The Iliad by Homer
Written around the 8th Century BC, this epic Greek poem about the
Trojan war has influenced countless classic authors with its tragic
and quintessential tale of hubris, love, and war. With hunks like Achilles
and Odysseus, hotties like Helen, and powers that be like Ares, Apollo,
and Aphrodite, it’s no wonder this book is also prime inspriation for
today’s YA otherworldly writers.
Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney
Nobody’s Princess and Nobody’s Prize by Esther M. Friesner
Troy by Adele Geras
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
The Memoirs of Helen of Troy by Amanda Elyot
Achilles: A Novel by Elizabeth Cook
Check out the IBoTM page for more titles that have helped shape today’s YA landscape.
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Well, it’s certainly sparked a need for literature inspired by it in me since reading it for the first time a couple of years ago.
The same for me! I love stuff based on Greek myths! Really want to tackle Abandon, Quiver, and a book based on Icarus the name of which escapes me at the moment. But, doing this research into books based on the Illiad (Odyssey up soon, too!) has really whet my appetite for some of the titles above!