Most writers agree that if you want to learn how to hone your writing craft, you MUST, MUST, MUST read. Because of this, writers turn out to be some of the best creators of fan fiction, and when their fanfic gets published, it somehow transcends the stigmas of fanfic, becomes legitimized and turns into a pastiche. We've created this booklist to salute Jo Baker's eagerly anticipated novel, Longbourn, officially released on October 8 which is set to enter the pantheon of literary pastiche. The books collected here incorporate characters or worlds from novels previously written by a different author (like Baker's Longbourn which principally includes characters from Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice).
From left to right, top to bottom:
1. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. // Work it references: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
2. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard (or the movie version with a hugely talented cast). // Work it references: Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
3. Drood by Dan Simmons. // Work it references: The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens.
4. Wicked by Gregory Maguire. // Work it references: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
5. Dust and Shadow by Lindsey Faye. // Work it references: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
6. March by Geraldine Brooks. // Work it references: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.