IS IT TRUE? DO YOURS AND MY EYES DECEIVE ME? MANDY HAS NOT KILLED OFF A RANDOM BLOGGING SERIES THAT SHE MADE THAT ONE TIME? I’m impressed. By myself. So, um, that’s really sketchy. Let’s just move on.
Most stories have stories behind it, and I’m sure with all of us bloggers we have stories behind the stories we read. In this blogging series, I will be sharing some of my craziest, deepest, entertaining stories behind some of the stories I have read. They might be how the book moved me, how I spent 2 years of my life trying to chase down a book, and more! Let’s pretend to enjoy Mandy’s trips down book memory lane?
This week’s Mandy’s Story Behind the Story is…
Percy Jackson series!
Last year, after seeing this book alllllllllllllllllllll over the book blogging world, I decided to cave and bought myself a box set of the Percy Jackson series. I mean, I had read it before as a kid, and I knew I enjoyed, so why not? I was looking for a way back into the middle grade world, and I just needed a good dose of Greek mythology. So I binge read the entire series and fell in soooooooooo much love again. This series brought the fun, the funnies, amazing characters, and so much more.
However, as I was reading things, I started discovering things about the book series – or really my experience with the book series. I had totally lied to myself about a lot of stuff, because my book memory was a mess when it came to this series. Shall we dive deeper into this? Well, even if your answer was no, we still are!
Lie #1: I did not read all five books
Okay, I always knew I didn’t read the first book. For some strangely odd reason, I picked this series up at a Scholastic book fair. It was right around the time when the second book had come out.I saw Sea of Monsters everywhere. And my mom gave me money for only 1 book. The Lightning Thief? It looked BORING. I mean, he just had this boring lightning bolt on the cover. Sea of Monsters? It was orange (my fave color), it had promises of monsters, it looked more like it would have more Greek mythology, and I was a little confused on how series worked apparently.
So I bought. I read it. I super enjoyed. I was in deep with all the rest of the books. OR SO I THOUGHT. I thought I finished up the series and was all good to go…UNTIL I FOUND OUT PLOT TWIST I HAD NO READ THE LAST BOOK. I mean, I literally thought I had gotten to it, but turns out I literally only read 2, 3, and 4 but skipped 1 and 2. As Sha put it, I literally only ate the middle part of the Oreo, and forgot about the rest. What even, Past Me?
Lie #2: Titan’s Curse and Battle of the Labyrinth Are Not the Same Book
Yes, I somehow totally thought they were the same thing. I literally comboed the two books together. I thought things that happened in Titan’s Curse ALL took place in the context of the Labyrinth. BUT ALAS, NOT? TOTALLY TWO SEPARATE BOOKS, and I kept sitting there in Titan’s Curse going, BUT WAIT. WHERE IS THE MAZE??????
Lie #3: Sea of Monsters and Battle of the Labyrinth are not my favorite
I was 2000% convinced maze book and sea book were the best. They were my favorites. Until I read them again and they actually ended up being my least favorites of the series? The other books ended up being soooooooooo much love for me – especially when I actually found out what happened in them. I guess I just associated lovely times with mazes and when I first bought the Sea of Monsters at those gorgeous book fairs that I lost all reason.
Lie #4: Nico is not all sunshines and rainbows
All I remembered from the first time was how much I loved Nico. I mean, I still love him, but I had associated him as a happy little boy that jammed with the group. BUT HE WAS TOTALLY NOT. IDK HOW I EVER GOT SUNSHINES FROM THE ADORABLE LITTLE BRO. He is all darkness and angst and moods. Which is okay. Just not the little boy I remembered in my youth brain.
Lie #5: Thalia
My mind blocked her. I legit forgot she ever existed. I also kept saying, I can’t wait to meet this Thalia girl in the first or fifth book! BUT I HAD MET HER ALL ALONG. WHAT EVEN.
So, what do you think? What is your story behind Percy Jackson? When did you read it for the first time? Let’s discuss in the comments below!