This post is a little different from my usual stuff, so bear with me.
So last night at 2 AM, I finally finished the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. To put how I felt about it simply, I was an emotional mess. I was filled with so much nostalgia from the Percy Jackson series. I was crying both happy and sad tears as our heroes completed their quest.
In a weird, maternal way, I was so proud of them.
While reading the last two books in the series, The House of Hades and The Blood of Olympus, I couldn’t help but think how good of a television show this series would make.
We all know how the Percy Jackson films went. They were a complete and utter disaster with terrible writing and stupid plot changes. The movies just didn’t capture the same appeal that the series had for me.
Honestly, I just don’t think that film was the right form of media.
A lot happens in the Percy Jackson books. The way that they’re structured is, within the series, there is one big quest. Then, in each book, there is another big quest that helps move the plot forward to complete the big quest. Then, within each of the books, especially in the Heroes of Olympus series, it seems like there are several smaller quests to push the singular book’s plot along as well.
So like: several, mini-quests that support→ book quest that supports → series quest
With a structure like this, it would be amazing for television.
Not only that, I think the series itself, something that is simultaneously humorous, serious, and action-packed, it would create a television series that is appealing to a lot of age groups.
So, let’s say that Netflix, Hulu, or cable television would pick up this project. How would they do it?
The reason that PJO and HoO is so successful is because it’s so relatable. Don’t change the ages. Don’t change the overall series arc. If it’s been successful for so many years, there’s obviously a reason.
Call the series The Heroes of Olympus. Start the series with Percy Jackson’s story. Bring to life the story that so many people have grown up with. Tell the story of Percy Jackson and the rise of Kronos. Make it epic and well-written, and so many people would be drawn to it.
Once Percy’s story is complete, move on the Prophecy of the Seven. Tell Jason, Piper, Leo, Annabeth, Percy, Frank, and Hazel’s story. Not only would you have the built in fanbase from Percy’s story, but you also get to refresh the show, adding new characters and new stories.
Guys, I just think that Rick Riordan’s book series are too good to not be given another chance at another form of media.