Go the Distance really went the distance!
Go The Distance really went the distance
Yesterday I went to the library and checked out 5
books from the library as one of my errands. One of those books was “Go the
Distance,” a Hercules Twisted Tale by Jen Calonita. Honestly this was her best
Twisted Tale so far. I actually read the book in one day. I did a previous
newsletter about this book. The plot is, What
if Meg had to become a Greek God? Meg
has to go on a quest to save the wife of the man Meg sold her soul to Hades to
save his life. Talk about awkward saving the wife of the man who broke your
heart who you sold your soul for. If Meg doesn’t complete her quest she and
Hercules can never be together since Hercules is a God and Meg is mortal.
Though if any of us who read Greek and Roman mythology know, the gods had
several relationships with humans whether due to lust or actual love.
Theres a lot to unpack here. Jen Calonita is an
excellent writer. The writing is descriptive and while you read the book, you
can read and hear the voice actors of Susan Egan, Danny Devito, Tate Donovan
and James Woods voice Meg, Phil, Hercules and Hades just like in the movie. I
also like how Zeus basically put a stop to Hercules giving up his godhood and
how Hera had to intervene and at least give Meg a chance. Zeus is
understandably a little hesitant to trust Meg due to her working with his
brother to take them down after all. I liked how we get Megs backstory of her
growing up and before the time she met Hades or Hercules. We also see how she
met Aegeus and how she sold her soul for him. When she and Phil and Pegasus
have to see him in the present there was a shocking plot twist of why Aegeus
left and never tried to seek Meg out. We also see Meg grow as a character and
realize she can open herself up to love and its okay to show emotions and that
she doesn’t have to do everything on her own. I also love that we see other
characters of Greek mythology including Persephone. This time around Persephone wants to be with
Hades instead of Hades forcing Persephone to be with him. Honestly their
relationship was kind of cute in this version. I don’t know if Hades fully
given up being conniving and evil, but Persephone mellows him out a bit.
There wasn’t much I really disliked. I do wish this
book was longer because it was that good. I wish we saw more of Hades. While
Meg being raised by a single mother was interesting and it was a good plot, I
think a better plot for Meg’s backstory should go to her mythology roots a
little bit. In the myth Megara/Meg was a princess. In the Disney film we don’t
know about her backstory so maybe she could have been a princess but her
kingdom was destroyed for whatever reason and she’s on her own.
Overall I enjoyed this one. I knew I would like it because Jen Calonita wrote this twisted tale and her past ones didn’t disappoint. I didn’t know how much I would enjoy it though. I might buy this one so I can reread it whenever I want. Part of me hopes some of these twisted tales get sequels. I could see “Go the Distance,” be either an episode for the animated series, a cartoon sequel to the first one if it wasn’t 2 decades too late or maybe even the live action version. The Twisted Tale series is hit or miss, but the ones that are really good I wish could be the live action remakes we get from Disney instead of being a straight up remake.