I want to thank J.K. for having me here today. She said that this month’s theme was Immortals. Okay, I seriously love her Immortal series, because I love Immortals.
What is so intriguing about Immortals?
I think for me the idea of an Immortal hero or heroine is the fact they’ve seen it all, if they’re old enough. Only the real old immortals appeal to me.
Unless they’re “newborn” or however you want to put it, then they’re usually ancient.
My favorite Anne Rice book was not the vampire series or even her witch series, but The Mummy.
This book is nothing like those movies with Brendan Fraser which were good. This book was about Pharaoh Ramses II. Ramses discovered the secret of immortality from a Hittite priestess. He drank the elixir and became immortal. Living through ages of time, knowing there was no way to die even if you wanted to.
I have reread this book countless times. I love it.
I love reading how the world would’ve have been a long time ago through the eyes of a character.
I’ve never really written a true Immortal, in the fact that the couple of books I wrote which featured fallible heroes, the heroes always had a way out. They aren’t truly immortal like Ramses II in Anne Rice’s book. Sure, my heroes can withstand lots of thing, but there’s a way out, a way to die and find peace. Kind of like The Highlander movies.
In my book Warrior Unbound my hero isn’t the first of Stone Warriors, but he stays immortal, trapped forever until he’s ritually killed (giving him peace) or another takes his place. Only then does he becomes mortal.
Even my bear shifters have a bit of something special. They heal quickly; they don’t get the same diseases and illnesses that we mere “humans” get. They can live a long time, but you can kill them.
I don’t know if I could write a true Immortal, because I feel sad for them. I see their pain of living alone for so long. Never sated, never finding peace and I’m too sympathetic to my characters sometimes. I torture them, but I’ve never bestowed such a fate on them. Yet.
Even vampires which are supposed to be Immortal can be killed. Anne Rice’s vampires are killed from fire, sun and beheading I believe. It’s been a long time since I’ve read them.
The Highlander it’s beheading.
Other than the Ramses II from The Mummy and the Greek Gods or other deities are there any other true infallible Immortals?
I mean, Zeus saved all his siblings after they were consumed by Cronus, that’s pretty damn infallible to me. Of course, Zeus did dispatch his father after he burped up (some say it was through a pretty nasty C-section) Zeus’ siblings.
So are there any more true Immortals in fiction? One who could survive beheading, burning, lynching and apparently burping up children? If there is, I want to read it.
I love reading about Immortals. How about you?
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