When I was younger, my father would read to me each night before bed. Among the books he read, The Hunger Games included, was a series called Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The series follows Percy Jackson, a boy who finds out that he’s the demigod son of Poseidon, the Greek God of the Sea. During the summer, he attends a camp for demigods(children with one godly parent) called Camp Half-Blood. Throughout the series, Percy and his friends go on quests, deal with monsters, and try to stop the Titan Kronos from taking over the world. It’s a great series for anyone interested in Greek Mythology, and the books are easy reads. I found that the demigods’ characters are very well-written, having battle smarts as well as modern-day street smarts.
The author of the books, Rick Riordan, has a few other mythology series, like The Kane Chronicles(Ancient Egyptian mythology), Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard(Norse mythology), and The Trials of Apollo, which is another Greek mythology series. The follow-up series to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, incorporates Greek and Roman mythology.
Unfortunately, there are also 2 Percy Jackson movies based on the first 2 books of the series. The reason I said unfortunately is because, in my opinion, the movies aren’t very good. As is often the case with movie adaptations of books, the original plot is changed to make the movie more appealing to a broader audience. This means that certain moments, characters, and storylines that you loved in the books may be re-written or taken out entirely. For example, in both Percy Jackson movies, the end fight scenes are highly dramatized, the ages of the characters are way off, and several important scenes have been cut or taken out of chronological order.
Otherwise, there are a few companion books and graphic novels that are worth a read, as well as the follow-up series to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, which I mentioned earlier. In that series, Greek and Roman demigods must team up to prevent Gaea from awakening and destroying the world. Finally, there’s even a Percy Jackson musical! It’s based off of the first book, The Lightning Thief.
I think that it’s pretty cool that so many books are getting stage adaptations, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory being just a few. Speaking of Harry Potter, be on the lookout because Harry Potter and the Cursed Child starts in Toronto in Fall 2020!!!