We went to see Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. I’ve read the first couple of books in the series (and plan to read the rest). Dh has read all five. We love the series. It’s a lot of fun and does a great job at setting up the characters, conflict/s, and story ARC’s. All I can say is Chris Columbus must have either skimmed the first book or skipped it altogether to come up with his story. Basically everything that was pertinent was tossed out the window. Character development? We don’t need that. Emotions? What are those? Story ARC? Is it really important? (Uh, yeah, if you plan to make any more movies in the series.) The relationship between Percy and his mom (which is MAJOR in the books) is all but ignored in the movie. My mom just got killed…oh well, I think I’ll just pick up this sword and instantly be able to use it. How cool is that? Oh right, oh right, mom’s dead. Thanks for reminding me.
One of the major elements in the first book deals with Percy’s missing father. His reveal is a HUGE turning point for Percy and changes how the people around him treat him. Apparently, it wasn’t important enough to make it into the movie. The endearing thing about the books is that Percy has to work for everything he gains. Nothing comes easy. He gets better at his skills, but he makes mistakes. You know a kind of realistic situation. In the Cliff Notes movie version those elements of the story weren’t important. Percy gets handed everything and doesn’t really have to struggle much at all. Must be nice. I’m not sure I would’ve handled losing my mother and instant sword fighting with such aplomb. I realize I’m not a demi-god. Don’t worry, I’m not spoiling anything. The characters ‘tell’ you everything. There is no mystery…no suspense…no loneliness…no sadness…no real surprise after the first moment of discovery…no character development…no story ARC…no plot…etc.
No one wanted to make life hard on Percy. That would’ve made for such horrible drama. We couldn’t have that. All I can say is thank goodness J.K. Rowling held onto creative control of her Harry Potter books, when they made them into movies and Chris Columbus directed. I shudder to think what would’ve happened if she hadn’t.
On a completely different note, my friend, Jeaniene Frost was kind enough to let me read the ARC of her new book, First Drop of Crimson before it came out. I enjoyed it so much that I went out yesterday and bought a giveaway copy. I love how Jeaniene combines romance with urban fantasy. She doesn’t back away from the harshness of the worlds that she creates. She’s also written one of the hottest scenes I’ve read in a long time. If you’d like to take a peek at the shower scene (fans face) for yourself, toss your name into the hat. I’ll pick one winner on Wednesday. Good luck!!!