does sass even exist at this point
No liz you have no idea. I’ve been fed up with mischaracterization and misinterpretation in the pjo fandom for a while now, especially when they mischaracterize my favorite miserable bitchy little shit from the books, Percy.
You want to know what Percy is? Mildly sarcastic, and bitterly at that. He’s usually making fun of himself or his own life when he does it and often times its in his head or mumbled so only he can hear. Its not because he’s trying to be funny or thinks he’s funny or wants attention or whatever, he’s fucking miserable and doesn’t know how else to deal other then to be like “haha wow its raining and I tripped and hit my head on a tree that’s just my fucking luck isn’t it” Like the kid dramatizes everything in his head and complains because he’s moody and doesn’t even want to be a demigod going on dangerous quests for gods he barely cares about! He’s not trying to be funny or “sassy”, he has a low worth of himself and is miserable pretty much 24/7!
And then the fandom makes him come across as this arrogant immature ass who walks around shirtless showing off his hot bod, as if Percy would be comfortable with something like that when he blushes at just the thought of Annabeth seeing him getting dressed in the morning or sitting on his bed while the covers are pulled up at night??? Yeah ok Percy can be kind of prideful about some things, like sword fighting for instance, but everybody can. Percy’s embarrassed about intimate, borderline sexual stuff like that and no way would he feel comfortable with everyone staring at him while he’s shirtless, he doesn’t even like attention! He blushes and stumbles and tries to get out of the spotlight when the eyes are all on him! And then he gets easily annoyed with people that act immature and don’t take things seriously when they should, like TTC hyperactive baby Nico and Leo, so I don’t think he would act immaturely himself!
And then Percy can be harsh sometimes when he loses his temper, but he’s not a jerk. Percy is one of the nicest guys you could meet, he cares about friends, strangers, and sometimes even enemies too! Almost everything he says to friends is kind and inspiring like wow Frank you were so amazing, Hazel no you are worth so much, Grover you’re the bravest satyr I know, Reyna that was so incredible how you flew here all on your own, go on and do it Clarisse I trust you, even when some of these people can be mean to him like??? Percy will almost always apologize when he makes mistakes and is honestly one of the sweetest people, he’s the kind of guy that will put on a tux even if he doesn’t want to and be kind and polite to his date’s parents and will blush and pull nervously at his tie when said date teases him and shows affection HONESTLY. Sometimes he’s too trusting and oblivious to the bad aspects of people and that can get him into trouble.
I just question if I’m reading the same books as some people. If you want to point out Percy’s flaws make sure they’re actual flaws like he’s stubborn, rebellious, reckless, a bit oblivious, got a hot temper, pretty internally pessimistic and moody, sometimes kinda selfish. And if you want to write about his character please understand that generally he’s pretty humble and nice and awkward and shy about stuff, and actually thinks a lot and is smart (did you see him in SON? He like figured out the entire quest before anyone else did and then continued to show how he doesn’t always depend on other people to help him out when he recalled a bunch of myths on his own) and doesn’t always have a witty comeback for everything and is the kind of kid who will stick up for the underdog and doesn’t have a lot of school friends and doesn’t look for attention and isn’t considered “cool”…I’m just so sick of this all being ignored and I turned this into a long thing oops oh well.