Myth-o-Mania is a series of books for children by Kate McMullan. Each book is a parody of a different Greek myth starring Hades, the Greek god of the underwold. The books are never identical to the original myth, as they always put Hades in a positive light and claim that Zeus is a liar and made up the original myths in order to promote himself. The traditional hero of the myth, such as Theseus or Hercules, is usually portrayed in such a way that makes them seem a bit less of a hero, as Hades is forced to help the hero complete their quest. There are other differences between the original myth and the myth in the book as well, while these are often humorous or given a modern twist. For example, Elysium (a Greek version of Heaven) is portrayed as a perpetual rock concert, while in the fields of Asphodel (a kind of middle ground afterlife) spirits are forced to memorize a never-ending spelling list.
Books in the series
- Have a Hot Time, Hades! (2002) -- the story of Hades' and his siblings' childhood, in which they are eaten by Cronus and choose their domains. Basically an introduction to the Greek Gods
- Phone Home, Persephone! (2002) -- the myth of Hades "kidnapping" Persephone and their marriage
- Say Cheese, Medusa! (2002) -- the myth of Perseus and the Gorgons
- Nice Shot, Cupid! (2002) -- the story of Cupid and Psyche
- Stop that Bull, Theseus! (2003) -- the story of Theseus and the Minotaur
- Keep a Lid on It, Pandora! (2003) -- Pandora's Box and the story of Prometheus
- Get to Work, Hercules! (2003) -- the Twelve Labors of Hercules
- Go for the Gold, Atalanta! (2003) -- the story of the runner Atalanta
- Hit the Road, Helen! (2013) -- the story of the Trojan War
- Get Lost, Odysseus! (2014) -- the story of Odysseus' voyage home after the Trojan War.
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 is not 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. In the book, Zeus is Cupid's father but in one version of mythology Ares, god of war, was his father.
- Stop that Bull, Theseus! Theseus had someone (Hades) reminding him what to do.
- Keep a Lid on It, Pandora! Pandora did not actually want to open the box; throughout the story, Zeus tries to make her open it. Additionally, Prometheus did not have his liver torn out by the eagle every day. Furthermore, the evils of the world were not really contained in the box, but instead random, everyday things that people thought were annoying or hated, varying from acne to homework.
- 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.
- Hit the Road, Helen! Aphrodite ordered Cupid to fire an arrow at Helen to make her fall in love with Paris after winning a competition between Athena and Hera.
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