Next Meetup

Come and discuss The Hero's Journey - Star Wars, LOTR, Harry Potter, & more!
Hello Fellow Readers, This is Darth Dan. After much delay, please join us for our next meetup of the Myths and Monsters Book Club (where we will talk about Old Books and drink Beer!) which will be taking place on Saturday Dec 8, 2018 from 10 am to approximately 12:30 p.m. at the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar in Brea. PLEASE RSVP SO THAT WE CAN BOOK A TABLE IN ADVANCE. At this meeting we'll be discussing the mythic/literary concept which Joseph Campbell called "the Hero's Journey" and which he wrote about in his classic, The Hero With a Thousand Faces (this book directly influence George Lucas in his creation and development of the original Star Wars Trilogy) While we won't be discussing a specific book this time, please come prepared to discuss your favorite book (preferably classic, but modern is ok too) or movie that involves a hero on a quest. If you're not familiar with Joseph Campbell's concept of "the Hero's Journey", don't worry, as we'll be discussing that idea throughout the meeting. Do feel free to read the book, however, or to google the concept, if you want to learn more about it before the meetup. Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings are just a few modern examples, but there are many more in classic literature and mythology. Looking forward to a fun and lively discusion over beer, breakfast, or whatever else you'd like to order.

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

240 S State College Blvd · Brea

What we're about

Ever wanted to sit around and talk about old books that nobody else seems to want to read? Well, we're hoping you'll feel at home in our little club.

At the Myths and Monsters Book Club, we focus on celebrating and exploring exciting literature that is both 1. Old, and 2. Badass! That means that the focus of a meeting with neither be on Jane Austen (arguably not "Badass" enough - sorry ladies!) or Game of Thrones (too new!), though we welcome fans of both, and may in fact discuss these and other works from time to time.

Every 4-6 weeks we meet together at a covertly-disclosed location over drinks, food, and camaraderie to discuss our favorite old-fashioned, badass books and genres.

We start each meeting off with a brief 15-minute presentation on a specific Old, Badass Book (and/or genre), which is accompanied by a nifty handout with fun facts and literature and film recommendations. (You will be informed of the book/genre of the month ahead of time, and while you are not required to read it to participate, you are strongly encouraged to do so, as it will make the group discussion a lot more meaningful and fun.) Then we have a group discussion for as long as it lasts, before breaking into a time of socialization over drinks and food.

While we're not a writer's group, we like to encourage a collegial, amiable environment in the style of the most well-known of all writer's group - the Inklings (which famously included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis). This is a place for people to gather who love old, fun literature, and who want to share that passion with others, as well as share ideas, thoughts, and interpretations of literature.

We welcome people from all walks of life who have a love for classic literature, especially classics of so-called "Genre" literature. Medieval Epics, Gothic Horror, Ancient Myths and Religious Works, Epic Poetry - these are just some of the genres that we will pull our monthly discussion topics from.

While we love and appreciate the broad range of non-Western classic literature that has been produced over the centuries, throughout the world, and while we welcome everyone to read and devour such works, for now, the monthly discussions will focus on so-called "Western" classics (English, or translated from French, Italian, German, etc.), although the discussions are certainly not limited to Western literature.

Some of the books we plan to discuss include:

-Le Morte D'Arthur, by Malory
-Beowulf
-Don Quixote de la Mancha, by Cervantes
-The Metamorphoses, by Ovid
-Faust, by Goethe
-The Inferno, by Dante
-Paradise Lost, by Milton
-Selected books from the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, the Quran, and other religious texts of antiquity.
-Horror classics such as Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Island of Doctor Moreau, etc.
-Adventure/Fantasy classics such as King Solomon's Mines, the Adventures of Conan, Treasure Island, Ivanhoe, etc.
-Works by J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, as well as the literature that directly inspired their genre classics
-Poetic and Dramatic works, e.g., Shakespeare's tragedies, Spenser's The Faerie Queene, etc.

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