Percy Jackson is the protagonist of a fantasy saga written by Rick Riordan. 

The saga is set in the United States in the present day. The protagonist is a boy named Perseus Jackson, known by all as Percy, who at the age of 12 discovers that he is a demigod, son of the mortal Sally Jackson and of a deity of ancient Greece, Poseidon, god of the sea and of the God horses. 

In the universe described in these books, the deities of Greek mythology really exist and reside in Olympus, no longer represented as a sacred mountain rather located at the highest point of the Empire State Building, in New York, on the six hundredth floor, known and accessible only to gods and celestial beings. Ordinary mortals do not notice all this due to a magical force, the Fog, which clouds their minds and does not allow them to see everything related to the mythological world, which is reworked to be perceived as “normal”. 

Percy will discover that there are, in addition to the gods, many other creatures he believed non-existent, such as satyrs, nymphs, dryads, centaurs, mermaids and monsters. The latter cannot die, but they can be disintegrated and confined to Tartarus and then be reborn.

There were two films made about Percy Jackson and the Olympians the Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson and the Olympians the Sea of ​​Monsters. However, according to me, they are not faithful to the books because some characters aren’t well represented. On top of that, some events are left out and there are holes in the plot. This year Disney + has announced a TV series about Percy Jackson and the first season will be based on the first book, Percy Jackson and the Olympians the Lightning Thief.

Rick started writing Percy Jackson when his son was diagnosed with dyslexia and asked his father to tell him a story inspired by Greek myths and Riordan invents the character of Percy Jackson, a 12-year-old who discovers he is the son of a god. The son then asked his father to write the stories he told him as books and Riordan, in order not to disappoint him, succeeded in doing that. The writer also attributes some characteristics of dyslexia to Percy and other characters.

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