There shouldn’t even be a fucking controversy in the first place. I cannot believe this BS is starting again, especially over something as trivial as a book cover! Like didn’t we have enough of this crap in that Jasper vs. Jeyna ship war and that whole fancasting drama which got so bad that pipermcleaning LEFT the fandom. Watching all this unfold is just killing me.
There is just so many stupid things people are saying in the blood of olympus tag. One person said that the Blood of Olympus cover is the weakest cover of the series, probably just because Percy wasn’t on it. Another said, I quote “Why is Percy Jackson not on the last cover of the Percy Jackson series?” I feel like saying BTW, in case you didn’t notice, this is Heroes of Olympus, plural you see, Heroes not Hero, not Percy Jackson and the Olympians which ended FOUR FUCKING BOOKS AGO. Like WTF, where the hell are people getting this shit from?
And now people are coming up with insane theories like that Percy and Annabeth must be dead just because they’re not in the cover…or that all the Greeks are dead cause there is only Romans on the cover. I literally laughed out loud when I saw someone post: “I can’t fucking believe that Percy Jackson dies in Blood of Olympus”. I hope that that person was trolling. As we all know, the cover usually depicts one of the most climatic scenes in the book. Maybe this is the most climactic scene of the book and Percy and Annabeth just aren’t present for it. They’re not the only ones who are important. Some people are saying things like: ”If Annabeth dies I will literally burn all my books”or ”tbh if Percy doesn’t get a POV in Blood of Olympus, I’m going to be really upset.” Don’t jump to conclusions people. If you really want to speculate, why not talk about that little thing hanging off the crane in the corner? That could quite possibly be Percy and Annabeth being held captive by the giants or something. Maybe the Greeks aren’t there cause they’ve been taken by Gaea’s minions.
Like, I’m sorry, but as much as I love Percy and Annabeth (they are my all-time all-fandom favourite OTP), THEY’RE NOT THE ONLY FREAKING CHARACTERS IN THIS SERIES! There are 6 other characters besides Percy in this series, and each of them has an integral part to play in this book. Percy has been on 3 of the 5 covers, THREE! That is more than half. I also think that the Romans deserve the spotlight for just one book, especially Hazel and Frank who have not been on a cover yet despite their major role in the series. Percy and Annabeth were on the last cover so it’s only fair that they’re not on this one because frankly that is just repetitive and boring.
I think that John Rocco has done an excellent job in creating this beautiful cover art. The reason why they put Hazel and Frank instead of Percy? Because they want all the characters to be on the cover at least once, because hey, some people actually like the new characters just as much, if not more, than the old ones. And every single one of them deserves a chance to be on a cover.
I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with expressing your disappointment, but assuming crazy things is not right, and hating on the cover is simply unacceptable because it is an insult towards the guy who drew all the covers since Lightning Thief (aka John Rocco) and rude to people who like it, and utterly pointless for the unity of the fandom.