A Conversation I Overheard at the Library and the Totally Unnecessary Rant it Inspired

Disgruntled Library Patron: I was reading American Gods(by Neil Gaiman), and it was pretty good, until I realized that it was just another story about ancient gods in a modern world. It was a total rip-off of The Lightning Thief.

*Deep Breath*

Ok. Remember when Rick Riordan came out with the Percy Jackson series and everyone flipped the fuck out because they were all really excited to see these recognizable members of mythology with modern and relatable habits? For a good six years, American middle-schoolers and their parents were absolutely captivated by a holy host of gods like drunk-as-shit Dionysus, tropical-shirt-wearing Poseidon, and their numerous demigod offspring (because if there’s one thing we know gods like to do, it’s copulate with mortals). It was a good series and I’m not here to say otherwise, but I do feel I need to point out that Neil Gaiman had the anthropomorphized gods formula down years before that. Starting with Sandman in 1989 Gaiman had laid down the formula Riordan used for the Percy Jackson Series fifteen years before The Lightning Thief came out. No, American Gods did not rip The Lightning Thief off, but rather, came out a good five years before. If you’re going to complain about formulaic premises for novels, at least know who used it first. Rant Concluded.

Quick Disclaimer: I know rants like this make me seem like a mega-douche, but sometimes you just have to let it out.

Cthulhu has always been one of my favorite mythological characters. Created by H.P. Lovecraft in his story The Call of Cthulhu, and published in the periodical Weird Tales in 1928, Cthulhu is a malevolent entity that lives in the underwater city R’lyeh located in the South Pacific. According to the story, Cthulhu is the cause of all subconscious  human anxiety, and while he is currently asleep beneath the sea, the story holds that he will eventually return. 

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.