What follows is a select list of some of my favorite works of fiction that were in some way inspired by mythology.
Le Morte D’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory
This is the classic tale of King Arthur, as told by Sir Thomas Malory. Le Morte D’Arthur is set in the Middle Ages and comes alive with scenes of chivalry, courage, and the intrigue of Arthur’s court.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
And speaking of Le Morte D’Arthur, The Mists of Avalon is a novel also inspired by Arthurian legend. The twist in this tale is that it is told from the perspective of female protagonists.
The Orphans Tales: In the Night Garden is Catherynne M. Valente’s haunting and sometimes dark collection of contemporary fairy tales.
Possession by A.S. Byatt
Possession is a compelling novel that has elements of mystery, romance, and yes, even some mythology.
The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A.S. Byatt
Another work by Byatt, The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye is a collection of short stories inspired by fairy tales, myth, and legend.