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There’s an interesting discussion going on over at Dear Author about whether this is a good idea.  I’ve seen the news on a few different blogs this morning and the comments seem to be almost universally negative.  Words like “violation,” “blasphemy,” “laziness,” and “disgraceful” have been used to describe the idea of adding sex scenes to classic literature.

I guess I’ve been outvoted but I think things like this are okay.  Unfortunately, they’re never executed very well, but that’s a whole other issue (check out the excerpt from the BDSM version of Jane Eyre here).  The point is that there is no law preventing it from happening, and that’s really, really important.  I hope there never will be.

I recently read Imagine, Jonah Lehrer’s pop-science book about the nature of creativity.  Towards the end of the book, he discusses the need for an open exchange of ideas, and how the United States has squelched creativity by becoming increasingly reliant on copyright laws and patent lawsuits to control the ownership of information.  According to Lehrer, this is a bad thing and I’m inclined to agree.  So many amazing works of visual art, music, and literature would not exist without a tradition of emulation and appropriation.

The kinky version of Jane Eyre isn’t very good, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t exist.  It will be interesting to see if this opens the doors to further experimentation with “sacred” classics.  We already have Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so I’m wondering… what could be next?

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