Paper: A Comparison of the Similarities and Differences Between Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus

It’s not easy picking between two books by the same author, much less two series by the same author. However one can attempt to do it. Rick Riordan is best known for his two series featuring Percy Jackson. These two series are worlds apart, and hugely different. Each has five books to the series, and each has its own merits. The first series that Riordan wrote Percy Jackson and The Heroes of Olympus was the superior of the two. The second series, The Heroes of Olympus, Riordan wrote is just too scattered. There are just too many points of views. Sometimes this is a good thing, but when you have seven points of views being represented in one book it can be a bit confusing and slightly frustrating. It’s especially annoying when the reader has to wade through five or six other view points, five or six other chapters, until you get back to the view points of the characters you really care about. Whereas in the series Percy Jackson and The Heroes of Olympus there is only one view point, Percy Jackson’s. You stick with this main character throughout the entire series. It’s easier to follow and whole lot less vexing than the multiple switching of viewpoints. The new characters in The Heroes of Olympus are also harder to empathize with. For example Jason Grace in the new series seems to perfect, like he has no flaws. Piper, Jason’s girlfriend, is too infatuated with Jason putting him on such a high pedestal. Leo from The Heroes of Olympus is also extremely annoying. The only redeeming quality about the changing prospectives in The Heroes of Olympus series is that the audience gets to see both Percy Jackson’s and Annebeth Chase’s points of view. In the first series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians the characters were more likable. A lot of that had to do with the fact that the readers were experiencing it from one point of view, Percy Jackson’s. Percy’s point of view, with its weird blend of sarcasm and wit, made everything seem funnier. The plot points in Percy Jackson and the Olympians were easier to follow. Again this is owed to the fact that the audience is seeing the story through one set of eyes, or one point of view. In The Heroes of Olympus there are just so many viewpoints it’s more difficult to keep up with the story line. The changing from one character to another makes the reader confused once they’re witnessing one scene from one character’s point of view, but then in the next chapter the reader continues to read about the same scene but it’s another character’s point of view. Once compared side to side it’s obvious that Percy Jackson and the Olympians is the better of the two series, even though both series was written by the same author. The major problems in The Heroes of Olympus are the new characters’ likability and the changing viewpoints. ...