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Percy Jackson & The Olympians:

Updated on February 8, 2015

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.   

Have you read the Percy Jackson books or seen the movie?

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thank you for this interesting information. I need to see this.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I love Harry Potter and quite fancy this thanks

    • jim10 profile imageAUTHOR

      jim10 

      8 years ago from ma

      Thanks Enelle and RackyB. I guess the book has a lot of differences but, that tends to happen a lot. Many people were surprised that Kronos didn't appear in the movie. He was only mentioned by Chiron. Also I would have liked to find out a little more about why Percy was blamed. It seemed to just be because he was the strongest demi-god by being a son of one of the big three. Even though he knew nothing about his abilities. So I hope to get started on the books.

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      Racquel Reid Wright 

      8 years ago from The Treasure Coast

      Interesting

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      Enelle Lamb 

      8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      My son has read the Lightning Thief and is looking forward to watching the film :D

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