Exploring Mythological Fiction for Older Kids Books

What is Mythological Fiction?

Mythological fiction is a subgenre of fantasy that draws inspiration from mythology. It can be a retelling or an extension of a myth set in classic or modern times. Well-known myth figures are featured prominently, but not the main characters.

Often told in the form of a hero’s journey. Books in this genre end with the heroes winning and good triumphing over evil. This predictability is comforting to young readers, but these stories are far from boring. Stories in this genre usually include quests, magic, gods and monsters. Add in fast pacing, cliffhangers, laugh-out-loud humour and unexpected twists, it’s no wonder this genre has so many readers hooked.

Like many mythology fans, my first introduction to mythology is through the deities of the Greek pantheon. I remember my fascination with the different gods, creatures, and heroes. Years later, I came across the Percy Jackson series, and my interest in Greek mythology was reignited. Reading mythological fiction books makes me feel like I’m entering these mythical worlds myself, instead of being on the outside looking in. I am no longer a spectator but a part of thrilling adventures. As I explored this genre further, I was happy to see different mythologies represented. This genre is a great way to expand your knowledge of legends and cultures from all over the world.

More Than Just Classical Mythology

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Beyond Classical Mythology

Greek and Roman mythology is still the most recognized mythological fiction. It is a rich genre inspired by myths and legends from all corners of the world. Whether you’re looking for a breath of new life to mythology you are already familiar with, or curious to learn mythology you’ve never encountered before, there’s a book in this genre for every reader. Adventure awaits!