We all have those book series that we stand up for no matter what, and Harry Potter is definitely one for many people. For me, the ending of the series (both in book and movie form) was the end of chapter in a way. Since then, I’ve read many more books, many more series and this one is still one of my favourites.
The Mortal Instruments is a book series composed of six books, published from 2007 to 2014. The books follow the story of Clary, a young girl who is pulled into the world of Shadowhunters- warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons.
After the book, came the movie, with The Mortal Instruments City of Bones being the first and last movie. With it’s under performance, the books were later adapted for tv, having now a tv series about it, with the second season currently running.
I’m here to give you a little guidance in case you haven’t come in contact with this universe yet.
In case you haven’t read the books, read them! They’re not Pulitzer worthy pieces but the Shadowhunter universe is so complex and so well explained that it really takes you there, and that’s what books are about, right? They’re supposed to make you forget about real life and take you in an adventure – and what an adventure this is. You will fall in love with each and every character, fully developed and with a story lines of their own; you will also fall in love with the relationships, turbulent and complicated, you will be rooting for certain characters to be together.
If you’re watching the show, and still haven’t read the books… Well then it’s a bit more complicated. I would definitely say the books are better than the movie/tv show, it’s more developed and it submerges you better in the story, as per usual. However, I know for a fact that the creators of the show want to take it a different direction than the books (it’s visible already). It’s your choice to make – dedicate it all to the show or read the books and possibility be disappointed by the direction the show takes.
Regarding the tv show I do have to say I recommend it as well, generally speaking. Despite not following the book and apart from the overly fantastic visual effect and corniness, it’s great. I’m a sucker for all of that, which is why I love the series so much. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love it too.