woot woot halfway through the 30 day challenge!
Today’s post took some contemplation. (I was sorely tempted to pick Dick Gansey for the topic, but I figured you guys have heard enough from me about Maggie Stiefvater’s novels, so I’ll spare you.) In the end, though, I picked a character that I’ve been friends with for a long, long time.
DAY 15: MY FAVORITE MALE CHARACTER
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
When I first read the Lightning Thief in the seventh grade, I fell in love. Finally, I thought, a book that combines my loves of mythology with middle grade books! I was ecstatic. (Rick Riordan’s a genius at what he does, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about.)
We’re here to talk about Percy Jackson–one of my favorite characters of all time.
I love Percy for so many reasons. He’s just such an awesome person. Sure, he’s impulsive and emotional and gets in a lot of trouble through the series, but he’s so very lovable. He’s loyal (to a fault), but it’s lovely how he takes care of those he loves. I love reading about his relationships with his family and friends because he does just care so deeply, so sincerely for them. If Percy existed in real life, I would so love to have him as my friend. He just seems like a such genuine person to me.
Moreover, Percy actually grows as a person throughout the series. (Character development–what a novel idea!) I think one of the most admirable things about Percy is his ability to accept his faults and to either accept them or change them, if he can. He knows he’s not perfect, but he always does what he believes best. (I wish more people were like that.)
Also, the kid is hilarious. Uncle Rick is known for his humor, so naturally little Percy is going to have some wit to him. Even now, any time I think of the Hoover Dam scene from the Titan’s Curse I crack up laughing. (Which can be kind of awkward in certain situations, like when I’m standing in line for something, for example.)
More than anything, though, I just feel such a kinship to Percy. When I read the first book, I was around twelve–the same age that Percy is in the book. I grew up with Percy, became a teenager with Percy, experienced the struggles of life with Percy. Strange as it sounds, I feel like Percy and I have been through a lot together (him more so that me, probably, but the sentiment is still there). He’s a dear friend, that boy, and he’ll always be a friend that I can turn back to when I need him.
Percy Jackson–what a babe.
Tune in tomorrow at noon for the next post!