What are your favorite books based on greek mythology or interpretations/variations of it? Also, what's your favorite mythology?
Hmmm… well you know, I really love Greek mythology and I love books that incorporate it or modernise it, but like 99% of young adult I have read based on Greek myth is FREAKING AWFUL. Like I don’t know what it is about this specific subgenre of ya that is so bad but it really is DO NOT READ ANY YA HADES/PERSEPHONE RETELLINGS. INCLUDING AND ESPECIALLY THOSE MEG CABOT ATROCITIES PLEASE BELIEVE ME I SUFFERED SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO. So yeah stay away from books with girls in floaty dresses on the front with names like ‘the goddess hunt’ or 'passion’ or 'evertrue’
(The only exception here, if you want to call them YA, is the Percy Jackson books. They’re a lot of fun and have soooo much Greek and later Roman myth packed in there, and tbh they’re worth it for actual angel nico diangelo QUEER SON OF HADES alone)
I have yet to find a book that does Helen of Troy justice like I want her to be done, but The Song Of Achilles is AMAZING and will fuck u up a++ very worth it. Kerry Greenwood has a book about Medea but it lacks any teeth (spoilers: she doesn’t kill her children at the end. I KNOW. I KNOW.), most modern Greek interpretations that centre on the female pantheon/heroines seem to want to make them likable at any cost (as if they weren’t.. likable before???), and so they suck the story dry of the blood and murder and vengeance that makes Greek stories… Greek? I don’t know man, it’s a problem this genre has (WHERE’S THE CLYTEMENSTRA BOOK Y'ALLLL)
The Secret History is a staple but honestly like if you haven’t read it yet, you need to - the best bachannal books are the ones where everything just goes to shit afterwards becausE YOU CAN’T BRUSH THAT CLOSE TO THE GODS WITHOUT RUINING YOUR LIFE, asoiaf has a LOT of awesome greek mythology interpretations (cersei as oedipus, catelyn as demeter, sansa as persephone, jon as persephone, jon as HADES, dany as a hercules or theseus COME TALK TO ME ABOUT THESE THINGS), the penelopiad by margaret atwood is wonderful, there is in general a lot of greek allusions in southern gothic literature, particularly faulkner and tennessee williams.
There are many death and the maiden books I could rec you but none that stand out to me about Hades/Persephone specifically (which really is a shame. i would give A LOT for a modern interpretation of them done right, i really would), but there is a lot of great poetry about them - I actually have some death and the maiden recs over here.
In other media - HADESTOWN. PLEASE DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM. IF YOU TAKE NOTHING ELSE FROM THIS POST PLEASE DOWNLOAD HADESTOWN YOU WILL NOT REGRET, the lyre of orpheus by nick cave is another greek myth-based concept album that i absolutely love (featuring 'o children’ of deathy hallows fame), there is a lot of greek myth in the sandman comics, and in other gaiman works like american gods, there are many fun trash greek blockbusters (i’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for clash of the titans whatEVER, and i love troy even though THEY CUT OUT DIOMEDES THE BAE D:) but 'o brother where art thou’ is actually fantastic, AND southern gothic, AND has singing, so get on that, and like if you haven’t seen disney’s hercules or class of the titans HONESTLY WHAT ARE YOU DOING UH GUYS OLYMPUS WOULD BE THAT WAY
By 'favourite mythology’ do you mean like greek specifically, or favourite mythology of like any in the world? lmao well in greek i love hades/persephone (naturally), cupid and psyche, ariadne/dionysus/the minotaur/the maze, medea, specific parts of the iliad and i always loved the story of artemis feeding that dude TO HIS OWN ANIMALS cause he saw her bathing THAT’S WHAT IM ABOUT.
As for other mythologies - judeo-christian i’m fascinated with of course, celtic mythology is really interesting to me, central asian/mongolian steppe culture and myth is something i’m interested in, same with slavic myth, and i also really like mesoamerican mythology, specifically maya and tarascan. IM TERRIBLE I KNOW IM INTERESTED IN EVERYTHING IT’S A PROBLEM