Hollywood just won’t give this book series a rest will they?
In case you haven’t heard about the six books, the flop of a movie, and now the TV series that is making the fandom burst into flames, Shadowhunters: Mortal Instruments is coming to ABC Family in 2016. Can we just talk about the amount of rioting that is occurring all over Instagram because of the new series? There is literally a cluster of ticked off fangirls listing thirty differences between the books, the movie, and the TV show previews. Like honestly guys, chill for a second.
Let’s start off with the books, shall we? Cassandra Clare wrote six fantasy books and labeled them as The Mortal Instruments series; but what some people don’t know is that Mortal Instruments is only a part of the Shadow hunter Chronicles. Yep. There are more than six books. Open up your wallet and run to the nearest Barnes and Nobles because the chronicles will have five parts. On top of there being more books, chances are that you read them out of order as well. The Infernal Devices series is the first part of theShadowhunter Chronicles and it has three books so far, respectively in order of the series: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess. The Last Hours series is the second part, which will also be a trilogy. Chain of Gold is the first book of three and it will be released in a year or two. The Mortal Instruments series is the third part, containing the following titles in order: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire. The Dark Artifices is the fourth part and it will be a trilogy but the only book title confirmed so far is Lady Midnight which will be released on March 8th, 2016. The Wicked Powers is the last part of the chronicles and will wrap up the whole series in three novels.
Mortal Instruments itself is about a teenage girl named Clarissa “Clary” Adele Fray who goes on a search with half-angels called Shadowhunters to Downworld which is an alternate version of New York that is filled with demons, vampires, werewolves, and those sorts of creatures in order to find her missing mother.
Okay good, now that the giant shocker has been revealed about two trilogy prequels to the six books, now we can move to the movie.
To sum up the movie in three words and try to avoid everyone from wasting their time: it’s not good.
Just do yourselves a favor and don’t watch it. Some of the differences between the book and the movie that personally bugged me are:
–Simon did not turn into a rat at Magnus Bane’s party in the movie, he just stayed human.
-In the book, Valentine gets away with the mortal cup but in the movie he does not.
– The movie was about City Of Bones, not City of Glass. They made Hodge reveal that Valentine was lying about Clary and Jace being siblings two movies too early.
The movie was so bad that when they went to do a second one, they decided to scrap it as a whole and do a TV series instead.
Now onto the upcoming TV series that made me want to write this whole rant in the first place. Cassandra Clare is going to have 18 books in the Shadowhunter Chronicles. That means that there is going to be A LOT of information for the show. I am hoping that the TV writers are going to do the book series justice, but the amount of hate the cast is already getting is just ridiculous. Instead of complaining about which characters look nothing like how you imagined, can we focus on what they did right so far?
-Fangirls always said that they’d rather have a TV series adaption from books instead of a movie adaption and hey look we’re actually getting one.
-The scenery looks on point, okay.
–The Silent Brothers look 10 times better than the movie version of The Silent Brothers.
In reality, the TV shows and movies will NEVER be exactly the same as the book. Ever. The only thing people should actually be concerned about (but no one is) is that the show is being aired on ABC Family, which is owned by Disney. Is no one worried about Disney toning the book scenes down a few notches? Is no one worried about love conflicts being heightened? Is no one worried about how EVERY ending to EVERY episode is going to end so dramatically and cheesy? Is that just me?
Anywho, if you don’t like the way the show looks, then don’t watch it. Honestly, we won’t actually know how the show is going to be until it airs. For everyone that isn’t going to watch it; chill out, kick your feet up, and save your money for the rest of the Shadowhunter book series. At least you know that the books won’t be disappointing.