Mythology has always fascinated me. Since first reading Bulfinch’s Mythology in late middle school, I’ve enjoyed reading all types of old stories and legends, from classic Greek and Roman mythology to more obscure mythological traditions like Basque stories to fairy tales and urban legends.
One of my favorite novels, Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis, retells the myth of Psyche and Cupid, from the perspective of one of the sisters of Psyche. I’ve also really enjoyed the work of Rick Riordan, both in his Percy Jackson series, based on Greek mythology, and in the Kane Chronicles, based on Egyptian mythology.
I’m also loving the new trend of fairy tales retold, whether it’s in the television series Once Upon a Time or in live-action movies such as Into the Woods or Maleficent. It’s been making me want to go back and read Grimm’s Fairy Tales again, to refamiliarize myself with the tales that are often more horrific (but still intriguing) than they are “fairy” tale.
As I write my own stories, I’m conscious of how much other stories affect what I write, and I think the stories that we have been hearing since we were small play a big part in what we tell when we’re older. I love the familiarity mixed with suspense that arises when we see a story we know become something else entirely. And one day, I hope to write a novel that’s a retelling of some ancient story. There’s something very comforting and yet adventurous about taking a “tale as old as time” and telling it anew.
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Also, it’s more than midway through the challenge. If you’re still plugging along, congratulations! I’ve really enjoyed this so far, and it’s been fun to meet so many new bloggers and read so much engaging and creative content. If you’ve found me through the challenge, welcome and thank you for stopping by!