Anyway, the Three Fates anthology was sort of a fun project, and for those off you who haven't read Andrew Grey and Mary Calmes, (as if!) this is a great introduction to two awesome writers. (Okay, I have to say that-- they're my FRIENDS, and Mary is my sister of the heart! But they're both good writers- SWEAR!) Anyway Andrew had this idea that the three of us should each take a concept, and then write our own story based on it, and since there were three of us, the Three Fates were a perfect idea! (As I said in the dedication? Yeah. All Grey's idea. This is in case things go wrong. Otherwise, we ALL came up with it, right?)
Anyway--and I know I've said this elsewhere--but one of the coolest things about this is that when we were writing our stories, we each picked a different mythology to concentrate on. Andrew went with Greek mythology, Mary picked Egyptian, and I picked Norse. It was especially fun for me, I think, because the Fates were spinners and weavers, and although I am a knitter, we all do love our yarn, so I got to throw in a little bit of that here and there for the story, and that was enjoyable too!
Now, I finished my story at the end of January--many months before The Avengers came out and the biggest fanfic craze since Wincest began. And, of course, Andrew proposed this idea back in October, LONG before the terrible kerfluffle over Bear, Otter, and the Kid, and so, as I was writing, I had no self-consciousness whatsoever about bringing in the three Norse fates (Verdandi, Urdh, and Skuld) and then adding Thor and Loki to the mix. Wasn't that what this was about? Writing about mythology?
|Achilles mourns Patroclus-- trust me, it's important later.|
Mythology, is the fanfic of the gods.
Yup, you heard me. Want some specific examples to back up that sweeping generalization? Here you go!
|The Three Norns|
So the storyteller was an important person to the development of mythology. The storyteller slanted the story--what moral shall we learn from this story today? Better proof of the importance of the storyteller couldn't be found than in the three major storytellers who spoke of the Fall of Troy.
|Homer, looking properly important|
|Ovid, looking like a 70's porn vid extra|
|Virgil, looking very politically|
|Yes. Those ARE manly bits, why?|
But my point is not which one of these guys was the bigger player-- my point was that all of these guys played in the fan fiction sandbox with the celebrities of the ancient world: the gods. That the fall of Troy happened? That is indisputable. That it all started when three goddesses asked a vain and horny young man which one was the most beautiful? That is a work of fan fiction--and what a glorious one it was.
|Not Chris Chemsworth, but IS Thor!|
So yes-- I used someone else's characters in my own work as secondary, mirror characters for my own. And in doing so, I followed a long, proud tradition of mythology. Robin McKinley said (and I'm gonna mangle this) that heroes are who they are needed to be by the people of their time. That has stuck with me. Two-hundred years ago, maybe we didn't need Thor and Loki to be rockin' Valhalla with the sex of the gods... Today? Following through on that angry chemistry is important for some of us-- that is the mythology I shall tell. Writing fan fiction for the gods is hardly new--and while I doubt I'll be as influential as Homer, Virgil, Ovid, or Shakespeare, I know that when I make my lighthearted stab at mythology and romance, I am at least in the best of company.