Modern Mythology: Ancient Stories Retold
The world is rich with stories that try to explain the origin of the world, nature, and humans. Different countries have different stories and in turn have different gods whom they believe created these things. The collection of the stories of these gods is what is known as mythology. Mythological stories have been told over and over, from Zeus and the Olympians, to Odin and the world known as Asgard. Modern writers have taken these stories and retold them for better understanding, putting their own twists to these fantastic tales. Here are some novels and graphic novels worth checking out if you love mythology.
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
After being released from prison, Shadow finds that his life has drastically changed. His wife is dead, and a mysterious Mr. Wednesday offers him a job. American Gods takes the classic pantheon of gods from various cultures, calling them old gods, and combines it with modern culture’s obsession with the media, celebrities, and drugs, known as the new gods.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Percy was a relatively normal child, except he was dyslexic, had ADHD, and couldn’t stay in the same school for more than a year. On the year he turns twelve, he finally discovers why his father was never around. He was the son of the Greek god Poseidon, and now all the Greek monsters are after him. Percy goes to a special camp called Camp Half-Blood, where he meets demigods just like him, and trains for the upcoming battle against the Titan Kronos.
- Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C. S. Lewis
This retelling is based on a chapter of The Golden Ass of Apuleius, a story of Cupid and Psyche. The book is in two parts, both in the perspective of Psyche’s older sister, Orual. Throughout the story, she undergoes a change of mind-set, from accusing the gods of being unjust to understanding that her shortcomings had been her own fault. Lewis’s retelling draws readers to Orual’s reasoning and emotions.
- Sandman by Neil Gaiman
Morpheus, also known as Dream, had been held captive for several decades. Upon his escape, he returns to his duties and discovers that his dream empire has been destroyed, and he must rebuild it. The series comprise smaller story arcs that involve other characters such as Lucifer and Dream’s siblings, the Endless. The other Endless are Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, and Destruction.
- Loki’s Wolves by KL Armstrong
In the town of Blackwell, South Dakota, almost everyone is a direct descendant of either Thor or Loki. This includes Matt Thorsen and his friends Fen and Laurie Brekke. Norse myths predicted the end of the world in an event called Ragnarok, where gods must battle monsters. Rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and that Matt must lead the children who will stand in for the gods in the final battle.
- The Wicked + The Divine
This comic series follows Laura, a teenager who interacts with the Pantheon. The story premises that every year, a group of twelve people known as the Pantheon discovers that they are reincarnated deities. This discovery unleashes their supernatural powers and grants them fame. The catch is that they will all die within two years. This is part of a ninety-year cycle called the recurrence.
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