The Lightning Thief (2010) And The Sea Of Monsters (2013)

I won’t sugar coat my words. The Lightning Thief (2010) was a flop. I fear for the upcoming Sea Of Monsters (2013), the second instalment in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. In fact, after the unfortunate mauling the first book of the series received at the hands of director Chris Columbus, I can’t quite believe they’re going to carry on with the second book. And I honestly have no idea how they plan to do so.

After all, the plot is already twisted out of recognition, the personality of major characters altered mercilessly to suit the ends of the filming crew, and hugely important aspects of the book have already been omitted completely from the movie. I do not see how they can spawn a second movie after the without having to twist the plot of the second book of the series as well. This does not sound appealing in the least.

There have been some movie adaptations of books that were successful- (perhaps one of the most famous being the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) but they remain an endangered species as more and more books are converted poorly into movies and left to die a miserable death on the silver screen. I haven’t seen a movie adaptation of a book die as spectacularly as the Lightning Thief (2010), and honestly, I am not sure if I can stomach a second gruesome death which will inevitably occur unless they a) magically erase the memories of the terrible movie, and film another one with a better cast, better script, and a decent plot that follows the book to a reasonable degree, or b) do a stunning job with the Sea Of Monsters (2013) and rejuvenate the series.

None of them seem very likely. Here’s why.

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Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief plot

If you haven’t read the Percy Jackson book, I suggest you read it immediately. I also suggest you not watch the movie. For those of you who have already watched the movie, my deepest condolences. It is perhaps one of the worst book-to-movie adaptations I have ever witnessed. However, if you watched the movie and actually liked it, please check yourself in to the nearest mental institute  congratulate yourself on your remarkable level of tolerance and read the books. You will love them (especially since you actually liked the movie.)

Here’s a summary of the plot if you watched the movie, haven’t read the books, and want to understand why billions of Percy Jackson fans are annoyed at how the movie turned out (It completely disregarded the plot and characterization in the book- here’s a post about it). Or, if you have watched the movie and are deciding whether to read the books. (Yes.)

First book in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

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May 2012