Nonfiction Meets Fiction Mashup
This week Top Ten Tuesday's challenge is to create mashups of two different books that could lead to one very interesting read. I decided that while I enjoy a good fiction to fiction, genre-bending story, that I wanted to specifically challenge myself to find fun ways to combine some of my favorite Nonfiction reads with interesting fictional titles! I so enjoyed that this was a creative challenge. I married ten books, for five unique concepts.
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar and Harry Potter
We could all use a little advice from time to time. Who wouldn’t want to marry the grace and honesty of Cheryl Strayed with the magic and earnestness of Molly and Arthur Weasley? What haven’t this incredible duo dealt with? Everything from maintaining what seems like a very loving relationship to having to grieve the loss of a child. I would read their advice column in a heartbeat.
What I'd call it: Must Be A Weasley: Advice on Love and Life from Your Favorite Wizarding Family
Stone Fox Bride: Love, Lust, and Wedding Planning for the Wild at Heart and Pride and Prejudice
There’s no shortage of Jane Austen re-tellings, but how about an Austen-inspired wedding guide book? With a dash of Molly Rosen Guy moxie that also encourages every bride to be to think beyond empire waists and to plan the wedding that you, not your overbearing, mother of five daughters mother, actually wants.
What I'd call it: In Want of a Wife: Wedding Planning for the Austen-phile
Creativity, Inc. and Every Heart A Doorway
Getting to learn about the origins, growth, and common practices of Pixar was a fun treat. I’d love to get the same kinds of insights and potential blueprints for success from Eleanor West and her home for Wayward Children. We’d get more of her backstory and each have the chance to understand how to open our own special place for children cast back to Earth from magical lands.
What I'd call it: Wayward Children Inc.
Men Explain Things to Me and Our Kind of Cruelty
Usually I’m a live and let live kind of person when it comes to other people’s opinions about books- not every book is meant for every reader. But I found myself grinding my teeth over reviews for Our Kind of Cruelty. A handful of reviewers genuinely felt that Verity was the villain in this tale of a woman being punished for sexual agency. Many even felt bad for Mike, the delusional stalker, for being led on by this evil temptress. I’d love to have Rebecca Solnit wisdom baked into this tale. Maybe some footnotes about the patriarchal shaming of female sexuality, or the pervasive issue of male sexual entitlement to balance things out for all readers.
What I'd call it: Our Kind of Understanding: Fun Facts That Explain That Mike is the Villain and a Twat
The Little Book of Hygge and Empire of Storms
I would love for all of our beloved TOG characters to get a chance to take an effing break from all the war and strife for awhile. But wouldn’t you also love a book on living the cozy life told from each of the character’s points of view? Aedion could wax poetic about polishing weapons by the warmth of the fire. Aelin could share her appreciation for a nice baked good. Lysandra would definitely have the best recommendation for which lux textiles could help us feel like we're #livingthehyggelife.
What I'd call it: Empire of Warms: Staying Cozy While Fighting for Your Kingdom
What do you think of these mashups? What Nonfiction/Fiction pairing have you dreamed up?