Monday, September 16, 2013

Sexing Up The Classics with Tanith Davenport

When the Clandestine Classics line first came out last year, the media backlash was immediate, especially from the Daily Mail and the Huffington Post. The suggestion of adding erotic scenes to classic novels was derided as plagiarism, as desecration, as sacrilege. These novels were all about the imagination, internet commenters insisted. They didn’t need these extra scenes.

Well, I’m fairly certain Pride and Prejudice didn’t need zombies either, but that’s the way it goes. And it has to be said that many of these novels do lend themselves very well to erotic romance. Tom Jones, for instance, was a romp by anyone’s standards before Total-e-Bound even touched it. But in my case, I chose The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

I’ve always loved Anne Bronte’s novel. It was profoundly shocking in its time, dealing as it did with a woman who fled from her adulterous and alcoholic husband, and so disturbed Anne’s sister Charlotte (most likely because the husband was based on their addict brother Branwell) that, following Anne’s death, she blocked reprinting of the novel, thereby consigning Anne to the role of least known and least talented sister. As far as I’m concerned, anything which brings her work into the public eye is well worth doing.

It does help, of course, that The Tenant of Wildfell Hall lends itself so well to erotica. Sexing up a classic novel is a painstaking process; finding suitable places to expand upon, retaining the style, keeping in character. Fortunately, Helen Graham is already written as a passionate woman, one who I could easily see throwing herself into intimacy as long as it was within marriage – and as she spends a large part of the novel married, it was much easier to convincingly develop this side of her. The charismatic husband she ultimately leaves is a hedonist, a lover of all forms of pleasure, and I could believe him to be an adventurous man in the bedroom – no matter whose bedroom it turned out to be.

Whether Helen would agree to some of the things I introduced her to is another thing – but at least it’s hot!

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Tanith Davenport and Anne Bronte

Genre: Erotic romance

Publisher: Total-e-Bound

Date of Publication: 6 September 2013

ISBN: 978-1-78184-444-1

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Book Description:

Into the quiet village of Lindenhope comes Helen Graham, an attractive young widow and mother. Living alone with her son at Wildfell Hall, her seclusion attracts curiosity from the local people, in particular Gilbert Markham, whose interest in her is soon edged with desire—and Helen, despite herself, begins to reciprocate his love for her.

But when scandalous rumours begin to circulate about Helen’s behaviour, Gilbert is filled with anger and jealousy. Helen attempts to clear her name by offering Gilbert her diary, which reveals the dark, passionate story of her former marriage to debauched rake Arthur Huntingdon, whose sexual and sensual desires fill her with excitement and pleasure but precipitate a gradual descent into hell.

Gilbert believes he could forgive her anything, but the lies continue to spread, threatening Helen’s peace of mind and, above all, her physical safety. Will the secrets of Helen’s past get in the way of their future?

About the Author:

Tanith Davenport began writing erotica at the age of 27 by way of the Romantic Novelists' Association New Writers' Scheme. Her debut novel "The Hand He Dealt" was released by Total-e-Bound in June 2011 and was shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon Award for 2012.

Tanith has had short stories published by Naughty Nights Press and House of Erotica. She loves to travel and dreams of one day taking a driving tour of the United States, preferably in a classic 1950s pink Cadillac Eldorado.

Tanith's idea of heaven is an Indian head massage with a Mojito at her side.

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Tanith Davenport said...

Thanks for having me on here!

Roxanne Rhoads said...

what a fun concept- I've often thought- "what if you took this story and did this?" - I love that you did ;-)