Monday, August 6, 2018

Top Ten Possible Book Mashups

I'm linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Administrative note: I've decided to stop using Amazon Affiliate links on my blog. Links will now take you to the Goodreads page for the book in question!

This week's topic was suggested by Rissi from Finding Wonderland. What if you were to mash up two different books to create a new story? I made a list of good books that I thought had a straightforward, one-sentence premise and then randomly generated numbers to find potential pairs until I came up with ten that I liked!

1. American Gods + Geek Love
The gods that traveled with immigrants to America have lost their powers now that few people believe in them anymore. They've been rounded up and turned into a circus sideshow.

2. Blindness + The Likeness
A pandemic of face blindness sweeps the country so that no one can tell anyone apart. When someone is murdered, only the one woman who's immune is able to solve the mystery by pretending to be the dead person.

3. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks + When Dimple Met Rishi
Dimple has landed in an elite prep school, but her parents just want her to get married. She finds out they've arranged for her to marry one of the boys at the prep school, and together the two of them take down the school's all-white secret society.

4. The Giver + What Alice Forgot (= More Happy than Not?)
Alice can't remember the last ten years; it turns out her memories from the past decade are being held by another person, who absorbed the part of her memory she wanted to erase.

5. A Mango-Shaped Space + The Name of the Star
Rory has a near-death experience that causes her to develop synesthesia, which turns out to be key to solving a recent murder.

6. The Picture of Dorian Gray + Every Day
A's original form is trapped in a painting, so their spirit has to inhabit a different person every day until the painting is destroyed.

7. Pride and Prejudice + The Art of Racing in the Rain
Imagine all the complex social niceties and the tangle of human emotions that make up Pride and Prejudice, but interpreted through the viewpoint of a very intelligent dog.

8. The Secret History + Dracula
A group of college students study ancient mysticism and determine that one of their own is a vampire, whom they have to kill.

9. Stolen + The Poisonwood Bible
Gemma is kidnapped and taken not to the Australian Outback but to the Belgian Congo, by a missionary who felt called by God to make her his wife.

10. Stranger in a Strange Land + The Time Traveler's Wife
A man is brought to Earth from Mars; it turns out Martians brought into Earth's atmosphere will start to involuntarily time travel. Now he has to adjust to life on Earth during all time periods!

Which books would you mash up to create a new story?

Looking back:
One year ago I was reading: Infinite Jest and Crime and Punishment
Five years ago I was reading: Black Beauty and Flight Behavior
Ten years ago I was reading: An Abundance of Katherines

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