On Tuesdays, TMI Source and Fangirlish are bringing you TMI TV Tuesdays, where we discuss different aspects regarding the upcoming television adaptation of The Mortal Instruments.
With any adaptation there is guaranteed change as the source material is translated into another medium. In our case, Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments have already been translated from book to film, and now Constantin is giving it another go with a book to television adaptation.
While it’s important to understand that change is not only guaranteed but necessary in an adaptation, there are some things that as fans we really, really want to see remain faithful in the television show.
Here are three (of many) things that we’re hoping to see in some form or another in The Mortal Instruments TV show:
1. A Faithful Adaptation
So this is about as broad as you can go, but after watching The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones be a not-so faithful adaptation to Cassandra Clare’s beloved books I don’t know if fans could take it again if the same thing happened with the TV series. This is my way of once again stressing the importance that the TV show do the opposite of what the movie did, which is take liberties with the material that actually altered the story. As far as remaining faithful to the source material, show runner Ed Decter need only understand the importance of the Shadowhunter world and culture, as well as the characters and their unique personalities and how that contributes overall to the story. When I say faithful I don’t mean every single detail from every single book in the series be included (because that show would last for 20 years, not that I’d complain), but it’s important with adaptations that one recognize what is integral to the story.
2. The Incest Plot
When you’re adapting a book series to a different medium there are certain aspects of it that you cannot change because, well, it’s integral to the series as a whole. So, incest is a sore subject, understandable. Sure, it might be intimidating to take on handling the way a plot like that plays out, but that’s all in the fun of being a show runner, right? It certainly helps when the problem’s already solved in the books themselves. But it’s a huge theme throughout the first three Mortal Instruments books (spoiler alert: they learn they’re not related). Hey, if Game of Thrones can make it work so can The Mortal Instruments.
3. Teases of Other ‘Shadowhunter Chronicles’ Series
When you have a world as diverse and expansive as that of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles, there are plenty of opportunities for crossovers between books and connections between characters, as evidenced by the interconnectivity of the Shadowhunter families within her series. So as we head into the television adaptation, I’m hoping that we’ll get a little tease of these other series. Now this doesn’t need to be immediate — I’m not expecting to hear the mention of Will Herondale in the pilot — but it’d be nice down the line if we’d get little Easter Eggs of important characters from The Infernal Devices, The Dark Artifices, etc. As a comics fan I relish in those Easter Eggs in television and movies. If Clare’s books have proved anything it’s that the possibilities are endless when it comes to Shadowhunters. And this is gold to a showrunner.
There are endless things that we’d like to see in the show, so we might end up doing more.
What are your thoughts? What are some of the essential things you need to see in the show?