I had barely even heard of the series when this movie came out, but I had a friend who loved the books so I went to see it with her. And I actually really liked the movie so I borrowed the books from her and read them myself. And I loved them. In case you don’t know, the back story of the books are that the ancient mythical Gods, namely the Greek ones, are real and still alive (and reproducing) today. The story follows the demi-god (half human, half god) children of these Gods. The first book, The Lightning Thief, begins the tale of Percy Jackson, a teenage boy dealing with the troubles of being young and over coming an interesting form of dyslexia. Percy finds out that he is actually the only son of Poseidon, and is sent to Camp Half-Blood, a safe haven for young demi-gods to learn and train. The conflict arises when a lightning bolt is stolen from Zeus and he believes Percy is the thief. Percy sets off to find and return the bolt with his friend Annabeth Chase (daughter of Athena) and Grover (a satyr).
After reading the books, I was slightly disappointed in the movie, although it stands alright on it’s on. But since I love the whole series so much, I’m still hoping that IMBD isn’t lying when it says they’re working on the 2nd movie of the series.