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I first became fixated on Pride and Prejudice thanks to the BBC Television series starring Colin Firth as the prideful Mr. Darcy. I found that the more times I watched it, the more things I discovered. The characters are so much fun, and that’s what I wanted to do with my version: make them even more fun!
I decided to take my pen to Jane Austen’s work and put my own special spin on it. However, I didn’t want to do just another romantic rehash on the novel; I wanted to do something that would appeal to a much wider audience, especially the fans of the Zombies versions. Perhaps it might seem odd to some that I’d find myself more aligned with a book featuring zombies rather than any romantic versions, but it appealed to my sense of quirkiness and off-the-wall humor. The concept was different and unique—and as a writer and anthology editor there’s nothing I like more than creating (and reading) books that are different and unique. So that’s what I set out to do with Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts—make it different and unique (minus the zombies!).
In a way I’ve taken what I did with my short story collection In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales and applied it to Jane Austen, offering a sense of playfulness, outrageous humor, not to mention plenty of sex! The original story is still there and very recognizable, but I’ve explored beyond that, allowing the reader to see far more than Jane Austen would ever have been allowed to show us. Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts is without doubt a parody, but then so too, was the original novel. Miss Austen provided me with some very rich fodder to work with—and I went at it with impunity. No one is immune in my version; the entire cast is there, and you simply won’t believe what they get up to! I had a lot of fun writing the book, and I hope readers will have just as much fun reading it.
Imagine that Jane Austen had written the opening line of her satirical novel Pride and Prejudice this way: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a good romp and a good wife—although not necessarily from the same person or from the opposite sex.” In Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, the entire cast of characters from Austen’s classic is here, caught with their breeches unbuttoned and their skirts raised high in this rewrite that goes all the way—and then some! Mr. Darcy has never been more devilish and the seemingly chaste Elizabeth never more turned on.
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!
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Mitzi Szereto is an author and editor of erotic and multi-genre fiction and non-fiction. She has a blog “Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog” and a Web TV channel Mitzi TV, which covers “quirky” London. Her other books include Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance (Sept. 2011); In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales; Getting Even: Revenge Stories; Dying For It: Tales of Sex & Death; Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers; The New Black Lace Book of Women’s Sexual Fantasies; the Erotic Travel Tales anthology series, Silk Sheets: Collected Stories of Mitzi Szereto; The World’s Best Sex Writing 2005; and the M. S. Valentine erotic novels. Mitzi has pioneered erotic writing workshops in the UK and Europe, teaching them from the Cheltenham Festival of Literature to the Greek islands. She’s also lectured in creative writing at several British universities. She’s been featured in publications ranging from the Sunday Telegraph, Independent, Times, Observer, Toronto Star, The London Paper, Company Magazine, Dare Magazine, Family Circle, Writing Magazine, and Scarlet Magazine, to Bravo UK Television, Telecinco TV 5 (Madrid), Newstalk Ireland, BBC Radio, and FM4 ORF (Vienna). Her anthology Erotic Travel Tales 2 is the first anthology of erotica to feature a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Originally from the USA, she lives in Greater London.