Most of us probably know that the Shadowhunter Chronicles was adapted as a movie, and later for TV, right? If you didn’t, don’t worry. This post has all you need to know. I actually started reading the books because of the movie. And I watched the movie because the TV show was happening… It’s a long story I’ll save for another day, let’s just dive straight into it the Shadowhunters movie & TV show!
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
The City of Bones starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan was released in 2013. Kevin Zegers plays Alec, Jemima West plays Isabelle and Godfrey Gao plays Magnus. It’s about the events that occur in City of Bones. The movie was quite a flop, so the next books in the series, like City of Ashes, were not made into movies. Instead, the made a TV show.
The movie got lots of official merch, like jewellery, clothing, steles, fake tattoos and even an NYX makeup collection/box! Of course, there’s also a movie tie-in of the book! And a beautiful hardcover edition that makes my eyes go heart shaped, omg!
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
The Shadowhunters TV show is broadcasted in the US by Freeform (previously ABC Family) and it’s available worldwide through Netflix. The show stars Katherine McNamara as Clary, Dominic Sherwood as Jace, Alberto Rosende as Simon, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle, Matthew Daddario as Alec and Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus.
The show premiered on Freeform and Netflix in January 2016, years after the City of Bones movie flopped. The show goes further that the events of City of Bones alone. Fans of the books might even see more little details of later books! Think of them like little Easter eggs! I realised that only after finishing the full book series and rewatching the show! It’s my favourite part of the show!
* Stephan R. Hart, who plays Brother Jeremiah in City of Bones is the only movie actor in the Shadowhunters TV show. He plays the same character!
* Harry Shum Jr. & Matthew Daddario both auditioned for the City of Bones movie, for the same characters.
* Dominic Sherwood plays Christian in the Vampire Academy movie adaptation, and stars in Taylor Swift’s music video for Style.
What do you like better? The movie or TV show?
A guide to The Shadowhunter Chronicles
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