Combining literary classics with supernatural monsters has been all the rage these days. God knows why. I love a good, mindless crossover, but having the girls from Little Women fight off werewolves is a really stupid idea for a novel. It sounds more like a dream you'd have if your brain ran out of good dreams and won't get restocked until Monday.
And that's not even the biggest problem. Some people are happy that these mixed-up novels are introducing their kids to the classics. Listen - I really doubt Mark's going to like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies because zombie blood is a timeless metaphor. He's not going to read it and say, "Oh, hey, this guy's getting his brain eaten. Interesting commentary about public schools."
But hey, this is a freelance writing blog. Let's quit jabbering and find out how to exploit it for profit. I mean, the milk's gonna spoil eventually. Might as well get a big bowl of "Cap'n Ca-Ching".
- Now's the perfect time to crank out a couple of disposable novels for easy income. Just pick a classic work, throw in some supernatural elements, and claim your voucher for free money. The best part is that you don't have to waste your brain power being creative. Just to figure out how the Blob gets to London so he can eat Oliver Twist.
- Even better - maybe now you can dust off your awful crossover fanfiction from middle school and sell it. Oh, sure, you may have to change the names to avoid copyright. But at the end of the day, it's STILL Bruce Lee, and he's STILL kicking Porky Pig's butt. Did someone say "ride the money train"?
- Since this is following on the heels of Twilight's success, we can only assume that adding vampires to any writing will make it unreasonably popular. This could be a powerful marketing tool if used correctly. You night not even have to promote a white paper anymore. Put vampires in there, and teenage girls will buy shirts from Hot Topic with page 14 on it.
Keep these tips in mind if you're going to ride the literary monster wave, folks. And you might as well enjoy yourself. Remember - writing is fun, but not nearly as fun as selling out.