I got to see Percy Jackson a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I was about a third of the way through the book at that time. I thought the movie was okay at that point, not hitting a few things that I saw in the book … then … I finished the book.

Wow. Normally I am not upset by books translated into movies. They are what they are, but I found the translation of Percy Jackson to be a bit insulting to the author and .. a huge commercial for the Pantheon in Nashville, which isn’t in the book. I didn’t like how they moved Grover into a stereotypical satyr. It was cute when he got dreamy eyes thinking about Aprhodite in the book, not so cute when he’s chasing just about every pretty girl in a somewhat disturbing way in the movie.

I HATE IT WHEN POP CULTURE REFERENCES ARE TOSSED INTO A MOVIE FOR NO REASON. I HATE IT.

Using a cellphone was pretty clever in the movie, to see Medusa, but I preferred the gazing ball method because I don’t buy that Percy would have HAD a cellphone with how bad and controlling Gabe was. They didn’t portray Gabe NEARLY as bad as he was so that the end was a bit disappointing. (I did stay after the credits.) The book is a bit different and I prefer the book’s conclusion there.

Hades, was so much better in the book (and Persephone was NOT there, which is a huge plot hole in the movie. 9.9 Wrong time of year, which did also dawn on me while watching the movie. I had to try to remember how many months she was there. :P) He made more sense. I also would much rather have seen Cerebus than those three hellhounds. And Ares would have just been awesome to see.

This movie was one of the very few that I would say: Read the book instead.

I just don’t get why they felt a need to CHANGE the story at the point they did or in the ways they were changed. They lost a lot in the translation.