“Look, I’m just curious. How many hours a day do you spend grooming yourself?”
“Some people are not lucky enough to be as naturally adorable as you are.”
“Stop it, you’re making me blush.”
Well I wouldn’t say its all of the fandom, but it does seem to be a great majority.
Its like some of them to choose to focus on just one or two traits and base him off of those alone, when in reality Percy is a complex character with many traits and things that have happened to him in the past that define him. He’s supposed to be realistic and relatable and I think Riordan does a very good job of conveying that in the books personally, especially when he’s writing in Percy’s first person point of view.
Most of the fandom views him as the stereotypical perfect ”hero” for some reason, super gorg and tall and muscular and dashing and charming with a winning smile just oozing confidence, when Riordan works so hard to make sure that’s not the case. He makes it clear that for a while Percy’s not very tall, he isn’t gorgeous, he’s on the skinnier side, often trips when he walks and blushes when people touch him or give him what he would consider a lot attention. Has messy hair he doesn’t brush and clothes that are wrinkled and acne on his face, who groans about school and likes playing videogames and skateboarding and watching basketball and kissing his bossy girlfriend, who has a mom that he loves and usually lives with and helps out whenever he can, who isn’t very sure of himself and doesn’t have a lot of friends in school (and doesn’t normally receive a passing glance from the ladies at school)…he’s supposed to be imperfect, he’s supposed to be like us.
Percy embodies the normal kids that are outcasts, who don’t quite fit in and are frustrated with life but are still fighting despite of everything. He’s supposed to inspire us to make a difference and give us hope that things will get better. Maybe not today or tomorrow but eventually they will and one day your differences can lead to amazing things like his did if you just keep believing that they will. That’s what Percy Jackson is all about. Its about not coming from a perfect family, being frustrated with school, insecure about yourself, an outcast to everyone else and pushing on anyway, proving everybody who doubted you wrong and realizing that you have the potential to be extraordinary. It just baffles me when I see that being ignored by fans. ”Oh Percy is unimpressive??! No that can’t be right!!”
Yeah, it is and he is, that’s the whole freakin point.