“Shadowhunters” Review

New TV show based on popular book franchise reviewed, differences explored

Sheila Gregory, Co-Editor

For those of you who saw the 2013 not-so hit, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” with a 12 percent Rotten Tomatoes critical review, I truly am sorry.

This movie was based off the book series by Cassandra Clare, which actually are really good novels — young adult cliches notwithstanding.

However, the movie fell flat on all levels. It rushed through the plot and seemed to be just another YA movie adaptation wannabe. It also ruins an on-going subplot of the next three books that was just a “screw you” to the fans.

But, due to the popularity of “The Mortal Instruments” books and legions of dedicated fans, the pop culture world decided to try again. Freeform — formerly ABC Family — concocted “Shadowhunters,” the TV series based off the books. And like most dramas on this channel, it features a lot of attractive people who fall in love with each other and have a lot of unnecessary drama.

As a fan of the books, I decided to try it out. As of the first episode, which premiered Jan. 12, I can see it turning into a pretty solid TV show.

Now, when all 3163 pages of the “Mortal Instruments” series are supposed to be a long-running TV show, the creators are going to have to add some elements. The first episode showed already that it was going to be a loose interpretation. While the core characters — Clary, Simon, Jace, Isabelle and Alec — are the same, past that, all other characters were up for changes the show’s writers willingly made.

Remember the legions of fans? This might ruffle some feathers with the die hards who want to see the books on screen exactly as they played out in their heads. This is just an unrealistic expectation. Personally, I’m excited to see what changes they are going to make. It adds an element of surprise every good show needs.

Looking at it from someone who has never read the books perspective, I can see a really intriguing plot starting to form. The acting was really good, the special effects were solid and nothing too cheesy has happened yet.

It’ll be interesting to see how “Shadowhunters” pans out, and I’m along for the ride.