24 October, 2021

LitStaff Pick: Mashups We Would Love to Read

Romeo and Juliet: The Choose Your Own Adventure Version

We all know Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet’s story. The Montagues and Capulets are feuding families. In spite of that, Romeo and Juliet became star-crossed lovers in less than a day and were married for four days before committing suicide, one right after the other. A series of silly choices get them to that end, and, though I can understand the silly choices since Juliet and Romeo were both very young, the choices always bothered me.

I always wondered, “What would have happened if they chose different routes or talked to different people? Even better, how would the story turn out if the readers could choose from a series of choices?” As thus, I would love to read a mashed up version of Romeo and Juliet where you could choose your own adventure.

-Tiffany T. Cole
Guest Contributor

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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