I’m always looking for Young Adults fiction that I can recommend as fun, wholesome, and edifying. What I’m not always doing is finding it.
This morning, in a catalog, I stumbled over a series of books I’d never heard of, The Goddess Girls. These tell stories of “privileged tween students attending Mount Olympus Academy to develop their divine skills…” That is to say, they’re all goddesses from Greek mythology.
What do the goddesses do? They seem to be teenagers. They go to school–please tell me why any American teen would ever want to read about school–where they have crushes on the teen gods and try to fit in. Of Persephone, for one, we read, “Her crush is Hades, the godboy of death.”
“Godboy of death?” Am I the only one who sees something not-so-wholesome here?
Two objections. First, I thought fantasy was supposed to provide the reader with escape from places like middle school–not keep dumping you back into it. I mean, crushes? You want to read about crushes? Fooey.
Also, I see a danger: in trivializing the old pagan gods, perhaps the books will dispose the undiscerning reader to trivialize God Himself, the living God. Athena, Aphrodite, et al were false goddesses. I suppose I once would have seen this all as harmless fluff, but now I’m not so sure. Maybe false gods are better left alone. If Christians ought to make fun of them, then I think St. Paul would have set us an example. But he didn’t. Somehow it makes me uneasy, the idea of kicking dead false gods around.
And so, in search of half-decent fantasy that doesn’t rot your mind, my quest continues…