I heard somewhere that Hollywood is attempting a new movie series made from the Percy Jackson books. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this! The movies were good, but strayed so far from the books that I couldn’t make sense of them in my head. I’ll be excited to see what changes they make so the new movies match the books a bit better. I also thought, in view of these new movies coming out (hopefully), that I would flashback and discuss one of my favorite book series.
The Percy Jackson books are well-written young adult books, starring demi-gods; the kids of Zeus, Hades, Posiedon, Hermes and Athena. Percy and his friends are well-written, and enjoyable characters, who go on adventures that most of us only dream of. I can’t tell you the last time I traveled to the Underworld to save my mom from Hades, or went to Olympus to meet my parents. These kids have such a weird life, but for some reason, they don’t let it change who they are inside.
I’ve loved mythology for most of my life. I think I truly got hooked on Greek mythology my freshman year in high school, when it was actually on an assigned reading list. Since then, I’ve branched out to learning about the Egyptian pantheon, the Norse Pantheon and the Roman Pantheon. I can hold my own in pretty much any discussion about mythology, and the gods that service those stories.
Because of this knowledge I’ve taught myself over the years, I honestly didn’t expect myself to enjoy these books as much as I did. Mostly because I was pretty sure the author was going to screw it up somehow. But he didn’t. You can tell in these books that Mr. Riordan has done his research, and has brought to life stories that don’t downplay the knowledge the reader will have outside the book.
That said, I have learned new things from these books as well. I wasn’t aware of the Lair of the Lotus Eaters, so that’s new, but the author put it in the story in such a way that it makes sense, even if it doesn’t fit completely in what I know to be true.
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If you haven’t read these books, I encourage you to give them a shot. They are a fun, easy read, and may just increase your knowledge of Greek Mythology in a way you didn’t have before. You can find them on Amazon here. This is an affiliate link, so I will get a small commission from your purchase. This allows me to keep this blog going, and keep the bookish discussions alive!
Have you read these books? What did you think? What did you learn about Greek mythology that you didn’t know before? Let me know in the comments below! And don’t forget to subscribe, so you never miss an update! Until next time, bookworms!