Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Important Book

The most important book that I have read so far is Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. At just 12 years old, Percy Jackson was told by his best friend/protector, Grover, that there was a reason he didn’t fit in with humans and why strange things kept happening to him. But most of all, Grover explained to Percy why his father had never been a part of his life. This is because Percy’s dad is the Greek god, Poseidon, God of the Sea. Percy is a demigod, half-human half-god, and Grover realized that it was time to take Percy to Camp Half Blood, the safest place for kids like Percy to grow up and train. But on the journey to the camp, Hades’s Minotaur captured Percy’s mother and took her to the underworld. Zeus's master bolt is missing and Hades blames Percy for stealing it. So Percy goes on a quest with Grover and a daughter of Athena named Annabeth to save his mother from the underworld, prove he didn’t take the master bolt, and hopefully prevent a war between the gods.


I noticed that Rick Riordan wrote The Lightning Thief and all of his following books with a common theme. Ancient Greek mythology. His books include the gods and minor gods, mythological creatures like Grover (who's a satyr), and legendary monsters like the Minotaur. I think Riordan wrote his books this way because it gives old stories new life, and makes the stories more interesting to younger readers. He also made his characters likeable and relatable. Besides the fact that they were going off on dangerous quests and are only half human, Percy and Annabeth are still teenagers.


I truthfully loved this book. I loved the action and adventure, the relatability of the characters, and how mythology was incorporated into a book meant for kids and teens. Percy and Annabeth may be half bloods, and super awesome, but they are also still teenagers. That gave them a quality that I couldn’t help but like. But it also surprised me. I didn’t read these books for about three years. I always thought, why would I want to read a book about something that’s thousands of years old? But when I finally convinced myself to try this book out, I loved it and couldn’t get enough.


The Lightning Thief also opened so many doors for Rick Riordan to continue this fantastic series. He created a character almost as well known as Harry Potter and a fandom that will last a lifetime. It has all the basics when it comes to an action adventure, courage, friendship, and villains. But it has a unique twist that makes it interesting. While reading this book, Riordan taught us the basics of Greek history and mythological legends that we will probably never learn about in school. Once I realized just how much I loved this book, I started thinking to myself, why? Besides the fact that the characters are awesome, I found out that I have a true interest in ancient Greek mythology. And I thank Rick Riordan for not only opening doors for his writing, but also for opening doors for me into a topic that I would’ve never found had it not been for Percy Jackson.



In 2010, The Lightning Thief was made into a movie. Let’s just say that while Percy can certainly compete with Harry Potter, Riordan’s first movie certainly cannot compete with J.K. Rowling’s. The producers completely changed some parts of the book, and it doesn’t make any sense. They also made all the characters four years older and one of the biggest parts in the series is The Great Prophecy, which states that Percy will have to “reach 16 against all odds”. But Percy was 16 in the movie, so… what?! Between bad writing and actors that were chosen more for their looks than their talent, The Lightning Thief turned into an epic fail. Although the movie didn’t meet my expectations at all, the book soared above them. Rick Riordan created likeable and relatable characters, that just get more and more awesome as you read on. Percy inspired a passion for ancient Greek mythology inside me and I truly don’t think any writer will be able to top the adventurous, courageous spirit that Rick Riordan did in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

9 comments:

  1. After reading your blog I would really like to read The Lightning Theif, I have always heard about it however it never appealed to me. I guess I never thought about how the book could relate to teens and involve action, I always assumed that it would be a boring Greek Mythology book. I wanted to go a little deeper into why I loved your book report. To start, you really opened my eyes about how a Greek Mythology book could relate to teens. However, you did not really explain how it relates to teens, I wish you went into further detail about the specific way that it relates to teens. Moving on to the movie, I would not be able to side with you. Although I have not read the book, (maybe reading it would change my mind) I did not think that the movie was all that bad. I didn’t think that the acting was horrible, and maybe the filmmakers were purposely making it different from the book so that a wider range of people would enjoy it. Overall, I really enjoyed your book report, I think that now I will be more open to reading The Lightning Theif.

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  2. The Lightning Thief is probably one of my favorite books ever. I read the whole series, and both of the partner series in about a day. I have read the book so many times, and when I am in need of something to read I’ll still pick my old beaten-to-a-pulp copy. I absolutely agree with you on pretty much everything that you said. Percy Jackson totally opened up an entire world of greek myths, my love for mythology. I also really loved how you said that Mr. Riordan wrote the books the way he did because he wanted to give life to old stories. I Never really thought about it like that, but you are totally spot on and a I agree, that is what Mr. Riordan did with the books. I am so glad that we now have another thing to talk about, and I can’t wait for the Blood Of Olympus to come out!

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  3. Tina, your blog entry is outstanding! After reading your blog it really made me want to read Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I knew that this book was about Greek Mythology, however I did not know that it had so much to do with courage, bravery, and friendship. In your blog I really want to know more about how Rick Riordan opened many doors to continue this series. The question you asked in your blog also occurred to me, Why would anyone want to read a book that is thousands of years old? This really made me want to read this book because I want to see how The Lightning Thief can make something so old into something that so many teenagers love! After finishing your blog, I knew that this book has to go on my “Must Read Book List!”

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  4. I was truly blown away by your blog because of how well you seemed to know it! It really impressed me how you were so straight forward when you were comparing the book to the movie and calling the movie an epic fail. This showed true commitment to the book and not the crappy movie. It was interesting to see how you thought they could turn such a great book into a bad movie with awful actors. There were a few questions I had while reading your blog post. One of my main questions was why is this your important book? Yes you said it opened many doors for you to read new types of books but what did that lead to? How did that change you as a reader? Also, you said the characters were awesome. which character was awesome and why? I learned a lot from your blog entry. One thing I learned was that no one should turn away a book because they aren’t open to the book. You may not know that you like something until you try it. You tried a book you thought was about stuff from thousands of years ago and you ended up loving it. This encourages me to step out of my comfort zone and try a book I don’t know I will like, maybe even this book! Overall, I really enjoyed reading your blog and you did an excellent job on informing the readers about the book.

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  5. Hi Tina!! I loved your blog post mainly because you showed great understanding for the book. I specifically learned a lot about the plot and the special qualities/connections that you had with the book in the first and third paragraphs. I especially enjoyed how honest you were about your feelings for the book, and also your feelings for the movie unable to contest with the book. I thought it was great to be able to hear the honest side as a reader to know what I am getting into if I end up reading this book.It sounded like a great read by a very talented author. I could not really connect with this book because it is a genre that I typically don't read, but I now have great excitement to read this book now. The only thing that I could say as constructive criticism would be agreeable with what Ryan has stated above. I just wanted to know more about WHY this was chosen as your important book and more about what it means to you. Otherwise Tina, I thought this was very well written and has great detail to support the topic!

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  6. Hi Tina!! Your blog was really good because I could tell you understood and liked everything about The Lightning Thief. When I read The Lightning Thief I liked it but I never got to see the movie. Your blog told me that I don’t need to see the movie. I agree with a lot of your blog post especially when you say ”I loved the action and adventure, the relatability of the characters, and how mythology was incorporated into a book meant for kids and teens.” That line basically sums up what I thought of The Lightning Thief! I also had a few questions when I read your blog post: How did this book connect to you personally and stand out more than other books? Also did you think this was the best book in the series? Finally, I want to recommend a book to you. You said you really like Rick Riordan's books and he wrote one of the 39 clues books. I really loved it. The book is called The Maze of Bones. It is about two characters racing their relatives and finding all kinds of legends and clues for a fortune. The characters, Amy and Dan, also start to uncover their family’s mysterious history. I really hope you check out this book. I think you would like it!!
    ✿Sarah H✿

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  7. Hi Tina! As I read your blog I found myself agreeing to a lot of what you said about the book. Riordan really did a great job of adding a ton of action to the books and making relatable characters. I have also read this book and I think you hit everything spot on (at least from my point of view). I can definitely agree that he did really well on making likable characters with good personalities as well. And you are totally right, the movie was a disaster! And the age change drove me crazy! I can connect with how this began to give you an interest in greek mythology. I don't know if you have read the rest of the books in the series but I think that he did really well in those books too. So glad I finally found someone who shares the same ideas on the book! Great post! -- Janie Robbins

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  8. Tina! :) :) You did a really good job! I have never read the Percy Jackson series, but your blog made me understand why you and so many other people love the books! I also wish you said more about how this book really relates to you because I feel like I only know that you like this book, but not as much to why you like it more then other good books. I’m now also very interested in how well the book follows the lines of some Greek Mythology. I’ve also only seen the movie, (I know, I know, watching the movie before I read the book) but since I thought the movie was so good I will probably think that the book is ten times better!

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  9. Tina!! Good job. I really love how you described your reasoning behind loving this book. I love this book as well! You described every aspect of Greek Mythology and its part in this book. You made the book sound so interesting as well. The connection you made between teens and Greek Mythology was amazing! I understand completely why you love this book. Good work!!

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