Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Do You Wanna Kill Some Trojans?

I wrote this for my Omnibus students at school. We're reading the Iliad right now, and I realized that no one has really explored the musical possibilities for this book.



So, as a step in that direction, I present to you a scene from ILIAD: The Musical! This is the part of the book where Odysseus, Phoinix, and Aias come to Achileus's tent to persuade him to rejoin the fight:


Odysseus: Achilleus?
(Knocking: Knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock)
Do you wanna kill some Trojans?
Or chase Hektor ‘round the walls?
I think some aristeia’s overdue;
 Some tripods wait for you
 And gold and girls and all-
 We’re getting pretty battered;
It’s quite apparent that Zeus is on your side.
 Do you wanna kill some Trojans?
 We really wish you’d kill some Trojans.

 Achilleus: Go away, Odysseus

 Odysseus: Okay, bye...

 Phoinix: (Knocking) Do you wanna kill some Trojans?
 Come on lets go out and slay.
 We never see you in the field;
 Pull out your shield
 Without you it’s not the same-
We both grew up together
 Come on do a favor
 For an old friend…

 Aias: (Knocking) Achilleus?
 Please, I know you're in there,
 People are asking where you've been
 They say to put your courage to the test;
 We know that you’re the best, just let me in.
 We used to be unbeatable;
 Now it’s clear
 That we all need you back.
 Do you wanna kill some Trojans?
 We really wish you’d kill some Trojans.

Comments

HAHA, this is brilliant.
Erica said…
The song popped in my head as soon as I glanced at the title. Was not disappointed.

Now you just need to actually record it and post a video of it. ;-)