Percy Jackson and the Olympians
|Name:||Percy Jackson and the Olympians|
|Abbreviation(s):||PJO, PJatO, TLT (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief), SoM (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Sea of Monsters), TTC (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan's Curse), BotL (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Battle of the Labyrinth), TLO (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian)|
|Date(s):||2005 - 2009 (books published), 2010 - 2013 (2 films released)|
|Medium:||book, film adaptations, musical adaptation|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|External Links:||Rick Riordan's site , Percy Jackson wiki|
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Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a five-book series written by Rick Riordan. It tells the story of Percy Jackson, a young demigod thrust into the world of Greek Mythology and burdened with the fate of being the hero of the First Great Prophecy.
The Movie Series
Percy Jackson and the Olympians has also been adapted into a movie series by 20th Century Fox. As of 2015, only the first two movies, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Sea of Monsters have been released, with the chances of a production of The Titan's Curse to happen being extremely low.
Fan & Creator response
Many fans hated the movies due to the many differences between them and the books. These included but were not limited to: Everything related to the plot, the ages of the characters, the treatment of the prophecies and of Luke, the colour of Annabeth's hair, etc. Some fans joke that no one hates the movie series more than Rick Riordan hates the movie series. Rick Riordan published the emails he wrote the movie producers after reading over the script, insisting that the fans would hate the movie if it was directed as written.
Despite being a relatively new fandom, Percy Jackson quickly became one of the biggest up-and-coming fandoms. On FanFiction.Net as of April 2019, it firmly positioned itself in third place, pushing down the previous holder of that slot, Lord of the Rings.
The fandom on FanFiction.net is comprised of works dedicated to both the Percy Jackson series and its successor, Heroes of Olympus. Het and gen are the most popular ones, followed by a smaller number of slash and femslash works. Slash and femslash works are more popular on Ao3, and the works on Ao3 tend to be after the Heroes of Olympus series was released/began releasing.
Apart from fanfiction, the PJO fandom is most active in the fields of fanart, wikis, cosplay, forums, roleplay etc. While the canon was still open, there were quite wild speculations about future plot and canon pairings (Percy/Annabeth vs. Percy/Rachel), as well as guesses about Percy's role in the First Great Prophecy. Since the publication of the fifth and final book of the first series (May 5th 2009), the following series have been included under the umbrella of Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
Since the latter half of the Heroes of Olympus series and onwards, the series has diversified and included more characters from different backgrounds.
Shipping and slashing
While the canon in the PJO series promotes strictly heterosexual shippings, fanon and Greek Mythology in general is not restricted by it, which led to the appearance of a number of "impossible" ships, such as Luke/Percy, by far the most popular slash pairing after Nico/Percy which belongs to the Heroes of Olympus series, Percy/Artemis, and Thalia/Nico.
PJO is a juggernaut on FFN, with 76.6K fics (as of 2020 Jan) and the third largest book fandom.
From the beginning, PJO fanfic displayed sharp diverseness and a number of easily identifiable categories besides het, gen and slash. The biggest categories are, beside canon-compliant, AU and All Human AU (often abbreviated as AH) stories, but there are stories that goes back into Ancient Greece and Rome, cross-generation stories and not quite canon-compliant stories. There are also stories about mortals who observe PJO world without knowing of its existance, next generation stories and stories that deal with disappearance of Mist.
PJO fanfics can be also sorted by the time in which they were written. By the time the fifth book was published and canon closed, publishing of every new book brought a wave of fanfics with new canon interpretations, pairings and predictions about the next book. This pattern crossed over to its successor series Heroes of Olympus, which can make finding the right story on Fanfiction.net very difficult.
Tropes & Subgenres
There are many tropes and subgenres existing in PJO fanfics, but these exist only in PJO:
- Guardian of the Hunt
- Different Godly Parent
- Percy discovers Facebook
- Percy is betrayed
- The characters read the book series and react
- Second/Third Giant war AU
- Powerful/Dark Percy
Archives & Fannish Links
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians fanfics @ FanFiction.net (third most popular book fandom, with 57.9K stories as of 30 November 2014)
- Book canon and film canon fanworks on Archive of Our Own
- , Number taken from FanFiction.net on 15th April 2019.