Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, lovely concepts, but overlooking a key demographic. It’s YA readers that are crazy about creatures, not English professors. So here are some classic YA novels with a little monster mash mixed in.
Holden is sad, sad, sad. One night he goes gallivanting through New York City, where a creature of the night drains his blood and makes him pale and immortal. Waking up and examining the way his fangs compliment his hat, he goes in search of other vampires to chill with. He finds some fellow teenage vamps who are moody, disinterested, and think a lot about death. Holden finally feels like he belongs.
Ponyboy lives with his brothers Sodapop and Darry, ever since those snooty werewolf Socs on the other side of town ate his parents. Darry and Sodapop are always working and Ponyboy is trying to balance school, track, and making a steady supply of silver bullets. One night at the movies Ponyboy and his friend Jonny are jumped by some of Socs, but after Jonny shots one with a silver bullet he realizes some of the Socs are human and he just offed one of them. Afraid, he and Ponyboy go into hiding, but the Socs, with their keen sense of smell and unquenchable blood lust, search them out and eat them in retaliation. Sodapop and Darry, saddened by their brother’s death, decide to move to another town where werewolves, and therefore the death of loved ones by werewolves, is less common.
Alaska didn’t die in a car crash, she was abducted by Aliens. They release her three years later, and she and Pudge are married on the campus of Culver Creek Prep.