teenage apollo

all your gods are teenage girls: apollo, god of the sun, music, and arts.

Octavian, first let me explain something to you. I guess it falls on me to teach you these life lessons, because as unpleasant as the idea is for both of us, I am the closest thing you will ever have to a father. You see, teenagers are sensitive and beautiful creatures. Well, not you. You are repulsive. But most teenagers, I mean.
—  Apollo to Octavian, probably

T E E N A G E  G I R L S  +  M Y T H O L O G Y: Apollo

It is with the sun that she rises, her morning breakfast perfected before it is documented for everyone to see on instagram. She carries around an entire flock of notepads, all fit to burst with poetic musings and dreamy scribbles. They say that her head is in the clouds and that she can speak nothing but the truth, and perhaps it’s true. She doesn’t care about being nice, doesn’t lie through her teeth and tell people that their new haircut suits them when it doesn’t. But she glows, radiant and golden and warm, enough to make the gloomiest of days a little brighter.

Will Solace Headcanons

mostly because i love my sun

  • Will has most of his freckles on his back and shoulders
  • His favorite album is Vessel from twenty one pilots (big ukulele sucker)
  • He only wears flip flops or hightops there is no in between
  • Refuses to believe he is sick
  • Will *with a fever, runny nose, and about thirty seconds away from throwing up*: What are you talking about, I am the healthiest person at this camp, I can work today just let me vomit in the trash can really quick
  • Also refuses to believe that he is injured
  • for example one time he got this really bad gash on his stomach during a battle and he worked so hard trying to heal other people he didn’t think about healing himself
  • People noticed he was hurt when he started to bleed though his shirt and his hastily applied bandages
  • It took three Ares kids to hold him down and two other Apollo kids to stitch him back up because he kept struggling because people still needed to be healed and ‘I AM THE EPITOME OF GOOD HEALTH GUYS JUST LET ME GO!!!’
  • His lips get really chapped very easily and it doesn’t help that he’s constantly licking them and biting off the skin as he works
  • Sneezes when he lies
  • The first real time Nico caught his eye was during the Battle of Manhattan. When Will was trying to help someone that was injured get to safety, and he ended up tripping and a monster stood over him ready to kill Will but all of the sudden a skeleton warrior kills the monster. Out of the corner of his eye he sees this scrawny kid, that radiated power, and despite the fighting, he didn’t look a bit afraid as he ordered the skeletons around, if anything he looked proud about what he had done. Will owed his life to Nico, and was smitten ever since.
  • Only starts dating Nico awhile after his dad turns into a teenager (Apollo ships it more than anyone, has written 15 haikus about their first date plus three different songs)
  • Doesn’t believe is lost causes
  • he will try to save someone even if they are long gone, because if they do die he wants them to die knowing that he never gave up on them
  • My personal favorite is;
  • Will was always self conscious about how he couldn’t fight as well as his siblings and was only good at healing so Apollo blessed him and gave him the power to absorb peoples pain, and fill them with good memories and hope
  • It works for physical and emotional pain
  • the problem is that Will has to absorb the pain that he takes so he will constantly feel waves of heartbreak and hopelessness, He will feel stab wounds that aren’t there for hours, he goes to bed with his bones on fire, and feels like his blood is boiling due to poison that isn’t running through his blood
  • He hasn’t told anyone about this blessing, not even to his siblings or to Nico
  • He can also absorb anger, because all anger comes from some sort of pain
  • But he takes peoples pain with a smile, because as long as he is doing something to help he will do anything, no matter how much it may hurt

okay okay i kno it’s still pretty new but my trash heart can’t help it (in case u didn’t hear human Apollo is a thing, when will u stop rick?)

  • Apollo arriving @ camp half blood with ripped clothes and a dirt streaked face
  • and seeing Chiron like hey i’m apollo gonna stay thanks XD
  • Chiron then getting the entirety of the story from the gods etc and like thinking man im too old for this shit
  • Apollo thinking he’ll get special treatment and takes a room in the big house but Chiron’s like nope ur staying in the Apollo cabin
  • MOODY TEENAGER APOLLO HONESTLY
  • and him sulking over to his cabin and everyone gawking 
  • Apollo’s all like take a picture it’ll last longer! all sarcastic
  • everyone in the apollo cabin is like torn like do we call this teenager dad? like i look older 
  • Apollo thinking he can get away with anything bc he’s a god and Chiron’s like no and give’s him kitchen duty 
  • APOLLO GIVING DATING TIPS TO WILL
  • apollo sparring w/ percy (percy beats him bc teenager apollo is all talk and no muscle)
  • percy’s slightly terrified 
  • hi apollo is a percabeth shipper
  • APOLLO GETTING SUPER COMPETITIVE DURING CAPTURE THE FLAG
  • Artemis coming to visit camp b/c she has to see her brother like this, he isn’t going to live this down for centuries 
  • Apollo realizing how it fucks up all these demigods that some don’t even get basic acknowledgment from their godly parents 

Modern Apollo and Artemis, for a project maybe
Some HC : they’re roomies in a big city because mommy-daddy thought it was easier and cheaper. 
Apollo is totally a drama queen, flirting here and there, bringing home boys and girls he wants to score with (Artémis is fed up) but always come back crying because “Daphné left him again ugh”. He wears mascara that runs when he cries (and he does, a lot). He is pan
Artémis is a bit of an introvert, she likes to chill out at home during the day, or with her girls (she is the gang leader) and defeat patriarcat in dance battle the night. She ace

Ok but since in the end The Hammer of Thor Annabeth says to Magnus that it’s time he meets her boyfriend and we know that Trials of Apollo is also going on at the same time, does that mean a cross over series? Like seriously think of how cool that would be and how funny some of the convos would be.
“Wait… you’re telling me that this puny teenager is Apollo? A Greek god? And I thought my godly side was messed up.”
“Well I told you cousin, I have it worse, and I’m always right.”

"Annabeth are you really dragging me into MORE god related issues. I draw the line to only helping Greek gods after that whole ordeal with those Egyptians.”
“Oh come on, it wasn’t that bad.” "But I don’t even like helping the Greek gods!“

Review - The Trials of Apollo Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

I asked for a bi main character.  

And oh boy, I got a hella bi main character.

For those who don’t follow children’s literature, Rick Riordan has made his name on several series of books about the children of mythological gods - Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse.  They all take place in a shared universe, and while the events of this new series (The Trials of Apollo) follow his last series (The Heroes of Olympus), you can probably get by without reading the previous installments to get this one.  There was a war, the good guys won, and the kids of humans and gods (ie demigods) live at a summer camp on Long Island. There are monsters and objects from Greek mythology all over the place.  It’s certainly more enjoyable for long time fans however with mentions to past characters and situations easter egged all over.

Oh yeah, and one of those gods, Apollo, has been cursed by Zeus for reasons unknown into the body of a pimply, awkward, uncoordinated, mortal teenage boy named Lester.  Apollo is normally a god of enormous ego so this is not really high on his to-do list and he wants this brush with mortality over ASAP so he can get his godly powers back.  The result is funny and fast-paced, much like Riordan’s other books.  

Meanwhile Riordan weaves Apollo’s bisexuality into both his personality as a god-turned-mortal and into his choices and actions.  Apollo establishes early on that he is completely supportive of his son Will dating a boy Nico, and their super-cute relationship is another lovely touch of queerness in this book.  One of his children Kayla came from his relationship with a man because as he puts it “Why should such things surprise you?  We gods are capable of infinite marvels”.   To my knowledge this is the first time that a demigod in any of his series has had same-sex parents.   And every demigod basically has some form of dyslexia so they are great disability representation.

Apollo also talks a lot about the two biggest exes in his immortal life - one male and one female.  From sobbing into a pot of hyacinths while thinking of his long-dead boyfriend to singing out his regrets over his own actions from when his ex Daphne turned herself into a tree because she no longer loved him, it’s a wonderful blend of the mythological and the real.  He is experiencing grief in an entirely different way as a mortal, but Riordan gives both Apollo’s identity and his past relationships the weight and respect they deserve.  The only downside is that the word bisexual is never used in the text (sigh).  However its only the first book in the series, and given the overall bi-friendliness, I’m hopefully for the future.  I believe this series will have 5 books when it is all said and done.

The Secret Oracle is big, possibily the biggest thing to EVER happen in bisexual children s or YA lit.  This book gets a bisexual main character into the hands of MILLIONS of children world-wide who read his books.  More kids will read bi Apollo in this series than probably all the other YA books we’ve ever reviewed COMBINED.  And to have it handled so well (and so much) from the first book gives me a lot of hope.  Mark my words, in a few years tumblr will be full of teens/20 somethings saying that they realized they were bi because of The Trials of Apollo.  

Riordan has chosen to start every chapter off with a haiku, including one that goes “Practice makes perfect / ha, ha, ha  don’t think so / Ignore my sobbing”.  Neither mortality or the teen years are easy, and that is something I think we all can relate to.  

- Sarah