Ever since Tom Paine’s book Fame: From the Bronze Age to Britney came out, I have been looking more and more at the way celebrity and myth intersect – and now the news, and Katie Price specifically, has presented another killer analogy.
In Celtic mythology, the Year King would be feted and loved and cherished for one full cycle, drawn into the circle of the Earth goddess and made great. Then, to ensure the crops kept growing, he’d be destroyed.
So Katie Price, in her vengeful aspect of the goddess, has struck again and cast Alex Reid’s Year King onto the sacrificial fires. The extraordinary statement she released in The Sun just shows how much she is in control – in her head, we are still living in a matriarchy where no control-freak, fame-hungry male gods have come and usurped her position.
And so the ongoing brand narrative (or should that be brand saga?) that is Katie Price is back and it is time for her to find a new sacrificial mate to keep her news agenda fertile.
Who this will be is bound to cause intrigue. The web is alive with speculation of all sorts, so please feel free to add yours below. I’m always looking out for more correlations between celebrities and mythological figures; this is fertile ground for discussion…