Romeo, Juliet, Vampires and Me

I’ve avoided all the mashups till now. I’ve run screaming from them. And then I did it.

Think about a train and airplane about to crash–you know it’s going to be scary bad and yet you can’t look away. And that’s how I came to be reading Romeo and Juliet and Vampires.

In all fairness to co-author Claudia Gabel (the other author is Mr. Shakespeare, who’d probably approve of the whole project), the writing is fine, although modern slang coming out of teen mouths in 15th-century Transylvania is disconcerting. Still, at least it isn’t in rhyme.

My question is: Why, people? What’s the attraction to Jane Austen and Zombies, or Little Vampire Women (the cover image of poor undead Beth, Jo and Amy with blood dripping down their chins has destroyed my fond childhood memories). Why? Why? Why?

And yet…the idea of taking Don Quixote and turning him into a zombie slayer (at least in his mind) is awfully tempting. Sancho Panza could be a weredonkey and…I think I’m gonna run this idea past my agent.

No, on second thought, she might hit me.

So, what’s the attraction to mashups, really and truly? Does anyone have a guess? And will it be over soon?

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

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