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Excerpt: "This summer, another young hero film, "Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monster," is expected to attract millions of moviegoers. Based on the true situation of the novel writer's son -- who is suffering from dyslexia and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- the film will continue the adventure journey of Percy, son of God of Ocean in Greek myths, in his search for Golden Fleece.
In 2010, 20th Century Fox turned the first novel of the "Percy Jackson" series into movie, which made 226.5 million dollars worldwide. Compared to the gross revenues of the eight-film franchise "Harry Potter" and the three-film franchise "The Lord of The Rings," it is relatively small.
However, the film provoked strong reactions from audiences, especially children and parents who are struggling with dyslexia and ADHD.
Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series of novels, told the press that he received a great number of emails and letters from families who have children who are ADHD or dyslexic patients. Some children used to be ashamed that they have dyslexia, but now they feel different about themselves.
Haley, the son of Riordan, said: "You read a lot of books and none of them have a hero who is dyslexic or has ADHD. It's always perfect people in a perfect world doing perfect things. Percy is, in fact, very flawed and he has to fight against that and at the same time fight monsters."
Percy is a person unlikely to become a superhero. He grows up with a single mom, has dyslexia and ADHD, has never scored above a grade C and considers himself as a loser until he discovers that he is actually the son of Poseidon, the God of Ocean, which he once thought only existed in mythology. This leads his life to another path. He finds that his difficulties are not a weakness at all, but a sign of greatness. Percy steps into an unknown world, where he learns to battle with all kinds of different obstacles along the journey and grows up to be a young hero."