Movie Logic: Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief

Ok, so this one is pretty straightforward.

Why didn’t they make a movie out of the book?

I’m pretty sure they found someone who had read the book (and I’m thinking didn’t like it all that much) and asked them for the 30 second version.

Seriously, all logical issues could be fixed if the movie had anything to do with the book other than character names.

Now, I am typically pretty ok with the changes that need to take place to adapt a book into a movie.  I know that big chunks are often left out, and the plot re-worked to cover up the holes.  I’m pretty good with all that.  Make the characters 17 instead of 11 – sure, I can roll with that.  What works in a book doesn’t always work in a movie.

Completely eliminate crucial plot points when they could have easily been added?  Um, no.

 

Every time I read Percy Jackson (Note: I am a re-reader), I think ‘It would be so cool if they would make a movie. . . . . oh.’  Even the book’s author states multiple times on his website that he has NOTHING to do with the movie.

 

I know this isn’t the only one.  Hey – I saw Ella Enchanted too.  I’m just not sure where the logic is in that argument.  ‘Hey!  You know that extraordinarily popular book that everyone loves and is making tons of money?  Let’s make a movie out of it, and more money!  And since 90% of the audience will be people who read and (theoretically) liked/loved the book, let’s make it unrecognizable too!’

Again – I’m not a purist.  I approve of most changes as needed.  Hunger Games was good.  Harry Potter movies (some of my favorite books) – excellent adaptations (except for Prisoner of Azkaban – that one bugs me).  Chronicles of Narnia – awesome.  Lord of the Rings – don’t even get me started on how amazing those are.  So much better than the books (don’t hate me book people – they just are in my opinion).  Case in point- you know what the movie doesn’t have?  Tons of singing.  And Tom Bombadil – I was super excited to NOT see him, he just weirds me out.  There are so many other examples.  Probably some of them of books for adults (I seldom bother with these).

 

It really goes back to my assertion that movie making people in Hollywood really don’t know anything about people that don’t live in Hollywood.  I’m not going to lose sleep over it because there is a very simple solution!  I just don’t watch movies that don’t look good or interesting.  I don’t feel the need to get angry or outraged – I just skip it.  Now, apparently, I did feel the need to write about the logical fallacy of it all – but that’s pretty much the extent.  Meh.

 

I’m going to go read a book now.  Hopefully one they don’t adapt into a movie.

 

 

One Comment

  1. Manda said:

    YES!! My LEAST favorite movie as of late is the horrible re-make of The Mortal Instruments!! Seriously they changed the whole plot and ending of the book!! And don’t even get me started on How to Train your Dragon! My 7 year old and I have been religiously reading that series since the first movie came out and the book and movie have NOTHING to do with each other, except they stole a few names and a few concepts.

    September 3, 2014
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