Don't get me started. Actually do-because I don't get why studios can't get the Mortal Instruments right. Like seriously. It's always imbalanced. Maybe one or two characters are perfect for their roles but the director made them weird, or the main actors are nothing like their characters but the personalities are spot on, or maybe they change the story line so much that it isn't even recognizable anymore.
1. Jace's personality is on point. Unfortunately the chemistry between Katherine McNamara, who plays Clary, and Dominic Sherwood, who plays JW, fizzles. At least in the movie the chemistry was believable and slightly better acted. Also, to be fair, I feel like Jamie Campbell Bower would have been a great Jace if he had been directed to be funny-along with being snarky-but all we got was snark. Not really his fault.
2. They got Magnus and Simon right. Every way possible. next-
3. The atmosphere is awesome; too bad they made the institute a high tech, VERY occupied, 007 lair.
4. They have really good marketing for this thing. At least they tried with that. I can find more links to the actors doing extras, playing games, and going over fan theories than I can of clips of the actual show-and I hate to say it but they have a great website.
1. People like characters with faults. So far I'm not seeing any deep character development here. Which brings me to what I am most angry about-
2. The Lightwoods. WTF?
Izzy is not nice. The point of her character is to show that shadowhunting affects people different ways-and that it can turn you hard. Isabelle isn't kind or inviting, and the reason why she's so alluring and sexual is to piss her absent and aloof parents off, not just because. Also, Alec H A S B L U E E Y E S. There is a reason for this-and why Magnus is attracted to him-it's called a great backstory and using your source materials-but don't mind me.
3. Alec is a prick, but it doesn't convey it in the tv show like it did in the books. He's jealous-not an overbearing micro manager. Parabatai are not really explained either. I feel like they didn't show His and Jace's relationship like they should have in the first couple of episodes.
4. Luke? The actor is alright-being a cop isn't. Luke is supposed to be kind, unassuming, and supportive. This character is the opposite.
5. I left the big one until the end. I hate this Clary. I don't think it's fair to blame McNamara for that. She's too girly and not artsy enough. Too much priss. Clary was a baddass that matched Jace pace for pace with his impulsiveness. She walked the walk before she knew what she was doing. She was an artist and a warrior. That is not the girl presented in this show. AT ALL>
I'm still going to watch it because I can't help myself. I'm just disappointed. Maybe they can get in the groove of things and make me love it, but I'm not counting on it.
The David Bowie thing bothered me. This KILLS me. I do have some tears in my eyes right now, for real. I loved Alan Rickman. His voice was something that was irreplaceable. His presence was one of dignity and grace, a real theater actor. I just don't have words. Alan Rickman- by Grabthar's hammer you will be missed.
My husband was at the dentist when he gave me a call to tell me about Rickman passing. I said, "What the F$%^-you've got to be F-ing kidding me" so loud everyone in the sitting room looked up at him. I was pretty angry. My husband was pretty embarrassed.
Found this little ditty on Imgur on one of those long pointless lists-it's actually really good. I was tempted to fast forward but resisted. Let me rephrase that -you can't fast forward or you'll miss it :).
I remember being little and loving Supergirl-her strength, her will to kick butt, and her beauty. A couple of decades later sitting on the couch watching the new show with my kids - an overwhelming anger came over me. I hate her. I genuinely told my husband anything would be better than watching that show. I am also not a big fan of Superman-we both agreed on this opinion and moved on to Ghostbusters for my son.
To me, and let me repeat that this is my opinion, Supergirl exemplifies everything that a girl is supposed to become. Kind, soft spoken, pure to a fault, and trusting to some extent. She also has the blue eyes and blond hair every girl wants when they're small-because of course the media kinda pushes that this is the most desirable look (even if you know this to be untrue it's always kind of in the back of your head).
Girls have enough to deal with without being berated (by media in general) to be the perfect mold of what would make someone else happy. I now look at this fictional character with some disdain. I now hate her. But I won't keep my kids from watching it. Primarily because it's not the Supergirl of the 80's and it seems to offer a little more than a piece of eye candy saving people.
Any good superhero story is about trying to make a difference. Whether it be to try and fix a situation or to become a better version of themselves. We need more realistic pictures of what heroes can be like- and I believe they aren't there right now-at least not for kids. Adults can watch Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Adults can comprehend that sometimes someone who is dark, sexual, and has a little bit of a bad side can make the right decisions for the greater good. Because by the time you grow up you realize all of that is really inside each individual person. People usually choose to do the right thing day after day.
I think we need stories that tell kids it's okay to grow up, to struggle, to not know what is really right yet- but to do the best they can in a world of grey after all they've been taught is in black and white. We need stories that tell kids it's okay not to be perfect-but to strive for the best of what they can be. They aren't that ideal individual trying to find their way in the world because- let's face it-no one is perfect. And it's too much of a burden on our children to insist that they are.
I haven't posted in a bit. I'm behind in crits, my blog, and everything else in my life. On the other hand I've been reading, revising, and hanging out with the fam. I think it's a win.
Anyways, I just got done reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, and let me tell you-I have mixed feelings. The characters are fleshed out really well. I like Feyre and Tamlin, I REALLY love Rhys (which, by the way, is the name of one of my characters in the book i'm working on-so weird), and Lucien. I think my hubby is Lucien in real life-that attitude-but I digress.
I love fairy stories. I really like fairy stories that are kind of dreamy: like maybe you're in it, you get lost, and before you know it the book is done and you have nothing left except a year or two of waiting. This is how I usually feel with Robin Hobb or Brandon Sanderson books.
I did get sucked into this book (understatement). It's been kind of hard for me to move on even though Winter (by Marissa Meyer) is just sitting on my desk right now. It's a pretty purple and shiny apple red cover that leers at me every time I leave the bedroom.
In order to purge and get on, I decided to do an overview and go over what I did and did not like about the book.
And don't forget-
Overview- Poor huntress shoots an arrow at a large wolf (unsure of whether it's fae or not) killing said wolf. A large beast comes to get her-offering sanctuary-if she will forfeit her life for the fae that she killed and live on the fairy land past the wall. She agrees to the terms to save her family and herself, only to discover it was a high fae from the summer court she gave her promise to.
-Loved the characters-sexy fae, sympathetic heroine, evil creatures. Really evil creatures.
I would have liked it if Tamlin and Lucien were a little more grey than black and white. Unless it's a court trait, I feel like they should have been a little more shady in their dealings in everything.
-I liked the fact that our heroine wasn't a virgin-I feel that too often society places a female's worth in their piety, and it isn't fair. I like when our female lead has something else to give her man besides her virginity. It also helped take away that "I need you because you were my first" experience with Tamlin.
-I ended up really liking her bitchy sister Nesta. Somehow I have a feeling their mother was tied in with the fae courts and that's what ended up doing her in. It would explain why Nesta wasn't affected by the spell over their family and also how Feyre has a name derived from ancient fae language. I'm not positive, but I think there is a lot there to play with in later books.
-The description of the world is pretty thorough and entrancing. I wish there had been more roaming around outside. I think there were a lot more magical things to see than Feyre had a chance to experience.
-Ugh-Rhysand. I loved him. Loved, loved, loved, loved, loved. Maybe it's the bad boy thing. Maybe it's because he had more thorough conversations with Feyre about what was going on. Maybe it was because he protected her when he didn't really have to. Maybe it's because he could have taken her for more than a week a month. I don't know, but he's the reason this book existed. He kind of has that Hades/Persephone vibe going on-but without the making her do it. I love it. I know I said it again.
-Tamlin and Feyre needed more time together. I had read this reaction from other bloggers too, and I totally agree. Yeah it might be all handsy handsy right now-but the well is eventually going to run dry ladies and gentlemen. Maas has done this to us before (Dorian and Chaol). I guess I'm okay with that if Rhys can be her Rowan.
- You know how the "blight" was Amarantha the whole time? Yeah, I kinda felt bait and switched. like maybe she decided at the last minute to tie it in like that. If she had killed 20 fae children I doubt the courts would have stood by like they did.
-I feel as if Feyre would have had more sympathy and help from the other fae, especially considering what was on the line.
-I don't feel like it was as romantic as it could have been-there was a lot of physical stuff going on there-but nothing that really made me think Feyre couldn't really live without Tamlin if she needed to.