Monday, May 18, 2020

The expansive series of Percy Jackson: the future???

As I am a major nerd, I have been recently informed of a new series contextualizing the Percy Jackson Series. Given the occasion, I have decided to look back on every single version of the first books.

The actual book:
The actual book is obviously the classic. It's the version kids grow up with, the version everyone's used to. In the book, Percy has much more inner conflict with his godly parent, and Annabeth is still blonde. Grover is ginger as well, many other depictions. Nico Di Angelo, a character introduced in the third book, is much more of a villain, controlling the background during the fourth book, and Clarisse La Rue is an understandable bully. Kronos isn't introduced until later on, and he's much more powerful. There are lovely scenes of romance and friendship drama, ones that give the character depth. The action and wit never pause for anything, trading and flipping in and out between the two of them.

The movie:
Well, brunette Annabeth really isn't what I'd expect. The series ends with the second movie, where they defeat Kronos in... an abandoned amusement park? The movie attempts to bring as much pop culture as they can, but in the end, the movies miss out on much of the untapped potential of the third book and ones after it. Many characters are either unintroduced or underdeveloped. Entire scenes are replaced with more time for Percy and Annabeth. Where the first couple of books would only lightly tap on their relationship, the movie just seems to force them together. The fact that book 2 was the last movie they made was even worse. The sea of monsters, being almost exactly a copy of Odysseus's journey, was bland and dry, even in Riordan's hands.

The video game:
I barely even knew this existed before today. I think I owned it at one point, but words cannot describe how horrific this game is. Based entirely on the plot of the movie, your cast of characters is even smaller. This was made during the point in time where Nintendo was in a helpless gambit with their ds, trying to create as many games as they could (Donkey kong, Kirby, Mario, pokemon, harvest moon, fire emblem, Metroid, Xenoblade, lego harry potter, golden sun, Mario sports, another pokemon game, Mario Party, Mario vs donkey kong, epic mickey, dragon quest, Alice in wonderland, Okami, barbie, Bakugan, ben 10, crafting mama, and many more games that were probably shelved. They were desperate). This game is the epitome of selling out. It's the classic Rpg game that's used too much by now (Three fighters, all different skills. Non-magic and magic attacks). Annabeth and Percy both carried swords while Grover... had nothing I guess? It was a little depressing. The enemies were based off fights that didn't exist.

The musical
I don't know where this one came from. It's plot is mostly derived from the book, with a few plot holes here and there. There aren't many problems with it, actually. The biggest complaint is that the entire act one consists of only before the quest, which is the main part of the book. Most of the quest is inside two songs, where they skip most of the journey from the east to the west. And while I do realize it would be difficult to be consistent with the plot, it felt weird given the fact that the fight against the chimera was 5 seconds long. The theme of the music is upbeat, matching the writer's previous work (Be more chill).

that's all.

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