Um. It is not wise to go see Legend of the Guardians, and then finish the last book in the Percy Jackson series in a single night. Unless you want some really strange dreams. (I’m pretty sure there was some Rah Xephon mixed in there too. 😛 )
However, Guardians is worth seeing for about the same reason Avatar was worth seeing: it’s really, really pretty. The characters and story were all basic formula, but it actually wasn’t as bad or cheesy as you might expect. I think it worked simply because all the characters were owls, and that alone was novel enough to offset the cliche-ness. Having said that, it was very predictable. There were absolutely no surprises in that movie. All of the characters did exactly what I guessed they’d do, and I basically knew the part they were going to play before they played it. “Ah, there’s the love interest…there’s the traitor…there’s the gruff old mentor…etc.”
On the way home last night I was thinking about this seeming reluctance of movie-makers to allow non-formula stories in their films. Is it because movies are so much more expensive to produce than books, and therefore cannot afford to fail as badly? I mean, there’s a reason certain stories are “formula”…they work! But I’m kind of tired of walking away from every single movie feeling like I’m just seeing the same thing over and over again. Come on. Somebody do something different. Somebody take a risk and try something new!
And then, when they make books into movies, there’s this annoying tendency to make those follow formula too, even if the actual book did not. The Lightning Thief was actually a good book, and the rest of the series is good as well. I think it would have translated well to film as it was. But of course, with a series, they’re never sure if they’re going to be able to keep making more movies, and so they make sure the first movie can stand on its own. With The Lightning Thief, that meant cutting out any references to Kronos and the overarching plot of the series. But in doing that, they had to make Luke into a cookie-cutter villain. Remember my whole “they broke his GMC” post? Yeah, well, it doesn’t break in the book. And what’s worse, if they do make more Percy Jackson movies, they’re going to have to go and dump the Kronos plot back in, and it isn’t going to make as much sense as it would if it’d been set up naturally from the get-go.
On a slightly depressing note, I have deleted 25 spam accounts from the database in just the last week. That’s probably about average. I wish they’d just make spamming illegal.