I have to start this post out with the minor caveat that I have never read the Mortal Instruments books or any of its linked series. I have tried to start City of Bones at least five times (I own the series in audio, print, and Kindle book; I blew the money in hopes that I’d get into it more if I tried it in a different format) and it just turns into a great big snoozefest. So, I gave up on it a while ago. I think it’s her age (I don’t generally read YA), the story just doesn’t grab me.*
A few years ago, I saw the movie and loved it. I mean, I wasn’t crazy about all of the casting, but the story itself was pretty solid. I thought Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower were a good match together, but not knowing the series, leaving off with their weird I don’t care that we’re siblings vibe (although the audience knew it was a lie, THEY didn’t. Bleck! lol), the ending was a little vomit worthy. But I liked the movie as a whole.
Then I saw the first couple episodes of the TV series Shadowhunters. People, you could hear my eyes roll on the other side of the globe. The cheese factor was BAD. I mean, follow the paper trail and at the end of the day, it is a product of a mouse wearing shorts, so there is a certain level of family friendly content required by the top brass. I didn’t know it was a Disney product at the time, but it made sense in hindsight. Anyway, I stopped there and didn’t think about it again until I was horrendously sick a few weeks ago. I’d just finished watching The Vampire Diaries for the billionth time through (I had a REAL, work-related reason this time!!! Nightshade!!! So there!) and I was in search of something new to watch. From there, I don’t even know how I ended up on Shadowhunters given my past experience with the show, but I tried it again. Once you get through the first few episodes, the cast begins to find their groove and things come together. Judging my the special effects change, their budget was also increased. lol
And now I fully understand how people end up in cults.
People, I drank the Shadowhunter Kool-Aid.
I’ve been sucked in and no amount of logical reasoning will get me to walk away now.
If you haven’t watched the show yet, be warned that this post is FULL of spoilers. MAJOR SPOILERS. Like, I’m telling you right now, I am going to COMPLETELY BLOW the season 2 finale in the first few paragraphs, so if you have not watched yet, STOP READING OR YOU’RE GOING TO HATE ME. And I don’t want you to hate me.
*As a side note, since watching the series, I have tried starting the books again and achieved the same result. It just doesn’t grab me. *shrug*
Also, I have no clue how much of this post is spoilers for the books.