Twists on an Old Tale
Anonymous asked: “I’m working on something where I am twisting Arthurian legend and I was wondering, how accurate do I have to make it to myth? I was thinking I could have characters in modern times reflect how ‘history isn’t always told correctly’ as a way to excuse my changes (such as the years Arthur was killed or when Merlin fought in a battle that drove him mad). Will this upset readers, or is this plausible enough of an excuse to allow them to maintain suspension of disbelief? How much is too much change?”
The answer I’d give you as a reader is change as little as possible. As a writer, though I’d say your story comes first. Make it good. The best thing is maybe to reconcile the two opinions. I suggest trying to keep everything as accurate to the original tale as possible and in the places where you cannot, either figure out a way to reference the original truth while still making it work for your plot.