In other words, can myths and legends (whatever their source) be fictionalized for the purpose of a story?
The Nephilim are mentioned in Genesis and it is stated that they were the giants that were produced by the mating of the 'sons of God' and human women.
I find that very interesting but not something I believe as having actually happened.
Christianity maintains there was a war in heaven. Sides were taken and the angels that fell with Lucifer became fallen angels.
Religious doctrine to some, myth and legend to others.
Okay, so now back to my topic: can fiction be fictionalized?
Horror writers today are taking many liberties with actual historical personages.
It's called alternate history, but come on, who cares as long as they're giving us hugely entertaining novels?
Anne Boleyn is a vampire in Tudor Vampire by Cinsearae. In this entertaining 'alternate history' she is hanged only to return as a revenge-hunting vampire.
You go, Anne!
In Kim Newman's Dracula Cha Cha Cha, retitled, Judgment of Tears in the U.S. (and third book in his Anno Dracula series), we have a vampiric Edgar Allan Poe mentioned for example who is a script writer in 1950's Rome and hasn't written anything of value since he became a vampire!
I think it's great the way horror and vampire fiction in particular is re-inventing itself and thrilling readers as it does.
Why am I disucssing this?
It's because I have the son of a fallen angel and a human woman in my novel, The House on Blackstone Moor.
This character is Louis Darton and he's extremely handsome, no giant he!
In Louis' own words:
"I understand Gotliath was believed by many to have shared a similar parentage.
Truthfully I never met the man, but I did hear he was fearsome.
I can only say that there are an infinite number of fallen angel spawn who are quite handsome and not particularly tall!"
So that's it really. Beliefs, whatever their sources can be interpreted by writers.
And that's not even giving fangs to actual persons that existed, alternative history or not, or indeed making poor old Queen Mary Tudor of England a vicious zombie!
The London Dungeon pulled this peculiar ad when hit by a storm of criticsm.
Here is the Guardian Newspaper article about the matter.
In summary let me pose the question:
Looking at fictional matters that concern us as writers and readers--can we fictionalize fiction?
The answer I think is a resounding, YES!