— Anne Lamott (via writingquotes)
— Anne Lamott (via writingquotes)
Because Marvel isn’t taking proper care of him.
In my search for ways to regain my ability to can after Thor 2 destroyed it, I have sought out other representations of Loki. I want the complex, morally ambiguous Loki of the first two movies back. One who might do good - though in a way that will piss everybody off. One who might do evil - though frankly, no more so than any other Norse god. A proper trickster figure.
I might well have turned to writing my own interpretation of myth Loki’s story, thinly veiling the Hiddleston influence, but I don’t have to, thanks to four writers who have recently done it for me. Whose work I continue to recommend and promote to all fans of MCU Loki or of trickster figures in general.
First, there’s joannechocolat, author of The Gospel of Loki. No Marvel influence discernible here; this is myth Loki, often capable of being a scoundrel, but we don’t blame him because he’s surrounded by scoundrels - i.e. the Aesir of myth. Even when he’s being unpleasant, we still admire his resourcefulness and spirit in peril and misfortune. Most of the plot is based upon Norse myth.
Then there’s cgockel, author of an ongoing series called I Bring The Fire. This is myth Loki, but the influence of the movies is clear - not complaining here! - and is even played with. Characters mention the movies, contrasting them with the actual Norse gods they’re encountering, and there is an FBI agent burdened with the name Steve Rogers, who has to deal with exactly the sort of jokes one would expect. This Loki is most definitely a trickster. I’m reading the second book right now and thus far he seems closer to the good end of the spectrum, but he is most assuredly self-serving and like any good trickster keeps to the letter of his agreements but not always the spirit. The story is set in the modern day, but there are many flashbacks telling Gockel’s version of the myths. The first book in the series is free on Amazon and I believe some other sites as well.
emecomics is the tumblr name of Eric M. Esquivel, who has written a four-part comic book miniseries called Loki: Ragnarok and Roll. (The entire series will be published as a gn next March; I’ve already pre-ordered it.) Marvel’s influence is visible; Loki is Odin’s adopted son, as per Marvel, rather than his blood brother, as per mythology, and the story starts with Thor the brainless getting into an ill-advised fight in Jotunheim. HOWEVER, the story takes a completely different direction from there - Loki is banished to Earth and becomes a rock star, for starters. Also, these versions of the Aesir are immortal gods with magic, not long-lived aliens with futuristic science that only seems like magic to mere humans. This Thor is nothing like the Marvel comics superhero Thor or the Thor in the first two Marvel movies, and perhaps I should leave my commentary on Thor at that before I start grabbing people’s shirt fronts and shouting in their faces to emphasize the strength of my feelings about Thor. The story is quite fun, this morally flexible Loki does mischief rather than mayhem as a trickster figure ought to, and when he does something actually good, he infuriates everyone in the process, as is only right and proper.
Finally, in October we have a treat in store: Liesmith by alisfranklin. I have had the privilege of reading it already and Loki fans will be very pleased with it. It’s myth Loki, with no Marvel influence that I could discern, with a modern setting, the real story on what went down with the serpent venom in the eyes thing, and a twist conclusion worthy of the Silvertongue. Also, a really stellar though unorthodox presentation of Sigyn. The name means “victorious girlfriend” and never has it been more suitable.
So to all of you non-Marvel Loki writers: thank you for continuing to present Loki as he ought to be so that I don’t have to. Keep up the good work.
Thank you so much for mentioning I Bring the Fire in the same post as The Gospel of Loki. For anyone interested, here are the direct links to FREE ebook on Amazon, Apple, and B&N.
And there is a Goodreads giveaway going on to.
Bohdi is going to have to make a horrible decision. And it makes me sick to my stomach thinking about it, because it will feel so awful to him.
Which means it will probably be great writing. But makes me feel terrible. I think I may have to eat a lot of chocolate and cry.
Best to stop procrastinating and get it over with damn it.
I normally try to write between 1K-3K words a day. I have no childcare this upcoming week though (and not this weekend, obviously). I’m trying to go easy on myself, and remind myself that anything, even if it is just a paltry 800 words, is better than nothing.
Still, it’s easy to feel daunted. And a little depressed.
My child is yelling for me now.