I’m writing this post after procrastinating a long time. However, it was brewing for a while, so don’t worry. This is going to be good. Also: the title of this blog post is crucial. If you have not blended frozen bananas with a handful of spinach, along with some nondairy milk and a splash of agave, you are missing out, friend. It is the best mash-up ever. With that said, let’s discuss my top 10 book mash-up wishlist (even if a lot of them are unorthodox). **For more on Top Ten Tuesdays, check out this link.
10. Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, and Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
My experience with this book has been marred with a focus on the wrong protagonists. I like Rand, Perry, and Mat. However, I really want to know more about the Aes Sedai (oh, I totally had to look up how to spell it). My mash-up would involve the scientists, the advisors to the rulers.
Basically, I want more Sazed, more Aes Sedai and Wisdoms conflicts, along with some serious Cahill witches learning how to harness their powers under grim circumstances.
9. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, the Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
While I have not read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I did watch the film. (No, don’t pelt me with rotten vegetables and fruit! Please. I will read the trilogy at some point!).
The mash-up would be glorious as we explore these “monster” characters bond with seemingly “normal” people. I like the eerie nature of these stories and the way they unfold with gems about humanity and our frail nature.
8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My interest in the “girl gone mad” trope is fuel for this mash-up. Bertha Mason and Annie deserve their own story where they highlight what it is like to have mental illness in societies that don’t offer much support.
The layer I want to add to this mash-up is an exploration of colonialism and the patriarchy. I think it’ll be insightful to watch this mixture unfold.
7. Vicious by V.E. Schwab, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
I like the cat-and-mouse aspect of all these novels. This is precisely what I want in the mash-up. Just have two former friends, now rivals, combat over a serious debate that is meaningful in its implications for humanity and how it works (or just set up a conversation).
Oh, and Mal wouldn’t end up where he ends up in the canon of the stories. Nope. I do want some Rook action, but I am willing to have him as a henchman to a larger villain.
6. The Novice by Teran Matharu and The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
I have definitely mentioned this connection between the two books before. The Novice lacked in terms of emotional attachment. Fletcher doesn’t sound like he experienced a tough childhood. Vin from The Final Empire kind of hit that nerve for me. Like Vin, Lyra is clever and curious. Both of these things didn’t really feel part of Fletcher’s attitude towards things.
Plus, Vin and Lyra’s worlds are rich with detail, political intrigue, allegories galore.
5. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol and the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Funny story: I dislike both of these books. Carrol’s book was, at first, rather jarring to read. Maybe because it taps into some psychosis symptoms I suffer from, I feel kind of weird triggering them on purpose. However, it could be more grounded in reality while having occasional trips into a fantasy land.
In other words: I would like a fair and sensitive approach to trauma and its relationship to one’s mind. Think sort of a Suckerpunch book but better developed.
Also: Carrol, annoying as he was, never did the thing Hodkin does way too much, which is to end with dramatic sentences. All the time.
It gets old very fast.
4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
I want a decent werewolf book that doesn’t involve women cowering or being subjects to sexual abuse. I tried Nightshade if you recall, and I couldn’t even finish it.
Stephenie Meyer planted this little bud in my head that’s perfect for a mash-up. Think of a girl like Leah, who experiences being the first female werewolf. Imagine her fear, her struggle to gain equal footing with her male werewolf buddies, and her struggle to not appear as an angry woman of color.
Shiver deals with this gooey love story. Listen, I just want a Henry David Thoreau-like Walden-y story from the perspective of a werewolf woman of color who is trying to make sense of her place in the world.
The mash-up is giving me goosebumps.
3. The Falconer by Elizabeth May and Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
‘Tis a funny story how one of these books in hidden in the garage because I didn’t feel it was up to my expectations. Masque of the Red Death lacks in its protagonist’s energy. Both stories deal with end-of-the-world apocalypse type of scenarios. I would love to see a mash-up of these two concepts: fairies and destruction, humans fighting to get their world back.
However. Here’s the deal. I like that Masque of the Red Death introduced different classes and connected that to their access (or lack thereof) to necessities for survival. I want a main character who deals with socioeconomic issues along with the apocalyptic setting.
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Illuminae by Amiee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I don’t ask for much: I want an AIDAN origin story. Both of these series have such a refreshing sense of humor. Both have quick paces in their plots. Perfection has been struck through this mash-up. I want to see how the apocalypse unravels and the process through which humans find life elsewhere. This is all I want. Plus, I want it to be funny.
1. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux*
- Wow. I have not read the name of the Phantom ‘s author for a long while. Very French. I like it.
Initially, this mash-up had to do with music. Aria and Perry have this connection to music and sound. You have probably gathered that Phantom has to do with an opera.
The more I think about it, though, I want characters like Talon to take center stage. He reminds me of the Phantom because of the isolation he experiences and through the conflict he faces between two different worlds.
Or, we can have the story center around Liv, Roar, and her arranged-marriage person (I dislike him so much that I blocked his name from my memory. That’s sad. I read the first two books. What the heck).
Throwing it back to you: do you have any favorite mash-ups from my list? Have participated in this week’s Top 10 Tuesday? Drop your links below and mention some of your favorites on your own list. I look forward to hearing from you and reading your comments.