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Thursday, 29 April 2010

Character Connection: Percy Jackson

Character Connection is a weekly meme hosted by Jen @ The Introverted Reader.

This is our chance to tell the world about a character that we love in whichever way we want. More information about this meme can be found on Jen's blog here.

So it suddenly came to me yesterday that I had not put a certain demigod in my blog's spotlight. A traversty of justice, I hear you cry. I agree. So everybody say hello to the one and only Percy Jackson!

The book: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
The series: The Olympians
The author: Rick Riordan
The character: Percy Jackson, half-God, half-human, ALL hero!

I am a huge fan of Camp Half Blood. Those of you who think I am speaking in Ancient Greek right now are absolutely correct. You may wish to go to Amazon to get a translation. After Harry Potter and Twilight, Percy Jackson is the next big thing. In my last job I had two students (we will call them T and B) who were absolutely Camp Half Blood crazy. So much so that they begged me to read PJ and the Lightning Thief. Back then the cover looked like this:

I read the book and I too was hooked. Thank you T and B. You are excellent at recommending books! We are talking an all out Bookette obsession here. Hubby could tell you a few things about me and this particular obsession, I'm sure. Luckily he does not have access to my blog.

So anyway, T and B set up a Camp Half Blood RPG forum thingy which was like understanding rocket science for me. But they were very patient and taught me all about RPGs and in return I ran a creative writing club for them and others after school on a Friday. I have very fond memories of T and B. I expect that they will both be published authors at some point. They were the most inspiring creative kids that I have had the privilege of working with.
Time flies. I leave that job. I get this job. And some time in between Percy starts to look like this:

Very commercial indeed. And then it is confirmed, my favourite demigod is going to be on the big screen. Cue fangirl screams and a lot of excited dancing to hubby's dismay. Time ticks by...And wow, now Percy looks like this:

I do love this cover but I thought the film was totally lame.

So yesterday I got my hands on The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles) which is why you didn't get a post from me because I was reading. I'm not going to post a review until the book is out because if you are a Riordan fan like me, you will not want spoilers.

So why do I love Percy Jackson?
Hello! He is a demigod! He could give Hercules a run for his money. His best friend is a Satyr and he has the hots for one serious kickass chick.
Percy has one of the best voices in current tween fiction.
Kids everywhere love him. I love him. He rocks!

So today while I was washing up, I was thinking if I was half-God, half-Human, who would my Godly parent be? This is not an easy call. I'm thinking maybe Apollo. He was the sun God and seeming as I do not like going out at night this seems to make sense to me.

So if you are a Percy nut like me which Greek god would you be a son/ daughter of and why?
If you are not a Percy nut, go and read this series now! You will not be disappointed.


Jen G. said...

My 10-year-old cousin introduced me to Percy, and I do love the series, even though I've only read the first two. I just like to take my time savoring a good series.

There's a "Who's Your Daddy?" quiz on Percy's UK website. A bit of a misnomer since Athena is my "Daddy." Not sure how that would work. ;) I think it's the sort of quiet, aloof thing that got me in. I can't get a link to post right now. Let me try getting here a different way. Anyway, great choice this week! I can't wait to see ehat you think of The Red Pyramid!

Jen G. said...

My ipod is going to make me do this the hard way. *Sigh* Crossing my fingers and hoping against typos!

Who's Your Daddy quiz

Becky said...

Jen, I took the quiz and came out as a Daughter of Poseidon. Sea-God for a dad, yeah I could totally dig that!

Shweta said...

There she goes again!Another one of my fav characters. Though I think Annabeth is way cooler and smarter than Seaweed Brain

I love Percy but I wouldn't want to have any of them as my ancestors :) They are so fickle minded and have egos huger than Mt Olympus ! And they throw curses and boons like spare change ..They are scary !

I 'll take that Quiz and see though :)

Nina said...

Shame on me for not reading any of the books in this series, but when it's summer I will borrow all of them from the library and start reading them like a mad woman. :)

Okay so on to the fun question:
I would say Hermes, because I just adore traveling and learning other languages. He would probably be my Godly parent. :)

cynthial11 said...

I love PJ and the Olympians too and can't wait for the next series!! I would have to say that I would love to be Athena's daughter just like Annabeth because I would love to be really smart. =D

Jen G. said...

So if Poseidon's your dad, that would make Percy your half-brother. Are you cool with that?

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Why haven't I read this yet? ;)

The Book Bug said...

Wait, wait, hold up?! You got the read The Red Pyramid? THE FRICKIN RED PYRAMID?! Holy moly, I need it- tell me where you got it, please please please!

ANyway, I too love Percy Jackson, and compared to the book the film is quite bad. On its own though I think its pretty good.

Sullivan McPig said...

I've been thinking on trying this series, but there's just too many other books I want to read.
And I've always like Pallas Athena, wouldn't mind being her son, but then I wouldn't be a pig anymore. Hmmm... better stick to my normal ancestry

Becky said...

Jen, I am totally cool with being Percy's sister!

Yep Chloe, I am currently reading The Red Pyramid. The copy I have came from the Scholatsic Book Club Magazine which I do the ordering for at school.

Enbrethiliel said...


I was also coaxed into reading The Lightning Thief by one of my students--and then when I was reading it, Percy reminded me so much of another boy I tutor, who has ADHD. And I really wouldn't be surprised if my tutee turns out to be a demi-god, too! ;-)

If I were a demi-goddess, I think I'd have Athena for my mother, like Annabeth does. But I'd have some owlish professor as my father rather than a military strategist!

Becky said...

Enbrethiliel, I love it when the kids are so passionate about a book that they practically force you to read it.

Daria Hlazatova said...

I only watched the movie and it was very educationals :) I recollected everything I learned about Greek mythology at school. bt yes, as a hero Percy Jackson is very.. umm. heroic :)

Christina/Book Addict said...

My students are obsessed with this series. Simply obsessed. I have only read the first one and I need to read the others. I loved it, too. So, the movie isn't that great? I haven't seen it yet. I am teaching my mythology unit right now and my students already know SO much due to Percy. It's fabulous. :)

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I just read the first book recently. And for the life of me I don't know why I hadn't read it before! Loved it!!!! And I like Percy because he comes across as a real kid - he's not perfect and he doesn't do everything right. But he wants to do what is right, so you can look up to him.

Whitney said...

I've only read the first in this series, but it was very awesome. Great choice!

The Book Mole said...

I can't wait to start this series. My friends all tell me they loved it, and I'm tempted even more by this post. This is a must read for me now.

Linna (21 ♡ pages) said...

I've never ever seen those covers before! Quite cool, really. My brother is in LOVE with the Percy Jackson books. So sad that they're over, but I can't wait for Riordan's next series!

Percy definitely has an awesome voice that appeals to readers everywhere ;D