I’ve been trying to watch TV adaptation of The Mortal Instruments since it first premiered in 2016 as Shadowhunters. I’ve finally stopped procrastinating a little and took some time out of my summer to watch the series premiere.
But first, let’s talk about the movie, City of Bones.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the first adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s novel back in 2013 starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan.
I watched it when the DVD hit shelves and it was a hot mess. I’m not a huge fan of the books myself considering how I’ve abandoned the series after maybe the second novel (wow, it’s been a long time), but the movie made it worse.
But let’s just keep it short and say that in a nutshell, Clary ruined the movie for me primarily because she was a damsel in flipping distress and cried. A lot. And honestly, that’s the only thing I remember from the movie aside from the fact I liked their fashion choices.
Shadowhunters, aka a second chance
Few adaptations even get a second chance, so I was hoping it would be a lot better than the clustermess of a movie. However, I didn’t have high expectations because what if the TV show is a hot mess as well? I’m probably not the only one who expressed that feeling.
But it did survive more than a season, so I assumed it’s bound to be better than the movie version.
Three Things You Should Know About Shadowhunters, Assuming You’ve Been Procrastinating As Well
I can’t be the only one out there who hasn’t watched a single episode of Shadowhunters yet, so here are three things I’ve noticed from the first episode.
Clary is less whiny
My biggest issue with the movie is how Clary has been tossed down a notch and well… far less badass than she is in the book (she’s still whiny, but still a badass). In fact, she always got saved. 🤔
The actors feel awkward, look awkward…
I’m probably nitpicking for being so early in the show, so maybe they get better and feel less awkward later on? But for right now, they just look super awkward in their roles – they’ve been tossed straight into a party with other people and have no clue (yet?).
Shadowhunters is definitely a lot better than the movie!
I think it’s a great second chance and the movie didn’t serve the justice the book actually deserved on the big screen. With a smaller screen, there is so much more room for improvement and getting everything that was missing from the movie. Since I’m only at the first few episodes of the show, I’m hoping it gets better, and I have high hopes that it will.