Publishers are always on the lookout for the next big trend as evidenced by the wave of vampire and dystopian stories throughout the last few years. In the coming months, teen fiction readers can expect several new titles inspired by Greek myths.
The video embedded above features a clip chronicling the rise of debut novelist Josephine Angelini who inked a seven-figure deal with HarperCollins for her fantasy trilogy. The first book, Starcrossed, stars demi-gods in a modern-day version of The Iliad and will be released on May 31st. According to Publishers Weekly, Angelini’s agent Mollie Glick pitched it as “a Percy Jackson for teenage girls.”
Writer Meg Cabot recently released the first title of her new paranormal series Abandon. The Wall Street Journal reports that this series drew inspiration from the tale of Persephone and Hades. Back in December we interviewed Kody Keplinger who revealed that her Fall 2011 title, Lustruck, is “a modern re-imagining of the Greek play Lysistrata.” What do you think of this trend?