Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mystery Mashup

A big piece of entertainment news dropped on Tuesday. Disney buys LucasFilm for an incredible amount of money, thus permanently bonding The Mouse House with a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Almost immediately, beautiful pieces of art combining recognizable elements of Disney and Star Wars popped up on the web, like this PERFECT piece from
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Of course, this has absolutely nothing to do with mysteries. BUT, the combination of the two mega-fantasy worlds got me thinking...what if some of our favorite mysteries were suddenly combined with unexpected, yet complementary, universes?*

Virtual Reality Check

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams + The Matrix

Cody, a former football star, has to find his missing girlfriend, Clea. But, when he meets an enigmatic messenger named Morpheus he discovers the circumstances surrounding her disappearance are stranger than he thinks. For Clea has been 'unplugged' and shown the true nature of the The Matrix. Will Cody follow her into the 'Real World'?

I Hunt Killer Cyborgs

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga + The Terminator

Jazz, the son of history's most infamous serial killer, has the skills to hunt down human monsters. But, when an unstoppable killing machine from the future comes to alter history, Jazz might find himself outmatched.

Mars vs. Mars

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells + Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars, teen super-sleuth, must uncover the truth when alien invaders descend on her town. Is the takeover real, or is it a distraction to hide darker secrets hidden behind the mansion walls of Neptune's affluent residents?

Your Turn

Got any cool mashups in mind? Leave them in the comments

*I really wish I had time to do some mashup Photoshop art to go with each of the above entries. If you all think it would be fun, and some of my deadlines ease up, maybe I'll revisit this next month with visuals (including some based on your suggestions, should you have any). Sound off in the comments below!

Lamar "L. R." Giles is the author of FAKE ID, coming from HarperCollins in 2014. He resides in Virginia with his wife and is represented by Jamie Weiss Chilton of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Find out more on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


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