Hi everyone, found this list of mash-ups / spin-offs of classics... to those who like classics, would you actually bother to read these?
• Pride and Prejuice and Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton-and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.
• Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities. As our story opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. While sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to find true love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles that are forever snapping at their heels? Here's the book trailer I found
• Android Karenina As in the original novel, our story follows two relationships: the tragic adulterous romance of Anna Karenina and Count Alexei Vronsky, and the much more hopeful marriage of Konstantin Levin and Kitty Shcherbatskaya.These four, yearning for true love, live in a steampunk-inspired 19th century of mechanical butlers, extraterrestrial-worshiping cults, and airborne debutante balls. Their passions alone would be enough to consume them—but when a secret cabal of radical scientific revolutionaries launches an attack on Russian high society’s high-tech lifestyle, our heroes must fight back with all their courage, all their gadgets, and all the power of a sleek new cyborg model like nothing the world has ever seen.
• THE HOURS by Michael Cunningham. Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, this novel is an original take on Virginia Woolf ’s “Mrs. Dalloway.” The protagonists are three women affected by the novel: Virginia Woolf herself, writing the novel; Mrs. Brown, a woman reading the novel in 1949; and Clarissa Vaughn, a modern day version ofClarissa Dalloway.
• THE WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys. This novel draws the spotlight on the ‘madwoman in the attic’ from Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre,” Bertha Mason, the wife of Edward Rochester. It tells of her life, from her life in Jamaica to her arranged marriage to an Englishman (unnamed but implied as Rochester) and her descent into madness. C • MARCH by Geraldine Brooks. Based on “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, this novel shifts the point of view to the girls’ father, Mr. March abolitionist and chaplain in the American Civil War. The novel, which was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, narrates what transpires during his absence from the March household in the classic novel.
• WICKED: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST by Gregory Maguire. A revisionist story set in the land of Oz, “Wicked” presents the story of Elphaba, a girl with green skin who eventually becomes the Wicked Witch of the West. The novel eventually became the basis for the hit Broadway musical.
• THE FINAL SOLUTION by Michael Chabon. Featured in this novel is an old retired detective (who is unnamed but hints at Sherlock Holmes) who ventures out to find a parrot named Bruno. The title points to “The Final Problem,” where Sherlock Holmes faces his nemesis Professor Moriarty.
• MARLY’S GHOST by David Levithan. A young adult remix of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” set on Valentine’s Day instead of Christmas. The “scrooge” is Ben, a high school senior who doesn’t believe in love. On the eve of the day of hearts, Ben gets a visit from the ghost of his dead girlfriend Marly, who warns him to mend his ways or suffer her fate.
• FITZWILLIAM DARCY, GENTLEMAN TRILOGY by Pamela Aidan. This series of historical romances are based on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” The trilogy, told from Darcy’s perspective , follows the chronology of events in Austen’s novel but also incorporates new material on his character, particularly his feelings for Eliza Bennet, as well as his life as a prominent member of society.
• THE LOOKING GLASS WARS by Frank Beddor. In this trilogy, Lewis Carroll’s Alice is actually Alyss, who comes from Wonderland, where her family and friends are killed by her evil aunt Redd. She escapes to Victorian England and tells stories about Wonderland, which people dismiss as a figment of her imagination. Alice represses her memo ries until Hatter Madigan finds her to start a war against Redd’s dictatorship.
Uhm... I know classics are classics and one should never desecrate them but...
I confess that I've read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I'll give it 4 apples out of five. I don't understand it myself, I'm not even into zombies (though I like watching such films and I liked reading Soulless by Christopher Golden - put me on edge), but I surprisingly liked it.
I'm a big Jane Austen fan, and although I understand that these spin offs are the product of their admiration of her work too. Austen's works seem to always have that 'bitin' feeling that will keep you wondering what happened to the characters. So some authors found it as a good opportunity.