This is the Blogger Positivity Campaign, hosted by Jillian at Jillian’s Books, where a bunch of us bloggers are dedicated to spreading the good vibes around this blogosphere! Aila here, bringing this week’s prompt: “Letter to a Fictional Character that Inspired or Helped You!” This character is an oldy but goody – one of the classic ones of my generation that really helped my friends and I while growing up.
Dear Percy Jackson:
I wasn’t going to read you at first, ya know.
It’s true! I remember in fifth grade my friend goes like, “Here, you might like this book,” and I went like, “Cool,” and left it in my room for two weeks. When it got overdue from the library, I decided to quickly read about you to kill time.
Honestly, I had already been an avid reader by that time. You didn’t really affect my love of reading. But what you did was introduce me to the Young Adult genre – and the awesome fandom that comes with it. Researching your fan art, fanfiction, and other stories beyond the pages became my priority. And from there, I found a list of similar books that would forever change my world.
I was never a Harry Potter fan. While some readers were shouting out spell names, I stuck to my Greek mythology (and hung out with the people who read both). Even so, your introduction was what influenced me to become the young adult I am today, and the friendships I made throughout it all. So thank you, Percy Jackson, for sticking with me through thick and thin, in my ever changing environment.
With lots of love,
One of the most amazing things about the PJO world was how I grew up while reading the characters grow (same can be said about HP). Magnus Chase is my age right now, and it accounts for so much relatability with these characters. I love them, and although Rick Riordan likes writing about gods, he’s pretty much one of the gods of writing.
What character has shaped the way you are today? I’d love to hear about them!