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.