#WFC2014: Derived Myths – Making it Original
Derived Myths: Making It Original
Panelists: Sandra Kasturi, Nick DiChario (M), S. P. Hendrick, Melissa Marr, Rick Wilber
Description: There is no denying that the influence of various mythologies on fantasy has been inspiration for Lord Dunsay, Elizabeth Hand, Barry Hughart, and many others. With a wealth of examples, the discussion will range from when the myth inspiration is the center of the work to when it has led to a whole new mythos.
Wherein the mythologies of Peyton Manning and library cards received just and thorough examination.
- MM: discussion of Hero’s Journey & Heroine’s Journey. Though adult fantasy has started to even out, still a strong trend of male heroes in best-selling YA & MG (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, etc.)
- SK: added that it’s important to watch how we “code” our heroes, as writers. Female hero give-aways: “feisty,” “gasped,” “clumsy,” “whispered,” “spunky,” “bitten lip.” When did we last hear of a “feisty” male hero?
- MM: When making up our own myths, start with the landscape. Landscape contains the reasons your mythology evolved
- SK & MM: be cautious of cultural appropriation. Always as the question: “Why are you the right person to tell this story?”
- Interesting question: with the rise of Google and the ability to fact check, are we still able to create new myths and embellish growing legends?
- RW: “Fact never gets in the way of good sports myth.”
- SPH: Human psyche is drawn to myth. We need something bigger than ourselves to put faith in, whether gods or superheroes
- SK: TV has started weaving incredibly complex myths, from True Detective to Grimm
- RW: TV in its second golden age. It’s swirling round with mythologies that are so different from preliterate, yet myth endures through generations and media
- SPH: TV shows are the new troubadours
- SPH: Can the group mind grant creation to myths (i.e., is Darth Vader now “real”?
- SPH: Different cultures overly their own merits and needs on myths
- SK: Myth speaks to a collective consciousness, of tapping into the same well
- RW: Often stories are told to recover what has been lost (from a “golden age”)
- RW: When integrating research, it should be deeply enmeshed in your story, but “you can’t give the whole iceberg”
- SK: Good myths should destroy you