Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters - What are the best teen fantasy franchises?
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, the second film based on the hugely successful Rick Riordan series of books Percy Jackson & the Olympians, is released on DVD & Blu-ray on Monday (December 9).
The film was a moderate success at the box office and there will more than likely be another film (there are three more in Riordan’s series), but it’s not the only teen fantasy epic that you can get your mitts on. Here are three other series to stick on over Christmas and two others to get you excited for 2014…
The behemoth. The film series that means the likes of Percy Jackson, Eragon, Mortal Instruments and Divergent keep being given the green light. The eight-film series raked it in at the box office with total revenues of almost $8 billion dollars, plus the huge amount made from merchandise and the Harry Potter tours.
So how does it stand up, two years on from the end of the film franchise? Pretty well: the films actually got better as the series went on. They start off in pretty ropey fashion (lots of exposition and featuring actors who are, quite literally, young children), but as the casts mature, the budgets increase exponentially and the scripts get darker, so the films improve. We’ll still be watching these films in 25 years time.
The Chronicles Of Narnia
The high hopes and large budgets that were afforded to this adaptation of CS Lewis’ classic series of books have never really been matched by the recent film series. The opening flick The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, features a standout turn from Tilda Swindon as the White Witch, but other than that it’s a bit plodding.
The films that have followed have been equally standard fare, devoid of much excitement or pace. They’re faithful adaptations, but they seriously lack in magic…
The Hunger Games
The second instalment of this season might have just come out, but it already feels like this is going to be in a class of its own. The first instalment is out to buy on DVD now and is a smart, compelling watch that credits its audience with a lot more intelligence than most in this genre. Catching Fire comes to DVD next year and we can’t wait to see Mockingjay brought to the big screen in 2014.
Set in a futuristic Chicago, people are divided into five distinct factions based on their personalities. Divergent is based on the very successful book of the same name. It’s got a huge online fanbase, a great cast (including Kate Winslet, Maggie Q and rising star Shailene Woodley) and a lavish budget. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how it translates on screen.
Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters
This film is based on Richelle Mead’s best-selling 2007 novel Vampire Academy and is already generating frenzied excitement online. Starring Zoey Deutch, Olga Kurylenko and Gabriel Byrne, the film will bring the world of St. Vladimir's Academy and their half-human/half-vampire trainees to life.
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters is released on DVD & Blu-ray on Monday (December 9th).