Shadowhunters Mondays?

Anyone who knows me really well (or has been reading this blog since I started it in 2014) knows that I am absolutely, positively obsessed with Freeform’s¬†Twisted.¬†There was time where¬†Twisted¬†Tuesdays was my whole life.

A year before¬†Twisted¬†came into my life, Cassandra Clare’s series¬†The Mortal Instruments¬†(or¬†TMI)¬†came into my life. Normally, I don’t read fantasy. It doesn’t necessarily interest me as much as science fiction does. But¬†The Mortal Instruments¬†isn’t like any other fantasy series, or at least not to me. It’s actually the third series (it’s chronologically the third, at least) in a fantasy franchise entitled¬†The Shadowhunter Chronicles.¬†We can go into more detail about those series later (because they’re just as amazing as¬†The Mortal Instruments).¬†

The Mortal Instruments¬†is about a fifteen-year-old girl named Clary Fray (who’s eighteen in the TV adaptation) whose life is turned upside down. Sounds clich√©, right? At first yes, but that’s the only part of this series that’s clich√© (besides the love triangles, of course). Shortly before her sixteenth birthday, she’s at a club called Pandemonium with her best friend Simon Lewis when she witnesses a murder committed by three teenagers covered in strange markings. Even stranger? No one else can see or hear them: only Clary can. From there, her life takes a crazy turn as her mother is abducted and Clary is thrust into the world of Shadowhunters, half-angel, half human warriors whose mandate is to kill demons and protect humans from the Shadow World.

In 2013, The Mortal Instruments was developed into a movie entitled The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and it starred Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower. To be frank, it was terrible and I hated almost everything about it. Except for Robert Sheehan. He made a great Simon.

So, in 2015, when ABC Family announced that they were adapting¬†The Mortal Instruments¬†into a show called¬†Shadowhunters,¬†I was equally skeptical and excited. I was mainly excited, though, because I was hoping that¬†Shadowhunters¬†would be better than the TV series, and I was absolutely right. (Although my mother doesn’t agree with me on that.)¬†

For the most part, it sticks to the books pretty well, and the dialogue is way better than the dialogue in the movie. It does stray from the books in certain ways, but I think that the show is still really good even with that. I think the first season was amazing, and the music is great too. The acting is amazing, and the actor choices are incredible, especially Alberto Rosende’s Simon, Isaiah Mustafa’s Luke, and Emeraude Toubia’s Isabelle. Also, I have to admit that in the books I wasn’t always Clary’s biggest fan (although by the end of City of Heavenly Fire¬†she’d started to grow on me), but I really like her in the TV series.

I’m especially excited for season two’s debut tonight, since they’ve announced that Maia Roberts, one of my favorite characters, will be introduced in this season. Sebastian, a character every TMI¬†fan loves to hate (and if you watch the show, you’ll see why)¬†will be introduced in the second half of the season, and I’m excited for the chaos his arrival is sure to bring. Although I think that it will be torture waiting for the second half of the season, which will likely premiere sometime in the summer.

I haven’t been this excited about a TV series since¬†Twisted.¬†Maybe, just maybe¬†Shadowhunters Mondays will become the next Twisted¬†Tuesdays. (But Twisted¬†Tuesdays has a better ring to it. Maybe Mundie Mondays, how about that?)¬†¬†Shadowhunters¬†just might be the show I’ve been waiting for, since¬†Pretty Little Liars¬†is no longer cutting it, and hasn’t been for a long time. (But the books are still great!)

*Note: The original version of this post stated that¬†Shadowhunters¬†airs on Tuesdays. Last year they aired on Tuesdays (taking Twisted’s spot) but this year it looks like it’s going to be aired on Mondays.