Percy Jackson & The Olympians:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Lightning Theif
My sons and I went to see the film Percy Jackson & The Olympians: Lightning Thief this past weekend. I saw a few trailers in the past and I knew it was Directed by Chris Columbus (The same director as some of the Harry Potter films) It seemed a little similar in the previews. A young boy finds out he isn't like everyone else and has special abilities. It also had a whole other world in the middle of the normal world we all live in. The kids and I had a great time and we all loved it. I was reminded of all the great Greek Mythology movies I had seen in the past like Clash of the Titans and Jason and the Argonauts. My favorite part was how it brought the ancient stories into the modern world. I always loved reading about mythology when I was younger and their hasn't been a movie based on them in a long time. Sure Percy could have used a little more training to make his character a little more believable. But, he was a demigod after all.
I haven't read the books yet. But, now I can't wait to get them for my 9 year old son so I can read them too. It looks like a lot was left out of the movie and some of the main characters were missing. The movie director and writer need to be able to take some artistic interpretation and be allowed to make it their own.
Rick Riordan: Author of the Percy Jackson Stories
Rick Riordan was a teacher for 15 years. He mainly taught history and English. He grew up in and currently lives in Texas with his wife and two sons. In 2002 he was awarded Saint Mary's Hall's first Master Teacher Award. He began his writing career with his Tres Navarre mystery series. It was a pretty big success for adults and earned him the three most popular mystery awards, the Shamus, the Edgar and the Anthony. His first book was Big Red Tequila in 1997. He wrote 5 more books in the Tres Navarre series before he published his first Percy Jackson book in the June of 2005.
The Percy Jackson series takes place in our modern world with the Ancient Greek Gods and Monsters still all around us. But, typically most people don't see them. Percy is a 12 year old boy that learns he is the son of Poseidon the god of The Ocean. He soon realizes all of his flaws as a normal child actually become his strengths as a son of a god. His dyslexia actually allows him too easily read Greek. His ADHD is his instincts that give him lightning quick reflexes. The books are full of other demigods and famous mythological monsters.