Between Clash of the Titans and the Illiad
I saw the Clash of the Titans remake a few weekends ago (in regular 2-D). It was mindless fun without being overly violent. Children who only know Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort from the Harry Potter films will enjoy him as Hades. Adults who remember Fiennes and Liam Neeson in Schindler’s List might be appalled, but the two actors are clearly having a good time.
Mythology is Back (Again)
Thanks to this film and the Percy Jackson books, mythology has become trendy again and why not? Greek myths are full of action and romance with almost no introspection to slow the plot.
Here are some teen and adult book suggestions if you want to move beyond Percy Jackson, but aren’t quite ready for Homer.
- Mythology by Edith Hamilton, illustrated by Steele Savage. If the movie Troy had too many characters for you to follow, check out Hamilton She explains it all.
- Cupid: A Tale of Love and Desire by Julius Lester. Two lovers need to figure out how to trust each other, in spite of interfering family members.
- Quiver by Stephanie Spinner. I loved myths mostly for the powerful goddesses. Atlanta is only human, but she’s athletic, a bit blood-thirsty, and won’t get married unless it’s on her terms.
- Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner. Meet Helen of Sparta, before her kidnapping started a war. She’s a warrior princess who gets into a lot of adventures with her brothers.
- Ilium by Dan Simmons. An epic fantasy series that combines the Illiad and the Tempest and locates all the action on Mars and Jupiter.
- Ransom by David Malouf. Achilles and Hector are the warriors of Troy, but Malouf looks at the war from the perspective of a grieving father, King Priam.
- Bulfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch. Written in 1885, you get Greek Myths, Arthurian legends, and tales of Charlemagne all in one book.
Cynthia R. is a librarian in Foster City. Currently she's working her way through her own Hong Kong film festival. She thinks Sammi Cheng is pretty awesome.