As some of you may know, I’m a little bit in love with Rick Riordan. Not necessarily in love, that’s a little weird but rather appreciative of him as a writer, the worlds he creates and so forth. I’ll never forget when he came to my high school and spoke to us, I hadn’t read The Lightening Thief (as a self-declared mythology buff I was quite reluctant), I’d just recently heard so amazing things from friends whose opinions on books I trusted. And let me tell you, the man is a genius, after hearing him read the first couple pages of The Lightening Thief, I almost wanted to start crying… I could just feel everything (now that’s how you open a book).
I LOVE mythology and in my opinion, Rick Riordan really brought mythology to the forefront for young readers. Deep, deep down I’m constantly afraid someone will, even though my WIP, BLOOD OF ISIS, is YA, will compare my book to some of his and say mine’s a copy, which is why I haven’t read The Kane Chronicles at all, even though I’ve really wanted to steal them from my brother several times.
Rick Riordan is the author I want to be, he inspires readers. I’ve always loved reading, anything everything I could get my hands on but my younger brother, not so much. Yet with Rick Riordan’s books, he couldn’t stop and it was wonderful to, for one of the first times, be able to connect with my brother about something we both loved.
That being said, Rick Riordan is always talking about the everlasting importance of mythology and in the first keynote address for the International Reading Association in San Antonio, he had some great words to say on “Reading Myths and the Myths of Reading”.
It’s a great speech I think all writers, lovers of mythology, teachers, and everyone would do well to read.
Oh boy, gosh, I can’t wait until one day (after many more revisions & rewritings) my books are able to inspire people the way his have. Please read the speech, it’s long but I wouldn’t share it if I didn’t think the time spent reading it was worth it.
What do you think about myths? If you write do you use myths in your writing?
P.S. The Hunger Games bit…gah!! How could I have not caught that, getting a little rusty… (for more on this topic, check out this blog post I found, quite interesting!)