They really screwed the pooch when it comes to following the book, I mean they really deviated far off from the book.
Anyways, now that I'm done with it, I don't think I'll be returning to the world of Percy Jackson.
I just can't get into the first person perspective in the books for one thing. I mean, first person isn't so bad in some fiction, but when a character is supposedly 12 years old but has the thought processes of a 30 year old, it's just weird. I can hear the authors voice all over the book, and it just doesn't sound like its coming from a 12 year old.
I also struggle with the fact that you just don't get that invested in the characters. None of them are really likable save for maybe Grover the satyr. When I was on the pot this morning contemplating life, I came to the realization that the reason these guys don't work versus characters that you fall in love with like Harry Potter or Peter Parker is you never really get to experience their sense of wonderment and confusion at becoming more than "Joe Shmoe". Percy just kind of accepts that he's the son of a olympian god pretty quickly, and doesn't at all spend any time getting comfortable with his new found control over water, he just executes and perfectly every time.
I think what makes characters like Ron Weasley or even Batman more endearing is the fact that they fail some of the time, and you can put yourself in their shoes, and they themselves don't even know their own true potential. I never felt that with this book, and it was a failed opportunity on the author's part. Right from the get go, the kid knows hes the son of a god, is being called a hero before doing anything and being compared to Hercules, and has perfect control and knowledge of all of his abilities the moment he discovers them.