Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (as always, hosted by the inimitable Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl) took a lot of thought, fancasting and daydreaming – I think I can safely say now that I am confident in my choices, though it took me way longer than I expected it to!
This week, we’re looking at 10 books we’d mash together – I am interpreting this to mean 5 pairs of books that I’d like to see cross over. And I mean a good crossover, not the Scooby Doo x Supernatural weirdness that left me slightly emotionally scarred and vulnerable for weeks to come.
Pair 1: The Book of Essie & Little Do We Know
Both of these books contain, at their cores, a questioning and rebellion against the organized religion these characters have been born into. While of course the struggles these girls face are very different, I think they would both get some peace and comfort out of talking about their feelings and inner demons.
Pair 2: The Last Time I Lied & Broken Things
Each of these books contains a strong storyline about a manipulative teenage girl who is intent on controlling and “leading” their closest friends. I would love to see a Vivian vs. Summer cage match – I am not sure who’d win, but I would put my money on Vivian – she seems a touch more ruthless, and is I believe a year or two older than Summer.
Pair 3: Truly Devious & Stalking Jack the Ripper
Let’s have some suspension of disbelief and pretend that time travel is a thing and we can get these characters together – can you imagine Stevie and Audrey Rose scuttling through the streets of London, or Ellingham Academy late at night, looking for clues together? Stevie would also have no time or energy for Audrey Rose’s dalliance with Thomas Cresswell, and I see a hilarious buddy cop sort of situation blooming here.
Pair 4: Eliza and Her Monsters & Girl Made of Stars
Eliza and Mara are sweet, fluffy, Care Bear teenagers who must be protected at all costs. I think that Eliza’s social anxiety combined with Mara’s anxieties about life in general would make them a really good pair – I can picture them sitting on Mara’s roof, gnawing on pizza crusts and talking about fangirl stuff, Eliza sketching out Mara’s stories about the twins in the stars.
Pair 5: The Wife Between Us & Jar of Hearts
This is really just an excuse to get together two women who have been through the wringer as far as relationships are concerned, and who have had to go to the end of their rope – and just slightly past it – to make it out of those relationships alive. I’d like to think Vanessa and Geo meet at some “my ex was really fucked up” AA-esque meeting, where they sip coffee and trade horror stories. They might very well wind up Thelma & Louise-ing it out of there, but that’s another story …
Do you agree with any of these? What’s on your list? Let me know in the comments!