After years of knowing The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson’s movie adaptation has officially become ten years old. As a fan of Percy Jackson, I am always excited to see when the name pops up on the TV guide. I begin to remember my childhood, which wasn’t that long ago, but to me, it was one of the best movies to come after the Harry Potter series.
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Like the Harry Potter series, this adaptation came from one of the most popular books of the 2010s. The Lightning Thief introduced us to Percy Jackson, a dyslexic preteen, who was unable to keep focused on his schoolwork or control his temper. Being away at Boarding School, it only seemed to be getting worse, especially when Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster. After his mother finds out, she decides to inform Percy of his origin and takes him to Camp Half-Blood where she hoped that he would be safe. There he discovers that his father is Poseidon, God of the Sea. In order to save the world from a war between the gods, Percy, Grover, and Annabeth set out on a journey across the US to reach the gates of the Underworld, which is conveniently located in a recording studio in Hollywood.
Adapted on February 12, 2010, from The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson wasn’t liked as much as the producers hoped. Although the box office made $226.4 million, many fans were disappointed that it did not stick to the glory of the book. Instead of being the preteen that we have come to love, Percy “has been bumped up in age from 12 to 17.” I personally didn’t find a problem with it because no movie adaptation ever sticks solely to the books.
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Fans are not the only people that had problems with Disney’s attempt with the movie. Rick Riordan, the author of the Percy Jackson series, felt as though Disney could have done a better job with the movie. So much so, that Riordan refuses to be associated with any of the movies. After a teacher tweeted a showing of the Sea of Monsters, Riordan tweeted, “No. Stop. Please. No class deserves such a punishment. I mourn the loss of perfectly good classroom time.” He even went as far as writing a letter to the teacher to explain his disapproval of the movie adaptations that have come out from the series.
It has been rumored that Percy Jackson will be coming back to the screens as a TV show. There is no release date yet, but hopefully, it is closer to the liking of Riordan and the fans that need to Percy Jackson to be represented as the book intended.
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