Ten Fantastic Mash-ups We Need Right Now

When I first read this week’s assignment for Top Ten Tuesday, my heart fell. It sounded like an impossibly difficult task:

Pick two books you think would make an epic story if combined.

Sometimes a challenge is a good thing. This made me think about some of my favorite stories in an entirely new way. And who knows? One of these mashups may inspire me for NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month).


1. Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson (A Robin Hood re-telling) + One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.

This could turn into a madcap romp, something akin to Cervantes’ Don Quixote, but contained within the walls of a mental asylum.

2. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll + One for the Money by Janet Evanovich.

Can you imagine Alice trying to track down criminals in wonderland, waffling between The Mad Hatter (Joseph Morelli) and The Cheshire Cat (Ranger), etc. Of course, the Queen of Hearts would morph into Joyce Bernhardt.

3. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys + Pinnochio (in reverse)

A person gradually becomes less human, but becomes more “perfect.”

4. Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare + Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

A robot tries to make a human “nicer.”

5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley + Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

A scientist tries to make his monster master the social graces and falls in love.

6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte + The Little Mermaid

Some gothic shenanigans take place beneath the waves.

7. Aladdin’s Lamp + Emma by Jane Austen.

Social visits and match making get real interesting when a magical teapot appears.

8. Lord of the Flies by William Golding + 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James


9. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Iriving + Sherlock Holmes or Dana Skully (rational skeptic)

10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott + Ready Player One by Ernest Kline

It’d be interesting to see what Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg would get up to in a virtual reality world.


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week.

This week’s topic is Books You’d Mash Together (pick two books you think would make an epic story if combined) (Submitted by Rissi @ Finding Wonderland)

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