A Note on Pastiche

Pastiche is a form of literature — or any other visual art or music — that celebrates the style or character of the work of a different author via imitation. While it can often be used in a generally tongue-in-cheek, jocular manner, more often than not the pastiche is meant to be respectful towards the original work.

Some of the best examples are the numerous pastiches on the stories featuring Sherlock Holmes — or, practically infamously, the novel Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley, which is an unsuccessful attempt at a pastiche in the style of Margaret Mitchell in an attempt to recognize Ripley’s novel as a canonical sequel to Gone with the Wind.

But, seriously, don’t read Scarlett.

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