Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Android Karenina. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Literary mashups have invaded bookstores everywhere, blending beloved stories, characters and real-life historical figures with the unlikeliest of ingredients. Some of these mashups have been welcomed and devoured be readers. Others, well...not so much. I created the Twitter hashtag #badliterarymashups to see the best (aka worst) literary mashups the Twitterverse could come up with. My first post was MiddleEarthMarch - a novel about life in provincial England among Hobbits, Orcs and Balrogs. The #badliterarymashups tag drew hundreds and hundreds of responses. The results were wildly entertaining and often hilarious. I've selected some of my favorites here, but do yourself a favor and check out the #badliterarymashups tag, then add your own ingredients to the stew.
JASON PINTER is the bestselling author of five thriller novels (the most recent of which are The Fury and The Darkness), and is an agent with the Waxman Literary Agency. His first novel for young readers, Zeke Bartholomew: Superspy!, will be released in the summer of 2011. Visit him at http//:www.jasonpinter.com.