Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Why I Love The Percy Jackson Series

I read The Lightning Thief, Book One of Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rick Riordan earlier this month. Yes, I am a newbie :) where was I all these years? I was probably the last one to know that about this book. This young adult book is normally not the type of book that I would pick up on my own, but I found it to be fun and engaging.

From the publisher:

"Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse — Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon, a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods."

Fun book.  And a very creative way to teach Greek mythology.  If I had tried to learn how all the gods were related to each other by reading this book, rather than reading the formal book I probably would have had a lot more interest in the Greek mythology.  The story was very fast moving.  There was never a lack of adventure, nor humor. A great series for all ages.  I just finished reading the second book last night, I must get my hands on the next one by tomorrow :D

And today, I went to the cinema watching the Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief movie. I must say, my opinion is exactly the same as Rick Riordan's, the author. He wrote this on his blog last year when the movie was still in the making:

"Will the movie be exactly like the book? Well to start with, I have never seen a movie that was exactly like the book it came from, so I think it's safe to say no. Movies are a totally different medium. What you'll be seeing is not The Lightning Thief book copied page for page onto the screen. What you'll be seeing is Chris Columbus' interpretation of The Lightning Thief story. . . Let the movie be the movie, and the books be the books, and try to enjoy the story without getting too worked up about any differences."

And these few things that did bug me when watching the movie: Annabeth's not a brunnete, she's a blonde and they are supposed to be twelve not twenty something. Nevertheless it was a good movie, my husband loved it too.

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