Image by AMMY.LOU via FlickrI know. I'm supposed to write historical inspy romances. So why am I blogging over on the Inkwell on my "thing" for a book about vampires? And no, this time I don't mean THAT vampire.
Today on Inkwell Inspirations, I'm writing on my need to keep humor in my life... something that was drawn to my attention by my husband. This past Valentine's Day, he gave me an interesting gift:
...a recent release called Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, a mash-up book by Seth Grahame-Smith.
If you're not familiar with mash-ups, they’re books that blend two things that don’t go together and puree them into a (potentially) delightful smoothie of a story. So far, I’ve only read one mash-up, Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a blend of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with a plot involving zombies, all while attempting to stay true to Austen's voice.
Some dislike the idea of mash-ups, and I can understnd why. Jane Austen didn't agree to the use of her characters as zombie-slayers, nor did Abraham Lincoln green-light the use of his life story as fodder for a novel. Other readers dislike the inherent goriness in mash-ups. I can only comment on the one I've read, and all I can tell you is I laughed so hard that iced tea came out my nose.
I like Grahame-Smith’s sense of humor enough to hoot aloud, and I’m not alone. His mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has sold more than 120,000 copies, prompting his publisher to offer him a two-book deal for a rumored $575,000 (according to Publisher’s Weekly). Not too shabby, eh?
The premise of my Valentine’s present is that Grahame-Smith has come into the possession of Abraham Lincoln’s secret diaries, and wouldn’t you know it? The undead lie behind every tragedy in Lincoln's life, from the death of his first love, Ann Rutledge, to the Civil War. And he has no choice but to fight them.
I don’t think I’ll ever look at a photo of Honest Abe in a long coat again without imagining there’s an axe hidden under it.
I've saved the book for my summer reading, and now that it's hot, I'm picking up my Valentine's present and preparing to be amused.
How about you? Have you ever read a mash-up? What sorts of stories make you laugh?