Lightning Thief Book Vs. Lightning Thief Movie by Rick Riordan
Know that if you read any further you are going to see spoilers to the book and to the movie Lightning Thief. That being said read on at your own risk. 🙂
So for starters I have to say what the? I was shocked at how different the book was from the movie. I have seen differences before between books and movies but nothing like this before. After seeing the movie and then continuing on with the book I was amazed what they left out of the movie, or blatantly changed. and I mean blatantly.
I am going to start a list here and feel free to add to as I know I can not possibly remember everything: (oh and in no particular order as I am just putting these in as I think of them)
1. Medusas death. Hellooooooo? In the book Percy ships it to the Olympians. In the movie it goes along with them and actually helps them in their quest.
2. The little pearls that they need to stomp on to get out of Hades safely. In the book they get them towards the end of their quest. In the movie they are part of the actual quest and they start out by going places to find them.
3. The god Ares plays a HUGE part in the book. After all, he is the god of war and turns out he is also our bad guy. In the movie? Hes not there. A total change. Can you say AWKWARD????
4. The Lotus Casino the movie part of this was cooler than the book. I loved the eating of the Lotus Cookie (was it a cookie?) and causing a drug like state that would not let them leave.. in the book I am not really sure what it was that drugged them. The air?
5. The whole escape from Vegas scene. Cool car in the movie.. illegal animal hauling in the book. That actually was said in the book. I hate animal abuse.
6. The three fates (beginning of the book). I thought that was cool.. in the movie? Nope. Not there. No time. They didnt make the casting call.
7. The ending with Lucas in the book Percy is bitten by a scorpion (that evil Lukes doing!) but in the movie thats not how it goes at all.
Anyway I know there are tons more but those are top of my peeves right now. I havent read any other reports on this online yet but I would think the internet has to be saturated with posts on the differences.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on the book. the movie, or both here. I will comment back to all responses.
The movie The Lightning Thief, has excellent special effects (Hades in the fire and looking like an old rock musician is well done) and tells the story of Percy Jackson, half human, half Olympian God. Several easily recognized actors play Olympian roles (Uma Thurman is enjoyable as Medusa, Pierce Brosnan with a half-horse body at Chiron, Sean Bean (Boromir from Lord of the Rings and Odysseus in Try) plays Zeus), and, except for the likeness of Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) to my sons friend Ryan and a few occasions of wooden acting, the kids parts (Percy, Annabeth, Grover) were well cast.
As with most, we noted several major differences in the movie versus Rick Riordans first novel in the Percy Jackson series. Since the movie was already two hours, one would assume they were cut for time. But there were also pieces that were left out that are needed if the next book in the series is turned into a movie. Without some of these vital scenes, those who have not read the books would surely struggle to make sense of subsequent films. Even the most academic audience member, who might usually achieve good results from many online colleges and universities, would struggle if they were tested on an adaptation of the second book, having not read the first. This is because, although the film does not come across as being unclear on its own, the changes and omissions to the plot are often details which are of particular significance. This is certainly true when looking at the details within the context of the Percy Jackson series as a whole. Below I have listed a number of examples which may lead to future difficulties in continuity. Slight spoilers below if you haven�t read the book:
- little to no mention of the Titans (except for a minor one in the very beginning);
- in the book, Percy does not find out which God is his father until after being in Camp Half-Blood for a while; in the movie, everyone already knows;
- no appearance in the movie by Ares, God of War;
- no appearance or mention of Clarisse, daughter of Ares;
- no appearance of Dionysus, who in the book runs Camp Half-Blood;
- in the book, the quest has to be approved or given by the Oracle who is a mummy looking creature in the attic at Camp Half-Blood; in the movie, Percy decides to go rescue his mother from the Underworld;
- in the book, the quest is for Percy to find Zeus stolen Lightning Bolt; in the movie, there is no heroes quest;
- in the end, the movies shows Luke acting alone against the Gods, without anyone else in on the conspiracy to steal Zeus Lightning Bolt.
If they decide to go forward with adapting the second book, one would assume they could fill in a lot of these holes in flashbacks, but I guess that depends on how the movie does at the box office.