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From Mash-up Novels to Crowdsourced Films

Feb 22, 2010, 23:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniela DiStefano, Brittany Seki, Lauren O'Neil, Isabella Ssozi, Laura Schober)

[ Thanks to Barbara Irwin for this link. ]

"What do you get when you cross 19th century English literature with 21st century biological monstrosities and ultraviolent sea serpents? You get something like Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters -- the latest in literary mash-ups.

"Mash-ups are older than Jane Austen herself. Although the formats vary -- music, film, literature, and art -- the process is mainly the same. Elements of different source materials, whether a classic novel or a widely recognized play, are mixed together to create a new composition.

"Quirk Books, a small Philadelphia-based publisher, popularized the genre when they published the New York Times best-selling literary mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in April 2009 – now planned to be made into a film."

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