It all started out like this: I have a “book club” where we read a book and then we watch the movie for the book we read and talk about the differences between the book and movie. So I thought it was a good idea that I should have a category for books vs. movies to review them both and give my opinion about which is better. Below I will tell a little about the movie The Lightning Thief and the book The Lightning Thief’s differences.
Movie – Rating PG, running time 120min
Book – 379 pages ages 9+
It doesn’t matter what order you do it in, but I would prefer to read the book first to get used to what will happen in the movie. The movie, in my point of view, has only one scary part, which is at the beginning. But sometimes I had “jumped” from my seat at unexpected times. If you watch the movie first you’ll really like it, but if you read the book first you’ll probably like the book more.
When you watch the movie and read the book you will find a lot of differences, big ones or unimportant ones, too. Some small (unimportant) differences are that Percy and his friends have to earn the 3 pearls to get out of the Underworld in the movie, and in the book Persephone gives the pearls to them. Also they don’t stumble into a hotel of the Lotus Eaters by accident (as in the book), but they were told to go into it by Luke (in the movie).
Big differences. The movie was cool because of the special effects and how the monsters (like Medusa and the Hydra) came to life. The story in the movie was pretty good but it didn’t follow what was in the book. There whole parts of the book that were missing and the whole reason for the quest that Percy and his friends went on was totally different in the movie than in the book. PLUS the Percy Jackson book series was based on Kronos, the evil Titan Lord, rising to take over the world and HE WASN’T EVEN IN THE MOVIE! My favorite character in the movie was Hades, the Lord of the Underworld and the actors that played Percy and Grover were OK. Annabeth’s character wasn’t really like what she was in the book. In the movie she’s more of a mixture of Annabeth and Clarisse (Clarisse wasn’t in the movie, was is sad because Clarisse is the daughter of Ares (the god of war who ALSO wasn’t in the movie) and she was a pretty cool character.
Overall the movie is good, but I was expecting it to follow the book more closely so I was disappointed in it.