File:PrideandPrejudiceandZombiesCover.jpgYou have probably seen Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Or heard of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Or Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Or Jane Slayre. Android Karenina. Wuthering Heights and a Werewolf.

Or my favorite: Jane Austen’s Fight Club.

If you’re looking for an English project, try your own mash-up! They’re fun to make, and they’re funny to read or watch. Check with your English teacher first, of course, but I don’t see why you couldn’t do one for a final project for high school or even college. You can write a chapter from a novel, write a whole novel, write a synopsis, write a part two, make a video trailer like the Jane Austen’s Fight Club video, or even make a radio spot. The choices are endless, but there a few guidelines,  of course.

The main key is to capture the spirit or theme of the novel itself. Watch the Jane Austen’s Fight Club video again. Go ahead. Watch it again. It’s funny, after all, so it’s worth a second watching. Notice how it actually says something about the novel. It describes the mundane nature of a young woman’s experience. You either get a marriage proposal or you’re ruined. Well, that group needs some excitement. Not only that, but it’s enough to make one’s personality (spoiler!) split.

So try it. Capture the spirit or even a single theme from a novel and try your own mash-up. Here are some ideas:

  • Frankenstein, A Novel of Manners. What if Frankenstein and his monster were actually in a Jane Austen novel?
  • Fahrenheit 451…The Temperature at which Zombies Burn!
  • Great Annihilations. What if the orphan Pip was taken in by and then trained as a master ninja?
  • A Surgeon of Venice. Make the play into a story about Shylock, who is really a psychotic murderer.
  • Jacques Crusoe. Where Robinson Crusoe is really an explorer who makes videos of his travels for a popular public television show. Until pirates attack!
  • Sister Carrie. Where she is a nun who battles those unworthy sinners. Or maybe she’s Carrie Fisher. Or both.

You can see there’s lots of fun to be had. I could go on, but then you would just be copying me. :)

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