Why Go Wild and Wanton with ‘Daisy Miller’? And What Do Our Dear Readers Want to See Next?

By Gabrielle Vigot, author of Daisy Miller: The Wild and Wanton Edition

Daisy Miller: The Wild and Wanton EditionCiao miei cari lettori!

(That’s hello, my treasured readers, in Italian.)

I’m author Gabrielle Vigot, and I’ve just completed my first project for Crimson Romance: a Wild and Wanton edition of Henry James’s Daisy Miller. As you may know, Wild and Wanton editions are written based on the classic novels you cherish. But then the authors go all wild n’ wanton on the original prose—and what you end up with is the story of the original characters with sexy new scenes of them doing what you always secretly wanted them to do—hooking up in glorious and granular detail.

This piece of work, like the other Wild and Wanton editions, ain’t for your middle school teacher.

You see, in the 1800s, authors simply didn’t write about their treasured characters making love under the stars or getting hot and heavy in the castles they visited. And their petticoats most certainly didn’t slip off in the hands of handsome strangers before marriage. Yet these are all things that could have happened, and are often implied, within the original story arcs.

I chose Daisy Miller as my Wild and Wanton story because of the sexual tension between the two main characters, Daisy and Winterbourne. Throughout the book, Winterbourne tries to rein her in and tries to convince her to behave better than a “little American flirt,” but as Daisy points out numerous times, she has “never allowed a gentleman to dictate” to her, or to “interfere with anything” she does. She flirts with various gentlemen, to the outrage of the high-society expatriates she longs to join. It’s a novella about the stifling social mores of the late 1800s, and the man who busies himself with the delectable chore of trying to rein her in.

I’m not the type of lady who believes in fitting in. Maybe it’s because I always effortlessly didn’t fit in, especially in middle school. In Daisy Miller, the titular Daisy is somewhat of an outcast, and feminist, in her own way. She is unrelentingly polite, but she demands more freedom than her friends allow her, and expects nothing less than to be able to carry on with as many men as she sees fit. This excludes her from the company of the picky expats she tries to befriend in Rome (hence the Italian).

So readers, I ask you this: What would YOU like to see in a Wild and Wanton Edition? Crimson has already published sexy versions of:
Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Count of Monte Cristo, Daisy Miller, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, Dracula, North and South, Lorna Doone, and A Room with a View.

Please leave a comment below if you know of another novel in the public domain that shows off a bright spark between two characters, and you’d always wished they’d get to third base. Sometimes the classic characters we love are in odd pairings, and that makes their stories all the more precious. And of course, please tell your romantic friends to pre-order these sexy books from Crimson before they forget!