The source material for Greek mythology is so messed up, honestly, with how violent and gory and misogynistic it can be. Which is why it has to be handled properly when adapted, in my opinion.*
*100% more diversity too, please and thank you.
- There are so many thoughts and ideas of the Hades/Persephone myth that involve Persephone taking ownership of her life and her choices – please read The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi – but it is a slipper slope in getting things just right, and honestly, please read The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi because it is a great example of things done right.
- Pretty much anything involving Zeus because he’s super gross, thanks. But also he’s the leader of the Greek Pantheon, and something not focused on his grossness, but maybe his beginnings reimagined would be fascinating.
- The legend of Medusa is also pretty fascinating, but if a retelling is not handled right, she can go from victim to villain really fast, so do my girl right.
- I once tried to write something to do with the tragedy of Cassandra and her visions, but it never went anywhere, and honestly, that’s the only reason it’s on this list, because I have a story in my head that I want to see played out, and I don’t know if anyone will write it the way I imagine. What can you do, right?
(I might go back to writing it someday.)
- Anything involving Cupid or Aphrodite has the possibility of going terribly wrong, with choices and free will, etc. Or at least, some of the media I’ve consumed on this front has been a little problematic. But it can also be fascinating, or else why would all the soulmate AUs exist?
Again, I do not know Greek mythology intimately, but it has always fascinated me. Mythology in general fascinates me, but it can be rife with misogyny, and any retelling and adaption should either address that or steer away from that.
It is, again, a slipper slope, but hey, let’s try?
What are your thoughts on mythology and adaptions based on it? Any myths you definitely want to see adapted?