Madness and Mash ups

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In the world of romance writing, a mash up is the juxtaposition of two or more (preferably quite different) genres.  Probably the best known example is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. While both zombies and vampires are popular ingredients in mash ups, I discovered that with a little imagination, there are a lot of possible tropes and genre combinations out there. I’ve thought of a few myself. (This is what happens when I get distracted.)

Having the Shapeshifter’s Baby: A graduate student handles her unexpected pregnancy calmly until she gives birth to a bundle of joy with fur and retractable claws.

SEALs and Sensibility: The proper Miss Elizabth FitzDashland and her sisters experience a severe shock when a commando unit parachutes into their garden party.

Courting the Alien Debutante: The Duke of Broodley, known rake and secret agent, has a new assignment: get to know the  green-skinned beauty from Orion-5 who has taken Victorian London by storm, and discover the secret of her mysterious weapon, the ‘phaser’.

The Preacher and the Airship Pilot: A missionary faces danger while flying to a new post on another continent. Not only has an assassain’s guild targeted him, he is far too tempted by Victoria Smith-Smythe-Smith, his transport’s unconventional captain.

Knitting for Three: A yarn shop owner is attracted to both her handyman landlord and his free-wheeling best friend…until they tell her she doesn’t have to choose between them.

Are there any romance combinations you’ve enjoyed or would like to see?

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5 thoughts on “Madness and Mash ups

  1. Mary Caffrey May 10, 2011 — 18:32

    Your new story lines for class Romances would surely appeal to a whole new audience of readers. I’m guessing steam punkers and comedy lovers would flock to buy a hard copy or download these books.

    Here’s my own try:

    Withering Air: A Victorian Lady Gaga chooses both Heathcliff and Mister Rochester for a manage a trois, involving dressing up in outrageous costumes, some with Dorking Chicken feathers or fresh haggis. The climax of this novel occurs far from any Shakespearean theater, but might involve the Old Bard’s bed.

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    1. ROTFL, Mary! Maybe you’ll have to try your hand at writing romance now. 😀

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  2. Please tell me you’re going to write these!! (I especially want to learn about Captain Victoria Smith-Smythe-Smith) 🙂

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  3. I might be able to manage ‘Courting the Alien Debutante’, but I may not be the woman who can take on Inspirational Steampunk. 😀 😀 😀

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