Book to Movie Comparisons: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

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To start off this new piece where I compare books to their movie counterparts, I chose a good one. Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief has so many flaws when it comes to staying true to the book. The biggest problem, I think, lies within the plot itself, and progression of the characters on their quest. In the book, Percy, and most others believe that Hades, has taken the lightning bolt, in hopes of starting a war among the gods. Percy goes on this quest to the underworld to get the bolt from Hades and return it to Zeus before a war breaks out. The movie, in some ways, follows this plot. Percy does want to prove his innocence, and he does so by going to the underworld, but his primary reason for going, is to save his mother. In the book, we know he fails to do so. Also, the book is all about them getting to the underworld as fast as possible, it just so happens that they encounter many dangerous monsters along the way, many that aren’t seen in the movie. The movie shows the characters try to find ‘Persephone’s pearls’ before going to the underworld. The biggest flaw in this is that in Greek mythology, there is no such thing as Persephone’s pearls. If you’re not going to stick to the book at least stick to the myths.

Other differences, like the fact that Mr D, Clarrise, and Thalia’s tree are never mentioned in the first movie, are small but significant. I can deal with the age differences between the book and movie, and the different entrances into the underworld, but I don’t understand how Kronos is never mentioned in the first movie considering he is the main focus of the series, or the fact that Ares was working along side Luke in the hopes of starting a war. The movie is missing a lot of good things, like Echidna, Chimera, Procrustes and even Charon, with his Elvis suits.

Overall, The movie could have been better, it definitely did not do the book justice, and may as well have been a completely unrelated story all together. Its a shame when things like this happen, because those who don’t read the books, have no idea what they’re missing out on. I can only hope that the next movies will do a better job at doing the book justice.

 

Like always, Book Triumphs over Film.

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Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief – Book Review

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Written by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief follows the adventures of Percy Jackson, Demi-God and Son of Poseidon, Annabeth Chase, Daughter of Athena, and young satyr Grover. The three are on a quest to find Zeus’ master bolt and return it before the gods began a world war.

Rick Riordan does an incredible job of teaching the readers of this book a lesson on Greek mythology while also keeping the story interesting. There is a new obstacle around every corner that the characters must overcome, and the action and surprise keeps coming right up until the last pages of the book. Riordan makes mention of many mythological monsters including the Minotaur, Echidna, Chimera, Procrustes and of course Medusa.

Percy and Annabeth are tough as nails and braver than any normal twelve year old. Grover, although a little scared most of the time is loyal and will always be there for his friends. together the three of them show young kids all around that it’s okay to not follow your parents footsteps, it’s okay to be scared, and its okay to be brave.

 

Next week I’ll be writing a new piece, where I do a book to movie comparison. I’ll go through the things that were changed and what should have made it into the movie but didn’t and other interesting facts. I’ll obviously be starting with Percy Jackson.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson Book Review

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson is written by John Green and David Levithan. It’s based around two high-school students, both named Will Grayson, who meet after a night of mishaps and failed plans. Green and Levithan do a great job of alternating the chapters, with Green writing all the odd numbered chapters and Levithan writing the even numbered chapters. The book is hilarious, witty and focuses largely on the characters and their personal developments throughout the novel.

Will Grayson (the capitalized Will, written by Green) is perhaps on of the most difficult characters to summarize in this book. He spends most of the book trying to follow his two life rules of, not caring and shutting up. If I had to describe him in one word it would be conflicted. He doesn’t want to be in the spotlight, but is best friends with Tiny Cooper, who is always in the spotlight. He doesn’t want to care about anything, but finds himself attracted to Jane. He doesn’t want to break his rules, but by the end of the novel, he has learnt that his rules were not helping him in life, they were hindering him. The Will Grayson in the last few chapters of the novel is completely different to the Will Grayson in the first few chapters. His character growth is probably the most prominent in the novel.

will grayson (never capitalized and written by Levithan) is your typical cynical teenager. He also shows the world that not all gays are the stereotypical fashionista’s ┬áthe media likes to advertise. After a large falling out with his friend Maura, he finds many good things coming his way. Although his life is changing for the better, it is brought to his attention that he is not moving forward, and he will continue to stay stuck in place until the last few chapters of the novel, where he learns to forgive and forget.

Jane is capitalized Will Grayson’s Love interest. She is your average punk rock loving, crazy haired teenager. She faces conflicts in her love life, involving Will Grayson, and her ex-boyfriend. She is unsure of who she cares for more, and who she wants to be with. She is also honest, and upfront with her opinions.

Tiny Cooper is perhaps the most important character in the novel. Although the book is titled Will Grayson, Will Grayson Tiny Cooper steals the show. He is described as “the worlds largest person who is really, really gay” and “the worlds gayest person who is really, really large.” Tiny is the rock of the group. He pushes the characters towards the things they want, before they even know they want them. Without Tiny, Will and Jane would’ve never got together. Will would’ve never broken his two most fundamental rules. will grayson would’ve never had the confidence to come out to the world or move on from his fall out with Maura. He is often under appreciated for the things he does for his friends. He is confident, and just down right fabulous.

The characters, and their personalities are what make the novel truly great. They are easy to relate to. Green and Levithan make you feel like you are right there in the book watching Tiny Coopers musical, or the fake Neutral Milk Hotel band walk on stage. Its an enticing novel, that gives you the sense that everything will keep getting better even after the book is over.

Finding Yourself In Young Adult Novels

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As a teenager, especially those in high school, you are expected to know who you are, and who you want to be. For some of us,that’s easy. For the rest of us, we have more difficulty. No one wants to be forced into something they don’t want to do, especially teenagers. There is nothing more frustrating than being asked what you want to do with your life, and not having an answer.

Those are the times when I like to pick up a book. Young Adult novels are my preferred genre, due to the fact that I can usually easily relate to the characters’ troubles. There is nothing more satisfying than reading a line in a book, and thinking “OMG! YES! I totally agree!” Not only is it about the characters, and their personal attributes that get me hooked on a novel. It’s also about the story line. Regardless of the setting of a novel, there is always something that relates back to you, and your life. There is always similarities, even in a Dystopia based novel, like Divergent or The Hunger Games.┬áThat’s the best part of reading; you can always find yourself in the novel.

I’ve been writing since I was 14, but it wasn’t until my senior year that I realised I wanted to make a future out of it. The reason I started writing was because of all the amazing novels I had read. I want to make someone feel the way I feel when I finish reading a novel. Without my favourite Young Adult novels, and the characters within them, I would’ve never realised what I want my future to be like. So my advice to you guys is, when someone asks you who you are, and who you want to be and you don’t know the answer, turn around, pick up your favourite book, and maybe you’ll find some inspiration.