I think this has to be hands-down the most difficult Top 5 Wednesday topic for me so far, because I’m just not creative like that. This week, the prompt was to list some of our ideal mash-ups that could include books, TV, movies, etc. The problem I tend to have with this kind of topic is I tend to think the author writes the story the way they did for a reason, so it’s hard for me to imagine fitting in other worlds and other well-known characters. I guess in a sense I tend to think of the worlds as pretty self-contained, so it doesn’t really come naturally to me to think of how to combine them. It was actually nearly impossible for me to just combine two books, so most (if not all) of my ideas involved movies and TV series as well. This was a very, very difficult one! (Apologies in advance for not linking to any of the books or other media mentioned, but I think most of them are well-known enough that it is unnecessary).
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1) A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Addams Family
I’m not entirely sure how well this would work, but I think it could be really interesting to see the Baudelaire children sent to live with The Addams Family. I have always thought that the Addams Family, although eccentric, are pretty much the ideal family. The family members all love each other, they genuinely enjoy spending time together, and are completely supportive of each other’s interests. Although the Baudelaires would definitely not be into the more macabre side of the Addams’ interests, I feel like the family would be completely open to accepting the children as they are and treating them as family. Plus the blend of darkness and humour in A Series of Unfortunate Events seems to be a perfect fit for the Addams Family. This would definitely work better as a TV show or movie than a book, but I would definitely watch it. It also helps that Barry Sonnenfeld is responsible for the Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix series, and the Addams Family movies in the 90s, which probably explains why they have a similar feel to me.
2) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and The X-Men
Honestly, I just think it would be pretty cool for the Peculiars to be exposed to Professor X’s school and learn how to develop their abilities. The children in the series actually seem to have a pretty good understanding of what they can do, and it seems interesting to have the potential to train them to be another group of X-Men. I’m not entirely sure how well it would work because of the whole issue of the time loops and how the Peculiars are stuck repeating the same day, but I think it would be really interesting to see Miss Peregrine and Professor X work together to try and protect and teach the students. In a sense, it’s probably not the best mash-up since they actually fit so well together. The Peculiars are essentially the same idea as the mutants, but on the other hand, it might also be interesting to see how the Peculiars deal with ideas that come up in the X-Men movies. For example, in one of the movies, the idea of a cure for the mutation that gave them their abilities was raised. It might be interesting to see how the Peculiars would feel about being “cured” and losing their abilities to have a normal life instead.
3) The Monsters of Verity Series and Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I absolutely love Victoria Schwab’s Monsters of Verity duology, and I think the morally gray characters would be a great fit for the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The world that Victoria Schwab built is actually one that is dangerous enough where it might be necessary to have a Slayer, and I can see both Kate and August fitting in with Buffy and her group of friends. The show itself often delves into moral gray areas about what it means to be a monster, including characters such as Angel and Spike who “should” be evil because they are vampires but aren’t necessarily, friendly demons like Clem, and horrible normal people like Principal Snyder. I think these two worlds would blend so well together. I can see Buffy being called to Verity to help deal with keeping the monsters under control. I can see August having some very interesting conversations with characters like Anya or Spike about what it really means to be a demon/monster or a person. The more I think about this one, the more I see it working.
4) Death Note and House or Bones
Mostly, I thought of this one just because I want to see L try to interact with either Gregory House or Temperance Brennan. All of these are extremely intelligent and logical characters, and I think it would be really interesting to see them attempt to work together on a case. I can’t necessarily see either House or Bones in the actual Death Note world since it would require them to believe in the supernatural more than either of them are prepared to do, but on the other hand, it could also be really interesting to see Brennan trying to do a forensic analysis on someone who was killed by the Death Note, or House try to find a medical explanation for symptoms. Mostly, I just think the characters would end up hating each other and getting into a complete power struggle about whose ideas fit the case best, and what course of action they need to take. They are definitely too similar to really work well, but it would be very entertaining to see.
5) Harry Potter and The Hunger Games
I’m not entirely sure how I want this one to work, since I definitely don’t want any more characters to die. I think it would be kind of cool to have Hunger Games-style competitions that are along the lines of the Triwizard Tournament, but without needing to kill each other to win. It would be interesting to see a group of very different witches and wizards put in an arena where they need to rely on their own skills and magical knowledge to survive and overcome a variety of challenges, with one ultimate winner. I would imagine that in order to make this feasible, the Hunger Games element would involve somehow preventing your opponents from continuing. There would need to be rules in place to stop competitors just running around and stunning everyone else, so possibly some restriction on directly casting spells on other people. Again, I’m not entirely sure exactly how this would work out, but it could make a very interesting story.