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The Mythology Of Supernatural: The Signs And Symbols Behind The Popular TV Show by Nathan Robert Brown

01/11/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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pub: Penguin. 272 page indexed small enlarged paperback. Price: GBP 10.99 (UK), $1500 (US), $17.50 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-425-24137-0).

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‘The Mythology Of Supernatural’ is, as the sub-title says, a look at the equipment and ways the Winchester brothers and other hunters use in facing off the mystical beings, including demons and angels, that manifest their Earth. Actually, most of the information is also pertinent to our Earth as well, so it’s a shame that when Bela Talbot is mentioned that the connection to Lugosi and Larry Talbot (actor Lon Chaney Jr), the wolfman isn’t also made, especially as connections to our reality is also made.

If you think this book is going to stay within the ‘Supernatural’ mythology, you will be disappointed as author Nathan Robert Brown goes into many non-American religions and mythologies. ‘Supernatural’ creator Eric Kripe after all was focusing on American mythology first and apocalyptical leanings came in the later seasons to develop away from standalone stories. You’re going to come away with a lot more information than you bargained for. I would have thought it would have made more sense to examine how close the ‘Supernatural’ writers kept to source mythologies rather than just used it as a starting point. Then again, this is an old problem of how close to ‘truth’ do you want to go in a TV series for people to copy in real life. Writers invariably want to be creative than appease existing mythology.

In that respect, this book isn’t going to be a nature take for the ‘Supernatural’ series fan and much of the mythology discussion here can be found in standard mythology books than under a label such as this. As I point out, there is nothing wrong with the information as presented here but the aspect towards the series is at best token. Don’t forget your salt.

GF Willmetts

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