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Shadowhunters Season 2 Episdoes 1-3 Review

Hi guys, today I want to have a chat about the brand new season of Shadowhunters!

For those of you who don’t know or are stopping by my blog for the first time, I am a huge fan of Cassandra Clare’s books and have been hoping so hard that the Freeform adaptation is going to be a success. This isn’t going to be a negative review but it’s not going to be a glowing one either, it’s just going to be a quick discussion about, which for me are the highs and lows of season 2 of Shadowhunters so far.

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The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Let’s start with the good,  since season one the actors seem like they’re really getting a handle on their characters and coming together as a unit. My problem is not with the actors, I think they were well cast and are it seems a talented lot, my issue is how the writers have chosen to portray the characters from book to screen (but I’ll get to that).

The show is enjoyable with highs and lows and it has something that a lot of shows don’t have, a built-in fan base. If I was watching it having not read the books I would say it had a bit of a Vampire Diaries feel to it, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing it just the way Shadowhunters is shot, the ‘iffy’ dialogue and the interaction between the characters stinks of a teen drama and The Mortal Instruments book series is so much more than that. After all, children’s/young adult literature that can only be read by children is pretty poor quality literature and the same should be said of adaptations of its works should it not? The book series is a hard hitting gritty saga with some seriously mature content, done differently I think the show could have received a much wider audience and I feel the show runners and writers did the show a disservice by putting it in such a pigeon hole.

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Now for the not so great, hardly anything that’s currently happening in the show actually happened in the books. I do not understand, do the writers think they can do better than the author? The author who sold millions of copies of her books, who is beloved by her fans because her world actually makes sense.

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Look, the Shadow World like all the best words out there (Narnia, Middle Earth, The Wizarding Word and so on) has rules, break those rules and everything around you starts to crumble. I laughed out loud watching episode three, Clary all of a sudden having a rune that gives her the same powers as Tessa Grey? Come on writers, there is no such Rune that’s one of the reasons Tessa (A character from The Infernal Devices for all who don’t know) is so special, she is unique and all of sudden, what she isn’t unique, she isn’t special? And don’t get me started on the whole Stele swipe thing, what is that seriously?

I am not opposed to writers changing a few things when books are adapted for the big and small screen, look at A Game of Thrones and Outlander they are both fantastic examples of book to television done really, really well and changes have been made in both shows without damaging the integrity of the core material.

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I also want to talk about the character of Magnus, what the hell have they done to him?!Book Magnus is funny, sexy, sassy and full of one-liners, t.v Mangus is sooo serious and a bit needy for my taste. For me there is no comparison it’s like the writers have sucked all the life out of the character. Harry Shum Jr who plays him does a good job but the lines he is given are not a lot to work with.

Overall I am giving Shadowhunters a 3/5 stars it’s not bad, but it’s not great either. I believe the show runners are changing for the second half of the season so we will see what happens going forward.

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Mild Spoilers for Lady Midnight and Episode 3 of Shadowhunters ahead

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I don’t want to end this review on a negative note to I would like to mention something that I loved. In Cassandra Clare’s most recent book Lady Midnight she talks a lot about Parabatai and what they mean to each other and at one point explains how the Parabatai ceremony is almost like a wedding. When Jace saves Alec I really felt that we got a good idea of just how bonded Parabatai are and how if one of them dies a part of the other would die too, it was a beautiful scene.

That’s it for today I hope you enjoyed my Shadowhunters chat! I’ll be back with more Shadowhunters later in the season, see you next time!

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Let’s talk about Shadowhunters!

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Disclaimer these are just my opinions and are not meant to offend anyone!

I think  I should say before I begin that I am a big fan of The Mortal Instruments/ Infernal Devices (I am yet to read Lady Midnight) and ever since the terrible but I think we can all  say well-meaning film adaptation I have gone into this series with trepidation and LOW expectations. I think it’s fair to say that the casting is just better than the film but my only real issue is Magnus but I’ll get there- one thing at a time.

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I did want to wait until I watched the whole series and do a series review but… I thought it was okay to have a chat about Shadowhunters before season 1 wraps. I was watching Youtube today and I heard PolandBanana Books say something which made sense to me, (I am power phrasing here) but basically she said when it comes to fantasy there are rules and you have to stick to those or no one knows what’s going on. I think she makes a really good point, the great thing about Cassandra Clare’s books is that she has created the Shadow World weather reading about Shadow Hunters in Victorian London or Modern day New York us as readers know the rules. We know how a Stele works, what Runes do what a Parabati is (lets all pause for a Will and Jem moment) but the show has blundered in and broken a lot of these fundamental rules which for me when watching the show play out is problematic. The biggest ‘rule break’ for me in the show so far is Alec and Jace and their Parabati bond.

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Spoilers from here on guys!

When I think of Parabati I think of Will and Jem the ultimate Parabati they were in love with the same woman from crying out load and they still loved each other just as much, their bond was that unbreakable the only thing that can break a Parabati bond is death, death! It is not so easily broken by one Parabati ‘searching for the other’ or being angry at the other.

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Parabati can angry, furious at the other but are still prepared to die for the other and that’s what separates the books from the show they are failing to show the love that should exist between Alec and Jace all because of that bond.
Following along the lines of rules or rule breaking we all know Shadowhunters heal, get their power from Runes so can someone please tell me why Jace was having a blood transfusion in the last episode? What? I mean huh? Seriously?

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I feel like it is necessary to mention the whole Micheal Wayland Valentine Glamour thing- (pulls exasperated face) the thing is it is these such plot holes/ unnecessary plot devices that give book adaptations a bad name. Is it necessary to once again dumb down material which has been so successful? But I should say that I am enjoying the show and I do want it to be successful but I think at the moment it’s a bit of a ruff and ready adaptation.

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I just want to briefly mention Magnus, Harry Shum Jr is a great casting choice but what is with all Magnus’ dialogue? It is all so beggy in regards to Alec, book Magnus is my favourite character and has so much wit and so much sass he is missing his Magnus charm and I hope we get to see more of the Magnus we know and love soon!

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Finally, I want to mention Jace and Simon (Jace) and the Jace Simon relationship is the biggest let down for me- book Jace has funny line after funny line, his sniping with Simon made me laugh out loud while reading I hope we get to see more of this hilarious relationship.

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But having said all that I am really enjoying this show so far and looking forward to seeing the rest of the season and super excited for season 2!

Hope everyone is enjoying Shadowhunters!

Happy Reading Everyone!

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Shadowhunters (The Mortal Instruments) TV Show vs Movie

I am a huge Cassandra Clare fan and love The Mortal Instruments books so way back when (2013) The City of Bones movie burst onto our screens I was filled with hope, excitement, joy but as we all know (or you do if you’re a fan) it didn’t work out so well.

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My big problem with any book to movie adaptation is when they don’t follow they book – it doesn’t have to be to the letter, I know something’s don’t translate from page to screen BUT with something as complicated as The Shadow Hunter Chronicles and having to keep in mind a prequel series like The Infernal Devices keeping the original text in mind, and sticking to it as much as possible is a good idea (it is popular for a reason).

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Lily Collins and Katherine McNamara as Clary

I do really like Lily Collins as Clary and I know this is controversial but I do like Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace so I wanted to briefly have a look at the new cast and chat about the teasers that have been released so far and THAT pilot  preview that’s been released online.

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Jamie Cambell Bower and Dominic Sherwood as Jace

I saw a preview of the up and coming Shadowhunters which is going to be broadcast on ABC family soon to be rebranded as Freedform. Which is interesting in it’s self- hopefully the channel will be less ‘family’ and will have the freedom to make its shows appeal to all audiences not just the family audience. I hope so, mainly because I think some of the later content of the Shadowhunters books requires some leniency when it comes to what is considered ‘mature content.’

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Robert Sheehan and Alberto Rosende as Simon

I think the casting choices are interesting, most people are going to be happy with Jace and Clary visually they look closer to how they did in the books which is a positive step forward. For me personally though Lily Collins is a talented actress and although the film wasn’t great she really did pull off a great Clary. When it comes to Jace, the most important thing for me is that his attitude is displayed correctly, he has such great one liners in the books and his back and forth with Simon is brilliant if they get that right that’s a real positive step forward to success.

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Matthew Daddario and Kevin Zeggers as Alec

The pilot snippet and two teasers have been released so far if you haven’t seen them they are all available on Youtube, I don’t want to make judgements because as a fan I would love Shadowhunters to be a long running success but from what I have seen it looks a bit Vampire Academy to me which makes me think they might be going for the funny, cringe, slap stick angle rather than dark with underlying humour. Just going to have to wait and see!

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Godfrey Gao and Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus

So to round up casting, so far looks good, I have only mentioned and pictured my favourite characters in this post but may go on to do a full casting post. Harry Shum Jr. is my favourite casting so far I think he is going to make a brilliant Magnus and can’t wait to see him bring the wonderful Warlock to life! Basically I can’t wait and I’m going to have to re-read City of Bones before January 2016 to get Shadowhunters ready. What to you think of the Shadowhunters casting, love the movie? Hate the movie? Do you think a successful adaptation can be done? Fangirl in the comments!

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Happy Reading! x