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The whole series
le 28 juin 2013
Ok, so the Percy Jackson series is *nice. And yes, it gives an 'easy' way into Greek mythology to teenagers - although why teenagers can't read the actual thing since it is a rollicking great ball of fun, I don't understand.
But, hm. It's a bit glib. It is chockful of American private jokes, Dead'R Us and the like, which will not be funny to non-Americans. It also doesn't quite gel. If Percy knows he's going to have to fight monsters daily, why does he insist on going back to normal mortal schools (high school!) where he learns nothing because of his ADHD and from which he gets expelled each year anyway? Why, while he could be going to 'Camp Half-Blood' (don't like the name...) and practice fighting, thus, I don't know, saving his life!?
Grover is the perfect sidekick, not too smart, not too brave - and feels like 'the Black token', especially in the movies.
The gods expect their kids - whom they never even see! - to fight their own battles while they do nothing until the last book. Percy enjoins a few characters to support their godly parent 'because he's your dad/mom'. Hum, so what? What does one owe a parent one has never met?
Gods and mythical creatures are tossed around without a clear sense of coherence. Alliances are not built up, things keep popping ip with the self-named 'heroes' running after them.
Also, I felt that when the story was in a tight corner, Rick Riordan would pull JKRowling-like themes out of his hat. Oh, of course, sacrifice, the death of a parent (faked), the trio of friends, giant half-brothers, a school with 'houses' and a wise counselor, an evil guy who is very like the hero, the use of hidden and convenient prophecies, the use of magical artifacts that look mundane in the mortal world, the threat on the same mortals (but only in America)...etc do not belong exclusively to Rowling - but what can I say, she does it better. She creates a build-up with character growth, while Rick Riordan seems a little halfhazard in his choices.
Honestly, read the real thing. It IS so deeply woven into our culture it will echo within anyone. Percy Jackson just tastes like icing.