Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite Percy Jackson Characters

Happy The House of Hades Release Day! I am so happy! I can’t wait to go diving into this novel! I’ve been waiting SO anxiously for this book to release ever since I finished The Mark of Athena last year. Such a cliffhanger.

Now, dosage to celebrate the awesome release of this book, information pills I have decided to have a Percy Jackson themed Tuesday Top Ten today.

I honestly thought this was going to be an easy Top Ten and I was soon proven to be completely wrong. But all ten are awesome, stuff and all the characters not on the list are STILL awesome.

10. Sally Jackson

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Sally Jackson is a seriously awesome character in the novel. I think most middle grade/young adult heroes or heroines tend NOT to have parents. Its that orphan status that gives them the innocence and the drive to do the things they need to do. It also gives them the ability to do all these crazy things. There’s no authority there to watch them, really. But Percy is different: he has a mother, and a super loving and caring and sacrificing mother, and I think its awesome. Sally LOVES Percy, and does everything she can to make sure Percy is happy and safe. She marries gross and cruel Gabe in order to keep Percy safe for so many years. That right there is intense dedication. I also think its cool how, even though she loves and cares for him so much, she realizes who he is and what he needs to do, and knows that he can take care of himself. Plus there’s all the blue food. Any mom who goes out of her way to make all this food blue, because a jerk said something mean, is awesome!

9. Apollo

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Okay, so this isn’t at all what I picture Apollo to look like BUT I couldn’t find good fanart of him, so this is what we’re stuck with. I freakin LOVE Apollo. I love when he shows up with his convertible, bringing the sun with him every day. I think he’s like a ridiculous frat boy, or that boy in school that drives you crazy because he’s clowning around all the time. Or he even reminds me of my brothers, when they’re driving me insane. I like that he is joking around a lot. His ridiculous poetry, and his bursting into songs randomly. Please tell me that this made other people crack up too? Its like, this guy is a GOD. The SUN god. He brings the SUN everyday. Plus he annoys the heck out of Artemis and is always making moves on her Huntresses and its just all fun. I love that Rick will yank you from heartbreak to humor, and I love the humorous moments with Apollo. They never fail to make me smile.

8. Rachel Elizabeth Dare

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You know why I like Rachel Elizabeth Dare? Okay, one is that her middle name is Elizabeth and that’s my middle name, which automatically equals cool factor. But I think I really like her because she’s so brave, and she’s so strong and she’s just a regular human (at first). You know, most people would meet Percy Jackson, and the situations he’s in, and FREAK out but she takes it in stride, helps him out, and then just continues to be there. I admit, I was a little frustrated when she was hitting on Percy, because I’ve been a Percabeth shipper from the beginning, but I love her as a character, and as a best friend for Percy Jackson. When she steps up to be the Oracle, and she continues to be a part of the world, I’m super stoked. I think she’s one of the best and strongest characters, because she’s a human. Its been confirmed that she’ll make an appearance in The House of Hades, which I am SO excited for!

7. Grover Underwood

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Aw, who doesn’t love good ‘ol Grover. I like Grover because he isn’t the obvious hero. He’s bumbling, and he’s klutzy and he gets nervous and starts chewing on soda cans and paper, and he doesn’t always believe that he can do it. He is determined to find Pan, and to follow Pan’s mandate, and there are times when he can’t believe it, and its hard for him, but no matter what happens, he pushes on. He’s a great friend to Percy and Annabeth too. Both Percy and Annabeth are super brave and kind of crazy and reckless and Grover just kind of sucks it up and follows them. But on their journeys, he always has importance and he always kind of surprises everyone and prevails. He’s a strong character, and he’s intelligent and he’s Percy’s protector and he’s determined to do that. And he’s just so adorable too. Apparently he’ll have a slight appearance in HoH too, so yay!

6. Leo Valdez

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Leo! You know why I love Leo. Okay, well there is a lot of reasons why I like Leo. One, I like that he’s kind of the loner in this group of couples, and I swear, I don’t mean that in a mean way. I know its hard for him, and that’s why I like him. I can understand that. I can understand being lonely and being the third wheel again and again and again, and not feeling like he’s important enough. But I think there’s a lot to Leo and I hope he can find someone. I think he’s extremely intelligent and the abilities he has with his hands, to build things, and to fix things is awesome. Its not as obvious as Percy controlling water, or Jason being able to fly. Its like a talent that is just reinforced by his parentage, from his dad, Hephaestus. I think its one of the best talents amongst the demigods that we get to know, because its not like he magically fixes things. He still has to tinker and figure it out, and he’s good at it. I also think he has a great heart, and its going to be great to see what happens next for Leo, and to see how his story evolves. And come on, Rick, let’s give him a girlfriend, okay? Haha.

5. Piper Mclean

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Piper! Yes, I do like Piper, and I like her more than Hazel, which you will notice because Hazel isn’t on the list. (Though I do love Hazel, don’t get me wrong). I like Piper because her god parentage, and her powers, are so opposite of what she would want. She is the daughter of Aphrodite and can transform herself into perfection, and can charm speak anyone. And all of this is VERY begrudging to her at first. She does NOT like this at all. And I think that’s what endears me to her. I think if I found out that Aphrodite was my mother, and my power was beauty and persuasion, I’d be like, “how did I end up with the short end of the stick?” It just doesn’t seem like a great power, and because she hasn’t ever really displayed an obsession with her appearance before, she is just less than thrilled. I do love that she uses her persuasion to just get things like cars and such. That cracks me up. But I love that she learns to use this to her advantage. She doesn’t take advantage of people, but she uses it to gain the upper hand, to control situations and she’s good at it. So I love Piper. I love Piper because she has to build her confidence, unlike most of her siblings who just seem born with that confidence.

4. Tyson

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I LOVE Tyson, and honestly that’s helped along that Douglas Smith, who portrays him in Sea of Monsters, is just plain adorable. But I really do like Tyson, and I think that comes from what he teaches everyone and thats the idea of acceptance, tolerance and even friendship. Percy is totally fine with Tyson for a long time, until Poseidon claims him as a son, and its very annoying and frustrating to Percy. Then you have Annabeth and her fear and hatred of Tyson, and all Cyclops. Eventually his personality and loyalty and dedication wins everyone over, and its a learning experience for both Percy and Annabeth. Plus I think you’re apt to think Tyson is useless because he’s a Cyclops and he doesn’t talk very well, but he proves again and again how worthy he is to be claimed as a son of Poseidon.

3. Zoe Nightshade

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Zoe! I miss Zoe. Zoe was one of my favorite characters probably because I tell myself all the time that I would not be a demigod, but instead I’d like to be a Huntress of Artemis’s and I would love to be the leader. I think Zoe is amazing, strong, brave, but still learning after all this time. Plus her grudging hatred of men, and her slow build in trust of Percy is just fun to watch. It goes back to that idea that people can change, and they can learn new things from each other. But more than that, she’s brave and so loyal to Artemis and she fights hard, so hard to get her back, and will do anything to get back. I like that she’s stubborn too, and that she is stuck in her old fashioned ways and says things like “thou” and “thee”. One of my favorite parts in all of the books is when they’re at the Hoover Dam, and keep saying things like “dam water fountain” and “dam tshirt” and Grover, Thalia and Percy are cracking up, and Zoe is so confused. I love that they mention it again in The Mark of Athena.

2. Percy Jackson

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PERCY! I adore Percy, and yes, that is in part because Logan Lerman plays him, and he’s adorable and he was SO super sweet when I met him a few months ago. But Percy is the hero of the whole series, and one of the heroes in Heroes of Olympus series, and he’s a great character. Its his humor from page one of The Lightning Thief that really captures you into the entire series. No matter what is going on, he’s making you laugh. His sarcasm and humor keeps me addicted from page one to the very last page. And sure, his fatal flaw is his loyalty to his friends, but I love it. I love how loyal he is. He risks everything all the time for his friends and for his family, and even for people he barely likes such as Clarisse. I like that he fights so hard, and risks so much, and he does it all with such sarcasm and humor, and that he’s willing to push buttons. And I love his dedication to Grover and Annabeth, especially Annabeth. He really believes in her, and trusts her, and she’s the only person who scares him, which is how it should be ;)

1. Annabeth Chase

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Annabeth is the best character in the entire novel because she’s so STRONG and FUNNY and WITTY and just plain awesome. I love that her strength is her cleverness and her ability to strategize. I love that she keeps up with the boys all the time, and its not like she’s a girl, she’s an equal with everyone else. She’s stubborn and hopeful and she is so determined. I always thought it was kind of funny that Annabeth is blonde, and that sort of “dumb blonde” connotation but she’s incredibly smart. I also like her hat, even though its a Yankees hat, and just…no haha. But she’s prideful and stubborn and can be judgmental but she always eventually realizes her judgements and her pride, and she does the right thing. Plus, she’s really nerdy with her obsession with architecture. And her relationship with Percy, the way she’s so in love with him, but she doesn’t let it control her, and she’s totally in control, and Percy can be SUPER scared of her, is just great. Percabeth for life.

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Hope you enjoyed this edition of the Top Ten! I hope all of you have your copies of The House of Hades. I have to go enjoy mine now!

Happy Reading!

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Movie Review

Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monster

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Rated:

Rated PG for fantasy action violence, help some scary images and mild language

Directed By:

Thor Freudanthal

Cast:

Logan Lerman, more about Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Douglas Smith, Levin Rambin, Nathan Fillion, Jake Abel, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Head.

Find the rest on IMDB here.

My Review:

I’m really sad to say this. I’m breaking down to say this, because I had such a great time at the red carpet premiere/meet and greet yesterday. The five actors (Logan, Alexandra, Brandon, Douglas and Levin) that I met were super nice, and awesome, and took the time to talk to each person, even though the line was SUPER rushed, and they didn’t really have time to talk to everyone. I had such an amazing time.

We got to see the movie for free as part of the meet and greet, and the red carpet premiere. It was a small premiere but they had the five main kids, and a couple others and the director and it was a seriously fun time.

Unfortunately the movie didn’t deliver, and I was fairly disappointed.

Here’s the thing: the movie itself wasn’t bad. It was actually pretty good. The acting skills of the kids have gotten a lot better since the first movie, which hit theaters in 2010, three years ago. They’ve all done movies since then, movies that have done pretty well and you can tell the acting skills have just gotten so much better.

The movie itself was really great too. The effects were much better than the first one, there were well timed jokes, and I really liked the hippocampus, Rainbow, and I liked the cyclops, and the sort of stunts that they all pulled. I loved Douglas Smith as Tyson. Granted Tyson was a bit smarter in the movie than he is in the book, but I think he still captured the sweetness and innocence that is Tyson. I was really impressed with him, and Levin as Clarisse. She wasn’t at all what I pictured for Clarisse because she’s SOOO insanely beautiful and Clarisse is supposed to be huge, and ugly and MEAN. But I still liked her.

Also, Logan was super adorable and way attractive. It feels a lot less creepy to have a crush on Percy Jackson as 21 year old Logan Lerman than 12 year old Percy in the books haha. Also, Jake Abel makes an extremely sexy villain.

But here’s the thing: the movie was good if you’ve never read the book, or have absolutely no attachments to the beautiful story that is the books. There was so much that was changed, I couldn’t handle it. I know its been awhile since the last time I read it but I’ve read it several times and I didn’t remember a lot of the stuff that was happening in the movie, and I remember feeling really confused. I remember thinking, okay, maybe I’m wrong and I don’t remember the book. But then I talked to my friend, Deb, who was at the movie with me and is a bigger PJ fan than me and she was devastated, disappointed and pissed off, and I knew that I wasn’t the only person who wasn’t remembering things differently.

There was also the end. I don’t really want to get into it too much, because the movie doesn’t come out til Wednesday and I don’t want to give away spoilers or anything. But honestly, I thought, with the way the ending was going, that they were never going to make another movie, and this was how it was going to end. They made assumptions about Percy’s Riptide that were NOT true. I was about to cry, I was so disappointed in the direction that they were taking the story at the end. The very end of the movie ended up being the most accurate ending to the movie, as it was the exact ending of the book, but it has made it clear that they are only going to make one more movie, if they make any more at all. Which makes me incredibly sad, because The Titan’s Curse and The Battle of Labyrinth are my two favorites, really, and I think they’ll skip straight to The Last Olympian.

I will say though: Nathan Fillion has a barely veiled joke about Firefly and it made me and a few others in the theater crack up and that was the highlight of the movie to me.

Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Meet and Greet and Red Carpet Premiere

I’m pretty sure that was the longest title I’ve ever written as the beginning of a blog post.

So I’ve been really super busy this week and I’ve been trying to keep up with the blog and various related social media pages but I’ve had such a busy, cialis 40mg fun week so that didn’t totally work out the way that I wanted to. So I’m trying to make up for that now.

Wednesday, I journeyed down to the Americana at Brand, in Glendale, with my sister, Jessica, my friend Deb and my friend Sylvia (from FanGirlFeeels) to meet the cast of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters at the Barnes and Noble there. We got in line fairly early (oh yes, 5:30 am) to ensure we’d get wristbands, and to try and get wristbands to the advance screening.

As we walked up, we saw ginormous posters of City of Bones and we had to take pictures with them, of course.

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The security on duty spotted us doing this, and was just like “no judging”, which was REALLY funny.

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We hung out in line, sleepy as heck, wrapped in our blankets, waiting for the doors to open to get our wristbands. We were able to get them, and we got a Sea of Monsters book, a poster, and guarantee into the advanced screening, which we discovered, while waiting for the signing to start at 2 pm, was a red carpet premiere!

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Meeting the cast was absolutely fantastic. Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson), Alexandra Daddrio (Annabeth Chase), Brandon T. Jackson (Grover Underwood), Douglas Smith (Tyson), and Levin Rambin (Clarisse la Rue) were all in attendance, and they were all SO nice, and such sweethearts. Brandon T. Jackson shook every single fan’s hand, and asked them their name, and they were all too pretty to look at it! They also were really cool and not judging about my serious freak out over the bug flying around in the book store. I really really really hate bugs. I’m just saying.

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We weren’t allowed to take pictures up front, in front of the table or with the cast or anything, we could only take them from the line. Well, my friend Deb had a great idea, to record on her phone, while putting it in a convenient side pocket in her purse. I didn’t have a side pocket on my purse so I pressed record on my own cell phone, and stuck it in my jeans pocket, and I got some decent shots. Here’s one of Logan and Alexandra signing a poster.

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We are so innovative. Deb got a TON of really good shots on her own camera, since hers wasn’t in her pocket, and you can check them out on her Twitter here.

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Then it was time for the screening of the Sea of Monsters. I figured we would be taken into the theater to watch the movie, but since we were toward the front of the line, we were ushered into a fan section, where we got to be right at the barricade, which was really cool. I was hoping to try and get pictures with most of the cast, but they eventually did corral us into the theater to watch the movie. We did get to see them again though, and I did manage to score a selfie picture with Douglas Smith, who is SUPER tall, absolutely adorable and did a great job of playing Tyson in the movie.

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All in all, it was an absolutely wonderful afternoon. I had a great time hanging out with my friends, waiting (since that was most of our day), eating Wetzel’s Pretzels and playing Bang! and getting excited for some exciting Percy Jackson fun. The cast was super nice and beautiful, I got a cool signed poster, and got to see the Percy Jackson movie early, and for free!

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There’s a movie review of Percy Jackson coming today or tomorrow so wait for it!

Happy Summer, Demigods :)

Fandom Friday-Percy Jackson

The Fandom Friday is a weekly feature, approved with each blog post written by a new contributor.

This is the weekly post where either myself, pharm or a guest blogger, talks about a new fandom. See, I’ve had the experience in my life where I’ve been made fun or put down about my particular fandoms. And that has made me feel pretty crappy. But I’ve also put down other fandoms as well.

So I’ve decided to change that. I’m opening my world up to new fandoms, and the best way to do that is to bring people in to write about various fandoms. I’m very excited about this segment.

If you guys are interested in becoming a guest blogger for the Fandom Friday, feel free to email me at whatanerdgirlsays at gmail.com or contact me HERE

I am SO excited about this week’s Fandom Friday guest blogger. Her name is Erin Albert, and she is an up-and-coming young adult author, whose debut novel, The Prophecy, is coming out in November of this year.

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Erin Albert is an author and fitness trainer.  Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word.  She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.”  In her free time, Erin enjoys acting, running, kickboxing, and, of course, reading and writing. 

Today, Erin is going to delight you all with her take on the very popular Rick Riordan series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus.

Check it out!

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About the Series

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For those unfamiliar with the awesomeness that is Percy Jackson, let me tell you a bit about the series (good news—there are actually two series).  The first is entitled Percy Jackson and The Olympians, and it includes five books:  The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian.  Percy starts out as a twelve year old and progresses to the age of sixteen by the final book.  Thankfully, readers didn’t have to say goodbye to Percy because Rick Riordan, the author, wrote a second series called Heroes of Olympus.  It is still being written but currently includes:  The Lost Hero, Son of Neptune, Mark of Athena, and (coming in October) House of Hades.

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When The Lightning Thief begins, we meet Percy Jackson, a twelve year old dyslexic, ADHD troublemaker.  He soon finds out he’s a demigod, meaning he’s part human and part Greek god.  Shortly after receiving that hefty news, Percy learns he’s “Suspect #1” in a crime against the king of the gods, Zeus.  He collects a loveable group of friends throughout the story:

1) Annabeth, daughter of Athena with a chip on her shoulder

2) Grover, a hapless satyr tasked with Percy’s protection

3) Chiron, a centaur in charge of training the demigods.

He also manages to pick up his fair share of enemies as well:

1) Clarisse, the combative daughter of Ares.

2) Dionysus, a god sent to watch over the demigods as punishment.

3) Hades, god of the Underworld and castigated brother of Zeus

4) Ares, god of war with a short temper

3) The typical list of Greek oddities:  Furies, a Minotaur, Medusa, and an Echidna

In the other four books, Percy goes on numerous adventures—makes more friends, and plenty more enemies—all while trying to save the Greek gods from an attack by the Titans.  Just your everyday demigod stuff…   J

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Heroes of Olympus picks up with a whole new cast of characters, the Roman demigods.  Though the Greeks and Romans worshipped basically the same gods, they appreciated different aspects of the gods’ personalities.  Thus, the gods behave one way in Greece and another in Rome, and they keep their demigods separated as a result.  Someone creates a way for the Roman and Greek demigods, natural enemies, to meet with calamitous, often amusing, results.

How I Discovered It

My friends told me I simply “had” to read this fun, engaging series called Percy Jackson and The Olympians.  I asked them to describe the story.  When they mentioned the MC was only twelve, I tuned out.  I LOVE young adult fiction, but I don’t often get into middle grade fiction.  These friends insisted that I would enjoy the series and, despite Percy’s age, I had to read it.  One day at the library, I saw The Lightning Thief and picked it up on a whim.  I honestly did not think I would like it.  From the first page, I took off with Percy on his epic adventure.  I went from someone only half interested to someone completely absorbed in the world.  I couldn’t read the books fast enough.  When I finished The Last Olympian, I had a major book hangover.  The thought of not traveling on another adventure with Percy saddened me more than I thought possible.  Then, my friend Danielle delivered outstanding news…Percy and his band of demigods would make a comeback in a new series!  I snatched up each book as soon as it got released, and I’m willing October to come faster so I can rejoin the group again for another thrill ride.

Why I Love The Percy Jackson Series

 

First and foremost, Percy makes me laugh.  He’s got this super snarky attitude.  Some snarks can be downright rude, but others use sarcasm to their advantage.  Percy falls into the latter group.

Sidebar (forgive me, I can’t help myself):  In the YA writing/publishing/reading world, debates have arisen about the use of first person verses third person.  I personally don’t care which way the story is told, just tell me a good one.  LOL!  There are benefits to both styles, but I think Rick Riordan made the best possible decision when he wrote the original series in first person (the second series is in third person).  Living inside Percy’s head and hearing his thoughts are part of what make the series so outstanding.  Percy’s thoughts often made me laugh harder than the words he spoke out loud—although those were hilarious too.

While Percy is completely hysterical (and I do mean com-plete-ly…), he possesses a great number of other endearing characteristics.  One of his most swoon worthy qualities is his desire to do the right thing and fight for the underdog.  His own experiences shape this aspect of his personality.  All his life, those in positions of authority underestimate Percy and bring him down though he is actually quite smart and witty.  His acceptance of his role as demigod highlights his quick thinking and clever problem solving.

When asked, women often say the characteristics they most want in a man are humor and loyalty.  Percy has both.  His loyalty to his friends and family really defines his personality.  Yes, he’s snarky and temperamental, but he always has his friends’ backs.  So, yeah, when he becomes “legal,” he’s a total catch!  J

In addition to Percy, I really loved the supporting characters.  Each character had loveable, annoying, and quirky traits—just like real people.  Percy’s mother, for example, ate as much blue food as she could find after someone told her blue food didn’t exist.  Annabeth had complicated family issues, and Grover wanted to belong.  Riordan uses all of his characters to explore different feelings and situations that many readers can relate to in their own lives.  Sidebar:  Leo, a character in the Heroes of Olympus series, is the second coming of Percy Jackson.  I literally spit out my drink a few times laughing at him.  Love Leo!  J

Let’s go for the obvious one here—who doesn’t love Greek mythology??  I remember sitting in school, bored out of my mind, but if my teacher told a tale from Ancient Greece, my head popped up!  Greek mythology ignites the imagination.  It’s a world where so many things are possible.  I love how Rick Riordan merges that world with the modern day one.  All these mythical beings and grand gods and goddesses spring to life right on the page.  I feel like I “know” Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, Medusa, etc. in a way I never did as a child hearing their stories.  Books transport us to new place, and Rick Riordan (through the voice of Percy Jackson) makes an excellent tour guide.

Thank you again, Sara, for having me on your site!  I’m honored to serve as guest blogger and to gush about my love for all things Percy Jackson and Rick Riordan!!

If you want to know more about me and my upcoming book, The Prophecy, you can like me on FB (Erin Albert Books), follow me on Twitter (@ErinAlbertBooks), or subscribe to my blog (www.erinalbertbooks.com).

Until next time,

Erin

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Thank you SO much Erin for contributing to the Fandom Friday!

Please visit Erin at her website, which is linked above, and keep an eye out for The Prophecy in November!

Don’t forget to check out previous Fandom Fridays!

And stay tuned for more awesome to come!

Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite Sidekicks

One thing that I have always noticed about reading books is that the main character always seems to be a super awesome best friend…like a best friend that goes along with their crazy schemes and risks their life for them, medical is a shoulder to cry on but makes them laugh when situations seem absolutely unlaughable. Best friends are amazing.

In Sarah Dessen’s book “Someone Like You”, sales there’s a quote that says, page “Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.”

And I definitely agree with that statement. I have had the bad luck of having…well, not the best friends in the entire world. Its taken some time to really realize who are my friends and who are not. I have the best boyfriend in the world, who is also my best friend. I have my best friend, Allison. I have met my awesome friends from the LADA. I have my SUPER cool fangirl friends, from iFandoms Collide. I am lucky.

But yeah, the point was, a lot of main characters have some seriously kickass best friends or sidekicks. So that became the inspiration for this week’s Tuesday Top Ten.

Enjoy!

Top Ten Favorite Sidekicks

10. Huck Finn from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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This one is a little bittersweet for me. I had a best friend from the time I was 7 years old until I was about 22 years old. That’s a really long time. We were absolutely inseparable, and sadly, our friendship fell apart and pretty quickly. But when we were friends, I called her Huck Finn and she called me Tom Sawyer :D And it worked. Because Tom Sawyer…he’s a crazy kid. I mean, kids are crazy but Tom takes the cake. He has an imagination two miles high and a mischievous streak just as long. He’s always coming up with harebrained schemes and adventures and he always makes sure that they are absolutely completely out-of-this-world ridiculous. And Huck Finn, he just goes along with it, like all right, Tom whatever you say. Now, if you want to get technical, I was more Huck and my friend was more Tom, but that’s a different story. I just loved Huck Finn so much because he was really the brains of the operation, even if he didn’t really realize it until he got his own book. But I love that whatever Tom said, Huck did. I know that sounds crazy, but that’s a mark of a great friend. A great friend is willing to go on any and all adventures with you, no matter how insane they are.

9. Grover Underwood from the Percy Jackson series

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I adore Grover. I really do. He is the best friend that Percy can honestly ask for, and vice versa. They work together so well, and I love that they protect each other, and work together to save the world. I love that they both have their insecurities but they both have their strengths as well, and it helps them both. The thing about Grover is, he isn’t the most powerful or most confident or the strongest or any of that, but he’s definitely the most loyal. Even though he’s often times nervous or scared or unsure of the messes they get themselves into, he doesn’t stop, not once. He brings Percy into the world of demigods, he’s the person who is his first step in the door and so of course, he’s the first friend he has, the best friend that he has. And he helps him learn the world, and be comfortable, and he’s always by his side, whether he’s battling Medusa or taking on Cyclops or taking on a god. Grover is the most loyal sidekick, and it means so much because Grover isn’t the bravest. And even though he may not always want to do the crazy, insane, dangerous missions but he goes anyway, because he’s determined and he’s loyal.

8. Samwise Gamgee for Lord of the Rings

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Honestly, I feel like Samwise doesn’t even need an explanation. I mean, if you have watched Lord of the Rings, read the books, you should know. You should know exactly what it is about Samwise Gamgee that just makes him one of the best sidekicks and best friends. The guy leaves his comfy home behind, the only world he’s ever known to go on a pretty much hopefully quest to destroy a ring that’s going to tear his friend apart to a place thats nearly impossible to get to. I mean, think about it, would any of your best friends do that? I’m not sure how many would! The fact that Sam follows Frodo into hell basically, worse than hell, is amazing. And not only does he follow him, but he’s his partner in all of it. He makes sure that they rest and eat and that Frodo doesn’t go completely insane. He protects him. I think that Frodo is not the only hero in destroying the ring, but Sam is as well. Sam is by his side, keeping him alive and safe, as safe as they could be, and he helps him up the mountain and makes it so they can save Middle Earth. Sam is amazing.

7. Dr. John Watson from Sherlock

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Okay, lets really think about this: there’s something wrong with Sherlock. Sherlock Holmes is not a normal person; he’s incredibly smarter than most people and it takes away a lot of his humanity. He is so concerned in what he is saying, what he’s discovering, and trying to solve that he forgets to have tact or he tends not to realize that what he says can be hurtful or inappropriate. I think once he brings John into his life, that he becomes better. Not different, he can never change completely but I do believe that he becomes a better person. John also is like Huck Finn; he is down for the adventure. He lives for it. He goes along with Sherlock because he’s his best friend and he took him out of his boring existence. And he makes Sherlock more of a person. Sherlock laughs and finally has human companionship which makes him an even smarter detective than he was before. I like John because he goes along with Sherlock and his crazy adventures, he remains loyal even when Sherlock doesn’t deserve it, and he loves him, and is willing to do anything for him.

6. Felicity Worthington from the Gemma Doyle Trilogy

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I love Felicity! She is the most amazing female character in some of the books that I’ve read ever. She is so strong, especially for the book series that is part of: The Gemma Doyle Series. It takes place in Victorian London before women are worth anything. They can’t vote, and their goals in life are to make a perfect debut and secure a good husband. But Felicity wants more than that. She wants adventure and she wants power. She is such a flawed character but aren’t we all? She’s more than the prim and proper lady that she is supposed to be. She is the most gutsy of all of them in the realms. She asks for sheer might, she learns how to wield a bow and arrow, she becomes a warrior. She is also a lesbian character (sorry, spoiler) in a very conservative world. Women and men who prefer the company of the same sex were abominations in that time; it was absolutely unacceptable in every way, and I love that Libba Bray puts that character in. But I love who she is to Gemma. She is a near world for Gemma. Gemma has been closed off, unwilling to let anyone in, afraid of herself, afraid of everything. But Felicity takes them all under her wing: Pippa, Gemma and Ann, and she brings out the best in all of them, she gives them all the strength to be who they are.

5. Simon Lewis from the Mortal Instruments

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Okay, Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments is Clary’s best friend. Clary and Simon have been best friends forever and when Clary is yanked into this crazy world of demons and Downworlders and demon-hunting people called Shadowhunters, Simon follows right behind. And he puts up with a lot. He’s loved Clary his whole life and she’s suddenly head over heels for some Shadowhunter named Jace . When they find out Jace is her brother, nope, she still loves him. He gets turned into a rat, and taken to a crazy vampire lair. He eventually gets turned into a vampire. She puts the Mark of Cain on him which curses him. He literally gets pulled into this world and everything that could possibly go wrong, does go wrong. But no matter what happens, no matter how much trouble that Clary gets herself into, Simon is always always always there for her. He loves her, no matter what happens, and he is sticking with her. That’s a loyal friend. I don’t know how many friends would stick around after you chose your brother over him, and were indirectly the reason that he is now a vampire. But Simon does and that’s pretty crazy. Plus Robbie Sheehan is adorable and delicious.

4. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter series

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Okay, who wouldn’t want Hermione for a best friend? And I’m not talking about the fact that Emma Watson grew up to be absolutely beautiful, too beautiful to be Hermione Granger haha. I’m talking about the fact that Hermione Granger is one of those one of a kind best friends that never really actually exist. She is the perfect person to have by your side. She is smart as hell, and saves Harry’s butt so many times, I couldn’t even begin to count. She’s loyal; she sticks by her friends throughout anything, including trying to take down the most dangerous and powerful Dark wizard that has ever existed. She’s super nice; there really isn’t anyone that she doesn’t get along with, except maybe the Slytherins who make her life absolutely miserable. She’s so aware of everyone, and she is so empathetic to everyone around her. She’s also a good listener and a good advice giver. A lot of times people focus on her brains and her book smarts but she does have a lot of people smarts too, a lot of loyalty and a lot of heart, which is why I think she’s in Gryffindor instead of Ravenclaw. I think she has the bravery and loyalty of Gryffindor, the loyalty and kindness of a Hufflepuff, the brains and wit of a Ravenclaw and the ambitious and cunning of a Slytherin and I’d like her to be my friend.

3. The Companions from Doctor Who

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I want every single one of these people to be my best friend. Every. Single. One. The Doctor gets himself into the craziest adventures. Its not just his life at stake. Its not just the world at stake. Sometimes its the universe at stake, the very bit of existence of everything thing is at stake. He goes on the most ridiculous of adventures and dangerous missions and all of these people follow him into it. They all come together to help him and to be there for him when he needs it. He always says he doesn’t need people or that he’s alone but he never is, not with all these companions that just love him so much. And all the companions are immensely loyal to the Doctor, no matter what flaws they find out about him. To have a best friend who loves you, even though you’re kind of crazy and even though you go on dangerous missions and even though you are so incredibly flawed. The kind of people that the Doctor brings into his life creates a family, and we kind of see that at the end of the 4th season, with Ten and Donna Noble. I would love to have a family of friends like Rose, Martha, Donna, Sally, Amy, Rory, River, Captain Jack, and Clara in my life.

2. Chewbacca from Star Wars

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For those of you who don’t know the back story, which most people don’t, Chewbacca was sentenced to die, at the hands of a then Imperial soldier, Han Solo. Han refused to do this, and was dismissed as a soldier and became the smuggler that we come to know in Star Wars. Chewie owes Han a life debt, meaning that he will protect him because he saved his life, and he does that. He does exactly that. Chewbacca is Han’s partner in crime, and is always by his side. I’m also pretty sure that Han is the only person who can understand what the hell Chewbacca is saying. But what a great co-captain to have. They are really the only people they know until they meet Luke and Leia and they take care of each other, and look out for each other. I think what starts out as a simple life debt that Chewbacca has for Han turns into a genuine friendship and kinship. Chewbacca starts off protecting Han because he saved his life but you can see in the original Star Wars trilogy that he truly cares for Han Solo, and that he is heartbroken when he is frozen in carbonite. That’s a loyal friend.

1. Ron Weasley from Harry Potter series

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I know that some people totally understand why I would choose Ron before Hermione Granger and that honestly comes from the fact that I prefer Ron over Hermione, I always have. Hermione is a wonderful character and I love her to death but she’s so…so perfect. In my eyes, she was always so perfect and I’m so far from perfect. I love Ron because he’s so brave and funny and loyal but he’s so flawed as well. People give Ron so much crap for leaving Harry and Hermione but what would you have done? They were 17 years old and trying to save the world. I didn’t even have my drivers license when I was 17 years old or a job. Its a lot for a person to handle. I think what makes Ron a strong best friend is the regret that he felt in leaving them and the hard work that he put in to find them again. He is flawed but loyal. He gets jealous and hurt and sometimes doesn’t always do the right thing but he is the most realistic best friend out of all of these. He’s the kind of best friend that you can actually have. Ron makes Harry laugh, he ushers him into the wizarding world and gives him a family to love and who loves him. He is there for him, even if sometimes his HUMAN emotions gets in the way at first. He’s brave and caring and loving and a great best friend.

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Who are some of YOUR favorite sidekicks?

Book to Movie Transitions

Today, sildenafil my friends, I’m going to complain a little bit. I saw this picture online and it made me laugh.

And the fact is, They are not wrong. I would seriously sit through a six hour Harry Potter movie if they put more details. I definitely would. And yeah, I probably would still complain about what they left out. It just got me to thinking. How many times do we go to movies to see the adaptation of our favorite books and come out feeling disappointed? How often do we come out actually feeling satisfied?

Now, I’m not going to be the first one to say that there are no arguments…the book is always, always, always, better than the movie. Always. (Except Chronicles of Narnia but that’s a whole ‘nother story).

Example number one, Harry Potter. Now, if I sit and watch the movies, I have an enjoyable time. I like the movies. I like actually seeing Hogwarts and seeing magic and the uniforms and the classes and Quidditch and its awesome. Seeing Hogwarts gets me teary-eyed every single time. Hogwarts is my home.

But there are sooooo many things that drives me insane. I could go on for pages and pages and pages about the things that are missing. They completely left out the Marauders and the importance of them in Prisoner of Azkaban. They butcher the crap out of Goblet of Fire (don’t get me started on GoF) and they don’t even get into the story of Barty Crouch Jr. (More David Tennant on screen time? I’m down). In Half Blood Prince, where the heck are all the memories, explaining all of Voldemort’s past! Where are the explanations of what the actual Horcruxes are? And in Deathly Hallows, how bout we actually talk about the DEATHLY HALLOWS! We have that awesome animated scene of the Tale of Three Brothers, and there is no ending for the Hallows at all.

But the movies aren’t all bad. Definitely not. I love them, I waited in line for the midnight showings, cried when everyone died (except Dobby…I just don’t like Dobby) and cried my bloody eyes out when Harry uses the Resurrection stone to see James, Lily, Sirius and Lupin. WATERWORKS. The Feels!!!!

And how bout Percy Jackson? Now, I enjoy the movie; its entertaining. But damn, did they butcher The Lightning Thief. For one thing, Logan Lerman plays Percy at, what, 16? Percy should be 12. And even though Logan Lerman is a very very good looking boy, that part kind of bothered me. The girl who played Annabeth was a brunette. Poseidon didn’t claim Percy during the Capture the Flag game. There’s a lot in that movie that drives me absolutely insane. I’m not a big fan of the guy who plays Grover and Pierce Brosnan as Chiron? Ugh ugh.

Both adaptations of Meg Cabot books are HORRIBLE. Princess Diaries and Avalon High, ugh, ugh, ugh. Princess Diaries just doesn’t capture Meg’s voice. Those books are written in diary form and its all about Mia’s voice and how she sees the world around her. Its so funny and sarcastic and amazing and the movie just doesn’t capture that at all. And they marry her off to some random dude, when all us Cabot fans know that she is meant to be with Michael Moscovitz. Ugh. And Avalon High. There was so much wrong with that movie. The very fact that they made Allie (who’s name is supposed to be Ellie!) to be the King Arthur incarnate was just dumb as hell. She’s the Lady of the Lake, and Will is King Arthur. Read a book! Those movies I can’t even watch because of how much they were butchered.

There are movies that are okay adaptations. I liked Hunger Games, I think they followed the story pretty well and I liked most of the actors. I wasn’t really feeling Lenny Kravitz as Cinna but he was great as Cinna. Woody Haralson nailed it on the head with Haymitch. I even liked the three leads for Katniss, Gale and Peeta. Elizabeth Banks for Effie. Not stoked on Donald Sutherland for President Snow but it worked. But I think they failed to capture the characters themselves. We didn’t get to see Katniss and the kind of stubbornness she had and the love she felt for Prim, the frustration with her mother, her debts to Peeta and Gale. The importance of the Mockingjay was forgotten. But the movie was good. I think they got enough of it to make it very enjoyable.

But then there’s Howl’s Moving Castle. Howl’s is soooo much different from the book, oh my goodness. But the movie captures the essence of the book and its an amazing movie. It captures that connection between Howl and Sophie and it captures the magical essence to it. This is a great example of an adaptation.

I also find the more classic movies to be really good adaptations. To Kill a Mockingbird is an AMAZING transition and definitely one of my favorites. Every time I watch that movie…ohmyRowling. Its so fantastic. I mean, my dog’s name is Scout for a reason. Gregory Peck captures the very essence of that novel. He IS that movie.

One of my favorite movies of all time is Gone with the Wind, which is a great movie. Gone with the Wind is an extremely long book and it would be so insanely hard to get everything that’s in that book in the movie. It would be impossible. But they got all the important things and they captured the essence of the film. That was the most important. Vivian Leigh made a great Scarlett O’Hara and Clark Gable is one fine looking Rhett Butler.

I’m nervous about the upcoming movie adaptations. I’m a little nervous about The Hobbit (though, come on, Peter Jackson killed it with Lord of the Rings…GREAT movies), The Great Gatsby, Percy Jackson’s Sea of Monsters, and the Mortal Instruments’ City of Bones. I’m sure some of them will be good and some of them will be bad. But I’ll go out and see every single one of them.

I guess my point is, the more movies that are made, the more we’re going to get angry and frustrated and have complaints. We’re always going to find something wrong with it. We’re never going to be happy with a movie adaptation of a book, never. But here’s the thing, that’s almost a good thing. Sure, we can go to the movies and enjoy it. But we’re always going to want to come home and reread that book that made us happy beyond belief. We’re going to want to experience things they way the author meant them too.

So I like movies, and I like movie adaptions and I’ll continue to go see them. And trust me, I’ll continue to find things wrong with them. But I guess that’s what makes books so awesome. There’s just nothing better than escaping into a book.

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