Alright, I will start this off with a couple disclaimers. I am not a tween (sigh, in my after mid 30's), I never read twilight (but saw the movies) and this movie gets a lot of comparison to other tween/Yong adult books, and I did read this book (just bought the second).
I'll cut to the chase- I really liked this movie. I admit, it didn't follow the book perfectly- and at times felt a little rushed- but I enjoyed it, Basically- an ordinary girl starts having some supernatural premonitions- and then gets introduced to a hidden world full of witches/demons, and demon hunters known as shadow hunters when her mother is kidnapped.
It had some great action scenes, I thought they captured the characters really well- I thought Clary and Jace were great. As for Jocelyn- Cercei from Game of Thrones- managed to be a sympathetic character...though I still thought she looked smug ;) There is a twist, but...if you're like me Wikipedia can clear the whole thing up, and I knew about it walking in. I could see some people being...not thrilled with it or how it went down.
If you need a book to read- pick up this series- I really enjoyed the first, and can't wait to read the second. I also really enjoyed the movie (and hubby enjoyed it too), and hope it makes a profit to make a second movie. I found this movie/book to be nothing like twilight, though the comparisons are made- Clary is really proactive through the whole movie, and is a force on her own. The movie plays up a love triangle- its really not an issue when you see it through the main characters eyes. Its basically one girl's journey to find her mom.
Anyway, it was a good movie, 4 chain saws for me- and a fun movie to watch
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