Goddess Girls?

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…

7 comments on “Goddess Girls?

  1. I think you’re right brother, why conform ourselves to the world?

    No, to laugh at the devil is foolishness, to laugh at idolatry is foolishness, we must not come under a false sense of security concerning the god of this world, but rest assured in the knowledge that our Lord is coming quickly to do away with it all. He conquered death and the devil on Calvary, but we must continue to strive against the devil in this world, his defeat assured he is desperate now.

    Matt. 10:28
    And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

  2. When it comes to anything related to idolatry, my strategy is to err in the direction of caution. These pagan “gods” were never real and offer nothing of value to anyone. There’s nothing to be gained by reading about them. The risk is all to the downside, most likely in the form of trivializing the truly Divine.

  3. In Acts chapter 19 the people of Ephesus at an assembly shouted for two hours “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” Scary stuff. Reminds me of radical Muslims on pilgrimage in Mecca.

    1. False gods are very real in one sense, they remove worship from the Creator and Satan loves this. It’s frightening to see, especially when one sees the fervor with which some of these people adhere to these gods.

    2. As he closes down “The Iliad,” Homer drops hints that there must be something better than Zeus and Co. He had every reason to suspect that.

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