HA, who woulda thought that I would pair Percy Jackson with a blog post about great adaptations?! Not me. Yet HERE WE ARE. But! This is definitely not a post discussing the success- or lack thereof- of the Percy Jackson movies (Logan Lerman aside, I still love you); instead I’d like to yell with excitement about THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL!!!
This show has gotten such great reviews from its time in New York that it’s now touring the US on a national tour! AANDD, they’re coming to California in May and I’M GONNA BE THERE!!! I could not be more excited. I’ve listened to the cast album and it’s great and I’ve been following Chris McCarrell and Kristin Stokes (Percy & Annabeth) on Instagram and they are absolutely adorable and seem perfect for their characters.
SO, to get ready for the show, I’ve decided that this month I’m going to start re-reading the original Percy Jackson series for the first time since I read them in middle school! Percy was one of the first book series I remember truly, truly loving and not only do I still love it to this day, it opened my eyes to the wonders of Greek mythology- which is one of my all-time favorite things. I actually read this series before Harry Potter so I think it was my first great book love.
I’ve been planning some small Percy-related blog posts as I re-read and I’m super stoked! I’m especially excited for my recaps of each book, where I’ll be ranking my favorite chapter titles of each book because Rick is the Chapter Titles Master. In the meantime while I’m just starting, I’ve written a bit about a few of my favorite book adaptations, either film or tv, in preparation for getting to see Percy onstage in what I anticipate is a fantastic adaptation! Here we gooooo!
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Duh. This was like, one of the biggest movies of last year and with good reason! Netflix did such a great job with casting and they were all so adorable. I loved the book series and I’m excited for Netflix to tackle the sequel, PS I Still Love You!
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Netflix does some really good adaptations. The movie version from early 2000 was three books smashed into one movie, and it was NOT GREAT. The show, however, took the time and gave each book what they deserved by having each book be two episodes over the course of three seasons. I really loved the cast and COSTUMES (oh my GOD, the COSTUMES) and I think they were really true to the books throughout the series.
The Devil Wears Prada
This is one of the most rewatchable movies ever and I love it. To be completely honest, I don’t really remember any details about what happened in the book, so I don’t know if they stayed true to the plot or characters, but dang it’s fun. Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway kill it. So good.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Heeeeey, I get to talk more about my love for Logan Lerman! I really enjoyed this movie. Emma Watson and Ezra Miller are also fantastic in this and it’s just a great, heartbreaking little film. It’s actually just a great cast all around and I think it was pretty close to the book? Plus Logan is extremely adorable and cute and yes all the awards for Logan Lerman.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
I had a lot of problems with this book series, but I truly love Lisbeth Salander and I thought this was a great movie. I’m really sad that they never continued past the first film, though I do really love Claire Foy and I’ve yet to check out The Girl in the Spider’s Web. I feel like this movie really captured the tone of the book and there was good chemistry between Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig.
This book was amazing and this movie was amazing. The book had me STRESSED out when I first read it and Gillian Flynn’s books always mess me up with anxiety. Rosamund Pike is so good in this and I think it translated pretty well to the big screen.
Prisoner of Azkaban
HOW COULD I NOT. My absolute favorite Harry Potter movie adaptation. Just the LOOK of it. It’s SO beautiful and we got the Golden Trio lookin’ better than ever. Daniel Radcliffe’s hair? YES. The costumes were really great in this because it started to establish their style and color palettes for the rest of the series (yes, I’m a nerd when it comes to costume stuff). It’s the introduction of Gambon’s Dumbledore, who I’m not at all fond of, but I do enjoy Gary Oldman and David Thewlis as Sirius and Lupin (even tho they’re too old but ya know how much the movies effed this up so I’m ignoring it). It’s great. It’s the best HP movie. Fight me on this.
Any other great book adaptations you’ve seen? I couldn’t think of any other musicals or stage shows that were based on books, but I’d love the suggestions! Let the Percy Jackson re-read commence!!!