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5 Reasons Why You Should Read Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Tatjana is an enthusiastic reader who enjoys YA novels, specifically fantasy. She is a high school student in Ontario, Canada.

Percy Jackson

Percy Jackson

Percy Jackson is greek mythology reimagined into today's world with adventures that make readers wish they were part of it.

I picked up my first PJO book when I was 12 and in 7th grade and since then I have fully and deeply fallen in love with its adventures, characters, and friendships. It explores many themes like personal flaws and contains many heartfelt moments that hit home. These books will fuel your curiosity of greek mythology, teach you the importance of friendship, and send you on journeys of discovery.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Books 1-5

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Books 1-5

Camp Half-Blood

Camp Half-Blood

A Second Home

Camp Half-blood acts almost as a sanctuary to these young demigods. The book deals with absent parents since each demigod has a godly parent and were not present in their daughter's or son's childhoods' due to obligation. Because of this, many readers who are misunderstood, or have family troubles at home can relate. This Camp is a second home and no one is left out. The campers feel welcome and have a friend within each other, (even if there are a couple of amusing rivalries) there is a feeling of trust and understanding between everyone despite possible differences.

Clarisse La Rue from 'The Lightning Thief' Movie Adaptation

Clarisse La Rue from 'The Lightning Thief' Movie Adaptation

Strong Female Character(s)

We see a couple of empowering female characters that can spark confidence in every young girl out there. The first is Annabeth, daughter of Athena. Annabeth shows that being smart can be a weapon and it is not to be underestimated. She is talented in wisdom as well as fighting; being a daughter of Athena. Another is Clarisse, daughter of Ares. Clarisse embodies a confident young woman who will stand up for herself without question. She unconventional according to societies' standards of how a girl should behave. She sends out a message to every other young girl to be unapologetically yourself and to not care what anybody else thinks of you.

Outsiders

We are often taught that we need to fit in and be like the other kids. Categories exist like 'introvert' and 'extrovert', 'nerd' and 'athlete', 'cool' and 'lame'. You are sometimes looked down on if math is your favourite subject or if you enjoy reading for fun and other people become 'outsiders' because they are awkward or nervous in social situations. This series represents these stereotypes and also teaches us to not care too much about what other people think of you. From the beginning, Percy is labelled a "delinquent", a person who has ADHD and dyslexia. Despite society's stereotypes on a person such as Percy, he finds a home in Camp Half-Blood and friends who he trusts and adores. Despite the bullies and people who didn't believe in him along the way, he always kept his personal view of himself true. He stayed genuine and never strayed away from his beliefs and views on ethics and morals. Percy was considered to be an 'outsider' in each of his schools but in his own book series, and in Camp Half-Blood, he was the main character. So I tell you this, be your own author, and be your main character. It's your story, your life, no one else can tell you otherwise, you yourself have the power to change and alter it; live your life how you want it to be, main character or otherwise.

Comments

Annie Poe from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India on August 29, 2020:

I too fell in love with the series like you and I started reading Percy Jackson when I was in 6th grade after my brother recommended it.

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