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Mr Darcy meets Buffy as mash-ups multiply

14th August 2009

The popularity of so-called 'mash-ups' is spawning some unlikely new genres in the publishing world.

Next month sees the release of Mr Darcy, Vampyre, which portrays a secret life of the Austen character in which he has a dangerous past, 'mashing up' the classic work with the current trend for vampire novels.

Writing on her blog, author Amanda Grange described the book as a "paranormal sequel to Pride and Prejudice ", which draws on horror, fantasy and romance.

"I knew that Darcy and Lizzy were deeply in love and so I wanted something that could really challenge this, something that could put the outcome in real doubt, just as it is in real doubt in the original," she added.

"And so I made Mr Darcy a vampyre. Even Lizzy and Darcy's love would be challenged by something like that!"

The book follows a similar trend for reworkings or unofficial sequels of famous literary characters online, with thousands of readers enjoying unauthorised spin-offs on the web.

Now the trend is moving into the mainstream, with publishers and readers warming to the idea, particularly after the huge success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a book penned by Seth Grahame-Smith and - loosely - based on Jane Austen's celebrated novel Pride and Prejudice.

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