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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) follows the 510+ stage Hero’s Journey, Monomyth pattern. Some elements include:
The Departure / Arrival from one World into another is Poseidon’s arrival to meet Zeus.
The State of Imperfection Made Explicit is Zeus’ demand that the Lightning Thief return it [the Lightning]. The Time Loop is in-built: if not returned within a certain period then there will be war.
The Hero is met and Ordinary World and the Ordinary Self Deficiencies are made explicit: Percy’s home life is dire, his mother has to put up with an unattractive partner etc.
Within his Ordinary World, the Hero demonstrates capacities that far exceed it – he is Too Big for this Small World. This is the same as Elf (2003), where Buddy is literally too big for the World [of Santa’s helpers].
Within the Ordinary World, the Hero has to hide his true capacities – Percy knows the answers at school but hides it. This is the same as Superman (1977), where Clarke Kent hides his supernatural abilities in Smallville.
The inkling that the Hero is able to do much more is made explicit during the Battle at the Edge of the Ordinary World – where the teacher turns into a dragon and is saved by a Supernatural Aid (Mr. Brunner / Chiron), who follows the archetype pattern (provides a Magical Gift etc) and leads the tutelage in the First Threshold.
That Percy’s mother is lost at the point of Passing the Minor First Threshold Guardian indicates one point where Older Self Attachments are lost. This is the same as Zack leaving his bike behind (as he enters the academy in An Officer and a Gentleman, 1982).
by Kal Bashir