Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Books Go To The Movies: Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters
It's been a few years since I've read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, but I recently refreshed my memory by reading the graphic novel adaptation of Sea of Monsters. I enjoy these books, and I'm glad they're getting a wider audience exposure via the movie versions.
While I enjoyed the Lightning Thief movie, I liked Sea of Monsters much better. The characters are really coming into their own in this story, and Percy in particular has more depth. I didn't care for their casting of Clarisse--the actress is great, but in the books, Clarisse is supposed to be rather plain and rough. I guess they can't make a movie with a normal-looking person though, so they cast a pretty actress. She does a great job with the part despite her appearance, making Clarisse obnoxious but not irredeemably so.
While the movie does depart quite a bit from the book, it was still enjoyable, and the salient points came through. I hope they continue to adapt this series, as I'm curious to see how they will handle some of the events in the later books.
Have you seen the movie? What did you think? Did you read the books?