Mixing myths, folklore and fiction

Those of you who have read my books know I love to play with myths, folklore and legends.  I like to take those very old stories from a lot of cultures and mix them together to make a new whole.  It can be especially fun when you are writing in the field of urban fantasy.

Now there has been a strong flood of tales retelling faerie tales in books, movies and tv shows.  The rise of things like Once Upon a Time, Maleficent and the various Snow White movies have gotten a lot of buzz.  We have seen great writers, like Mercedes Lackey, doing their own series of stories based loosely on these stories for our reading pleasure.

But as a, so far, undiscovered writer I wonder just what people think of this trend.  I mean we all know that things like Zombies are oh so popular.  There are zombie books, zombie movies, zombie walkies, zombie tv shows and I am sure whole zombie conventions.  but I am not really into writing what is oh so hot and popular.

It is true that I have tales with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches and any number of horror/fantasy type creatures but I write them my own so far unexplored way.

In my newest work, soon to be published, I have Kitsunes, Shapeshifting wolves (not werewolves) and crows and herons and bears.  I have demons and goddesses and other creatures.  The question is will it work?  Or better yet will it work for the reader out there?

In To Save Face or Family I have explored shapeshifters from different cultures.  The current run in North America is to cover those very european style shapeshifters.  But our world is filled with different cultures and different stories.  Kitsune or fox spirits have been told of in both China and Japan and Crow shifters are found scattered in the American Native people tales.  Herons I haven’t seen in my researches but I wanted something unique in my tale.

Yes this blog is a bit babbling this week and well that is just me.  I have a true love of myths, legend and folklore.  I don’t discount the ancient stories because they were mankinds way of explaining the unexplainable.  While modern monotheistic religions say that the world was created by one male god, in the older tales we see a much richer belief system.  Everything had a spirit or soul and could interact with man kind.

The wonder of the younger years of humanity has dimmed in many ways but if we as writers delve into those old fireside tales we can bring it back, if only a little bit.  A Hundred years from now tales will still be told, be it around a fire or in the ether.  If we can mix in the old myths with the more modern ones we can find ourselves in new and old ways.


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