Mash ups – it could work!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Books You’d Mash Together

Well, I actually struggled with this one so I’ve gone down a slightly tongue-in-cheek route just for a bit of fun.

  1. The Grey Bastards meets Emma – I think it would be interesting to see how Emma deals with the Hoof.  Will she start matchmaking, will she clean them all up and turn them into gentlemen, could the fun be in the struggle?  Jonathan French meets Jane Austen
  2. Harry Potter meets Name of the Wind – Harry and Kvothe could be study buddies!  They could swap notes about magic, Harry could learn to play an instrument and they could perform a duet together.  Don’t forget the cloak of invisibility – Kvothe could make good use of that to get into the stacks.  Rowling meets Rothfuss.
  3. Watership Down meets Charlotte’s Web – just think, a lovely happy ending – well, technically they both already had a happy ending but, Charlotte lives on a farm, i’m sure they’ve got a spare field somewhere that the rabbits could hole up in.  All the farm animals, the spiders and the rabbits could have a rave.  Richard Adams meets EB White
  4. The Woman in White vs the Woman in Black.  Wilkie Collins meets Susan Hill
  5. The Lies of Locke Lamora and the Copper Promise – lets put the cat amongst the bastards – Locke has a thing for redheads, love triangle!  Scott Lynch meets Jen Williams
  6. Dracula meets Twilight – an intellectual discussion about whether the practice of drinking blood is really acceptable in a modern and civilised world when their are perfectly reasonable alternatives.  Bram Stoker meets Stephenie Meyer
  7. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Shining – this is just wrong isn’t it – but why not – there’s lots of rooms in the Overlook Hotel, none of them are occupied – they all have wardrobes, the possibilities are infinitely horrible.  CS Lewis meets Stephen King.  I’d read that it would be scary as.
  8. The Road meets Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – there’s a strange sense of logic in there somewhere.  You’re on the road, with your cardboard plaque asking for a lift, next thing you’re on a Vorgon starship with a mission to build a bypass.  Cormac McCarthy meets Douglas Adams.
  9. Prince of Thorns meets Sleeping Beauty, a beautiful woman, ensorcelled, in the top tower of a castle surrounded by the thickest forest of thorny briars – all she needs is a Prince to kiss her and break the spell.  Could it be Jorg – he’s Prince of Thorns, not sure about the kissing part.  Mark Lawrence meets Charles Perrault. Update:  Mark Lawrence has already written a Sleeping Beauty story involving Prince Jorg – you can read it in The Road Brothers along with other stories about the characters from The Broken Empire.  I’ve read it and it’s very good indeed and highly recommended. (In case you’re wondering why I’ve come up with this mash up – I was thinking, literally of a fairytale retelling set in Sleeping Beauty’s world with Jorg thrown in.  I’d love to see how he would handle it, imagine the chaos).   Link for the Road Brothers is here.  If you love the Broken Empire I suggest you pick this one up – it adds an extra layer of something special to the characters.  

27 Responses to “Mash ups – it could work!”

  1. waytoofantasy

    Ahahahaha, this was great, love your approach to the topic. 😂😂😂

    I the HP/NotW mashup I think Kvothe would be insanely jealous because apparently there’s no tuition to Hogwarts? Lol.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I never thought of that but you’ve got a point.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I love this. So technically would it become The Woman in Grey? I also would love to see Dracula meet up with the vamps in Twilight. I can see him screaming “So this is what we become!” as he sacrifices himself into the sun.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – Barb you make me laugh. I should have thought of the Woman in Grey – we need that book.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    I love Watership Down meets Charlotte’s Web, I would definitely read that😁

  4. Astilbe

    Watership Down and Charlotte’s Web would make a wonderful mashup! I actually mentioned Watership Down as well in my post this week, although I paired it with something else.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I think it would be a totally soppy and lovely tale, cute beyond words even. I would defo read it.
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Oh my! I tried to imagine what kind of doorways the wardrobes of the Overlook Hotel might offer, and my mind reeled at the number of horrific possibilities…. But I’d love to read that kind of book 😉

  6. Brooke Lorren

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe meets the Shining would be a very odd book… but in fiction, you can make anything work!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Imagine how many wardrobes there are in the Overlook – the scope for horror settings is huge!
      Lynn 😀

  7. sjhigbee

    HOWLING with laughter at the prospect of Narnia in the Overlook Hotel. Not to mention Ford Prefect encountering The Road – I think the motto would be DO Panic! Nicely done, Lynn – in a very, very sick way…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Can you imagine all the horrible worlds you could visit from the Overlook Hotel – I would read it.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        So would I – just to see what Susan and Edward made of them…

      • @lynnsbooks

        Haha yep 😀

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Oh, damn you for putting a Prince of Thorns meets Sleeping Beauty mash up into my head. How awesome would that be? Jorg as Prince Charming. Make it happen!

    • Timy

      Yes! I loved this idea as well. I want to see this happen.

      • @lynnsbooks

        We shall have to petition Mr Lawrence for a fairytale retelling.
        Lynn 😀

      • Timy

        Yes! Give me the petition I’ll sign it in a heartbeat!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Let’s be honest, it’s a bit touch and go – at the end of the day Jorg is just as likely to stab the princess, maybe somewhere not life threatening, as kiss her.
      Lynn 😀

  9. thatthornguy

    There’s a book called Princess of Thorns which is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. And in Road Brothers there is a story called Sleeping Beauty that casts Jorg in the titular role.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ll have to look into the Princess of Thorns – basically, I’m a massive sucker for fairytale retellings. I read your Sleeping Beauty some time ago and loved it – so, you’re probably wondering why it’s on my list! I was meaning more of dropping Jorg into fairyland and seeing the results. 😀

  10. bkfrgr

    Yes yes yes to the Woman in White vs the Woman in Black, and Narnia via the Outlook Hotel – I want to read those books! Fab list! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I kind of threw this list together tongue in cheek but then sort of found myself liking the idea of a couple of these mash ups – particularly the Overlook/Narnia.
      Lynn 😀

      • bkfrgr

        Yeah, that was inspired, and has caught the imagination of quite a few of us in the comments, no? 😀

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