Halloween is here and what better excuse than to read some spooky or paranormal books!
I've been in abit of a zombie-fied mood at the moment, especially with the recent release of Gena Showalter's second book in the White Rabbit Chronicles! The two books so far (Alice in Zombie land and Through the Looking Glass) are inspired by the Alice in Wonderland stories (although not a direct retelling), except with zombies!!
Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.
Sounds amazing, doesn't it? As many of you already know these books feature a very sexy guy (Cole, I don't think anyone can help but swoon!) as well as some hot action and lots of zombie-slaying!
This then got me thinking about the popularity of taking classic (and very non-zombie) fiction and turning it into zombie stories (or paranormal in general). Some of the most common include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters. (Here is a 'Monster Mash' list from Goodreads) Are you a fan of these types of remakes?
I was thinking that I suppose they have gained popularity because they take a famous, well-established plot line (and well-loved characters) and turn it on its head adding in supernatural elements that would be unheard of at the time of writing, but it works!
But why stop there? Imagine if it wasn't just classics that were zombie-fied, what if they were to take some of our best loved YA fiction and re-vamped it? What books would you like to see get the zombie treatment?
Can you imagine if Echo and Noah in Pushing the Limits had to not only battle to be with eachother but with zombies as well, or if the games-master from The Hunger Games added in some zombies for Katniss to face (although they do have weird, savage dog versions of the contestants already). It would certainly add a whole other dimension to a lot of stories.
Which characters in YA fiction do you think would make the most kick-ass zombie-slayers? I think Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars would certainly give them a run for their money (with or without cancer) especially if it stood in the way of her and Augustus.
What would be your pick?
Through the Zombie Glass is the second in the series and out now in ebook (You can buy it from Amazon here) and is due out in paperbook in Feb '14