Parody Novels That Spice Up Your Favorite Stories

William Shakespeare's Star Wars book cover.Have you ever wondered what Pride and Prejudice would have been like during a zombie apocalypse? Have you ever thought that the story of Star Wars would be better as told by Shakespeare? Someone has, and that someone’s even written a book based on it. Parody novels are a great way to take a beloved story line and make things a little more… interesting.

For a good laugh, check out one of these parodies from the JMRL catalog:

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher – An officially licensed retelling of the first Star Wars film, told in the style of the quintessential bard, reimagines the saga of a wise knight, an evil lord and a beautiful captive princess in iambic pentameter while conveying the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith – As a mysterious plague falls upon the village of Meryton and zombies start rising from the dead, Elizabeth Bennett is determined to destroy the evil menace, but becomes distracted by the arrival of the dashing and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall – Cindy, the beautiful, illegitimate half-sister of Scarlett O’Hara, describes her life as a slave on a plantation and relates how she made her way to Atlanta to become the mistress of a white businessman, only to leave him for an aspiring black politician.

The Da Vinci Cod by Don Brine – A humorous parody of the best-selling novel reveals all about the secret mysteries of the cod, as explained in the enigmatic works of Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci.

The Hunger Pains by The Harvard Lampoon – Presents a humorous spoof on the novel “The Hunger Games,” which follows the efforts of a young girl who is roped into a survival contest in order to save her community in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world.

Fool by Christopher Moore – Pocket, King Lear’s fool, sets out to straighten out the mess the mad king has made of the kingdom and the royal family, only to discover the truth about his own heritage.

Frankenstein by Rick Walton – A riotous parody of Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline follows the antics of exuberant young Frankenstein, who reigns superior as the scariest little monster in Miss Devel’s castle until one fateful night when Miss Devel wakes up and rushes downstairs to discover that Frankenstein has lost his head.

Goodnight iPad: A Parody for the Next Generation by Ann Droyd – In the bright buzzing room, it is time to power down. Here is a modern bedtime story about bidding our gadgets goodnight. Don’t worry, though. They’ll be waiting for us, fully charged, in the morning.

About Abby Harris

Abby is the Public Communications Specialist for JMRL.

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