Dear Ballroomies/Ballroomarians/Ballroom Nation:
With tax day dead ahead, I thought we all could use some laughter. So there is only one purpose to today’s post–to start your weekend off with a giggle. How? By simply smashing two unlikely ingredients together: Hilarity ensues. Enjoy!
“JANE AUSTEN FIGHT CLUB”
[Visit http://www.janeaustenfightclub.com/index.html to view their official website.] On to more Unlikely Pairings…
“THE BEST OF MERGED BOOKS”
What happens when you smash two classic (or not-so-classic) literary works together?
[Note: This was from some sort of contest held years ago. Attribution given where known.]
Green Eggs & Hamlet – Would you kill him in his bed? Thrust a dagger through his head? I would not, could not, kill the King. I could not do that evil thing. I would not wed this girl, you see. Now get her to a nunnery.
The Invisible Man of La Mancha – Don Quixote discovers a mysterious elixir which renders him invisible. He proceeds to go on a mad rampage of corruption and terror, attacking innocent people in the streets, all while singing “To fight the Invisible Man!” until he is finally stopped by a windmill.
Machiavelli’s Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic children’s tale, as presented by Machiavelli. The whimsy of human nature is embodied in many delightful and intriguing characters, all of whom are executed. (Erik Anderson, Tempe, Ariz.)
Planet of the Grapes of Wrath – Astronaut lands on mysterious planet, only to discover that it is his very own home planet of Earth, which has been taken over by the Joads, a race of dirt-poor corn farmers who miraculously developed rudimentary technology and evolved the ability to speak after exposure to nuclear radiation.
PAUSE & WATCH… (now don’t strain yourself laughing too hard. Take a moment to breathe and watch the book trailer video for my first book for kids, THE LOST HEIR. The video is brand new and I am so excited I had to share with my Ballroom friends. Thanks for indulging me! Or just scroll down to more Merged Books below.)
Paradise Lost in Space – Satan, Moloch, and Belial are sentenced to spend eternity in a flying saucer with a goofy robot, an evil scientist, and two annoying children.
The Exorstentialist – Albert Camus’ psychological thriller about a priest who casts out a demon by convincing it that there’s really no point to what it’s doing.
Catch-22 in the Rye – Holden learns that if you’re insane, you’ll probably flunk out of prep school, but if you’re flunking out of prep school, you’re probably not insane. (Brendan Beary, Great Mills)
The Remains of the Day of the Jackal – A formal English butler puts his loyalty to his employer above all else, until he is persuaded to join a plot to assassinate Charles deGaulle.
Of Three Blind Mice and Men – Burgess Meredith has his limbs hacked off by a psychopathic farmer’s wife. Did you ever see such a sight in your life?
2001: A Space Iliad -The Hal 9000 wages an insane 10-year war against the Greeks after falling victim to the Y2K bug. (Joseph Romm, Washington)
Jane Eyre Jordan – Plucky English orphan girl survives hardships to lead the Chicago Bulls to the NBA championship. (Dave Pickering, Bowie)
Lorna Dune – An English farmer, Paul Atreides, falls for the daughter of a notorious rival clan, the Harkonnens, and pursues a career as a giant worm jockey in order to impress her.
The Scarlet Pimpernel Letter (this one’s for you, Lauren!) – An 18th-century English nobleman leads a double life, freeing comely young adulteresses from the prisons of post-Revolution France.
(I wonder if this would work for romance novels??) What do you think would make a good combination? Books? Food? I hear Elvis liked peanut-butter & bananas. Then there’s people. I love writing about mismatched couples in romance. Are YOU an unlikely pairing with your significant other or best friend? Well, if not, that’s ok, lol–hang out anyway and tell us what you’ve got going on this weekend! Got something good to read?