The announcement of a new Percy Jackson series last week was just another example of us freaking out at the possibility of reliving older, much happier times. Even Logan Lerman, everyone’s internet crush, also known as the actor who originally played Percy in those… unfortunate… films came out from his initial radio silence to celebrate the news.
While the release date for the new live-action series is still unknown, the news certainly has us recalling the days when the series author Rick Riordan made Greek and Egyptian mythology cool again. It’s also no surprise that we are all hungrier for more demigod—or Percy-esque—content.
The concept of mythology-in-modern-day is something that has a lot of potential in terms of making the text fun and relatable to younger readers (fanfiction can only sustain us for so long, after all). And regardless of how old you are, we don’t blame you for looking for other possible forms of literature that have a similar, relatable tone.
Well get ready to add more titles to your reading list, because Riordan has been hard at work producing exactly those kinds of stories. Under a Disney-Hyperion-owned imprint called Rick Riordan Presents, Riordan publishes books that revolve around underrepresented cultures and mythologies.
In a note published on his website, he explained that fans always ask him to write stories based on Chinese, Hindu, and Native American mythology. Instead of writing them himself, Riordan “thought to use [his] experience and [his] platform at Disney to put the spotlight on other great writers who are actually from those cultures and know the mythologies better than [he does].”
The imprint has published numerous books since launching in 2018, including one that draws from Hindu mythology called the Pandava Quintet by Roshani Chokshi. The series protagonist is 12-year-old Aru Shah, an imaginative girl who “has a habit of twisting the truth,” and who also happens to be a reincarnation of a Hindu demigod.
Another series, The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes, is inspired by Mayan and Aztec mythology. It follows Zane, “a lonely boy in New Mexico with a physical disability that makes middle school feel even more like everyone is watching him.”
There’s also the Tristan Strong series by Kwame Mbalia, a high-action piece that tackles West African mythology and African American legends, and standalone novels like Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee, which merges sci-fi with Korean folk tales.
Having all of these different mythologies come together makes it comforting to know that there is a place for them in mainstream literature. Fingers crossed that the future brings Filipino mythology to the platform as well.
Visit rickriordan.com/rick-riordan-presents for a full list of published titles.
Header art by Kitty Jardenil
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