books to movies

Books to Movies: Sea of Monsters

I was so excited to see Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in theaters when it came out and I needed to wait a little while to calm down before I could write up a review of the adaptation. I think that almost everybody who loves books knows about the Percy Jackson series by now. It’s a series geared toward kids, yeah, but what great kids book can’t be enjoyed by people of all ages? The Percy in my head is awesome, sarcastic, maybe a little in need of the help his friends give him. He’s a lot younger than Logan Lerman, who plays him in the movie (even if Logan is very, very attractive). But the first movie . . . well . . nobody ever wants to talk about it. Because it was just that bad.

I don’t think it was a bad movie, per say, just an incredibly horrible adaptation. As in they took a few character names and forgot that the book even really existed. But Sea of Monsters was supposed to fix that! Annabeth is kind of blond, Clarisse is actually there, Thalia will be mentioned . . .

Really, I was just setting myself up for disappointment.

    Sea of Monsters is in my opinion much worse than the first movie, mostly in part due to the expectations the filmmakers built up within the fanbase and subsequently crushed horribly. While there were some parts of the movie I enjoyed, some things I’d wanted to see visually, it was so skewed from the book that it was impossible not to have my fangirl heart ache a little. Every time Tyson said something completely articulate or Annabeth looked up ancient Greek mythology on her iPad or major portions of the plot were skipped over . . I was sad. Scenes I thought would make for a great part in the movie were skipped over entirely.

Stanley Tucci as Mr. D and Nathan Fillion as Hermes were wonderful casting choices! I’ll definitely have to give them that. And I’ve never watched Firefly before but I definitely understood that reference. A+ for that. Unfortunately, for the most part in the rest of it, the dialogue was poorly written and then I couldn’t exactly judge the delivery. Don’t make the audience feel awkward because your writing sounds so forced and unnatural.

I think now’s about the time where I give up, hope they won’t make another movie, and that maybe they can try to start this up all over again in the future. This series just had so much potential. With great writing like that, I don’t understand how the book can be ignored, characters completely changes. I understand that things need to be changed for a movie and I’ve liked adaptations before. But this one is one I’d rather just forget about.

If you’re a fan of the Percy Jackson series, you should probably skip this movie. If you haven’t read the books, you might enjoy the film, but read the books afterward and see what you missed out on!

Did you like the movie? Did you dislike it? Comment below and let me know!

4 stars · Fantasy · fiction · series · young adult

The Lightning Thief – Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel

Author: Rick Riordan [also wrote the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, along with The Red Pyramid]

Illustrators: Robert Venditti, Jose Villarrubia, Attila Futaki

Based on The Lightning Thief

Pages [paperback] : 128

Favorite Characters: Percy & Luke

Summary:

You’ve read the book. You’ve seen the movie. Now submerge yourself into the thrilling, stunning, and action-packed graphic novel.

Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson’s textbooks and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.

Some of the biggest names in the comic book industry join forces with series creator Rick Riordan to tell the story of a boy who must unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Review:

 I am in love with the Percy Jackson series, so when I had the chance to read the graphic novel version of the first book, I took it as quickly as I could. Though I wasn’t expecting to read anything new or find out something different about the series, it was definitely worth reading to see my favorite scenes played out like a comic.

What I thought was really cool about reading this, after picturing Camp Half-Blood in my head so many times, was seeing the layout drawn in each different frame. The rock climbing wall with lava, the Big House, the cabins . . . I loved being able to see everything, not just on a map, but put out the way they were supposed to be.

The characters, on the other hand . . . Well, nothing-no actor or image-can ever compare to the person a reader conjures in their mind. But I found the illustrations lacking in this point, simply because some of the frames had them with particularly goofy expressions, or little things like that . . . And not during the moments that are supposed to be comical. It was more of a slight distraction that anything, but one that I noticed.

All in all, I’d recommend this to Percy Jackson fans. It’s something I’d borrow rather than purchase, though. Nothing new here, just a neat way to view things. For those who haven’t picked up the books, I really recommend reading them first before checking this out. The original Lightning Thief has so much more detail-and funny moments!

A WONDERFUL VISUAL. 4/5 stars

Fantasy · fiction · history · young adult

“The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan

Pages: [Paperback] 375

This is the first in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Here are the reviews for book three, four, and five.

Opening Lines: Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood. If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life.

Memorable Quote: I gave her my deluxe I’ll-Kill-You-Later stare.

Favorite Character: Percy Jackson

Summary:

Percy Jackson has never fit in. He’s been enrolled in more schools than he can count and has been kicked out of every single one of them. This time, he’s actually managed to stay in the same school almost the entire year. But Percy’s about to come face to face with mythological creatures, Greek gods, and monsters worse than any nightmare.
Zeus’s master bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. Percy has only ten days to prove his innocence or a war will begin between the gods-with Earth as their battlefield. Percy must band together with a few unlikely allies in order to find the bolt, clear his name, and save the Earth.

Review:
When I first picked up this book, I wasn’t expecting much. It said that it was mainly for kids younger than I am. But when I actually started reading, I was pleasantly surprised. Percy and his friends are so funny, and I love how all of the Greek mythology ties into the story line. If you’ve seen the movie, the book is nothing like it. I liked the movie, but the book is so much better because it had more detail.
I give this book 5/5 stars. It’s a quick read, but it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time!
^^This is from my old blog. I decided to post it because I have reviews for books 3, 4, and 5, so why not the first two? Book 2 review is coming up soon, I promise.

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · young adult

“The Titan’s Curse” by Rick Riordan

 

The Titan’s Curse

Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3
Book 1: The Lightning Thief
Book 2: The Sea of Monsters
Book 4: The Battle of the Labyrinth
Book 5: The Last Olympian

Author: Rick Riordan

Pages: 312

Available now, in hardcover and paperback

Third book of the Olympian’s series. The first two books are “The Lightning Thief” and “Sea of Monsters”.
Where I got it: Borrowed from a great friend
First lines: The Friday before winter break, my mom packed me an overnight bag and a few deadly weapons and took me to a new boarding school.
Percy Jackson is back once again. This time he is accompanied by a few new friends as well as his well-known comrades from the two books prior to “The Titan’s Curse”. Percy is sent to bring two powerful new demigods back to Camp Half-Blood. But he runs into trouble along the way, and suddenly he’s on a race against time to save his friend, Annabeth, and to prevent a monster uprising against Olympus. Can he save Annabeth in time? Will he protect Olympus? Or will Percy be persuaded to leave his friends and join the rebellion against the gods?

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I’m a big fan of the Percy Jackson books and this one did not disappoint. The funny lines-added in even at the most intense fight scenes-help to spice it up and sometimes even make me laugh out loud. [A personal favorite scene of mine from this book was the Hoover Dam scene. I never knew there could be so many dam jokes! ;)] I love the unique situations that Percy & Co. get mixed up in, and how Greek mythology is tied into EVERY part of the series. This book has me wanting to learn more about those myths. I like how all of the gods are modernized in their seperate ways, keeping true to the mythology but making it a tad more realistic by giving them more modern ways of doing their jobs.
I missed Annabeth during the entire novel. I wanted Percy to rescue her quickly-I wanted her humor and fighting skills back! I was sad to have her taken away for so long. I also wanted more scenes with Grover, but maybe we’ll get more of them in the next book. This one introduced, then cast aside too many characters. It was hard to keep track of all of these new people who appeared to be important one moment yet were never mentioned again.

Overall, this is probably my second favorite Percy book-better than “The Sea of Monsters” but not as good as “The Lightning Thief”.

“The Titan’s Curse” gets 5/5 stars. It’s a great book that you should all read!