Green Eggs and 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.
(by Robin Parry)
Green Eggs and Hamlet was the second place entry in a contest the Washington Post ran in 1999, in which readers were invited to combine the works of two authors and provide a suitable blurb.
“Merged Books" or “Literary Mash-ups” have been around for some time, but I've only recently discovered them, when the (U.K.) Guardian Books Blog posted about them recently.
Here are some more odd collaborations from the Washington Post and the Guardian.
Where's Walden? – Alas, the challenge of locating Henry David Thoreau in each richly detailed drawing loses its appeal when it quickly becomes clear that he is always in the woods. (Sandra Hull, Arlington)
Machiavelli's The 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. (by Erik Anderson)
Looking for Mr. Godot -- A young woman waits for Mr. Right to enter her life. She has a loooooong wait. (by Jonathan Paul)
The Remains of the Day of the Jackal by Kazuo Ishiguro and Frederick Forsyth - 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.
And a few from The Biblio Files:
Now it's your turn. Use book titles, or try it with movie titles, plays, poems. Mix and mash!