Hades and Persephone re-telling

So, my usual attention deficit self-sabotage at work, I am working on a Hades/Persephone re-telling instead of the second book of the Phoenix series. This, also before the boxset book that I should be working on since it’s due before Thanksgiving…

Ah, brilliant life decisions. I am full of them. Including the notion to become a writer. What was I thinking when I chose that?

Anyway, in my self defense, that is one of the myths that I have always felt needed a re-telling and I’ve been waiting for so very long for Charlene Teglia’s Bride of Fire that I’ve decided to scratch the itch by doing one of my own.

Which, btw, I adore Charlene’s books and sense of humor and I would be greatly pleased if someone else could go harass her about it. I got a response from her about re-releasing it in Sept of 2013. Procrastinator that I am (Conflagration was supposed to have come out in April of this year…), I can’t really judge, but I really, really, really want it.

So. Why does it need a re-telling?

I’ve always found it peculiar that the beloved daughter of Demeter and Zeus, of all people, would not have been warned against eating anything from the Underworld. Shouldn’t this be covered in toddler-goddess 101: do not take candy from strangers Hades? It only makes sense that she ate the thing of her own free will, knowing what it would do. Also, who eats just six or less seeds from a pomegranate? Who?

Further more, Hades is actually traditionally known as a stern and just, if somewhat forbidding god. Oddly enough, all the other stories I’ve heard about him, such as him allowing Orpheus a chance to regain his wife and his relative benign punishment of the man come to cuckold him, doesn’t exactly strike me as the actions of the evil sort, much less the “I’m going to steal away my niece, freak out Demeter, cause massive starvation and rape her and keep her against her will” sort.

Of course I could be completely deluded, but hey.

Although I’m trying to figure out what the fuck was the deal between him and Menthe…

In addition, Demeter is the high-handed sort that is the prime candidate for mother-daughter conflict. The lady went so insane over her daughter going missing that she plunged the world into famine, which sounds awesome until you consider that with great power comes great responsibility and it’s really kinda insane for her to starve other mothers’ children to death just because she lost hers. Then, she worked as a nanny for a while and decided to “burn away the mortality” of the prince she was looking after. Hello baby snatcher type? Also, who does that?

Not to mention she chased off her daughter’s suitors and apparently kept her to a role where she only had to pick flowers and romp all day. What self-respecting goddess would be good with that? I mean, a few millennia of flower-picking and I think I’d go stark raving mad.

so… re-telling time.

I’m intertwining the goddess-time story with an SFR version. We’ll see how that goes. Many of my ideas are falling flat because…well, in this day and age, who just takes in a strange maiden from out of nowhere? Who?

So instead of being a novella composed of two intertwining Hades/Persephone stories, it might just be the goddess-era version.

We’ll see!

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