The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones / Shadowhunters

Here are random stuff from reminders, what transpired today and my second TV Series review.

DISCLAIMER: My personal review for this TV series is based on my personal character preferences or biases, book recognition, and movie adaptation. I wasn’t paid to make a review for the said program.

Ino downloaded Shadowhunters (The Mortal instrument’s City of Bones TV series) recently and we’re supposed to be on our 4th episode. We haven’t watched it yet because we were sidetracked by other things. I think he got intrigued by it because we’ve seen the The Mortal instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare as a movie before.

Shadowhunters by Freeform
Shadowhunters by Freeform
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones produced by Constantin Film Produktion GmbH and Don Carmody Productions
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones produced by Constantin Film Produktion GmbH and Don Carmody Productions
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones produced by Constantin Film Produktion GmbH and Don Carmody Productions
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones produced by Constantin Film Produktion GmbH and Don Carmody Productions

 

I have been reading tons of YA series and frankly, I already forgot the plot of this series. All i know is that I was on the 2nd book (City of Ashes) already and I wasn’t able to finish it. That’s why it’s included in my goals for this year. So speaking of goals, I really have to start from the 1st book because I totally forgot who’s who and what the storyline is about. I guess I got too overwhelmed by the installments for the Mortal Instruments that’s why I didn’t get to finish it.

I was actually disappointed that they didn’t cast the same actors from the movie in the TV series. My first impression was that all the characters on the TV series weren’t as interesting as those in the movie and even in my imagination. In my opinion, if they are aiming for a ruggedly handsome lead, they shouldn’t have changed the actor in the first place.

I forgot to mention a positive feedback which I only realized as Ino and I were watching Episode 4 and Episode 5.

Godfrey Gao (TMI: CoB) vs. Harry Shum, Jr. (Shdowhunters)
Godfrey Gao (TMI: CoB) vs. Harry Shum, Jr. (Shdowhunters)

 

Godfrey Gao as Magnus Bane in the The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie.
Godfrey Gao as Magnus Bane in the The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie.

Magnus Bane in the The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones the movie was so-so. I’m obviously not a fan of Godfrey Gao. In my opinion, he could pass as Magnus Bane and I can just forget him as soon as the movie finishes. His fashion style was a giveaway that he’s gay. It is part of the book and the story and there’s nothing wrong with that. But for me, his portrayal to the character in the movie was just barely there. He has a significant role in the series and the movie but he wasn’t as intriguing as the others. He has the edgy look and he was age appropriate, as he is mature and was supposed to be on the same age group with Jocelyn Fray.

 

Harry Shum, Jr. as Magnus Bane in the Shadowhunters TV series
Harry Shum, Jr. as Magnus Bane in the Shadowhunters TV series

 

However, it was a revelation, when I heard about Harry Shum, Jr. a.k.a Mike Chang of GLEE portray Magnus Bane in the Shadowhunters TV series.

Perhaps it became interesting because Harry Shum, Jr. is familiar to me. Perhaps it’s because I know that he can transition from a GLEE club member to another Asian who will represent a major role in  a series. No, not being a racist here. It’s just that, Magnus Bane is clearly an Asian in the book and Freeform made a good decision in choosing Harry Shum, Jr. as an addition to the TV series.

Harry is fresher and younger. I still have doubts though if he can portray the character effectively. If I’m going to base my first impression on his character for the past three episodes, I can say that he can’t be the same age as the mother of Clary but he can be a good romantic partner for Alec.

He and the actor who portrays Alec Lightwood in Shadowhunters add a comic relief in the series. They can be effective in some way and they can actually add flavor to the series. I actually like the actor who portrays Alec in the TV series.

They actually did great in choosing Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood in the TV series. He’s more handsome and fresh looking than Kevin Zegers in TMI:CoB. He was the only character that I approved of when I watched the pilot of the Shadowhunters. I think Kevin Zegers in the TMI:COB was pretty mature for the role, but considering he is Isabelle’s brother, I supposed that it’s okay.

Matthew Daddario (Shadowhunters) vs. Kevin Zegers (TMI: CoB)
Matthew Daddario (Shadowhunters) vs. Kevin Zegers (TMI: CoB)
Kevin Zegers (TMI:CoB) vs Matthew Daddario (Shadowhunters)
Kevin Zegers (TMI:CoB) vs Matthew Daddario (Shadowhunters)

 

Matthew Daddario a.k.a Alec Lighwood, is one of the reasons why I’m still watching this series. Aside from him, I also look forward to Magnus Banes’ story arc and importance in the series. So far they are the only reasons why I am watching this show.

Jemima West (TMI: CoB) bs. Emeraude Toubia (Shadowhunters)
Jemima West (TMI: CoB) bs. Emeraude Toubia (Shadowhunters)

On the other hand, I prefer Jemima West (TMI:CoB movie actress) better than Emeraude Toubia. Emeraude is beautiful and she is a good actress. Considering her role as someone who needs to seduce other downworlders to help Clary, I think Freeform did a good job in casting her. However, as for my personal opinion, Jemima West could do more justice as Isabelle Lightwood in the TV series.

Jemima West (TMI: CoB)
Jemima West (TMI: CoB)

 

Emeraude Toubia (Shadowhunters)
Emeraude Toubia (Shadowhunters)

Isabelle Lightwood in Shadowhunters is very sexy to the point that she can be a pornstar already. It actually makes me think that Ino wants to watch it because of how provocative this character looks with her slutty outfit. But it’s not a big deal because I know that Freeform is just following the books and it’s also their subtle way to show the defunct ABC Family that they can attract more viewers if they make the characters more interesting.

I’m still not a fan of this series but it can motivate me to read the book more. The episode 5 reminds me heavily of The Vampire Diaries TV series. I’m also not a fan of TVD and didn’t finish the first season. I also didn’t read the book because I find the story too cheesy.

Anyway, back to Shadowhunters, here comes my rants for the characters portraying in the TV series:

 

Different actors on the second pic?
Different actors on the second pic?

 

Okay they look good here but they don’t have the same appeal in the TV series
Okay they look good here but they don’t have the same appeal in the TV series

Jace should be ruggedly handsome but the Jace on the TV series clearly doesn’t have that vibe.Like, what the heck is that guy doing there? Or maybe he’s just not my type. I hope that they would develop the other characters more.

Robert Sheehan (TMI: City of Bones movie) vs. Alberto Rosende (Shadowhunters TV series)
Robert Sheehan (TMI: City of Bones movie) vs. Alberto Rosende (Shadowhunters TV series)

Simon on the TV series looks too matured; While if you watch the TMI:CoB the movie you would see how young and fresh Robert Sheehan was. Because I would really consider Simon as Clary’s geeky bestfriend if it was Robert and not Alberto in the TV series.

 

Katherine Mcnamara as Clary Fray in Shadowhunters
Katherine Mcnamara as Clary Fray in Shadowhunters
Taylor Momsen Gossip Girl’s Jenny Humphrey (can’t find other photos with the resemblance but you get the point.
Taylor Momsen Gossip Girl’s Jenny Humphrey (can’t find other photos with the resemblance but you get the point.

Clary Fray on the series looks like a Jenny Humphrey rip off. Enough said. She’s pretty but she has that cheerleader vibe. Not that I hate cheerleaders.

I hope this TV series will still improve. Moreover, I’m still willing to watch it even if I haven’t finished reading the books yet. I don’t personally hate the actors. I just hate that the TV series didn’t cast the same characters in the movie. It would have been better.

I guess they also considered new faces for the TV series. They might have considered their budget too. I dunno. Perhaps it’s because of the movie or TV series rights, or probably it’s the producer’s call. I’m not sure but I hope thst I’d get to fall in love with these characters after a few episodes or before its mid-season break.

DISCLAIMER: I’m pretty much biased about this because I liked the movie and it made me read a couple of books. This post is just about my opinion. I haven’t watched any reviews or read some feedbacks about the series ‘though. I’m just not a fan of the chosen actors and actresses. It would have been better though, if they have chosen an actor or an actress to portray the same role for a better recall or a small nod to the movie.

All in all I give this TV series a 2 out of 5 rating. I will continue watching it but I don’t think that I will want to watch it as soon as it airs or as soon as it is available in the Philippines.

**Credits to the owners of the photos. These photos were taken from Google Images.**

So since I am going circles… let’s talk about a different topic!

I’d like to personally congratulate myself for uploading a new signature that I will be using starting tonight.:)

I just noticed that my boosters for my plan are redundant and weird. I had it changed this evening but I still have to wait for about a day for the changes to happen. Globe’s GServices kept on closing when I’m trying to use it. It sucks.😦

Oh, I forgot to call the church about my affidavit! I was very busy this afternoon that it slipped my mind. :O

Anyway, I’ve got to hit the sack because I still have to work tomorrow!:)

Re: Delirium TV Movie

This post was originally posted on my WordPress account on January 27, 2015

 

The curiosity killed the cat and I’m the cat. I just finished watching the pilot episode of Delirium. Yep, thanks to Hulu and the torrent gods, I was able to watch it even if it was released for a limited time only.

 

Watch out for spoilers!

I rate this pilot episode ♡♡♡♡ hearts and not stars because I don’t have stars in my Android keyboard. 🙂

I totally agree with Marissa M’s comments. I actually wished that I never discovered this pilot episode. Delirium’s story was mesmerizing. It caught me. I’m hooked. I wish there’s a second episode. I wish Hulu got more episodes. :'(

In my opinion, the pilot was just right for me. I was able to read Delirium (book 1) and Pandemonium (book 2) and it helped me to understand the pacing of the story. I haven’t finished reading Pandemonium but watching this show made me want to continue reading the book more. In fact, I have only read a few chapters but I understand the story. I can say that I don’t get the other characters because I honestly don’t know them or I haven’t read about them yet. And a part of me missed Grace, Aunt Carol and Jenny because they were not shown in the Pilot.

They actually chose a different plot. I understand that it’s because they can’t copy the whole book and they also have to change some things because they need to attract the readers and supporters of the show. It’s not a problem for me.

It actually helped me understand and visualize the fences and the Crypts. There are other scenes that are clearer now and that I can visualize thanks to the show though they changed some of it.

At first, I was hesitant to watch it because it must be scary or gore or something… (because of the raid and other raid related scenes) but I was wrong.

What sets me off is that, in the show the characters can touch each other but in the books they can’t.

delirium

 

As for the artists, Emma Roberts gave Lena Haloway justice. Although, in my opinion Hana should be blonde. Alex didn’t seem like Alex for me. Julian was okay. But… I haven’t finished the books yet so I can’t really say.

I just wish that there’s a follow up because I liked it. They combined Pandemonium and Delirium in the Pilot and it makes sense. It’s beautiful. It’s a little rushed but it was the kind of rush that I enjoyed.

I love how they narrated Delirium. Delirium’s first episode was fun. The narration was okay with me. I guess, you need to read the book somehow to understand the story and perhaps they can still expand it and narrate it if they were given a chance.

I just wish that another producer will pick it up or make it a movie. :'(

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver. (Source)

 

This was originally posted on my Tumblr account on January 25, 2015. This is not a paid review.

 

After reading Bloodlines, a spin-off of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy, I discovered dystopian fiction which is a new genre under the Young Adult section in the bookstore.

I’ve been hooked in dystopian fiction these days. It was quite a different genre. It was new and fast paced. The characters portrayed in most of the series aren’t damsels in distress. It features post apocalyptic stories with a hint of romance.

I started reading the Matched trilogy by Allie Condie, followed by the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I haven’t finished the Divergent trilogy because I stopped reading it when I reached the second book of the series. The plot of Insurgent by Veronica Roth was too dark for me at that time, so I tried to look for a light book to read. Divergent is like The Hunger Games.

I knew THG because I saw the movies but sad to say, I haven’t read any of those books yet. I can’t say that I’m a fan of THG because I just watched the movies out of curiosity. It has the same vibe with the mainstream movies that people rave about. I’m not into popular and mainstream movies or books that much.

Paper Towns? The Matrix? Lord of The Rings? Harry Potter? Kill Bill? Dear John? The Notebook? Nope. I haven’t read any of those books and seen those movies except for Harry Potter ‘though.

Anyway, I came across Delirium by Lauren Oliver while I was waiting for Ino in his office. I have tons of e-books on my Moon Reader Pro that I haven’t read and I was just in the mood to read at that time.

I still remember how it took me several tries before I got the hang of the first book of the Delirium series. What caught my attention and made me intrigued to read on was the plot, the pace, the characters’ personalities, and how it was narrated.

It had the Romeo and Juliet vibe. A tale of forbidden love because of their different statures in life. It talks about the protagonist who used to be a part of the society which was governed by the rules of the government, who later on becomes against it as the story progresses. It also talks about how their society foresees love as a disease.

According to wikipedia, Delirium is a dystopian young adult novel written by Lauren Oliver, published on January 1, 2011 by HarperCollins (HarperTeen), about a young girl, Lena Haloway, who falls in love in a society where love is seen as a disease. The novel is the first part of a trilogy, followed by Pandemonium.

 

I immediately read Pandemoniom as soon as I finished reading Delirium today. I’m on the third chapter of Pandemonium already and I’m still hooked.

I read some good reviews about Pandemonium and Requiem and they said that these books are more interesting than Delirium. I was captivated by the way it was narrated. I didn’t know what I was in for. I just knew that Love is a disease and that the people in this story are interesting. It has the same feels with Matched for me. It’s a little familiar. I imagine Alex and Kyle. I find both characters connected. In my mind, they have similarities that made reading Delirium easier to understand.

Of course they are two different characters, like two different people, but that’s how I can relate to them.

I’ve also learnt that Delirium was adapted as a TV series but was not picked up by FOX. It was starred by Emma Roberts, Daren Kagasoff, Jeanine Mason and Gregg Sulkin.

I have to see it before I pass my judgment on whether it’s good or not. I also read a certain comment on the TV series under Lauren Oliver’s Delirum’s page in Goodreads that the pilot was too fast-paced for the fans. According to the post, they squeezed the story in 40 minutes, which made the pilot episode too much to watch. They used the word ‘rushed’ and I have to see it before I agree or disagree.

I like reading Pandemonium. Most of the words are easy to understand and some of it are complex but all in all it’s okay. I like how Lena narrates the scenes. Although I can’t imagine some of the scenes because of my lack of imagination, but that’s my problem, not Lauren’s.

I haven’t seen Before I fall or her other books but I like the Delirium Trilogy so far. I heard Before I Fall talks about death and I tend to steer clear of those kinds of books like John Green’s The Fault of The Stars. Hello cancer!

I can’t say if TFIOS and Delirium are the same. Since I haven’t read John Green’s TFIOS and just saw the movie once, I can’t really differentiate the two books because I don’t know much about them yet. However, if I will base the TFIOS movie and Delirium as a book, I guess it is really different.

I don’t regret that I chose this book. It was really captivating and interesting for me. This might be my second favorite book after Richelle Mead’s The Vampire Academy and Bloodlines.

I’m the kind of reader who prefers interesting plots. I didn’t even know that I’m reading YA novels until I got hooked with TVA, Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush Hush series, Thomas Sniegoski’s Fallen series, Lauren Kate’s The Fallen, and the Thirst series by Christopher Pike.

Oh, I also liked Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series even before it became overrated in the Philippines. I guess, that was the first series that I enjoyed. It was introduced by my cousin, who was in high school at that time. She likes talking about it and we became close because of that. I guess, I became in love with fantasy series because of Twilight and I have to give that book the credit.