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Percy Jackson 2 could make you stop believing in the Hero's Journey

The first Percy Jackson movie was pretty much a straight-up copy of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey, in which a hero finds out he's chosen and goes on a series of tests. And now the new outing basically does the same thing all over again, except slower and with less alacrity. Call it the monomyth with mononucleosis. »8/07/13 9:00am8/07/13 9:00am

The Most Pointless Rules for Young Epic Heroes in Training

When you sign up to become a Jedi or a Starfleet officer, you have to abide by certain rules. Like, "Don't attempt a Kolvoord Starbust." But often, these organizations seem to invent rules that have no reason, beyond creating dramatic tension. Here are the most counterproductive training rules in science fiction and… »6/11/13 11:00am6/11/13 11:00am

Suddenly, Percy Jackson 2: Sea of Monsters looks completely badass

Remember how we said that while the first Percy Jackson movie was kind of a mess, the trailer for the sequel, Sea of Monsters, looked cute? Well, after seeing this new trailer, let us amend that — it looks surprisingly awesome. It may end up a muddled mess, but if so it'll be an action-packed mess, by the gods. »5/29/13 11:20am5/29/13 11:20am

Will Hollywood sentimentalize Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe?

We're mostly thrilled that Charles Yu's awesome novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is getting a big Hollywood movie deal. We're a bit concerned, though, that it's being spearheaded by Chris Columbus, maker of the first two Harry Potter movies and Percy Jackson, among many other things. Will the… »12/02/11 10:30am12/02/11 10:30am