Comparing books and movie adaptations is always an interesting activity. I tend to think of movies as a kind of fan art, where you get to see your fictional friends and their worlds in beautiful big-screen detail. This helps me adjust my expectations about nuances of character and plot that are often absent in adaptations. While many fans say they would be happy to watch a six hour miniseries of their favorite book, this would not be practical for a movie studio to attempt. A good adaptation captures the spirit of the original. And what is the spirit of the original if not a vast gray area ripe for debate?
I set out to write a post about teen reactions to the recent City of Bones movie based on Cassandra Clare’s 2008 Teens’ Top Ten winning novel of the same name. For a movie review, check out Katie Shanahan’s post here.
The few fans I talked to described their experiences with the movie as involving a lot of yelling afterwards. Why so angry? Didn’t Lily Collins make a great Clary? Didn’t those demons look scary and cool? Wasn’t the Institute huge and full of Shadowhunter details? Yeah, yeah, yeah– but they messed up the plot.
As for the rest of the teens I talked to, they didn’t see the movie. Continue reading Update: The Mortal Instruments Movie Franchise