PUBLISHING house Penguin is attempting to cash in on the success of Marvel by claiming all its characters coexist in the ‘Penguin Universe’.
As Avengers: Endgame arrives in cinemas, Penguin has decided to create its own sprawling fictional world featuring scenarios such as Winston Smith from Nineteen Eighty-Four sharing a flat with Dracula.
Publishing director Nathan Muir said: “The possibilities are endless. Who wouldn’t want to read about Lady Chatterley being stalked by Alex and his droogs from A Clockwork Orange?
“Especially when Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird starts picking off the gang with his rifle, with the help of Frankenstein’s monster and her out of Pride and Prejudice.
“We’re also going to combine real life celebrity authors with classic novels, such as Jamie Oliver’s A Tale of Two Cities. If you get bored with the story you can just read the recipes.”
Book reviewer Donna Sheridan said: “I love it! Brideshead Revisited is much better now all those posh twats get killed by characters from The Godfather.”