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Mortal Instruments vs. Twilight

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message 1: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Smith | 3 comments So, I just finished the Twilight series. I enjoyed the books, but not as much as Mortal Instruments. Has anyone else read them, and if so, what did you think?


Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* I like the Twilight books. But I think I like the Mortal Instruments better ... they're more fast paced, and I think the characters are a little more interesting.


message 3: by *Euphoria* (new)

 *Euphoria* (LadyKati) I have read both series. I like both. Actually, I became a little obsessed with Edward and Bella, after I read them, but the Shadowhunters helped cure my obsession. I found out about The Mortal Instruments through Twilightmoms.com. Stephanie Meyer chose City of Bones as one of her book club recommendations for the site. There is a forum there devoted to The Mortal Instruments. That being said. I am in love with the characters from Cassandra's books. I feel that they have more depth than any of Stephenie's characters (although I do love them as well, and if Midnight Sun is ever finished then the characters may show more depth through Edward's insights.)

I really like the Shadowhunters concept. I also like that the books tell one story. Meaning there is one bad guy throught out the series, Valentine. He reminds me of that other character with the "V" name. Okay I'll say it Voldemort. I feel that all of the Twilight saga could almost be stand alone books. They would just need a little bit of revisions. Where as The Mortal Instruments can not.

Anyways, in short, I liked them both and am counting down until I find out about the truth about Jace and Clary. I may find The Mortal Instruments to be a little bit more intriging than Twilight. The verdict is still out.

Sorry it is so long.


message 4: by Dais (new)

Dais | 35 comments I am a huge twilight fan and i've only read city of bones. i really want to read city of ashes. i loved city of bones i finished it in one day and THATS A LONG BOOK lol. city of bones attracts my attention more than twilight did, but i fell in love with the charaters of twilight first so yeah. if they were to make a movie for this series though i would so totally go watch it.


message 5: by DemonKitty003 (new)

DemonKitty003 (VampirePrincess) | 16 comments The Mortal Instruments series!!!!! love it!!! lol i like Twilight but i couldn't stand Bella. She really got me yelling at the book like ever 5 SECONDS!!! ugh but i like the Cullen family^^ there my favorite type of family of vampires lol. So yea Mortal Instruments i would have to say. Not counting my other vampire series that i have read :P got to love vampire lol^^


message 6: by Ana (new)

Ana | 9 comments The Mortal Instruments without a doubt. I enjoyed Twilight but nearly as much as these.


message 7: by Jenny (new)

Jenny (pinklilly) thats a hard choice to make they are both awesome books


message 9: by Alicia (new)

Alicia | 47 comments No i would have to go with the Mortal Insturments... i started reading Twilight and couldn't even get through the first half of the book. When books start getting boring half way through the book then i just put it down. The book needs to be interesting all the way through. Unlike Twilight, City of Bones and City of Ashes kept me reading and i became obsessed thinking about the book almost all the time. During school i tried reading my book through classes but didn't really succeed. The answer is deffinetally Mortal Instruments!!!!!!!! DUH!!


message 10: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Smith | 3 comments I'm with you guys. I found Bella to be just too whiny. Clary is way tougher. I think all the Mortal Instruments characters are more believable. The story lines in both kept me interested, but I think Twilight tends to drag sometimes. And the Clary/Jace conundrum is definitely a hook that keeps you interested! It's funny how that relationship almost feels incestuous, even though hopefully it won't be; and the Bella/Edward relationship feels almost inappropriate because of the age difference, even though physically they're the same age.


message 11: by Alicia (new)

Alicia | 47 comments EXACTLY!!!!


message 12: by Leesa (new)

Leesa (LUVLEE) | 4 comments Okay I have to speak up here. Sorry I haven't even introduced myself yet, but I will.-I promise right after this.

Alicia -if you got totally obsessed over COB and COA, than you definitely need to give TWILIGHT another try. I promise you girl, you won't regret it. I looooooved TWILIGHT. I still get obsessed, every time I watch a new movie clip. Ahhhhhh! I litereally go crazy!

In my opinion Twilight and CoB/CoA are neck to neck. I loooooove Jace and Clary. I looooooove how Cassandra Clare writes too. She keeps the action going from beginning to end. I can't wait until March, when we all find out how it ends. Jace and Clary all the way!


message 13: by Alicia (new)

Alicia | 47 comments ok i'll try it again... but i'm not sure i'll like it any more then CoB and CoA...


message 14: by Leesa (new)

Leesa (LUVLEE) | 4 comments Oh good Alicia, you won't regret it. Just make sure you go into it with an open mind. If you tell yourself you're not going to like it, than you won't. So keep that in mind.

Let me know when you finish and don't give up on it. Finish it, please.


message 15: by Alicia (new)

Alicia | 47 comments ok i just need to finish the book i'm on and then i'll read that one...


Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* I think it really depends on your taste. Some ppl love Twilight, others find it boring. idk. i love it, but i see how some ppl could find it dull.


message 17: by Alicia (new)

Alicia | 47 comments yeah... but i'm re-trying...i 'm on like page 179 now so... yeah


message 18: by Alicia (new)

Alicia | 47 comments hey... Leesa... i finished reading Twilight... it took me a while but that's b/c i've been busy... so it was alright... it helped a bit knowing what the characters looked like i guess but if you got that anxious and excited over the Twilight movie imagine how it would be if City Of Bones had a movie too... now that would be really COOL!!!


Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* my friend told me that there's a mortal instruments movie in, like, england or something???


message 20: by Alicia (new)

Alicia | 47 comments WHY DON'T THEY FREAKIN' BRING IT HERE!!!! UGH...



message 21: by *Euphoria* (new)

 *Euphoria* (LadyKati) It might not be the same thing though.


message 22: by Alicia (new)

Alicia | 47 comments true... but still...


message 23: by Alicia (new)

Alicia | 47 comments yea... me too... *sigh* haha


Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* hmm. nothing about it on imdb.


message 25: by Sophie (last edited Jan 29, 2009 08:03AM) (new)

Sophie Riggsby (SophieRiggsby) I read Ladykati's post and it said everything and more for me. I loved Twilight, well, mostly Edward who is one of those once-in-a-lifetime characters for an author. Stephenie Meyer developed him well.

But, MI's characters are well developed almost from the get-go. I mean even the supporting characters, Magnus comes to mind, are fully fleshed out.

And yes, I agree with Ladykati on the one nemesis - Valentine - throughout the trilogy. It does bring to mind that other V-villian from the movies. One who was also a father. And based on that very movie's plot, the term "sister kiss" was developed (at least I think that's where the term originated). I like that Cassandra gives a nod to that alongside her Shakespearean, mythological and other literary references.

But for with Twilight, I've discovered you either lovelovelove it or just think it's alright.

And just to add that yes, I agree a COB/COA movie would be very cool indeed.


message 26: by *Euphoria* (new)

 *Euphoria* (LadyKati)

Sophie-

"It does bring to mind that other V-villian from the movies. One who was also a father. And based on that very movie's plot, the term "sister kiss" was developed (at least I think that's where the term originated)."

What charater are you talking about? I have never heard the term "sister kiss", please enlighten me.





message 27: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Riggsby (SophieRiggsby) Darth Vader for the V.

And Luke and Laura's kiss in Star Wars IV is refered to as a "Sister Kiss". The big oops, from George Lucas because it was obvious he hadn't decided that they were siblings until after the first film was completed.


message 28: by Alicia (new)

Alicia | 47 comments wow... that's interesting... i didn't know that.. haha


message 29: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Riggsby (SophieRiggsby) I just figured that was a nod from Cassandra to Lucas. I'm hoping it's an OOOPS...but an intentional one.


message 30: by Alicia (new)

Alicia | 47 comments haha


message 31: by *Euphoria* (new)

 *Euphoria* (LadyKati) that V thank you. I love vader. I didn't know that was considered the sister kiss but it mmakes sense.


message 32: by Rees (new)

Rees Oh people do not make me choose between them. Because I do have another love (V.A) ;)
But since I am here, I guess I better voice out my opinion.
They both have excellent qualities, ones that I'm sure many can agree with. However, The mortal instruments do involve around other things besides Vampires and true, requited love. In saying that, for those twilight fans out there I am not siding with either. I am just being a realist. The Mortal Instruments are more realistic, not perfection and destiny at its best. What I mean is, IMAGINE if Edward fell inlove with Bella and turns out they are "apparently" blood related. How would the story fare then.

All in all... Mortal instruments.. YOU KICK ASS ;)


message 33: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Riggsby (SophieRiggsby) Nicely put Rees...like poor Edward would need that complication on top of everything else he's trying to handle!!

Both stand on their own merits. I do prefer CC's writing style, however, just a smidge more.


message 34: by Rees (new)

Rees LOL thank you Sophie. (:

A tiny smidge indeed.


message 35: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Riggsby (SophieRiggsby) Can't give up my Twi-Mom status completely...*grins*.


message 36: by Rees (new)

Rees LOL oh! you're part of twi-moms.!
Very cool Sophie ;)


message 37: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Riggsby (SophieRiggsby) My cover has been disclosed *retreats quietly to her dark corner of the world* LOLz.


message 38: by Rees (new)

Rees Well yes, LOL
hurry off then. Your secret is safe ;)

I was re-reading COB yesterday and reliving Jace's arrogance and rudeness. sigh. it's very sexy.


message 39: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Riggsby (SophieRiggsby) Have you tried the audiobook?? It's awesome. I've been listening to COB...and yes, his arrogance, rudeness, self-absorption...a very sexy combination...because we all know he's suffering as well.


message 40: by Rees (new)

Rees No I haven't actually!
Send me the link! (:


message 41: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Riggsby (SophieRiggsby) It's on iTunes...but I borrowed the CDs from the library...cheap-O that I am.


message 42: by *Euphoria* (new)

 *Euphoria* (LadyKati) Sophie wrote: "It's on iTunes...but I borrowed the CDs from the library...cheap-O that I am."

I am the same Sophie. The library is great.


message 43: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Riggsby (SophieRiggsby) I love it because I can then synch up to my iPhone and listen that way. I know, I am just getting into audiobooks. Sad, but true. I like my tactile hardcovers.


message 44: by Amy (new)

Amy | 10 comments Sophie, good idea. I will need to do that. :) More Jace and Clary till Mar 24th!!


message 45: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Riggsby (SophieRiggsby) I know...the audiobooks are a nice way to help with the wait. And the narrator is really good.


message 46: by [deleted user] (new)

I like them both. But the difference is I only completely loved Twilight (out of that series and not saying I didnt like the rest) while I love both of the City of books. In some places Twilight is disconnected while the the City of books just sort of flow.
Sorry if that makes no sense, couldnt think of a better way to phrase it.


message 47: by Rees (new)

Rees MARCH 24TH?!

oh bloody hell! I might as well count up to April.


Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* Mads wrote: "I like them both. But the difference is I only completely loved Twilight (out of that series and not saying I didnt like the rest) while I love both of the City of books. In some places Twilight is..."

i think that makes sense


message 49: by Rees (new)

Rees Yes, it does.

Nothing beats Twilight because it was the first book and absolutely perfect. It didn't really need a sequel to it.
Whereas the Mortal Instruments series just keeps going and you get hooked. And you need to know what happens next.


message 50: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Riggsby (SophieRiggsby) Rees, you hit the nail on the head. Twilight the first book stands on its own where TMI needs the other two books.

Not to say that I didn't love NM, Eclipse & even BD but the story as a whole could've been done in Twilight. We would've been left with the question will he turn her?? But Edward wouldn't have unless she was in danger of dying, which ultimately was played out.


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