Love ’em or hate ’em, Jane Austen mash-ups are everywhere! By definition, a “mash-up” is a derivative work consisting of two pieces of media conjoined together. In the Austen world this was originally attributed to movies like Clueless and Bridget Jones’ Diary where Austen characters and plotlines were set into modern situations. Lately the term has been most often applied to the monster mash-ups that are proliferating like flies and are reaching beyond Austen to embrace other classic literature such as Little Vampire Women, Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter, and The Undead World of OZ. I am not making these up!
Now let’s see how well you know your Jane Austen mash-ups. Below are twelve titles and the authors who wrote them. Two of them, however, I did make up. Devious, I know! Can you guess which are the fakes?
1 – Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith
2 – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
3 – The Haunting of Pemberley by Elizabeth Drummant
4 – Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters
5 – Mansfield Park and Mummies by Vera Nazarian
6 – Vampire Darcy’s Desire by Regina Jeffers
7 – Emma and the Vampires by Wayne Josephson
8 – Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford
9 – Jane and the Damned by Janet Mullany
10 – Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
11 – Emma and the Werewolves by Adam Rann
12 – Anne Elliot: Vampire Hunter by Sam Morrison