It’s week five in The Summer Blogger Promo Tour hosted by the lovely girls from The Book Bratz!
This week we will be read SJ Bouquet‘s review on Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief book AND movie.
The Dealio: Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
What I loved:
(sorry, but this is going to be more of a movie review than a book review)
I’m going to judge this less harshly then I usually would because the book was intended for 12-year-olds. It’s an adventure for children. …Okay, so I’m 18 and I still enjoyed this. The book is just fun. I didn’t have time to judge it. I simply got swept away in the humor and mystery and action.
My absolute favorite part was when Percy, Annabeth, and Grover finally get to the Underworld and meet Hades. His reaction to Percy basically saying, “Don’t you want a war? Wouldn’t that be good for your kingdom?” was PRICELESS. Hades starts talking about how hell is crowded, and there’s not enough room for expansion and the funds are dwindling, and how the commute from the palace to the gates is enough to drive him insane, and, “Don’t get me started on Charon! He’s been impossible ever since he discovered Italian suits!” I mean, that rant Hades goes off on kind of endeared him to me. I realize he’s the King of Hell and all… but he’s funny. I’m a sucker for funny.
What I hated:
I like Greek mythology. I remember Medusa and Poseidon’s story… and let me tell you what, it is NOT the story in Percy Jackson. In Percy Jackson, Poseidon and Medusa were lovers of the night time, and they snuck into Athena’s temple to do the nasty, which upset Athena, so she turned Medusa’s hair into serpents. I understand why the myth was changed. This is a children’s story. I don’t suppose Rick Riordan could have put the original myth in the story, especially since Poseidon is Percy’s dad and he’s supposed to have a good image.
The Real Myth– Poseidon had raped Medusa in Athena’s temple. The enraged Athena transformed Medusa’s beautiful hair to serpents and made her face so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn onlookers to stone. Perseus describes Medusa’s punishment by Athena as just and well earned. …Which makes me feel really bad for Medusa. Oh and when Perseus beheaded her, she was pregnant with Poseidon’s kids, who turned out to be the Pegasus (the winged horse) and Chrysaor (a golden sword-wielding giant).
I found myself not liking the Percy Jackson Medusa/Poseidon story-line very much. Poseidon’s character was badly colored by my knowledge of the real myth. That’s just a personal issue, though, and the only issue I had with the plot. Stepping away from my colored judgement, I did like Riordan’s Poseidon.
What I really hated was the Percy Jackson movie. I loved the book. It was hilarious. THAT MOVIE THOUGH! I’d seen the movie before reading the book, and I didn’t realize how many plot liberties the screenwriters had taken. In the book, Grover was a timid satyr who ate soda cans and shook whenever around anyone powerful. In the movie, he was sarcastic and bold and a lady’s man.
Another thing that really bothered me about the movie is that not once did Ares make an appearance. He was a pretty important character! Pivotal to the plot and the twist! The writers for the film basically cast aside the whole book and re-wrote it.
Now that I’ve read the book, I cannot stand the movie. Watching it hurts.
Overall: Book- 5/5 stars | Movie- 2/5 stars
I suggest that everyone picks this book up if they enjoy Greek Mythology, adventure, humor, and some romance (but not a whole lot… I think more romance will blossom in the rest of the series, though).
The movie was great if you aren’t attached to the book.
Despite seeing the movie and the fact that this girl doesn’t have curly hair, I visualized Annabeth as young Annasophia Robb.
And you know what? The casting of the movie wasn’t good either. I mean, the actors are fine, but their ages and coloring do not match what the book described them as.