Yes, thanks, I follow Gerwell ;) …so pink-haired Hades might once become a real thing? (Just kidding!)
I grew up listening to greek lore and reading mythology picture books for children (and they were every bit as brutal as the ones for adults), studied ancient greek language for years in school, translated pretty much every myth of mediterrean origin in latin class, earned a certificate from a renowned institute for my perfomance in those fields and do a lot of research in my free time out of love for the topic; of course I know the original story.
These character designs are my own renditions of Hades and Persephone, and that’s exactly the point: since we are talking about mythology, the story leaves much room for interpretation and has been retold countless times. I have my own headcanon for these characters, in fact even an entire comic finished in my head (though it will probably never be executed), which includes the kidnapping plus an explanation, but ends with Persephone wielding power in the Underworld and discovering independence in the most dire of moments. I’ve been shipping Hades/Persephone since my early childhood, consent being a must, even though I’m aware of the many versions where it’s not given. I just like my Persephone to be happy, and that’s okay, because it’s mythology.
This theme has been debated so many times here on tumblr, and I’ve participated in those discussions a lot, but others are better at argumentation and explaining than I could ever be, so I’ll leave it to them to defend my view on this particular myth.
Now that my Hades & Persephone post is apparently back on everybody’s dashes and I can’t really reply to all the tags and comments, I feel the need to clarify something. Something that I admittedly find pretty ridiculous, but people have been nagging me about it for half a year now without ever directly contacting me.
I am aware that Persephone is the Greek equivalent of Proserpina, which yes, would technically be a better choice for a moon, since the planets are all named after Roman deities - but the version you could vote for on the linked website was Persephone, and I can’t change that. I had assumed that people would click the link and see, but even before it stopped working sometime during this summer, they didn’t, and it’s frustrating to be constantly “corrected” about something as petty.
Why do I use the Greek names? Because I’m Greek and those are the ones I grew up with - besides, my character designs existed before the poll. Why did the responsible institute use a Greek name? I have no idea, but it’s fine with me.
I just hyperventilated a little and had to turn the laptop around so my boyfriend could see the reason for my accelerated breathing. Thank you so much!