Mythologies are fascinating. And with good reason. Each set represents centuries, if not millennia, of common unconscious and community narratives about all aspects of human existence: from the big questions of who we are to the wonders and terrors of nature to the wonders and terrors of society.
In short, they are stories made to capture humanity's interest.
That's why they're such excellent fodder for creativity. Reimagining myths is a treasure trove of regeneration and innovation, as they should be (religions are dynamic, and mythologies were religions once).
Reimagining myths can be anything, from keeping the story and plot intact but changing the setting to keeping the setting and altering the story in key points to serve a different purpose or meaning. (Ovid is notorious for doing this, so this reimagining thing is old. Really old)
The only thing that should be kept constant is the constellation of characters- they must be designed in a way and arranged with each other and towards the plot in such a manner that they are recognizably descendants of whatever myth is being reimagined. They, too, must be recognizable in some way. Their personality can drastically vary but the audience should still be able to recognize them for who they are (or who they were inspired from) at least by act 2.
Usually in a myth reimagining the plot remains roughly similar, at least in the main points. In Hades and Persephone's myth, Hades likes/loves/lusts Persephone, kidnaps her, and eventually gets to have her as his wife. There are innumerable variations on how these plot points connect with each other (from romantic to horrific) but generally, they always emerge. Often, a lot more plot points from the original myth are there.
The allure of the reimagined myth is that something classic and powerful acquires a novel sense, which invites the audience to explore other aspects of the human condition, or perhaps different questions being posed, or simply enjoying the story retold in some new manner.
Which myth reimaginings do you enjoy? Have you ever tried to reimagine a myth?
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