Blogger: Rachel Kent
I’ve had books like Pride & Prejudice and Zombies on my mind recently. (I actually own an autographed copy of that book–it was a gift and the giver knew it was a funny one.) The writer (re-teller?) of Pride & Prejudice and Zombies took a classic, romantic, near-perfect novel and mixed it with horror and satire.
I am not a big fan of this book or others like it because I feel like the original text is too heavily used in the books. Jane Austen wrote most of Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, too. It’s her book nearly word-for-word with some zombies mixed in. It doesn’t feel right to me for her work to be used in this way even if if is public domain. I am one small voice in a vast sea. That book was wildly popular when it came out (as was Sense & Sensibility and Sea Monsters), so others do disagree with me on this and that is totally fine. While googling just now I saw Android Karenina! I hadn’t heard of that one yet!
I do think that mashing up genres on a book that YOU wrote or are writing could be fun. Do you write WWII historical romance? How would your story be if it was mixed with a sci-fi plot?
Or if you write horror, can you add fantasy?
Contemporary romance? That’s a little bit harder because I have actually seen successful books with contemporary romance mixed with most other genres. But your current plot with a little added robot, zombie, or alien activity could be fun!
If you have a minute to play with this, I’d love to see a little paragraph-long description of a “mash-up” of your work-in-progress!
Have you read a mash-up like this? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not?