If you’re a lover of YA literature, which I am, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the month of August! Not one, but TWO movies are coming out that are based on popular and addictive books. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and Mortal Instruments: City of Bones are scheduled to be released this month–to the fangirl delight of millions worldwide.
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters is based on the second novel in Rick Riordan’s modern day Greek Mythology series. Starring Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Brandon T. Smith, Stanley Tucci, and Nathan Fillion, the story follows Percy and his friends as they attempt to find the legendary Golden Fleece. Camp Half Blood is in peril, and only the Golden Fleece can protect the demi-gods from various monsters intent on destroying them. However, it turns out that one of their own may be leading the charge against them, which only serves to complicate their mission.
Riordan’s series has delighted readers worldwide, and the first film did respectfully well at the box office. From the trailers and leaked scenes, it seems like this one has nothing but potential. Oh, and did I mention that Nathan Fillion (of Firefly and Castle fame) is playing the God Hermes? That alone is reason to shell out $11 to see the film. The cast has been busy promoting the film at Comic Con, advanced screenings, mall events, and so on…as if the fans needed any extra encouragement.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jonathan Rhys Myers, and Lena Headley, is based on the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. In this first installment, Clary Fray discovers that there is more to the world than she could have possibly imagined. She learns that there are demons in the world, and the Nephilim, descendants of Angels, are charged with protecting “mundanes” from the evil the demons would spread. Clary soon discovers that she may not be as mundane as she once believed.
As with the cast of Sea of Monsters, Clare and the cast have been pounding the pavement to promote the film. Having attended book signings, Comic Con, mall events, etc, they have managed to make an already enthusiastic fan based salivate even more at the thought of this unique and amazing world coming to life.