How Rick Riordan deals with Romance. I already wrote a little bit about relationships in PJO/HoO.
I feel like the romantic relationships in HoO were rushed. Very, very rushed. How long have Percy and Annebeth known each other? A little bit over five years, and they had a lot of time to grow. Power couple of PJO. Jason and Piper - fake memories and a few months yet it has been in the same level as Percabeth. I can totally understand Percy and Annabeth’s excahange of I love you, but not Jason and Piper’s. I know it may have seem longer in the books, but it had only been a few weeks.
And then we see Reyna. I really ship Jeyna more than Jasper, I’ll explain in a second. How long have Jason and Reyna known each other? Longer than Percabeth I believe. But Rick says Jason doesn’t owe anything to Reyna, he doesn’t yes. But Jason did lead Reyna on, Rick led US on. What was that about in The Lost Hero, Reyna was definitely important when she wasn’t important to him in the upcoming books at all? But the most beautiful thing, is when Reyna decides that Jason is alright and she lets him be happy with Piper. She lets him go, may it be that she stopped worrying about him or she loved him so much to let him go. (I lean on the latter). That’s why Reyna is so beautiful and perfect. She let’s him go, and she is by far the only main character that hasn’t been implied any romantic relationships.
Nico di Angelo. You know what I thought? I thought he was depressed, sad. Reads his POV in BoO, oh turns out he’s still that twelve year old from the Titan’s curse. There were times when he mused about Percy Jackson. I wished there was just more depth. Like loving Percy so much, that he would want to see him happy more than anything else. Like Reyna, that’s what i hoped. Because Nico and Reyna’s relationship is so wonderful, I thought they would be both single and proud and watch their loved ones with care. But no. Nico actually doesn’t care for Percy THAT much as he was shown in the House of Hades. He talks about Percy right and then OH LOOK HOT GUY FROM APOLLOS CABIN IM JUST GONA FORGET ALL ABOUT PERCY JACKSON CUZ HES A BIT HOTTER LMAO. So, he’s been crushing on Percy Jackson a bit over three years, Cupid himself sought to fight him, and in the few minutes of meeting Will Solace, oh bye Percy. Then his confession was Percy was taken so lightly. That is probably the worst things Rick has done. People do not get over the one they love in a second, that was so unrealistic and stupid. Maybe, if the transition to stop liking Percy was a bit slower and taken more seriously, maybe I would ship solangelo. It’s cute, but bad. Or people will say ‘But it’s not canon!!’ it’s implied romance with Will Solace. Hell, do you guys even know if Will is gay or not? I honestly wish Nico had a talk with Reyna with these things, and Nico would have gotten over Percy or something. N
Caleo. Oh dear god, I hate this ship even more than solangelo. I’ve written enough about that. Here and here.
Next up is Hazel. WHY WAS SAMMY/LEO EVEN NECESSARY? WHY OH WHY OH WHY. IT EFFECTED THE PLOT? NO IT JUST CREATED TENSION BETWEEN FRANK AND LEO AND HAZEL. YES HAZEL AND SAMMY/LEO IS CUTE BUT WHAT WAS THE POINT. OH AND GUESS WHAT? HAZEL IS THIRTEEN AND SHE’S IN LOVE WITH FRANK AND SAMMY AND LEO OMG. Frank is fourteen? So, Hzazel and Frank are the same age. Do you fall in love in that age? Probably not. And it took them a book to start going out. Why do Frank and Hazel need a relationship. YES, IT’S VERY CUTE BUT NOT VERY THOUGHT THROUGH. Why rush their relationship? WHY? THEY ARE YOUNG.
Why is love such a thing that’s it’s thrown around so cheaply? Everything in HoO seems to rotate on love and the relationships rather than Gaea. When I was reading, it seemed more interested in Leo looking at girls AND Leo was just revolving around Calypso in BoO, that was Leo Valdez. The Guy who only DIED AND MADE HIS FRIENDS WORRY FOR A GIRL HE HAD ME FOR A FEW DAYS WOW. Leo revolved around love interests, Khione, Thalia, Hazel, etc. He doesn’t even seem to care about his friends or Gaea. I was more interested in the Frank-Hazel-Leo/Sammy relationship than Gaea or Jason picking Reyna or Piper than Gaea.
Apparently EVERYONE needs love because that means happiness.
Shameless self-promotion I had in fact, written about Nico di Angelo being happy without a love interest! *INSERT GASP FROM CROWDS* Here, on AO3
You don’t need to be in love to be happy, look at Reyna, Rachel, Thalia. She has so far, been the BEST CHARACTER IN THE ENTIRE SERIES. Nico and Leo’s character fell in the last book, I adored Nico (still do) but I hate how Rick decided to end him. I loved, loved Leo in the Lost Hero, but i honestly hate him now. I used to hate Jason and Piper, but I think Leo just hit the bottom of my favorite characters.
Message is, wish there was better relationships developed.