Riffs on the tale

Classic mashups have been hot for a little over a year now. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was the first to come out, back in early 2009, but now you can get your classics in about any flavor you want them.

I haven’t read any, so I can’t make a statement for how I feel about them. I’ve been asked a few times, but really, all I can say is that I think that now, they might be over done. Little Vampire Women, put out very recently by HarperTeen, is the first of many that the publisher wants to aim at teens, who have latched on to popular adult titles like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer.

What’s your take on the trend? Does it do a good thing by exposing people to classics in a new way or is it destroying timeless work?

I guess the real question is this: what’s the one you would most like to read? I’d love to read a mashup of Moby Dick. Oh, or maybe Leaves of Grass (what would be possible?). It’s one of my all-time favorite books, and I’d love to see how it could be mashed. But what goes well with a white whale?

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  1. says

    while I think this trend is so over, and personally I don't want to read any of them, I do think that if they might introduce people to some great classics they otherwise wouldn't read, then they're all good. (Ditto for the Twilight series.) Mansfield Park and Mummies cracks me up – I hadn't heard of that one before!

  2. says

    The one I want to read is Paul is Undead because I am a huge Beatles fan, and I think the idea of zombie Paul is a hilarious twist on the Paul is Dead craze. Everything else seems random and written just to fit in with the genre. Sure, these books could definitely introduce readers to literature they wouldn't read otherwise, but I'm sick of the trend.

  3. says

    Probably a Kraken could go with Moby Dick 😛 but if we are staying with the classic paranormals i.e vampires, werewolves, zombies then I'm not entirely sure.

    Mash ups don't really interest me but a few of my friends really like them.

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