Monday, 17 February 2014
Journeying to Olympus
I was so excited to start this series, just because it is one that everyone has been raving about and mythology is something that I love. I'm even studying Classics in college. I've been saying as a joke how reading the Percy Jackson books would help me in 'studying' for my mythology class, but, it has. I finished reading them, just as my class started and I was actually amazed at how many of the characters I knew, and who was related to who, and who was having an affair with who, and why did they do that, and what does that symbolise. I mean, obviously the Percy Jackson books are set in modern times, and I am studying the ancient version, but seriously, Rick Riordan, is a legend. I love when books like this have been researched properly, I felt that they were just an AMAZING interpretation of the ancient greek myths.
I loved these books, I loved the quests and how gripping and satisfying the stories are. Even though they are marketed for 12-14 year olds, they are, like Harry Potter, still exciting for much older age groups. I am considerably out of the target audience age, but I loved them so much, I have been recommending them to every one in my Classics class.
I just have one request. Do not watch the movies, at least not first. They have changed so many important things, and have, in my opinion, absolutely butchered the stories. I (unfortunately) watched the first one before I'd heard of the books, and then the second one because I didn't think I would get around to reading them for a long while. As a result I found that I didn't enjoy the first two books as much as I enjoyed the later ones.
Essentially, this series was epic. If you have considered them in the past and just put them back on the shelf like I did, now is the time, Now. Right Now. If you like fantasy, myths, quests, magic, historical references then this series is for you. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next series. I've heard that Rick Riordan has also written a series based on the Egyptian myths, which I also love, I can hardly wait to get started on them. What are you still reading this for? Go get yourself to the library or something.