Who’s Read what of Iron Maiden’s literary source material?

What have you read of the following?

  • The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux

    Votes: 5 13.9%
  • Murders in the Rue Morgue, Edgar Allan Poe

    Votes: 14 38.9%
  • Midwich Cuckoos, John Wyndham

    Votes: 2 5.6%
  • Where Eagles Dare, Alistair MacLean

    Votes: 4 11.1%
  • Icarus (Greek myth)

    Votes: 14 38.9%
  • The Charge of the Light Brigade, Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

    Votes: 9 25.0%
  • The Inhabitant of the Lake, Ramsey Campbell

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Sun and Steel, Yukio Mishima

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Dune, Frank Herbert

    Votes: 14 38.9%
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Votes: 18 50.0%
  • The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Alan Sillitoe

    Votes: 4 11.1%
  • Moonchild, Aleister Crowley

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Seventh Son, Orson Scott Card

    Votes: 3 8.3%
  • The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco

    Votes: 8 22.2%
  • Lord of the Flies, William Golding

    Votes: 27 75.0%
  • When Worlds Collide, Philip Gordon Wylie and Edwin Balmer

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

    Votes: 19 52.8%
  • Out of the Silent Planet, CS Lewis

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • The Longest Day, Cornelius Ryan

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • El Dorado, Edgar Allan Poe

    Votes: 3 8.3%
  • I think the poll omits titles, I’ll put them in the thread

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • None of these

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • When the Wild Wind Blows, Raymond Briggs

    Votes: 4 11.1%
  • Tam o’ Shanter, Robert Burns

    Votes: 6 16.7%
  • The Quest for Fire, J.- H. Rosny

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

    Votes: 5 13.9%
  • Dracula, Bram Stoker

    Votes: 9 25.0%
  • Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare

    Votes: 4 11.1%
  • The Duel, Joseph Conrad

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Run Silent Run Deep, Edward L. Beach

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • The Odyssey, Homer

    Votes: 7 19.4%

  • Total voters

Black Abyss Babe

Quantum weather butterfly
The song as a whole is not much based on Odyssey but clearly references it.
Nightwish weren’t referencing Odysseus though, even though that’s what one first thinks of. “Who tied my hands to the wheel?” really refers to how the song of the sirens captivates its listener, setting them on a course to their destruction — and tying their hands to the wheel. It’s a very clever subversion of expectations.


First time poster!

My read list:

Phantom of the Opera
Murders in the Rue Morgue
Where Eagles Dare
Charge of the Light Brigade
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
Seventh Son
Lord of the Flies
When Worlds Collide
Brave New World
Heart of Darkness
Julius Caesar
Run Silent Run Deep

Interestingly, I had to read the majority of these in high school! Never knew Maiden had so many great literary (re)sources.

Cornfed Hick

Ancient Mariner
I’m not surprised that Lord of the Flies is leading the tally, as it’s a commonly assigned book in schools. But I am very surprised that so few have read The Odyssey. Everyone should read it. It’s entertaining and still heavily influences modern culture and art. Case in point:
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