25 October, 2021

LitStaff Pick: Mashups We Would Love to Read

King Lear: A Space Opera

What if, instead of dividing his kingdom into three parts, King Lear divided his galactic empire into three parts? And his retinue of 100 guards were, instead, 100 warships? When Cordelia remains silent instead of declaring an indescribable love for her father, she’s disowned and leaves to marry the king of Galaxy France — pondering her fate as she’s carried to a new home, and a new life, at warp speed.

Light years away, Lear descends into madness and ends up wandering the cosmos in a beat-up shuttlecraft with Android Fool at his side. And the Earl of Gloucester? Eyes zapped out with a phaser. You can imagine the rest

This is probably the only thing that would make me want to show up to my Shakespeare class.


-Sam Spokony

11 thoughts on “LitStaff Pick: Mashups We Would Love to Read

  1. You're not serious right?
    I'm part of the "metaphorical they" partly because I love Austen, partly because I have taste. And this, this is nothing but BS.

    1. To each his own, TubA. We love Austen. We love her language and the beautiful way she connects and intertwines her characters and plots. We also love genre fiction and, yes, that includes zombies and the like. P&P&Z, we thought, spoke to our funny bone and, perhaps, introduced a younger generation to Austen's great works via the silliness of the mashup. Relax. It's escapism.

      1. I'm perfectly calm, thank you, and I bought the book because I thought it would be awesome. I mean Austen and zombies to great things together? It had to be amazing. And I still believe it could have been.
        But it wasn't, it was repetitive, silly, un-funny and completely missed the entire point of the original story.

        But the day someone writes a proper P&P&Z I'll be the first in line.

        1. So did you like 'Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter' ? Perhaps it's just Grahame-Smith's humor you didn't enjoy? I got a chuckle out of it. I also really enjoyed reading our staff picks. There is some great creativity among our contributors. What mashup would you like to see?

  2. I was put of by P&P&Z so I haven't read any other mashups. Don't think I will for a long time.

    The only mashup I would like to see is Seth Grahame-Smiths body in a giant blender with 200 copies of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It would most likely make a nice pink smoothie and the world would be a better place.

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