I’m skeptical about mash-ups. I know Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been immensely popular, it even has a sequel: Dawn of the Dreadfuls. Not to mention the spate of other mash-ups that followed in its wake: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim; Alice in Zombieland; The War of the Worlds Plus Blood, Guts and Zombies; The Undead World of Oz; Emma and the Werewolves; Mansfield Park and Mummies; Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters; Android Karenina; Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers….
But I just can’t help but lament the lack of new, original stories in an era of remakes, reloads and sequels – not to mention the fact that while the mash-ups obey the letter of copyright law I’m not convinced they’re really in the spirit of the law… though I must admit to a fascination with Android Karenina…
Anyway, I digress…
In an effort to come to grips with the whole mash-up thing I thought I’d have a go at the genre – but using nursery rhymes.
Mary Had A Little Zombie
Mary had a little zombie, little zombie, little zombie,
Mary had a little zombie, its flesh was grey as stone.
And everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went,
Everywhere that Mary went the blood was soon to flow.
It followed her to school one day, school one day, school one day,
It followed her to school one day – breaking quarantine.
It made the children run away, run away, run away.
It made the children run away, to protect their brains.
Any nursery rhymes you’d like to see invaded by zombies (or vampires, werewolves or other nasty bitey thing?) Let me know for future Friday Fictions!
What’s your take on the mash-up phenomenon?