O Me of Little Faith

O Me of Little Faith

Of Mice and Men and Mummies

I’m pretty sure every writer has this experience. At least, I hope so. You see a book on a shelf, or read about it in a magazine, and think: Wow. THAT is a great book idea. I totally could have come up with that. I totally could have written that. Why didn’t I? Why why whyyyyyyy?

And then you lapse into a fit of envy and self-loathing because some other author is finding great success and you wish it were you.

I’m not alone in that, am I? Please say no.

Because I feel that way, on so many levels, about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Quirk Books), by Seth Grahame-Smith and, um, Jane Austen. It’s a retelling of the classic Pride and Prejudice story, in Jane Austenesque language. Only this time there are zombies in it. And now Quirk has released another piece of delightful Austen+Magickal Creatures parody fiction: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, by Ben H. Winters.


Of course, in greatly derivative fashion, I have been brainstorming additional ways to add vicious mayhem to classic literary works (with or without zombies). Had Quirk contacted me, this is where I would have gone…

Of Mice and Men and Mummies (John Steinbeck)

The Old Man and the She-Wolf (Ernest Hemingway)

A Separate Piece of Flesh (John Knowles)

Portrait of the Artist as a Winged Demon (James Joyce)

The Sound and the Fury and Alien Robots (William Faulkner)

The Apes of Wrath: Sasquatch Attack (Steinbeck)


As I Lay Dying of Fear (Faulkner)

Dr. Zhivago and Mr. Hyde (Boris Pasternak)

A Farewell to Arms: Werewolf Summer (Hemingway)

The Guts of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)

The Sword in the Neck (T.H. White)

The Power and the Glory and the Robot Apocalypse (Graham Greene)


How about you? Give me your ideas for a literary/monster mashup…

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posted July 21, 2009 at 2:12 pm

These all beat my idea for Emma and C.H.U.D.

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posted July 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm

First half of your post: you are not alone.Second half of your post: all you!

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posted July 21, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Hmm… What about:- Oliver Twisted (Dickens)- The Terror of Two Cities (Dickens)- A Midsummer Nightmare (Shakespeare)

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posted July 21, 2009 at 5:13 pm

On the Road with DraculaUlysses Battles the RobotsThe Great Gatsby Vs. Predator

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posted July 22, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Anne of Green Gables: Vampire Slayer (L.M. Montgomery)

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posted July 22, 2009 at 1:15 pm

or… Anne of Green Goblins

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Pam Elmore

posted August 1, 2009 at 4:30 pm

East of Evil (Steinbeck)A Farewell to Arms and Legs (Hemingway)(PS — I'm loving the alien/robot ones!)

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