastiche. It's fanfiction.

For me, it's already kind of like porn. My kind of porn. Romance, strong, attentive gentleman... what gets a gals motor going better than that?

Szereto's a very skilled writer. I have no doubt she's done a fantastic job in representing Jane Austen for a 21st century readership! I can't wait to read the book!

Does everything have to be about revealed sexuality? Don't we get enough of that with our politicians and celebrities?? Please leave Jane Austen alone.

Huh...pure mind candy...wow, that's original..."This is the book Jane Austen would have written, if only she’d had the nerve!" Psh, give me a break. Austen had nerve. If she didn't, her books would never have been published, not in that era. She also had class and a great deal of wit, so I really don't think so. Now, excuse, I must throw up...

Oh, there's tons of Austen slash fiction available online--I've found much of it enjoyable. And I find it very amusing how much of it seems to be Darcy/Wickham.

I can't read to read this book!

Sounds intriguing to me. I would love to read it.

No "only if it was done with extraordinary skill" option?

I may occasionally open a book based on its plot summary, but whether I enjoy it is sentence by sentence.


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