Battle of the presentations: TV or Film?
If you haven't seen it yet, ABC Family has announced the premiere date for their newest show Shadowhunters, based on Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments book series for January 12th 2016.
In 2013, As a personal fan of books becoming movies, I was very excited to see that The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (first of the series) was to be made into a movie. Obviously with the news, I began researching the cast and looking for teasers and trailers and cast interviews, like every normal fan would do. Right? We had Lilly Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower cast as the main protagonists Clary Fray and Jace Wayland. Then we had some bigger names such as Lena Headley, (commonly known for her callous portrayal of Cersei Lannister from HBO's Game of Thrones), and Jonathan Rhys Meyer, (star of NBC's Dracula)
Truth be told the excitement grew and grew as it came closer to the release date. I'm a part of various social media websites such as Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, this allowed me to access a lot of personal opinions on the upcoming film. Most were excited to see these fictional book characters come to life on the big screen, while others, as you would expect with a book-to-movie scenario were worried about how much would have been changed or neglected from the book.
After the long awaited and personally highly anticipated film, I left the theatre feeling enthralled and overwhelmed with excitement. As every good movie seems to do nowadays, it was left on a very hooking cliff hanger. Leaving that theatre I wanted more so it actually led me to purchase the second book in the series. The movie had its cuts and slight changes but to me it was nothing drastic, maybe slight changes here and there. I thought it had a great response from the "Fandom" and the "Shippers"; pictures, edits, video edits were made for everyone's creative and ulterior purposes. Which is kinda the way things go when it comes to movie franchises.
Now, hearing about the news of ABC taking on The Mortal Instruments as a weekly TV Show, I had my doubts. The movie was a great success in my eyes and many others, the characters were established we had our Clace. Although I believe Katherine McNamara is a better physical suit for how Clary is described, to me the new Jace, played by Dominic Sherwood wasn't cutting it. But I bit my tongue and never said a word, I thought to myself "Don't judge a book by its cover."
Recently, I followed @ShadowHuntersTV on Instagram to naturally follow the progression of the show. They featured various sneak peeks and cast contribution to aid and promote the series, to reach out to fans all over the world and let them know about the newest project based on the same book. Finally the trailer was released and I watched it, with really high expectation and I was willing to be proven wrong that the TV Show idea was a bad one. Unfortunately is seemed like I was right. To me, from what I had only seen from the short 2 minute trailer, I could already see various changes and I hadn't even past the 30 second mark. This made me slightly annoyed and a little disappointed in the way in which this story is going to be told on screen. With Cassandra herself seemingly being actively supportive of the TV Show, I wonder as to whether or not she has seen the final product.
Look at The Game of Thrones & The Vampire Diaries, both TV Shows based on books, and if you've read those books you would know how much was changed and rejected from its primary source. Its sad. Which also leads me to believe that Film portrayals are a much better platform to showcase written stories than a TV Show. I don't know what it is, perhaps the intense fan interactions and popular demands but if you want to watch a book you value and love as a Show on a TV Network, I recommend to be prepared that it may not live up to your expectations. Which is exactly what I have experienced in this case.
Though saying that, the show hasn't started yet, and I will definitely watch the first episode to make up my mind whether I want to invest my time into watching more of it. As of right now, the film portrayal of The Mortal Instruments is by a long mile better of what I have seen so far from the upcoming show Shadowhunters.
Here's the Trailer for ABC Family's Shadowhunters. I'll leave it up to you to make up your mind.