September 4, 2013

Opinion on the Mortal Instruments–Book and Movie

By Aldric

Last week I had the opportunity to watch “THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES” at MBO tHe Spring, Kuching. It was a nice experience. Nothing heavy or serious. Boy meets girl weaved with same-sex attraction. A love triangle which exists between the protagonist, Clary, with Simon and Jace draws a parallel love triangle like Twilight’s. (I thank the people seated behind me for drawing that conclusion.)

When I realised the movie was based on a series of books, I immediately got hold of them. In the past week, I read Book One to Book Four.

The books were written in such a way that it spans a course of 10 weeks or so. It is fast paced and I pity the movie production which requires a lot of creative licences invocations. However with CGI and the latest movie making technology, I’m sure the can hide the aging and differences.

Here are my conclusions:

  1. The movie and the book had a huge difference from the middle to the ending. In the movie, Simon was intoxicated in Magnus Bane’s party and kidnapped to the vampires’ den, Hotel Dumont. The Lightwoods, Clary and Jace rescued him. The book, however, saw Simon turned into a rat. Only Clary and Jace went in. On paper, they encountered Raphael, the acting in-command of the vampires outside the hotel. This was not the case in the movie. Even the ending was different, although the impression remains the same.
  2. The books developed slowly. I have completed the first four books. I went from New York and ended up in Idris. Clary’s mother, Jocelyn, went into a coma and woke up before me. I am not looking forward to reading the fifth book. In fact, I would just stop here. Probably I was expecting something in the class of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter or Dan Brown’s Langdon books.
  3. I will not be watching the sequels.