Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Nancy Drew and...?

HALLIE: There it is on the best seller list: "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." It begins: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

Brilliant blasphemy! If only I'd thought of it. Listening to author Seth Grahame-Smith on the radio, I was not surprised to learn that the book was his editor's brain child– he’d been noodling around with lists of classic book titles and, I assume, creatures, until BINGO: P&P and Zombies.

Trying to recreate his process, here's my list of titles (and some main characters) and creatures, and I started tyring to pair them up and realized this is not as easy as it looks. Nancy Drew and...Oompaloompas? How would you pair these up--or come up with your own title/creature pairing...(look down...can't seem to get rid of this big fat space below here)







TITLES
1984
Cherry Ames
David Copperfield
Don Quixote
Ellery Queen
Hercule Poirot
Gone with the Wind
The Great Gatsby
The Hardy Boys
Huckleberry Finn
Sherlock Holmes
Jane Eyre
Little Women
Nancy Drew
Madame Bovary
The Maltese Falcon
Miss Marple
Moby Dick
Moll Flanders
Nero Wolfe
The Odyssey
Oliver Twist
Rebecca
Robinson Crusoe
The Scarlet Letter
The Three Musketeers
To Kill a Mockingbird
Wuthering Heights
The Valley of the Dolls
War and Peace
(Your choice)


CREATURES
Anacondas
Death eaters
Demons
Devils
Dragons
Fairies
Ghosts
The Jabberwock
Jugglers
Leprechauns
Monsters
Mutants
Mummies
Ninjas
Oompaloompas
Pirates
Poltergeists
Robots
Samurai
Sneetches
Shape shifters
Space aliens
Succubi
Trolls
Tribbles
Triffids
Vampires
Velocaraptors
Werewolves
Witches
(Your choice)

Do you love it? Hate it? What would you pair up? Best pairing wins a prize!

8 comments:

Rhys Bowen said...

Wuthering Heights and the werewolves stood out for me.
"Heathcliffe, why are you suddenly so hairy?"
but I have to admit I'd love to give the Hardy boys a shock and introduce them to some kind of undead.
And Hercule Poirot too. He's always so pleased with himself. Let's see if he can deduce that someone was ripped apart by the Incredible Hulk.
Rhys,
today in Houston, tomorrow Scottsdale

MTV said...

I like a lot of the picks you have. This is a tough assignment, but I would do:

Oliver Twist & Vampires

Moby Dick & Samurai

To Kill a Mockingbird & Space Aliens

:-)

P.S. - Rhys, Stay hydrated in Scottsdale! If you like Thai food eat at "Malee's! (480) 947-6042 - 7131 E Main St. Great Thai food. The only place I know that's better is around the corner from my house.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

I wondered about Gone with the Wind and the creatures from JRR Tolkien:

Gollum with The Wind: The quest for the elusive (wedding) ring

Hallie Ephron said...

Definitely blockbuster bestsellers. Especially Gollum with The Wind: The quest for the elusive (wedding) ring
(A romance, right?)

Susannah C said...

The Incredible Lightness of Sneetches

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Mutants

Fear and Leprechauns in Las Vegas

Susannah C said...

That should be
The Unbearable Lightness of Sneetches

Susannah C said...

Also Wuthering Werewolves, Driving Miss DeathEater and Tuesdays With Zombie -- in which an Undead serves as Life Coach.

Hallie Ephron said...

Susannah, you are inspired!

I remember eating a world class rotisserie roasted chicken in Scottsdale. Must've been in January.