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Is it worthy?

Does the Percy Jackson adaptation deserve the praise?

Rick Rordan, the author of the hit series “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, has just received an adaptation through Disney’s streaming service. With the last adaptation failing to appeal to die hard fans of the series, this new adaptation will either make or break further adaptations. “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief”,  is about a young boy whose father, Poseidon, was absent in his life and due to uncontrollable situations has to go on a quest to return something to his Uncle Zeus. With this adaptation of the series, some controversies spark pre-release. Most notable- fans were upset about the casting of Annabeth Chase portrayed by Leah Jefferies, an African American Actress. However with the release of the series fans have quickly switched their opinions of her, going from hate to love. 

   Andrew Kuhar (’25), someone who has read all of the books, was asked his opinion of the adaptation.

   “Compared to the books it’s pretty on the mark, even when certain things are different they still make it flow well and seem like it works,” Kuhar said.

   Jacob Allen (’25) expressed his opinion on the biggest difference between the book and the show.

   “With the writing and the cast being filtered through Rick Riordan, most of the scenes are played out how they are in the books, with one small caveat being the oracles illustration being Percy’s step dad,” Allen said.

   Haley Malik (’25) talks about what was her favorite part of the series 

    “The nostalgic value of the show reminds me of early middle school. I haven’t touched the series in years and watching the show makes me remember certain things from the series,” Malik said.

   This sentiment is shared through most viewers, and with a nostalgic aura shrouding the show, it makes it a fun for readers and older audiences to watch. With only five out of the eight episodes out fans have a lot more to be looking forward to.

Actors stand in front of the premiere of the new Percy Jackson show
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