Good evening! We’re almost at the end of the week and I hope you’re having a great one! Today, I wanted to talk about a couple of things that happened this week. If you didn’t know, Freeform (formerly ABC Family) premiered the first episode of Shadowhunters based on popular book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare this past Tuesday (01/12). Earlier today, two things happened: (1) Bloomsbury released the cover of the highly anticipated sequel of A Court of Thorns and Roses and (2) the confirmed passing of the beloved actor who portrayed professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series.
Shadowhunters Mini Review
If you haven’t read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, then I totally recommend it. The series was a fun read and had some great twists. A couple of years ago (or was it last year?) City of Bones was adapted as a film and despite a large fan base following, it didn’t perform as well as we wanted. However, this past year, it was greenlighted to be adapted as a TV Series titled Shadowhunters with a completely new cast and new script. I watched the premiere the day that it was released and I had pretty low expectations because I was not a fan of the movie adaptation and I wasn’t too fond of the new casting. I really liked the actors in the film that portrayed Clary, Izzy, Alec, Luke, and Magnus.
I tried to keep my mind open to the new cast and to be honest, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be! So I guess, that’s a good thing haha. It’s not an exact adaptation of the book and they did change certain aspects and certain personalities. For example, Luke doesn’t own a bookstore in the show. Instead, they made him a police officer. They also changed Dorothea into a younger warlock by the name of Dot. Along with that, they added extra scenes that occurred outside of Clary’s point of view in the book. I welcomed those scenes because it totally helps out the non-readers get a firmer grasp of the story and the characters.
I also saw the second episode because it was available on the Freeform App. I think that the storyline is more or less going great and it’s hooking me in. I believe that the biggest hurdle that the show faces is the acting. My biggest peeve came with Katherine McNamara’s performance. Her portrayal of Clary was pretty straightforward but certain scenes caused me to cringe because of her acting. Hopefully it’s something that improves as the series progresses. I absolutely love Dominic Sherwood as Jace, more than Jamie Campbell Bower for sure! I love that his wit and egotism showed in the first episode but I felt like he was a bit too nice compared to the Jace we read in the books haha. Also, don’t get me started on how gorgeous he and Matthew Daddario (Alec) are! I’m also not completely sold on Emeraude Toubia as Izzy and Harry Shum Jr as Magnus.
What did you think of the Shadowhunters premiere? Are you going to stick with it or ditch it? Did you like the changes or hated them? What do you think of the cast?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas Cover Reveal
Ooh! Look at the beauty!! I love the color (blue is my favorite if you didn’t know). Feyre looks like she’s about to get in a fight haha. Maybe she’s about to slap the crap out of Rhysand, which wouldn’t exactly be surprising considering the events in ACOTAR haha. I really hope that SJM starts to give us some teasers for the book. May cannot come soon enough! A Court of Mist and Fury will be released on May 3, 2016!
What do you think of the cover???
Alan Rickman passes away at 69
Today is an absolutely tragic day for fans of Harry Potter and actor Alan Rickman. I believe I saw that he died from cancer and I am beyond sad upon hearing the news. He was such an amazing actor and it was because of his portrayal of Professor Severus Snape that made me love the character even more. I was really sad when I opened my Instagram this morning at work and saw the news. I literally teared up at work. It’s never an easy thing losing a family member and I just hope that his family have some peace during such a hard time.