Monday, March 8, 2010

Coincidence? I think yes!

Thor the movie is currently set for a release date of May 6, 2011. My books, which all mention Thor and feature him prominently in book three, Hammered, will be coming out in May, June & July of 2011.

This is entirely coincidental.

Likewise, any similarities between the representations of Thor in the movie and in my novels are also coincidental, because both are based on original mythological sources. In the movie, Thor will have a hammer. In my books, Thor will have a hammer. That's because in the mythology...Thor has a hammer.

Someone will doubtlessly wonder, however, if my books were influenced in any way by the movie—or in any way by the comic.

No. The answer is no. My characterization of Thor is quite different. Looking at the cast list on IMDB, I see they're using gods and goddesses I'm not even mentioning, such as Frigga & Sif, & I'm certainly not using Volstagg, who's not in the original mythology at all but is rather a creation of Stan Lee.

Also, consider this: Hammered will be finished by July 2010. Its plot, however, and Thor's basic character, were written/conceived in 2008—all of which is long before I could possibly be influenced by the Marvel's movie being released in May 2011.

As for the comic, I've never read it. It might be good; I don't know. I have no plans to read it. The best Viking-themed comic out there is Northlanders, but it deals with the Viking people rather than their gods.

And now for a completely random fact: I prefer crunchy peanut butter.


  1. I just realized that when you tried to loan me Northlanders when we were at your time-share I didn't end up taking it with me! (At least I don't think I did...) You shall have to try loaning it to me again soon. :-)

  2. I was starting to like you, until you made the comment about crunchy peanut butter.

    Now? Dead to me:-)