Following a recommendation from a twitter friend, I recently read the first three books of The Mortal Instruments series (I'm currently reading book four). I wasn't disappointed. Cassandra Clare paints a magical world in your mind's eye full of shadowhunters angels, demons, fantasy & magic. If you like the paranormal YA genre, then I am confident that you will love these books as much as I do.
I was keen to read them before the release of the first movie based on the book the City of Bones. I do think that it can be a gamble when they make a movie like this, and I always worry that I will be disappointed if they stray too far from the original story.
I want to feel like it is the book coming to life, not a movie loosely based on a story that occasionally vaguely resembles the original plot.
So, what did I think of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones?
I was not disappointed. I will admit that there were a couple of occasions where I was thinking 'No! That's not right!' but mostly, I was delighted.
I think the casting was superb, and I was pleased to see so many British & Irish actors considering it is set in New York City. Lily Collins is exactly the sort of Clary I had envisioned, and Lena Headey was an excellent choice for Jocelyn if purely for the similarity between her & Lily.
Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace was absolutely perfect. Bower has the edge & appeal that I expected for the character as well as all the best lines in the movie (I'm pleased that they kept so many of the real laugh-out-loud lines from the book in there) and he delivers them well.
I also loved Robert Sheehan's Simon, he was exactly what I had pictured probably more so than any other character. Aidan Turner's Luke was spot-on and Jonathan Rhys Meyers is brilliant as the evil yet effortlessly sexy Valentine.
As for the demons, they were all as revolting as I had imagined. The visual effects were brilliant and the girl sat behind me in the cinema kicked my seat more times than I can count from being scared during the 'jumpy' bits of the film.
I'll definitely be buying it on DVD when it is released, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing the next movie when it comes out. Hopefully they will ramp up the promo for City of Ashes because I don't think it got the pre-release exposure it deserved, it is every bit as worthy of it as the Twilight Saga and so I hope that that will be rectified for the next instalment.
A little cheesy in a couple of places, but a great movie with some fun humour. Fans of fantasy & paranormal YA will not be disappointed. Well worth a watch in my opinion.