“The Lightning Thief”: Book or Movie?


Meghan Sharma writes, For most people, a book is usually better than a movie based on the book.

For most people, a book is usually better than a movie based on the book. Most of the time, that’s the case for me, too. However, when I saw “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief,” based on the book by Rick Riordan, I was awestruck by how captivating it was.The plot for both the movie and the book is mainly the same. It’s about a 12-year-old boy who lives in New York named Percy Jackson. Most of his life, he’s been considered “a troubled kid” due to his ADHD and dyslexia. Soon, things end up turning for the worst and Percy is forced to stay at a camp where he will be safe-Camp Half Blood. Like Percy, people aren’t normal there. In fact, his friend, Grover, is a satyr and his former Latin teacher and one of the camp directors, Chiron, is a centaur. Many children at the camp are “half-bloods” meaning that they have one parent who is a mortal and one who is a god. Eventually, Percy finds out a shocking truth-he’s the son of Poseidon-one of the three most powerful gods of the time.Percy is then assigned a quest to find Zeus’s (also his uncle and Poseidon’s brother) lightning bolt and prevent a gargantuan worldwide war. He can’t take all the time he wants, either, because the war will start on the summer solstice in ten days.Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief book wasn’t exactly my favorite book. I thought the writing style could have improved and that it used some of the same ideas as the Harry Potter series and The Tale of Emily Windsnap series. I would give it a rating of a C+. Overall, this book is still a great book that can help you learn all about Greek mythology.Even though the book wasn’t one of my favorites, I still loved the movie. Directed by Chris Columbus, also the director of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, it will grab the attention of all readers and will make the story seem even more exciting and interesting. My rating would be a B+. One of the biggest drawbacks was that several key parts of the book were left out and some of the characters didn’t fit their description.The Lightning Thief is out on DVD and can be found at various places. If you absolutely love the book of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, you’ll probably enjoy the movie unless you’re very keen on details. This book is the first novel of The Olympians series. Great for all ages nine and up, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thiefis a book and now a movie that will be sure to give readers an adventure like no other.