Differences Between The Books and The Original Myths
In each book, Zeus is usually the "enemy" or the "bad guy", but not in the sense that he is evil - only because HE is always the one who causes and starts the trouble - according to Hades, who assures that he will give the accurate version of the stories.
- Have a Hot Time, Hades! The Gods and the Titans have an Olympics competition to prove who would be ruler, rather than a war.
- Phone Home, Persephone! Persephone is not kidnapped; rather she stows away on Hades' car. They have a happy marriage.
- Say Cheese, Medusa! Medusa was actually a goddess, transformed into a monster by Athena for entering her temple. In the end, she is returned to her goddess state. Furthermore, she is not found making love with Poseidon in her temple, but instead picnicking.
- Nice Shot, Cupid! Cupid isn't incredibly attractive, as in the original myth, but actually skinny and acne-struck. He is also disorganized (though Psyche is a little, too). Psyche loves him anyway since they have so much in common and have become good friends.
- Stop that Bull, Theseus! Theseus had someone (Hades) reminding him what to do.
- Keep a Lid on It, Pandora! Pandora didn't actually want to open the box; throughout the story, Zeus tries to make her open it. Additionally, Prometheus didn't have his liver torn out by the eagle every day.
- Get to Work, Hercules! Hades completes a number of the tasks with Hercules, who had originally done them alone.
- Go for the Gold, Atalanta! Atalanta got gold apples in a race just to help a sick friend.
The Myth o mania books are currently being re-published with new covers so there is a possibility for a ninth.
Read more about this topic: Myth-o-Mania
Famous quotes containing the words differences between the, differences between, myths, original, differences and/or books:
“What strikes many twin researchers now is not how much identical twins are alike, but rather how different they are, given the same genetic makeup....Multiples dont walk around in lockstep, talking in unison, thinking identical thoughts. The bond for normal twins, whether they are identical or fraternal, is based on how they, as individuals who are keenly aware of the differences between them, learn to relate to one another.”
—Pamela Patrick Novotny (20th century)
“The extent to which a parent is able to see a childs world through that childs eyes depends very much on the parents ability to appreciate the differences between herself and her child and to respect those differences. Your own children need you to accept them for who they are, not who you would like them to be.”
—Lawrence Balter (20th century)
“What passes for identity in America is a series of myths about ones heroic ancestors. Its astounding to me, for example, that so many people really seem to believe that the country was founded by a band of heroes who wanted to be free. That happens not to be true. What happened was that some people left Europe because they couldnt stay there any longer and had to go someplace else to make it. They were hungry, they were poor, they were convicts.”
—James Baldwin (19241987)
“The Jew is neither a newcomer nor an alien in this country or on this continent; his Americanism is as original and ancient as that of any race or people with the exception of the American Indian and other aborigines. He came in the caravels of Columbus, and he knocked at the gates of New Amsterdam only thirty-five years after the Pilgrim Fathers stepped ashore on Plymouth Rock.”
—Oscar Solomon Straus (18501926)
“I may be able to spot arrowheads on the desert but a refrigerator is a jungle in which I am easily lost. My wife, however, will unerringly point out that the cheese or the leftover roast is hiding right in front of my eyes. Hundreds of such experiences convince me that men and women often inhabit quite different visual worlds. These are differences which cannot be attributed to variations in visual acuity. Man and women simply have learned to use their eyes in very different ways.”
—Edward T. Hall (b. 1914)
“The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in ones mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.”
—George Orwell (19031950)