I've read the books, watched the movie, and I was a little apprehensive about a tv series. Thankfully, it's not bad. Yes, there are changes from the books, but most make sense for a TV adaptation. I've heard that the producers want to surprise everyone, even the book readers, so there will be more changes...hopefully good.
Now, about the cast...let me start with this - LOVE LOVE LOVE both Alec and Isabelle. Izzy has more warmth and less attitude, and is sexy, funny, and still able to kick ass...in a vinyl skirt and heels. I think both the writers and the actress do a great job for Isabelle. Alec is just about perfect. He's so condescending and cranky, and his total disdain for mundanes is so clear and hilarious. A huge hit for both writers and actor. He's also really, really hot...lucky Magnus.
What is very disappointing for me is Jace and Clary. For Jace, the way the character is written makes him just boring. He's not conceited or snarky or flippant...he's just not Jace. He's too nice. Dominic Sherwood is a fine actor, but he's just not Jace. Plus, there's not a lot of chemistry between him and Katherine McNamara. Speaking of Miss McNamara, I'm also disappointed in her interpretation of Clary. First, the acting is...well, it's not that great (sorry!) Second, this is just a pet peeve, but her voice gets on my nerves. She's got that baby doll voice that rarely sounds serious even when she's supposed to be angry. It's difficult to take her seriously as a Shadowhunter.
Everyone else is fine...Simon is great, Magnus is really good, Luke is interesting with the changes in his character, and Valentine is actually menacing. Kudos to all the actors. I'm not sure about the changes with Hodge, but the actor is good, so we'll see.
All in all, the show is good. It follows the book well enough while changing things to work on TV. It could do with a bit of improvement, but it's still early, so I'm giving it a chance. Right now, I'm mostly watching because of Izzy and Alec, but things are starting to heat up in the story so, hopefully, the acting will heat up as well!
I have a high tolerance for bad sci-fi, horror, fantasy, etc...but, I could only watch two episodes of this. The production is good. I like Alec and Isabelle. No problem w/the actor portraying Jace. Kat McNamara though...not so much. Clary needs a strong leading actress and McNamara is not it. She comes off more like a little girl playing dress up in mommy's naughty clothes. Obviously, this story is not based in reality, but to have Jace and Clary making goo goo eyes at each other so quickly is just silly. I liked Simon at first, then he became downright annoying. I was actually embarrassed for him. Less sycophant and more lovable nerd would do the character justice. I wanted to like this series, but given that Clary is central to the story and I think she was miscast (no disrespect meant to McNamara, not every role is suitable for every actor) two episodes is all I'm in for.
I LOVE this show! As a huge fan of the books, I came into this series and decided to have a clear mind and just watch it. After all I knew it was going to be different and I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised. I have watched both season 1 and 2 so this review actually goes for both of them. I LOVE the acting, it gets better and better. It's obvious these actors/actresses care about the characters and are working very hard. The story is entertaining and it keeps you wanting more. I for one hope this show continues for a long while. One thing I have to say is that there is one twist in here that I wasnt expecting. However, because of that twist I have hopes for a certain future character.To anyone who is a fan of the books, I urge you to keep a clear mind and just go into this show wanting to have fun and you'll love it. Spread the word! Love the shadowhunters!!
I am a huge fan of the book series. The actors suck and the storyline is changed in a way that either the end will have to be different or they dont plan on the show lasting until the last book. I am thinking this show is meant for young teens with the quality of acting. There is no real depth. Clary I want to like, but comes off as more 'oh poor me' than awesome heroine. I saw Vampire Academy with 'Jace' and he does better at that role than this pretend tough guy role. The main characters in that though had more depth than in this. I am 12 episodes in and it took me this long to not watch every episode and be super mad. I dont even like how many Shadowhunters are everywhere and the layout of the Institute. A really old building would not have open floor plans to every room and it starts with an infirmiry with horrible layout. Im going to stop because I could keep ranting. I really liked the movie even though some changes.
This is a great start to a hopefully long-lived series. I think, particularly for people who did not read books, it takes a couple episodes to get into the swing of things. For book lovers this series does deviate some from books but I like that about it, especially how they aged the characters a couple of years. But otherwise the ew changes keeps it fresh. There is a bit of corniness to this series, but hey, who doesn't love some of that?
Very entertaining. It reminds me of a cross between Charmed, Supernatural, and Harry Potter. It has gay characters, which is extremely important to me. I only found one weakness. Episode one was pretty strong, but after that, the next couple of episodes were not as strong. I wasn’t convinced by Clary Fray’s transition from being a young kid, inexperienced of the ways of the world, and ignorant of who she really is to being an empowered and knowledgeable woman. It felt very rushed to me.....as if the writers wanted to jump right into the action. I wish the writers had taken more time in developing Clary’s character as she went through her journey of self awareness.