Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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For the Modern Classics Challenge 2018 category of A Book Made into a Movie I read Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Actually, I have read four of the five books and plan to finish the last tomorrow! The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series has been immensely popular with middle schoolers, and it is a great concept. The Greek gods and goddesses are real, only Olympus changes depending on where the center of Western civilization is, so currently it is in New York City above the Empire State Building, and the gods and goddesses still enjoy procreating with mortals so all those kids running around with ADHD and Dyslexia are Half-Bloods (half mortal and half god) whose brains are honed for quick reactions in battle and reading Greek, not English! I think it is a fantastic twist on Greek mythology!!

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Do I think it will become a classic? No. As much as I enjoy the series, think it is fun, and have even found some quotes I can appreciate, the language and references within the book will become dated rather quickly. On top of that, its just missing that little extra something….complexity, depth of character….something like that. But, I still think they are great fun reads for anyone who enjoys mythology!!

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