Shadowhunters Evolution

Shadowhunters Evolution

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Growing up, my favorite place to hangout (hide, whichever), was the library (who am I kidding, it is still one of my favorite places to go). One day while wandering the aisles, gazing longingly at all the beautiful covers tucked neatly onto their shelves, I spotted a title that piqued my interest. It was called City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. The book wasn’t in a particularly obvious spot, in fact it was hidden away on the bottom shelf in a dark cozy corner. Something about it just called to me, and trusting my instincts, I picked it up and checked it out. Thus began my journey into the Shadowhunter universe.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
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It turns out, I have rather good instincts when it comes to discovering enthralling novels, at least in my (not so) humble opinion. I was hooked within the first few chapters and sped through the rest of the six (only five were out when I originally read them) book series within a matter of a few weeks (it would have been quicker if I didn’t have that pesky thing called school work of course). This series focuses on a young girl named Clary Fray, who gets herself quickly tangled up with a group of demon killers called shadowhunters after she witnesses a (supposed) murder and gets attacked by a demon after her mother goes missing. As she delves into the shadow world, she realizes her whole life has been a lie and must come to terms with who she is as she searches for her mother. She makes friends with three young shadowhunters, Alec and Izzy Lightwood, and the oh so handsome Jace Wayland whose snarky one liners and cold, cocky demeanor draws in readers and Clary alike.

I loved this series – there were some slow parts through parts of all the books but I loved the level of detail and the depth of development of all the characters, not just Clary, and the universe they lived in. It was the kind of book that draws you in and transports you into the lives of the characters, almost as if they were flesh and blood friends. Each character had such a unique personality and the description of the shadowhunter world is so realistic it feels like a reader is one step away from discovering a Fae in their backyard or werewolf in the movie theater.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Poster
Find the movie here and Check out the trailer here

This six part series is best described as addicting, wild and thrilling, so much so a fan base had grown large enough that soon after the fifth book, demands for a movie grew. A year after City of Lost Souls (2012) was released, the movie ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ arrived in all its…splendor?

In all honesty, the movie was simply…alright. I had very mixed feelings on it. On the one hand, some of the actors looked spot on. However, I personally didn’t agree with all the casting choices…and there was also a large problem with some of the chemistry. Though the actors worked well together, there were some parts that felt forced and awkward. The plot was rushed through so quickly it was a disappointment that they forgot some details, though they did an excellent job in handling some key elements they did remember. A lot of the focus was between Clary and Jace’s relationship, so that was where most of the details were. Though the focus was on them in the books, there was also just so much more with the other characters and to the plot that was essential.

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments Poster
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The movie was well done but overall it was just very rushed and lacked some very key elements, which is why I feel like it was a bit of a bust. I’d still recommend people checking it out if they’re interested but I wouldn’t expect it to be amazing. I think part of the issue was that the books were decently sized and very detailed, which is hard to fit into a movie with a time limit. Which is why I thought that this next move was brilliant – they turned it into a television show called Shadowhunters. It came out in January 2016 and its currently about to release its third season March 20th. Yet again, I have very mixed feelings in regards to the series but I enjoy it much more than the movie (but not as much as the books – the saying “the books are always better” runs true here).

A lot of the issues I mentioned the movie having seemed to be solved with the TV series. The show is still a bit rushed and going through the plot line very quickly, however, it’s still a better pace than the movie, and I don’t think any movie or show will ever live up to the book. The show is still detailed, and focuses on multiple character while developing the main plot line. The majority of the actors and actresses look incredible, and seem well suited to the role, and the chemistry is a lot more tangible. However the producers do like to take some artistic liberties – perhaps to add a twist or a new edge to a series we already love?

After the movie debacle, I was very hesitant to watch the show but I haven’t regretted it. If anything, I just have a few issues with how they developed some of the characters. Take Clary, played by Katherine McNamara – Katherine McNamara in Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (2016)normal girl turned demon hunter basically overnight, determined to find her mom and ultimately her place in the world. The show makes her off to be a little…annoying in the first season, when I think their goal was to represent her tenacity. Then, there is Jace, Dominic Sherwood in Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (2016)played by Dominic Sherwood. Through the book series, you catch on to his protectiveness and love for Clary, which is deep, intense and conflicted. In the show though, it is basically plastered all over him and overwhelms a lot of the typical Jace personality so many readers loved. His trademark snark and demeanor does still pop out here and there, and the broodiness definitely strikes back in season 2.

There are a few other hiccups through the show that doesn’t follow the book (SERIOUSLY DID YOU HAVE TO KILL A CERTAIN CHARACTER OFF) but the way the producers shape the show is really well done and I love how they focus on all of the main characters and their relationships! Basically, I’m as sucked in to the TV show as I was with the books, and I think you could watch the show independently and understand most everything that is going on. I can’t wait for season three to start up, it feels both like a refresher and a continuation of the books, something that is entirely new and fresh.

All in all, the books are a MUST to read if you haven’t yet and enjoy some demon slashing, convoluted romancing, world saving books. I would give the books a 5/5, the show a 4/5 and the movie a 2.5/5. With the third season of the show coming out, I really wanted to write a little bit about my thoughts on all three developments and maybe rope in a few stragglers who might potentially want to leap into the Shadowhunter fandom. I’d love to hear anyone else’s thoughts and opinions as well – do you agree with my ratings and assessments? You can leave a comment, and while you’re looking around, feel free to click that cute little follow button and check out my social media. Good Hunting!

(Disclaimer; all pictures were taken from Goodreads and IMDb)

5 thoughts on “Shadowhunters Evolution”

    1. I haven’t yet sadly 😦 had to take a break from reading for a bit (school work is a bit annoying), and just started getting back to it. I’m really determined to start reading The Infernal Devices series here soon, they sound fantastic, and I love her writing so much!

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