Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is coming to the theater. Like many movies, this one started out as a book. The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan, is a fantasy adventure that finds its inspiration in Greek mythology. The book is part of a five-book series that has been a favorite among 9-15 year olds since the The Lightning Thief (Book 1) hit the shelves in 2006. As always, it’s better to read the book before you see the movie.
Although it has some similarities to Harry Potter, The Lightning Thief moves at a faster pace and contains more contemporary dialogue. The book barely begins before Percy Jackson’s math teacher turns into a monster, he is attacked by a Minotaur and his mother disappears. Percy learns that he is the son of Poseidon, and is taken to a special school for “half-bloods,” children with a god or goddess as a parent. It is indeed the 21st century, but Mount Olympus is once again active in human affairs, so the world Percy lives in is both familiar and strange at the same time. The adventure begins in earnest when Percy and his two friends are sent on a mission to recover Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt.
If you are a current or future fan of Percy Jackson, you won’t want to miss the Percy Jackson Movie Party at Barnes and Noble (795 Citadel Drive East) in Colorado Springs on Wednesday, February 10th at 6:00pm. Children 8 and up are invited and encouraged to come in appropriate dress for the costume contest. There will also be give-aways, including movie tickets to the opening of Percy Jackon and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief on Friday, Feb 12. So join the party and celebrate the release of another movie based on a children’s adventure book!
Percy Jackson Movie Trailer