Posted by: Genny Colby | August 24, 2013

Girls Night Out and The Mortal Instruments

Last night had the chance for a Girls Night Out with some awesome friends.  As a stay at home mom, time away from the kiddos is rare.  Not that I want a lot of time, but a meal every once in a while that I don’t have to share, can actually stop and really taste and enjoy my food, is a nice treat.  And we have been anxiously awaiting the release of The Mortal Instruments, City of Bones movie since about, oh JUNE!  Needless to say, we were all ready and excited to get out of the house, enjoy some girl talk, and a (hopefully) fun movie adaption of a fave book.

I  really do enjoy this series, though I did not have time to re-read it before going to the movie (darn super long and enticing to read list!), so maybe I was not as clear on all the details, but that’s okay.  I think it may have actually been an advantage, as I find that if have just read a book before going to see the movie, I am so focused on checking all the book to movie details that I don’t sit back and enjoy the movie.

I think that taking a book and bringing it to the big screen is tough.  How do you take the words that an author spends so much time crafting, to create their unique world, their unique characters, their own mythology, and history.  And each reader takes these words and creates yet their own images as they read and dive into the world that falls between the covers of the book.  How does the screen writer, the director, the costumer designer, all come together and please every fan of the books?  The answer is they can’t.  And for us to assume that the book is going to be able to put in everything, make it look the way each fan imagines, or not make any changes, is just unrealistic.

First, they have to take what a writer can spend pages and pages doing setting the scenes, introducing characters, setting up the history and mythology, and do it visually, but also in about 20 min to hook in the viewer.  An author can have as many secondary characters as feels natural to the story, but a movie really can’t have so many secondary characters that only briefly pass in and out.  So, characters get blended, scenes get adjusted, adapted, moved around.  And a movie is going to bring in others who have not read the book(s) and  want to be sure to draw them into the story. It really is an almost impossible task to please everyone.

With all that in mind, I do try to go into a movie with an open mind, not expecting the book, but a nice companion to the book.  The Mortal instruments-City of Bones did a pretty good job of that.  Yes, they changed things up, yes they condensed some events, added a very things, took some stuff out, and let the viewer into the big secret of the series up front (which knowing the secret, they kind of needed to do, for those that have not read the whole series).  I though visually it was a nice interpretation.  Not exactly as I had imagined it all, but enough that it felt like the book to me.  Overall, it was a fun movie to go along with a great book series.  I won’t see it was an amazing movie, or the best book to movie adaptation, but it served its purpose.  It brought the world of Shadowhunters, Demons, and the mortal instruments to life.

I hope that it does well enough that they continue with the next 2 movies…nothing annoys me more than when they start a movie series based on a series of books and then pitter out before finishing.  Argh, don’t tempt me with a movie version if you are not gong to finish it!

At the end of the night, I had a yummy dinner, good times with friends, and a very enjoyable movie experience.   Now to start planning another girls night (because it takes about 3 months to find a date that works for everyone).



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