The always hilarious and very insightful Kendare Blake wrote up an awesome guest post for Lytherus today, talking about the name of her series, and why it is a war between goddesses, not gods. Definitely worth a read!
Take it away Kendare!
Why ‘The Goddess War’?
By Kendare Blake
I’ve never actually been asked this question. But if I ever am, my response will be, “because. Shut up.” And then I shall stick out my tongue and twerk and run away.
Not really. I still don’t actually know what ‘twerking’ is. But it sounds funny.
The true answer is, “I don’t know.”
I mean, sure, I like to see dynamic females in fiction. But equality between the sexes is actually much closer to my heart. Yet the boys (or at least the boy gods) seem to have gotten the shaft in this installment. It’s the ladies of Antigoddess who run the show: Athena vs Hera all the way with Cassandra of Troy as pickle in the middle. The boys have time to shine, time to be heroes because they ARE heroes, but I have to admit, they play second fiddle. I feel sort of bad about that. Am I super sexist, or what?
To assuage my guilt, I’m going to blame my upbringing. Formative years spent watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, and the Terminator movies taught me that girl heroes are interesting heroes. Can I really be blamed that Sarah Connor is more riveting than Kyle Reese? (Forgive me, Kyle Reese, I love you. Also, forgive me Hicks, I love you, too. Wait a second…Kyle Reese, Hicks…Michael Biehn…is all this Michael Biehn’s fault? Impossible. I also love Michael Biehn.)
Perhaps a more disturbing question is why I chose an all-lady leading cast for a story that hinges on their painful demise. I didn’t think about it when I wrote the short story that sparked the idea for Antigoddess, and I didn’t think about it when writing the novel. But every grisly death I imagined was the end of a goddess. Not a god.
Do the deaths of women seem more tragic? Somehow more Ophelia-beautiful? Or were the essences of the goddesses marginalized and made less human, so it was easier to imagine an end for them tied to one defining characteristic? Demeter’s harvest laid to waste, the huntress Artemis torn apart by beasts, Aphrodite’s love turned in on itself to madness.
Geez, I hope not. I probably just like putting ladies through shit. They can take it.
What do you think? In a war with gods and goddesses, where would you put your focus?