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    Twisted Classics

    by Jasna Tosic - 0 Comment(s)

    If you struggle with classical titles, there is something you may consider trying - mushup fiction.

    Mushup is a derived art, which mixes pre-existing text – often classical works – with a specific popular genre, notably but not exclusively, vampire and zombie fiction.

    The genre ancestry can be traced to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, one of its the most successful examples. It combines Jane Austen’s classic novel with modern zombie fiction. While parody novels such as Bored of the Rings (Beard/Kenney) and parallel novels like The Wind Gone Done (A. Randall) or Wicked (G. Magiure) make fun of the original text or offer an alternative version of it, the mushup-fiction take a literary twist to the next level introducing the themes and characters of an entirely defferent genre.

    What started in 2009 with horrification of Jane Austen has continued - more or less successfully - with Abraham Lincoln, the Vampire Hunter by S. Grahame-Smith, Android Karenina by L. Tolstoy & B. H. Winters, Jane Slayre by C. Bronte & S. Browning-Erwin, Little Vampire Women by L. M. Alcott & Lynn Messina, and many other titles that came from a creative blender.

    Robinson Crusoe (The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope), which entwines the original novel with elements from the works of H. P. Lovecraft and werewolf novels, is the newest variation of mushup fiction, and has been attributed to three authors: Daniel Defoe, H.P. Lovecraft and Peter Clines.

    Some other literary reinventions recast a classic text with the some best known pop-icons of our time, as Ben Greenman did in his novel Celebrity Chekhov. Former friends Nicole and Paris exchange prickly pleasantries, talk-show host Dave narrowly averts a potential domestic crisis, Sarah Palin shows her appreciation for the highest reward she received for serving the people of Alaska… Replacing Russian peasants, aristocrats, clerks and disappointed wives of Chekhov’s time with “flawed (contemporary) specimen of humanity ruled by ego and insecurity”, Greenman spins the stories of love, loss, pride, vanity, heartbreak, reward… the very stuff of life, in a new, surreal way, adding to our understanding of the original work.


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