Top Ten Tuesday | A Mash Up of Two Bookish Worlds

Monday, August 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | A Mash Up of Two Bookish Worlds

Hey, hey fellow book nerds! Welcome back to Finding Wonderland. I’m so glad you made this space one of your Top Ten Tuesday stops. Let’s take a look at today’s topic.

That Artsy Reader Girl August 7: 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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Despite this being an idea I thought sounded epic (and fun), as I sit down to put this post together, my bookish mind draws a blank. This is perhaps what I get for not better thinking this through. Or jotting down notes – like what books did I have in mind at the time? what books DO sound like epic mash-ups!?

Alas, my mind remains a blank canvas.

In the spirit of today’s theme, today’s list is all over the place (aka it gets the mix up treatment) wherein I talk about a few mashups I’ve yet to see happen, a few that already have (and I hope these are epic) and general author/style mashups!

1: Jane Austen meets Kasie West | Though Kasie West has written many YA-lite novels that mirror (in certain respects) Austen-esque themes, who else thinks she’d write a dynamic contemporary Austen series!? Her style seems ideally suited to these stories. Amazon | Goodreads

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2: P+P+Z by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith meets Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen | Though I did (much to my surprise) enjoy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, who here thinks it’s Catherine Morland who’d actually slay in this world!??


3: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen meets Spies (Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance) | This mashup has already happened thanks to Talia’s Spies and Prejudice. Because I mean really, who else things Lizzy Bennet would be a rock star in the spy game!? I mean I love spy movies, and I love Pride and Prejudice, so basically this mash up is a must-read.

Pride and Prejudice: Amazon | GoodreadsPride and Prejudice on Amazon Video ▪ Spies and Prejudice: Amazon | Goodreads

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4: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas meets Steampunk! | Because, why not? Don’t you think Edmund’s brooding hero would fit into the steampunk era nicely? I like to think so. Amazon | Goodreads The Count of Monte Cristo on Amazon Video

5: Wait for Me by Caroline Leech meets Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte | This pair is kind of weird (but that’s part of the charm of today’s topic, right?) since I’ve read neither one of these books. However, as I put this list together, for some reason seeing the Jane Eyre story told during the 1940s (which is the timeframe for Wait for Me) sounds like the potential for a great story.

Wait for Me: Amazon | Goodreads ▪ Jane Eyre Book: Amazon | GoodreadsJane Eyre on Amazon Video

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6: Hushed by Joanne McGregor meets Unblemished by Sara Ella | Recently I began to read Hushed, a contemporary Little Mermaid re-telling that strips away all of the magic. This is an idea I like and in fact wouldn’t wish to see changed, but do wish Hushed had a better fairytale voice like Sara Ella’s Unblemished.

Hushed: Amazon | Goodreads ▪ Unblemished: Amazon | Goodreads

Mash-Up Book Talk: In my head swirls the thoughts that any of Charles Dickens stories would rock the steampunk era. They already have that kind of dark brooding vibe, so why not see them in the creative and Gothic-esque world of steampunk? Who else thinks Bleak House would be cool as a steampunk story? 

Also, who'd like to see some kind of mashup of North and South (the British story)? I'm not sure how I imagine this one being creatively blended with x-story, but I think a different era (but is still historical) is the only way to go. Mashing it with a contemporary story or setting wouldn't net the same results. 

*video publishes Tuesday afternoon; channel linked above
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What mash ups would you create? Name two stories you’d like to see combined! How’d you spin this topic? I’ve love to see all of your thoughts. Comment below with your made-up bookish worlds.

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Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.

32 comments

  1. Jane Austen meets Kasie West- what a cool mashup! The classical plus the super fun modern. And a steampunk Count of Monte cristo? Wow. Yes please.

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    1. Wouldn't JA and Kasie be a perfect match up!? I feel like Kasie's style would suit the awesomeness of JA very well. :)

      YAY! Glad you agree on 'Cristo' in a steampunk world.

      Thanks for visiting, Greg.

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  2. I had so much fun doing this topic this week, but it was a tough one for me too. Congrats (and thank you) for picking such a fun one!

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    1. It was lots of fun for me too! I feel bad I didn't put together a more complete list because I did enjoy it. I just didn't give myself enough time. Thanks for visiting. :)

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  3. I loved the idea of this list but I did find it incredibly tricky, so I adapted it! Kasie West and Jane Austen would be a fascinating combination! My TTT

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    1. Right? Kasie's voice is always so "cute" and wholesome, and Jane Austen's got that perfect-hero and feisty-heroine down pat. I'd love to see Kasie write an Austen re-telling. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Chrissi.

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  4. I had a hard time doing book mashups, so I wrote about different universes you could put books into (that's a similar kind of theme, right?). I actually did write a novella last month (working on perfecting the final draft on it) where I threw Day and June from Legend into Divergent's Chicago. I did that for a challenge last month.

    I like your idea of the Dickens/Dumas combining with steampunk though.

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday: http://www.brookereviewsnsweeps.com/2018/08/alternate-universes-for-books-top-ten-tuesday/

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    1. How fun! Let me know if your novella is ever anywhere it can be bought. I'd definitely pick up a copy. :)

      YAY for a fellow Dickens or Dumas fun and the steampunk era. Something about their stories suggests they'd fit well with the unique genre. Plus, who writes more unique characters (and unforgettable!!) than Dickens?

      Thanks so much for visiting, Brooke.

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  5. You're so right, this topic is made for all sorts of weird! This is scuh a creative mix of books!

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    1. The more creative the story, the more fun it is to think of ways to mash it with other ideas. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  6. Interesting combinations! So many worlds can be combined, haha.
    Here is our TTT: https://thebookdutchesses.com/2018/08/07/ttt-39-books-youd-mash-together/

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    1. Right? Lots of fun potential there.

      Thanks for visiting, Isabelle. :)

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  7. The Count of Monte Cristo meets Steampunk! Good idea. Love it! :)

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    1. Doesn't it sound fun!? :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  8. I've never read Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies, but it I think it sounds as if it would mix well with Northanger Abbey. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday

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    1. It's a fun albeit silly story. But one I liked a GREAT deal more than I thought. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  9. Love the Count of Monte Cristo idea! I'd totally read that.

    Hallie @ Book by Book

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    1. Right!? Doesn't it sound fun? I love the idea of a new BBC Count of Monte Cristo despite the fact that I do adore the 2000s version. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Hallie.

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  10. Ha ha! I love that even you had trouble with your own idea. I actually thought this week's prompt would be more difficult, but when I sat down my trouble was in limiting my list. I would love to see a good mashup of North and South, maybe with Jane Eyre. Rochester could teach Thornton a thing or two about teasing a confession of interest out of Margaret. I think Margaret and Jane would be instant friends, which is something Jane needs. I can also see Rochester being a great business partner for Thornton's mills.

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    1. I sure did! ;) Though I think it's more that I didn't give myself enough time. I always come "down to the wire" in putting these together despite my best intentions. :)

      YES! I'm so glad you had fun with this one. Aw, yes! I love that Jane would have a friend in Margaret. I agree. Girl does need solid friends. Poor thing had such a rough life, but I'm glad she found Thornton and Adele.

      Thanks for visiting - and sharing your lovely ideas. :)

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  11. Monte Cristo and steampunk - love it!

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    1. Doesn't it sound cool and fun!? Edmund would be epic in a steampunk setting methinks. :D

      Glad you visited, Lauren.

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  12. Great job on this post! I would definitely read your number 4!

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    1. Doesn't seeing Edmund in a steampunk era sound fun!? Plus, I don't see many - or any, re-tellings of The Count of Monte Cristo. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Tracy.

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  13. I have the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies book but didn't know it was a movie, as well! Thanks for pointing that out to me :) And Edmund in any era is perfect!

    Megan - Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest

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    1. Isn't that awesome!? The book and film are lots of fun despite my first impressions of NOT liking the story. :)

      You say it best: Edmund in any era is THE best.

      Thanks so much for visiting, Megan.

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  14. I absolutely adore Spies and Prejudice. I do wish we had gotten a sequel...

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    1. YAY! So glad to know you enjoyed this one, Alicia. Makes me more curious. :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting.

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  15. Catherine Morland could handle zombies, no question. As you can see from my list https://corastillwrites.wordpress.com/ I reckon she'd be a badass vampire hunter too.

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    1. Right? She seems an ideal fit for this kind of world I think. :)

      Appreciate you visiting, Cora.

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  16. Ok, now I REALLY need that Kasie West/Jane Austen mashup to happen, because that would be AMAZING! Wonderful ideas, Rissi!

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    1. RIGHT!? How fun does this sound!? :) Glad you too understand this mash up, Lindsey. Thanks for visiting!

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