Over the years I have read multiple book series that have been turned into TV shows or movies. Some famous choices are Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and my personal favourite, the adaption of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. But no book can create the same tidal wave of nostalgia that Percy Jackson can. Recently, I finished watching the first season of the new Percy Jackson show on a streaming platform. Many years ago I watched the Percy Jackson movies and even before that, I read the Percy Jackson books.

Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson book series, beginning with the thrilling "The Lightning Thief," stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of mythology in contemporary literature. Riordan masterfully weaves Greek myths into a modern narrative, introducing readers to the adventures of Percy Jackson, a demigod discovering his divine heritage. The series not only entertains with its fast-paced plot and relatable characters but also serves as an educational bridge to classical Greek mythology. Riordan's blend of humour and adventure strikes a chord with readers of all ages, making Percy Jackson a literary phenomenon that transcends generational boundaries. As readers delve into the pages of these books, they embark on an odyssey through a world where gods and monsters coexist, leaving an indelible mark on their literary journey.

The cinematic adaptations of Percy Jackson's adventures, unfortunately, failed to translate the magic of the books onto the screen. "The Lightning Thief" and "Sea of Monsters," the first two films in the series, faced criticism for departing from the source material, uninspiring performances, and a seemingly rushed narrative. The films struggled to capture the essence of Riordan's world, leading to disappointment among fans. The movies failed to convey the depth and charm that made the books beloved. The missed opportunity to bring Percy Jackson to life cinematically highlights the challenges of adapting rich and complex literary works for the visual medium. The films may have missed the mark, but the disappointment they generated paved the way for a renewed attempt at adaptation on a different platform.

The most recent is the much-awaited Percy Jackson TV show. Before its release, the show promised to be a more faithful adaptation with its episodic format. The involvement of Rick Riordan (the author himself) allowed for a better exploration of the intricate plotlines and character arcs that made the book so beloved. Despite criticism of the choice of cast from other fans, I thought the casting and performances were fantastic, with the actors capturing the essence of their characters and showcasing the chemistry among the cast members. The portrayal and scripts were authentic and truly embodied the spirit of Riordan’s creation. Moreover the special effects and CGI that bring to life the mythical world of monsters, gods and fantastical landscapes truly immerse viewers in the world. Giving long-time fans a peek into Rick Riordan’s vision compared to their own imaginings and providing a fresh and engaging experience to those discovering the world for the first time.

I tend to find cinematic adaptations simply pale in comparison to the books. Although I always look forward to new releases it seems nearly impossible to get right. On the one hand, worlds and characters you have been obsessed with are suddenly reimagined on the big screen. On the other hand, it can be heartbreaking to see a book you have loved be destroyed by rushed storylines, terrible scripts and minuscule budgets. However, despite my concerns about yet another adaptation of the Percy Jackson books, I must admit I am pleasantly surprised.