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Mash-Ups or “Its all been said before!”

Mash-ups combine one or more parts to make a new whole. Common among popular music, animation and videos, mash-up novels are gaining in popularity, thanks to Quirk Press and other so-inspired authors.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, initially written by Jane Austen and mashed-up by Seth Grahme-Smith, tells the classic romance of Elizabeth Bennet, zombie killer (recently, rumors claim the title will be adapted for the big screen!). Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters kept it going in Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, a romance with tentacles. Now they’ve produced a prequel, Steve Hockensmith’sPride and Prejudice and Zombies: dawn of the dreadfuls. Later this year, Ben H. Winters and Leo Tolstoy will retell Android Karenina, a steampunk Russian romance.

I kid you not.

Adam Roberts of Gollancz books: I Am Scrooge: a zombie story for Christmas

Amanda Grange of Sourcebooks Inc: Mr Darcy, Vampyre

Regina Jeffers of Ulysses Press: Vampire Darcy’s Desire: a Pride and Prejudice adaptation

It gets worse. Or better.

Del Rey publishing will soon release Louisa May Alcott’s and Porter Grand’s Little Women and Werewolves.
Grand Central Publishing will loose Seth Grahme-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: vampire hunter. This is not unlike A.E. Moorat’s Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter, or her future release Henry VIII: Wolfman.

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