pas-tiche [pa-steesh, pah-] noun.
1. a literary, musical, or artistic piece consisting wholly or chiefly of motifs or techniques borrowed from one or more sources.
2. an incongruous combination of materials, forms, motifs, etc., taken from different sources; hodgepodge.
Today’s word of the day hit me when I began my yearly ritualistic rereading of Roger Zelazny’s ‘A Night in the Lonesome October‘. I have a soft spot for pastiches, this one in particular. There was a time as a teen when I read nothing but pastiches, when I ran out of ERB or ACD I would scour the earth for more like material. These days there are practically more pastiches on bookstore shelves than original works. – does anyone REALLY want to read an entire novel about the father of Little Women?