Earlier this year I had one of those 4am ideas: how easy would it be to get the text of Pride and Prejudice (which, like most out-of-copyright works, is available in multiple places online) and just change all the genders round? It turned out that it was quite easy in one sense – especially with the help of regender.com – but quite difficult to do thoroughly. It was, however, enormously enjoyable, a bit like like doing a giant crossword.
My aim was to change as little as possible: this wasn’t fan fiction or creative writing of any kind, but almost a mathematical transformation of the original text. however, questions kept presenting themselves. Should I change just the genders of the characters, for example, or the genders of everyone referenced? I decided to change everything, as it was more fun that way; hence St Paul’s Cathedral, for example, becomes St Paula’s, and any reference to God becomes a reference to the Goddess. I wrote a post about the process here:
After I finished that project I realised I’d become addicted, so I had a go at Sherlock Holmes.
I went on to do a Sister Brown story, as below, and A Christmas Carol, which are also below; I hope you find them interesting.
Prejudice and Pride: A Cover Version
The Adventures of Shirley Holmes and Jane Watson
The Adventures of Sister Brown
Originally a Father Brown story.
A Christmas Carol
My latest project is a genderswitched anthology called James Eyre and Other Genderswitched Stories. There’s a blog post about it here, an extract from The Picture of Daria Gray here, and you can buy the book or ebook here: