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- 10 A BOOT STOMPING 20 A HUMAN FACE 30 GOTO 10 was described by a reviewer "...reads as if someone cloned an amphetamine-addled Philip K. Dick and told him to come up with his own version of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity."
- A Colder War is Red Scare meets Cthulhu Mythos.
- The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents is "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" meets Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH meets Watership Down.
- Nick Cave's And the Ass Saw the Angel is William Faulkner meets Gabriel García Márquez, with foetal alcohol syndrome and lots of moonshine.
- Animal Farm; The Russian Revolution meets Babe, The Sheep Pig.
- Artemis Fowl has been described by its author as "Die Hard with fairies".
- A Song of Ice and Fire is the Wars of the Roses set in Middle-earth
- Atlanta Nights is The Eye of Argon meets those trashy paperback novels you see at the grocery store. If you pick it up in the Dramatic Reading aisle, you'll be able to get some ham with it.
- The Automatic Detective combines every Film Noir trope with just about every Raygun Gothic trope (albeit, the latter is fairly deconstructed).
- Beat The Reaper is Burn Notice meets Goodfellas meets House written as darkly as possible.
- A Canticle for Leibowitz is Fallout meets How the Irish Saved Civilization.
- Captain Underpants: Superman meets The Ren & Stimpy Show meets Invader Zim meets Recess.
- The Chick Tracts are Christian fundamentalism meets Warhammer 40,000 meets South Park.
- Children of the Red King is Harry Potter meets X-Men.
- C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia is Alice in Wonderland meets The Bible.
- Cinder is Cinderella meets Robots.
- Codex Alera is Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Pokémon with just a bit of Rome for flavoring and some Zerg thrown in.
- By design. Jim Butcher has said that he was challenged to write a good story that combined the concepts of the Lost Roman Legion with Pokémon.
- The Complete World Knowledge series has been described as Pale Fire, as directed by Wes Anderson.
- The blurbs on The Dresden Files books describe them as "Harry Potter starring Phillip Marlowe." This, as it happens, is dead wrong, since aside from the coincidence of names, the series bears almost no resemblance to Harry Potter. It's more like Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the Old World of Darkness, starring Phillip Marlowe. Incidentally, some of the later blurbs do have this.
- Eaters Of The Dead is intentionally Beowulf meets Ahmad ibn Fadlan's travelogue.
- The Edge Chronicles reads like the result of Roald Dahl and Dr. Seuss teaming up to write a sprawling epic fantasy.
- Enchantress from the Stars is Star Trek meets Avatar
- Alexander Gordon Smith's Escape from Furnace is The Great Escape meets Warhammer 40K.
- Evil Genius Trilogy is Harry Potter meets Soon I Will Be Invincible.
- Fifty Shades of Grey is Twilight meets The Story of O.
- Fight Club is The Great Gatsby meets David Lynch.
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth is Night of the Living Dead meets The Giver, or Survival Horror meets Dystopia.
- Forever Gate: is marketed it as 'Running Man meets Matrix'.
- The Girl Who Owned a City is (a curiously non-violent) Lord of the Flies meets Atlas Shrugged
- Gone is X-Men meets Lord of the Flies.
- The Goodness Gene is "1984 meets Brave New World", but with more conspiracies and clones.
- A review of Good Omens compares it to "the Book of Revelation as penned by Monty Python's Flying Circus".
- Harry Potter:
- Hero by Perry Moore is Sky High meets X-Men meets The Incredibles
- His Dark Materials is The Revolt of the Angels meets Chronicles of Narnia.
- Stephanie Meyer's The Host:
- Animorphs: Stargate Verse meets Warrior Cats with SG-1 replaced by with a Ragtag Bunch of shapeshifting teenagers.
- Everworld is Animorphs meets All Myths Are True.
- The House of Night: Twilight meets Sailor Moon meets Harry Potter
- The Hunger Games is Lord of the Flies meets Survivor with a little bit of Les Misérables
- Inheritance Cycle is Star Wars set in Middle Earth with a Little Tales of Earthsea thrown in.
- The Judas Strain: National Treasure meets Die Hard meets James Bond meets 28 Days Later, meets G.I. Joe.
- Kire is basically Natsume's Book Of Friends meets Harry Potter. With Norwegian myths and fairy tales rather than Japanese, although it got some other European.
- The Kite Runner is A Separate Peace set in Afghanistan with a much more honest narrator.
- The Lady Grace Mysteries are Trixie Belden meets The Royal Diaries.
- Laura und der Silberwolf (Laura and silver Wolf) is Pan's Labyrinth in a Medical Drama setting. The Finale is also similar.
- The Looking-Glass Wars is American McGee's Alice meets The Lion King.
- C. S. Lewis and others have described Fanny Price of Mansfield Park as "a Charlotte Brontë heroine lost in a Jane Austen novel."
- Matched is 1984 meets The Giver.
- Malazan Book of the Fallen is A Song of Ice and Fire meets Dungeons & Dragons or Elder Scrolls.
- Meg has often been described as Jurassic Park meets Jaws
- The Musicians (Muzykanci) by Andrzej Sapkowski is "The Bremen Town Musicians" meets "The Music of Erich Zann".
- Never Let Me Go is The Island meets The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.
- Subverted in one review, which said that if Tim Burton reimagined The Phantom of the Opera'... it would still fall far short of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.
- Speaking of which, the Nightside series is The Dresden Files meets Neverwhere.
- 1984 is We meets Brave New World meets Darkness At Noon.
- Parellity is, brace yourselves, a sci-fi The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, mixed with Mad Max/Borderlands, with elements of Halo, Ace Combat, The Lord of the Rings, and starring most of the cast of Firefly.
- The Pendragon Adventure has been described as Harry Potter's American cousin meets Stargate (the whole franchise) meets The Time Tunnel meets Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined) with bits of Back to the Future, The Matrix, Planet of the Apes, and The Godfather thrown in for good measure.
- Penthouse is Playboy meets Hustler; Basically the gloss and glamor of Playboy, and the explicit poses of Hustler.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians is Classical Mythology meets Harry Potter.
- Phantalleum - Dual Crossage is Sword Art Online meets Btooom! meets Digimon Tamers.
- Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is... Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Prisoners of Power is 1984 meets Fallout.
- Rhymes With Witches is Mean Girls meets Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Flowers for Algernon.
- Rivers of London is Neverwhere meets The Bill.
- The Roman Mysteries: The author describes it as The Famous Five plus Nancy Drew meets Gladiator.
- Sorbet is Inception meets Groundhog Day meets Night of the Living Dead.
- Space Mowgli is The Jungle Book meets H.P. Lovecraft.
- Orson Scott Card's The Tales of Alvin Maker is Harry Potter meets Little House on the Prairie, with a dash of Mormonism.
- Temeraire: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell meets Patrick O'Brian.
- The Third Policeman is what James Stephens' (another Irish author) absurdist fairytale The Crock of Gold would be if it was retold by Salvador Dali to Mark Z. Danliewski.
- The Thursday Next series, despite apropos-of-nothing comparisons to Harry Potter and Bridget Jones's Diary on the back cover, is really more like Hot Fuzz meets Monty Python's Flying Circus meets Last Action Hero WITH BOOKS. And Blade makes a series of cameos.
- Twilight itself is Bram Stoker's Dracula meets My Immortal (or My Immortal minus Harry Potter)
- Undead by Kirsty McKay is The Breakfast Club meets Night of the Living Dead during a school ski trip in Scotland.
- Warhammer 40K novels:
- Anthony Trolloppe's The Way We Live Now is Pride and Prejudice meets Watchmen.
- When the Windman Comes is Coraline meets Bridge to Terabithia. With Happy Ending.
- The Word and the Void is what happens when Terminator meets Urban Fantasy in a Dying Town setting.
- World War Z has been described as Children of Men, meets Syriana, meets Night of the Living Dead.
- Or Night of the Living Dead as done by Ken Burns.
- Joe Hill's You Will Hear The Locust Sing is intentionally The Metamorphosis meets Them!
- Obscure kids' series The Sisters Eight is The Powerpuff Girls meets A Series of Unfortunate Events.
- Cross The Amazing Race and The Westing Game, plus add history on the side, and you get The 39 Clues.
- The 39 Clues is Assassin's Creed meets The Westing Game.
- Roger Zelazny loved to do this with mythology and science fiction: