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And People Thought ‘Before Watchmen’ Was Bad

Written on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 by Kyle posted by kyle

When Before Watchmen was announced by DC Comics there was a very noticeable response from comic fans everywhere; it was not positive. It seems fans of this sort of literature (the picture type…) don’t like the idea of such a popular book getting additions to its story that aren’t sanctioned by its original authors (Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons) and that’s a fair position to have. Time will tell how successful this whole ‘Before Watchmen’ miniseries will be.

Now there is a more pressing concern coming for the world of literature (the non-picture type…).  I’m talking about a new horror that comes to us thanks largely to ‘Fifty Shade of Grey’. Seems now a publisher of adult fiction will be giving books new additions of erotic/ sexual scenes in order to make them more accessible titillating to readers. It gets better. This isn’t being done with just any books on the shelf, but with some really notable classics. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Jane Eyre’ will be getting such treatments. Since these stories do deal with a lot of sexuality I wasn’t that upset. Besides if ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is okay, then how can I hardly complain about this?

What got to me though, are two of the other titles on this list. Seems ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’ by Jules Verne and ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Study In Scarlet’ are also do for the newly minted X rated additions. These stories are getting brand new erotic scenes inserted in them, because the publishers hope to make all those ‘Twi-Hards’ magically become interested. Sex sells, but… really?

There’s a large thing to consider about both of these stories, that sticks in my craw. There are no female main characters in ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’; and I don’t want to begin conceptualizing what crazy submarine fun will ensue. And on Sherlock? My biggest concern is that ‘Study in Scarlet’ will include a sex scene between Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Watson. Shudder.

Is this what we have to look forward to? As soon as a beloved classic become public domain, it will inevitably include inserted sex scenes between any characters it feels like, in order to get middle aged women to read it. Perhaps soon we can have the work of Charles Dickens get the terrifying sexual scenes we always felt it needed. Oh wait, ‘Great Expectations’ is already on the list. Hooray.

The biggest question of all… when will this trend make it’s way to comics?

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