*(NOTE: DON'T JUDGE THE BOOK BY THE MOVIE, BECAUSE IT LACKED THE EMOTIONAL, CHARACTER, AND PLOT DEPTH CONTAINED IN THE BOOK. AND THAT'...moreThe beginning...
*(NOTE: DON'T JUDGE THE BOOK BY THE MOVIE, BECAUSE IT LACKED THE EMOTIONAL, CHARACTER, AND PLOT DEPTH CONTAINED IN THE BOOK. AND THAT'S ALL I'M GOING TO SAY ON THAT SUBJECT.)
It took me a really long time to actually start this epic series--- it was shelved in the "fantasy/adventure" section of the YA store I frequented. Multiple times I saw it, picked it up, glanced at the back cover, and set it back down. Would there be romance? Would it be bogged down with too many new rules I'd have to learn, a new universe I'd have to learn?
Well, yes: yes on the romance, and yes on the new universe, sort of. It's a new, supernatural world of creatures that I already know and understand (vampires, werewolves, warlocks, faeries) but it's darkly and humorously reimagined into a modern community of supernatural beings. And the Law of this hidden universe? Kick-butt demon hunters called Shadowhunters, who possess the blood of angels and the mandate to keep the humans (the "mundanes") safe from both demons who break into the world and rogue Downworlders (the magical ones).
Set in current New York City, the element of "otherworldliness" is kept in check-- the basic rules and laws of our world are in play, so we don't waste time trying to understand this new world. We can simply dive into the rich characterization and storytelling that Clare has brilliantly created.
And can we talk about those characters for a second? I don't know what sort of dark magic Clare used to get these made skills in creating characters that leap off the pages and slip into your veins, but there is something otherworldly going on with that woman. The more you read, the further into stories you get, the more books you read, the more these characters become real people who matter to you. It's trippy. The relationships Clare weaves between them are as complex and multidimensional as the vast slew of characters themselves.
And the banter. Oh, ooooooooh, the banter. It's witty and snarky and sarcastic and absolutely hilarious. But it's that type of clever, subtle funny that you have to be somewhat intelligent to get...