Fanfic Recs: The Iliad

Proof that the remaining 10% is worth being dragged around the walls of Troy behind Achilles' chariot for here:

These are recommendations made by Tropers for Fan Fics, all of which have been signed. After a few samples, you will be able to judge whether you might be interested in the 'fic, based on who recommended it. No-name recommendations will be zapped. Nobody would back up the rec. Discussion of the recommendation is welcome on the discussion page. As such discussion is important, do remember to add the discussion page to the watchlist, if need be.

Do warn when a fanfic may head into non-canon territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.

The Iliad With Zombies by White Rabbit Asylum
  • Recommended by: Enunciability
  • Synopsis: The Iliad with zombies. Set in the fifth year of the...modern-day Trojan War.
  • Comments: Flat-out brilliant. The author doesn't hesitate to poke fun at Homer's idiosyncrasies, like his frequent reminders that Athena has grey eyes. Every scene is hilarious and filled with great lines. I think the one highlighting Patrocles and Achilles' subtext-laden relationship deserves a special mention for making me do a Spit Take. Unfortunately, it seems to be a Dead Fic.

The Aeneid by Virgil
  • Recommended by: Skotos, Schizo Technician
  • Synopsis: A Trojan guy called Aeneas escapes from Troy with his dad Anchises. They wander around places and kill lots of people. Oh, and it has something to do with Rome.
  • Comments: A bit obscure, not many people have heard of it. Except perhaps for Latin students...

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  • Recommended by Animeg3282
  • Synopsis: An exiled boy named Patroclus meets a beautiful and fascinating boy named Achilles in the palace of Pthia. This book describes in beautiful prose how they grow into love, and how the prophecy and the Trojan War changes Achilles... and Patroclus. Great characterization - the ancient Greeks leap off the page.
  • Comments: Achilles/Patroclus is canon in this book.

The Historie of Troylus and Cresseida by William Shakespeare
  • Recommended by Menshevik
  • Synopsis: An imaginative, expanded retelling of several events of the Iliad, which seems to have been influenced by the already mentioned fic by Virgil, since here too Odysseus appears under the name Ulysses. Events are seen mostly through the eyes of Hector's and Paris' little brother Troilus, who is in an ill-fated romance with Cressida, the niece of Trojan bigwig Pandarus. Diomedes finally gets a love-interest and Thersites, criminally underused by Homer, is put in the spotlight for some great, spot-on lines. Unlike Virgil, however, Shakespeare has Troilus survive Achilles. Not that it makes the ending any less depressing.
  • Comments: Definitely not for fans of Achilles or his cousin Ajax.