The Lightning Thief Book Vs Movie Essay

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The movie, The Lightning Thief, is very different from the book. It is a film adaptation of the first book in The Lightning Thief series by Rick Riordan. The main character, Percy Jackson lives in a dystopian world where the Greek gods exist. In this world, more often than not, the gods will have children with humans. When this happens, the offspring are called demigods. Percy finds out that he is the son of the god Poseidon, and he is part of an ancient prophecy. Following this, he must go on a quest to save his mother who was abducted by the god of the underworld, Hades. Also, he has to retrieve Zeus’s lightning bolt that he was accused of stealing, while encountering many other greek mythological characters along the way. This paper will analyze the strengths and weaknesses, positives and negatives, and my opinion of the movie. The film has many positives and strengths. The first is that there is a lot of action in the movie. It was impossible for me, personally, to be bored while watching it. I loved the action and adventure that it incorporated. It was not “boring” per say. Though the plot was almost completely different from the book, it was easy to …show more content…
I do not understand why the directors or producers of the film completely removed very important characters that were a part of the plot. Taking out those characters was like taking out parts to a bike, and expecting it to still work. Also, there is a pact between the Gods of Olympus that Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades cannot have children, because the demigods produced would be far too powerful. This pact was a huge part of the skeleton of the book’s plot. It is not a surprise that the movie did not mention it, as they forgot a thousand other things too. The movie neglects many things, down to how incorrectly the shape of the camp is compared to the