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LordMoogi
04-16-2010, 11:32 PM
A common way I've noticed people using to describe new books/movies/whatever to their friends is in what I call 'X meets Y' form. As in, 'Star Wars is like Akira Korusawa meets Flash Gordon'. It's not a perfect way to describe things, to be sure, but it often helps get the point across to people. Other times, it just sounds funny.

So, in the interest of good-natured fun and getting other people interested in out writing projects, I propose a thread where we talk about some of our own works in this fashion.

I'll start.

One of my stories, a high fantasy series, could perhaps be described as World Wars I and II meets Lord of the Rings meets Final Fantasy.

My on-indefinite-hiatus Young Adult novel is basically a pantheistic Percy Jackson meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with a little X-Men thrown in for good measure.

My current project is Illuminatus! meets League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets Hellboy.

Wow. My writing is weird.

lucidzfl
04-17-2010, 12:00 AM
I guess my current one is Ghost Ship meets Hunt for Red October meets The Shining?

Kateness
04-17-2010, 12:05 AM
My current WIP?

1984 meets The Matrix meets the Giver

Mr Flibble
04-17-2010, 12:07 AM
Wizards of the Caribbean meets Lies of Locke Lamora with a Casablanca ending

backslashbaby
04-17-2010, 01:06 AM
Catch-22 meets Rocky Horror :D

jennontheisland
04-17-2010, 01:13 AM
Wizards of the Caribbean meets Lies of Locke Lamora with a Casablanca ending
Pirates?


Um, King Arthur meets Little Red Riding Hood?

and

hm... Beowulf meets Debbie Does Dallas?

Linda Adams
04-17-2010, 01:14 AM
Mine was more writer oriented:

Clive Cussler meets Joss Whedon.

Mr Flibble
04-17-2010, 01:15 AM
Pirates? yup. only with lots more magic :D




hm... Beowulf meets Debbie Does Dallas? Oh Thor's foreskin, I want to read that!

cameron_chapman
04-17-2010, 02:00 AM
I'm going to say mine is The Handmaid's Tale meets The Road meets Atlas Shrugged...

Phaeal
04-17-2010, 02:25 AM
Lovecraft meets, um, me, and we go out for lots of ice cream. I mean, LOTS of ice cream. Then we spend a bloated but pleasant evening perusing the Necronomicon. Then Jane Austen and Susanna Clarke drop in, and we all play World of Whistcraft until Neil Gaiman shows up. That's when we hit the pubs.

Exactly!

Shadow_Ferret
04-17-2010, 02:35 AM
Dan Brown meets Stephanie Meyers meets James Patterson. I smell best seller.

brokenfingers
04-17-2010, 02:42 AM
Ullysses meets The Odyssey meets The Bible meets The Idiot's Guide to Sex meets Gone With The Wind.


Meets Shakespeare.

Broadswordbabe
04-17-2010, 02:48 AM
Lovecraft meets, um, me, and we go out for lots of ice cream. I mean, LOTS of ice cream. Then we spend a bloated but pleasant evening perusing the Necronomicon. Then Jane Austen and Susanna Clarke drop in, and we all play World of Whistcraft until Neil Gaiman shows up. That's when we hit the pubs.


If this is an average evening, can I come stay at your house? Please? I'll bring Laphroaig...or my sister's ginned damsons. They're great with icecream.

As for me - the last one was kind of Small Gods meets The Crimson Petal and the White, and the current one is more like The Seven Samurai meets Gibbons' Decline and Fall.

Mr Flibble
04-17-2010, 02:58 AM
my sister's ginned damsons.

If I bring my FIL's pickled with chilli shallots, the ones that make you go >< that's good but my eyes are going funny....


Sorry, sorry

I have an LOTR meets Romeo and Juliet thing.

CACTUSWENDY
04-17-2010, 03:08 AM
The third Rock From the Sun meets Beetlejuice.(Beetleuice)

ETA: Good catch Max

maxmordon
04-17-2010, 03:14 AM
Lovecraft meets, um, me, and we go out for lots of ice cream. I mean, LOTS of ice cream. Then we spend a bloated but pleasant evening perusing the Necronomicon. Then Jane Austen and Susanna Clarke drop in, and we all play World of Whistcraft until Neil Gaiman shows up. That's when we hit the pubs.

Exactly!

Reminds me this webcomic called Young Lovecraft. An arc goes around Howie and Siouxie from Siouxie And The Banshees (both go to elementary school in turn-of-the-century New England) go to visit Edgar Allan Poe's grave and do a siance, only to find out he, Baudelaire and Valery spend eternity getting drunk in Poe's crypt critizicing each other's work.

maxmordon
04-17-2010, 03:18 AM
Terry Gilliam's Brazil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqtUI4XfhMM) meets The Man Who Wasn't There. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUoRUdjn_Qg)

PoppysInARow
04-17-2010, 03:39 AM
This is hard. I don't normally compare my work to others out in the market. Hm.

I guess my current WIP would be Percy Jackson meets LOTR.

Though one WIP that I've been working on for a few years is definately Fight Club meets Lord of the Flies. :D

maxmordon
04-17-2010, 04:00 AM
The third Rock From the Sun meets Beetlejuice.(Beetleuice)

ETA: Good catch Max

Oh, Now I want to read it!

LordMoogi
04-17-2010, 04:51 AM
Lovecraft meets, um, me, and we go out for lots of ice cream. I mean, LOTS of ice cream. Then we spend a bloated but pleasant evening perusing the Necronomicon. Then Jane Austen and Susanna Clarke drop in, and we all play World of Whistcraft until Neil Gaiman shows up. That's when we hit the pubs.

Exactly!

I think I'm in love. :heart: No! Bad Moogi! You already have a girlfriend!

Seriously, though, I must read this story.

Calla Lily
04-17-2010, 04:56 AM
Nick and Nora Charles meets World of Warcraft meets Fatal Attraction.

ccv707
04-17-2010, 01:20 PM
The one I'm rewriting is Andrei Tarkovsky meets Final Fantasy.

Another is War and Peace meets Stand on Zanzibar.

One I have planned is The Walking Dead meets Rashomon meets The Book of the New Sun.

DoomBunny
04-17-2010, 03:31 PM
Lovecraft meets Amish versus Cowboys. In space.

Libbie
04-17-2010, 06:48 PM
My most recent short story: The documentary America's National Parks meets Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.

My completed novel: Michelle Moran's Nefertiti meets all the parts of George R. R. Martin's books where likable characters die horribly and unexpectedly.

My work in progress: Richard Adams meets Richard Dawkins.

willietheshakes
04-17-2010, 07:13 PM
Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage meets The Da Vinci Code.

SirOtter
04-18-2010, 12:19 AM
My good friend, romance author Melanie Jackson, provided a blurb for Smarter Than the Average Werewolf. She said it was 'a splendid mix of Dashiell Hammet and Dark Shadows'. Another friend said my fiction is like if Raymond Chandler wrote for EC Comics. I think of it as Mickey Spillane meets Bram Stoker. My poetry has been called 'Hallmark Cards from the Addams Family'.

Matera the Mad
04-18-2010, 02:59 AM
Oliver Twist meets the Lord of the Rings with a cream pie in the Pleistocene.

Renee Collins
04-18-2010, 04:20 AM
Fun thread. :)

I had a beta describe one of my books as "I am Legend meets Gangs of New York, with magic."

Libbie
04-18-2010, 04:33 AM
I once described one of Scarlett's works in progress as "like Anais Nin writing 'BOOBS' on a graphing calculator." I still think it's a perfect description.

amergina
04-18-2010, 05:02 AM
Hamlet meet Henry V, but with elves and cars.

Namatu
04-18-2010, 06:56 AM
La Femme Nikita meets Orwell's 1984, with a side of funny.

SirOtter
04-18-2010, 07:26 AM
I'm still figuring out how my Hiroshima Mon Amour meets Robot Monster thing would work out. I've also got an idea for a Keystone Kops meet Godzilla tale, but writing a silent film in prose form is a tad awkward.

WalpurgisQuill
04-18-2010, 12:05 PM
Harry Potter meets Hitler. That is the best way I can describe mine.

Bartholomew
04-18-2010, 12:45 PM
Saw meets Teletubbies.

What?

DoomBunny
04-18-2010, 01:32 PM
"like Anais Nin writing 'BOOBS' on a graphing calculator."

That's freakin' gold. :D

shaldna
04-18-2010, 02:36 PM
Phantom of the Opera meets jurassic park

LilliCray
04-19-2010, 12:06 AM
Phantom of the Opera meets jurassic park

PHANTOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!

...what, me? Obsessed fan girl? I haz no idea what uz talking boutz.... >.< The music's just soooo pretty.... and the book is amazing... and... I'm shutting up now.

Ahem. [/derail]

Back on topic... this sounds like fun! Tho' I'm not into the comparing stuff to published stuff thing.

WIP 1: ....um.... Johnny Mnemonic meets backwards magic world? Somehow I think this description lacks something...

WIP 2: Paracelsus meets biological engineering marvel. :D I like trying to be vague. Hmm... Paracelsus would've been cooler if he hadn't burned the books. Stupid egoface...

Kelsey
04-19-2010, 07:17 AM
My current WIP?

1984 meets The Matrix meets the Giver

Okay, I can't say the same for The Matrix, but the others are two of my ALL-TIME favorites. Your project sounds very interesting...:)

Mine is ... /me thinks .... "Desperate Housewives" (the early years) meets Ian McEwan's Atonement.

Kelsey
04-19-2010, 07:19 AM
PHANTOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!

...what, me? Obsessed fan girl? I haz no idea what uz talking boutz.... >.< The music's just soooo pretty.... and the book is amazing... and... I'm shutting up now.

Haha, I know what you mean! I, too, am a true Mega-Phan! I will be flying to London (from California) this Summer for the sole purpose of seeing the new sequel. A nerd, I know.

dgrintalis
04-19-2010, 07:51 AM
One of my WIPs: The bastard love child of Romeo and Juliet as written by Chuck Palahniuk and Lady Gaga's Bad Romance. This is exactly how I described it to my agent, and he laughed out loud.

SirOtter
04-19-2010, 08:20 AM
Saw meets Teletubbies.

What?

I'd buy that for a dollar.

half.jaded
04-19-2010, 08:32 AM
Catharsis: Nightmare on Elm Street meets The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy - sort of. :\

The Devil's Gambit: Faust meets Romeo and Juliet and crashes into Cracked Up To Be. (...Yeah. Seriously.)

Bartholomew
04-19-2010, 10:29 AM
I'd buy that for a dollar.


Ohh! Then I'll have a dollar! Deal!

...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meets The Time Traveler's Wife.

Varthikes
04-19-2010, 11:44 AM
I suppose the best description for my current work would be:

Dragonriders of Pern meets a Babylon 5-ish Star Trek.

AZ_Dawn
04-21-2010, 11:01 PM
I had to think long and hard about this, and the best I could come up with? Disney's Treasure Island meets All Creatures Great and Small.

eventidepress
04-21-2010, 11:42 PM
I think the best description for my WIP is probably Ender's Game meets Pocahontas.

DeleyanLee
04-21-2010, 11:48 PM
Hmmm. This isn't as easy as it first appears.

Crimson Warrior: King Arthur meets 300

Wolf of Whitechapel: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle meets American Werewolf in London

~*Kate*~
04-22-2010, 12:29 AM
My YA = Shiver and Beautiful Creatures stuck in a blender with the movie "Varsity Blues."

Christine N.
04-22-2010, 12:31 AM
I love doing this..
My first book = "Dorothy goes to Middle Earth"
My second book = "Dorothy goes back."

My series= "Percy Jackson meets Magic Tree House meets Tomb Raider."

Actually reviewers have called them a mash up of "Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, and Nancy Drew", "Tomb Raider for Teens", and "A YA version of Magic Tree House."

Bufty
04-22-2010, 12:31 AM
Wizard of Oz meets Alien

CaroGirl
04-22-2010, 12:55 AM
A Beautiful Mind meets Barfly meets The Romantic (and no one has any idea what that means :)).

Kitty27
04-22-2010, 01:43 AM
Can I just say that I am dying to read ya'll's books? Seriously,folks.


A reader described my vampire novel as Anne Rice style with a deranged twist.

My vampire novel is Bram Stoker's Dracula meets The Devils Rejects,with a dash of Reservoir Dogs.

My WIP is The Prophecy meets Romeo&Juliet.

My high fantasy is Lord Of the Rings meets a Benetton ad.

Chris P
04-22-2010, 01:56 AM
Hmmm... For my travel novel, Zorba the Greek meets The Innocents Abroad meets some book where people get kidnapped.

MikeGrant
04-22-2010, 02:10 AM
Genuine Daily Telegraph journo quote about my high-concept thriller, Certainty: "24 meets Lost... genuinely thrilling."

Wait till it gets published before saying that, dammit! :)

friendlyhobo
04-22-2010, 11:00 AM
Nick and Nora Charles meets World of Warcraft meets Fatal Attraction.
... is Asta there too?

Mine is Butch and Sundance seduce Nancy Drew and the three meet Peter S. Beagle in a demon bar in Sunnydale. At least, thats what I'm going for...

Bartholomew
04-22-2010, 11:07 AM
Shakespeare meets LOTR meets Harry Potter meets Arachnaphobia meets John Carpenter's Vampires meets Alice in Wonderland meets Adam Sandler.

Instant classic.

Calla Lily
04-22-2010, 04:28 PM
My high fantasy is Lord Of the Rings meets a Benetton ad.

Love it.

cwfgal
04-22-2010, 07:10 PM
Stephanie Plum meets Kay Scarpetta.

Beth

reiver33
04-23-2010, 04:36 AM
I have a couple of different/difficult projects;

The Thing meets Mills & Boon (alien body thief falls in love via his current host)

Anne Rice meets Dashiell Hammett (vampire tough-guy on the run, betrayed by girlfriend)

NykeYoung
05-02-2010, 10:21 PM
Vampire/Amazon is Dresden Files meets South Park

Chumplet
05-02-2010, 11:04 PM
I'm not sure about my current sub, but The Toast Bitches is definitely Sex In The City meets 30 Rock.

slcboston
05-02-2010, 11:10 PM
Anne Rice meets Philip K Dick.

LordMoogi
05-06-2010, 12:56 AM
One short story idea I've had for a while, that I haven't worked on yet, is The Wizard of Oz meets World War I. And it has a lawyer friendly cameo from Helsingard, the villain from the comic book Atomic Robo. Oh, and it's a canonical prequel to my current project.

Another project is a female psychic Doc Savage meeting Star Trek meeting Firefly with some Islamic themes thrown in for good measure.

If I ever attempt to tackle the superhero genre, the end result could be described as The Incredibles meets The Ultimates after reading way too much Joseph Campbell. I would say it has some Heroes in it, too, but I've only seen the first two episodes, so I can't make a good judgment in that regard.

One last project is essentially American Gods meets the Bourne series meets God of War with a bit of Metal Gear near the end. With a cyborg Loki.

It's not easy living in my head.

AceTachyon
05-06-2010, 09:10 PM
Mine is Xena meets Blade Runner.

Or for you anime/manga fans: Gunsmith Cats meets Dirty Pair in a Bubblegum Crisis/Appleseed future.

Hathor
10-21-2010, 08:43 PM
The Miracle Worker meets Network.

SPMiller
10-21-2010, 09:00 PM
My most recent novella, which has yet to reach a final form, would be Dhalgren meets Planescape: Torment meets The Difference Engine meets Reservoir Dogs meets anything written by Zelazny.

AlexPiper
10-21-2010, 11:58 PM
The Sookie Stackhouse books meet Tacitus' Annals.

...what?

Kate Thornton
10-22-2010, 12:56 AM
Murderers of all sorts meet the Twighlight Zone...

LJD
10-22-2010, 09:13 PM
Bridget Jones meets Big Bang Theory

elindsen
10-23-2010, 07:15 AM
dawn of the dead meets twilight

_Sian_
10-25-2010, 02:32 AM
The Amulet of Samarkand meets The Hunger Games

Points for those who know the first book. No points for those who know the second :)

lvae
10-25-2010, 03:05 AM
The Amulet of Samarkand meets The Hunger Games

Points for those who know the first book. No points for those who know the second :)

I don't know the first book. You'll have to tell me more about it!

Mine would be... the closest I can think is

Alanna from the Song of the Lioness meets a mishmash of Hayao Miyazaki movies.

rosiecotton
10-25-2010, 04:46 AM
C. S. Lewis meets Clive Barker... I'm still not sure it's gonna end well.

MichelleH
10-25-2010, 06:36 AM
Last night I had the realisation that my novel was Disney's The Little Mermaid meets The Road meets The Battle for Terra.

yeah...

Xelebes
10-25-2010, 07:04 AM
Wilbur Smith's Courtenay Saga meets William Gibson

SafetyDance
10-26-2010, 01:16 AM
Ooh, this is fun! (And some of these are very amusing :D).


ALIVE: Erm. The Hunger Games meets Russell Brand?!

maestrowork
10-26-2010, 04:10 AM
Dragon Seed meets Empire of the Sun meets Doctor Zhivago.

Zoombie
10-30-2010, 08:20 AM
Shattered Horizon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpD6pkA83k8) meets Ender's Game

gothicangel
10-30-2010, 01:23 PM
Darkly Dreaming Dexter meets Land of the Living.

gladspooky
10-30-2010, 06:10 PM
The Wizard of Oz meets Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Actually I guess that's just Alice in Wonderland meets itself, but oh well.

Gugland
10-31-2010, 05:17 AM
Ruby in Paradise meets Kids

AlishaS
10-31-2010, 06:53 AM
My first novel, Branded is Ghost Ship meets Buffy with a bit of Touched by an Angel thrown in there.

Current novel, A Stiff Kiss is a reverse Sleeping Beauty meets I haven't quite decided yet.

Kitty27
10-31-2010, 07:36 PM
Red Alice is Night Of The Living Dead Meets Tank Girl with a dash of Hostel.

Sieglinde
08-30-2012, 02:09 AM
Hamlet meets Supernatural.

Ruth2
08-30-2012, 02:38 AM
Bill Bryson's Neither Here Nor There meets Robert Shelton's No Direction Home.

Which is sort of odd, come to think about it.

ArachnePhobia
08-30-2012, 02:45 AM
Pokémon meets Hellraiser.