I feel like there’s a lot of negativity towards the show lately. Of course I’m negative in my reviews too, but I’m also optimistic and I like to see my criticism as constructive. Also I try not to be downright mean or harsh, but to wrap it in some humour (I really hope I’ve accomplished that so far haha), but I’ve seen a lot of negativity especially on Tumblr and apparently people have actually tweeted Cassandra Clare to ask how they could petition for different writers. Since I already wanted to do a post of all the good things they’re doing (since it’s really easy to focus on the bad things), I decided now is a good time. This is in no particular order
1. Alec and Izzy Baewood being actual main characters and getting screen time
They barely appeared in both the book and the film, so I’m loving the amount of screen time they’re getting in the tv show. I love the books, but I didn’t really like how much the first book focused on Clace and the love triangle with Simon. Now they get just as much screen time as Clary and Jace and even their own plot line.
2. Magnus Bane wearing trousers and being a main character
Magnus’ wardrobe is perfect. So is his hair and make-up. While I got a bit anxious since he barely appeared in the first few episodes, it looks like he’s now really a part of the main cast. Who doesn’t love seeing their favourite Warlock more?
3. The diversity of the cast
Like Cassandra Clare herself pointed out, a lot of the characters’ ethnicity was never specified in the books, but since white is the default, a lot of people assumed that they were white (though if they’re not white, shouldn’t you describe them that way?). I love that the casting didn’t care about ethnicity, but about talent. Plus representation!
4. The Lightwood family
We barely saw them in the books and they feel a lot more like a family now. A warm one? Not really, but it’s a realistic one and we know that Maryse and Robert aren’t exactly the best parents. In last week’s episode we did see that Maryse was human and does care about her kids. Yes, she’s still not treating Izzy right, but that comment about how Izzy reminded her of herself? And that passion wasn’t something good? I think Maryse is just looking out for Izzy and is afraid that she’ll make the same mistakes she did. Of course Izzy doesn’t understand that and only sees a coldhearted mom, so of course it isn’t the best parenting choice, but I really love this choice the writers made. Alec and Maryse’s scene was adorable to watch and so were all the scenes with Max. We didn’t see much of Robert, but so far he seems on point. And of course the relationship between Alec and Izzy. She’s constantly looking out for him, standing up for him, protecting him and doing whatever she can to ensure his happiness (I’m not crying you are)
5. Alec, Izzy, Simon, Luke and Magnus being on point
If you’ve read my reviews this is nothing new to you of course, but these five are just perfect. It feels like I’m really watching the characters come to life. Since I’ve already gushed about them a lot, I’ll keep it short and continue with the list (otherwise this post will get really long haha)
I do NOT like the relationship between Clary and Izzy in the first book. Just a big nope. No, I’m down for healthy girl friendships like they’re portraying on the show. This is definitely one of my favourite changes
Okay who didn’t see this one coming? Of course they still have time to screw it up, but I hope they’ll continue to go down this road. Matthew Dadario is portraying Alec’s feelings towards Jace and Magnus and all his insecurities so well and Magnus’ understanding is so important. I hope we’ll eventually get to see their first date from The Bane Chronicles because it’s just adorable and I know Matthew and Harry will do it justice.
I chose the number 7 because it’s a nice number (has nothing to do with Harry Potter at all *cough cough*) and I don’t want to make this post too long. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t more than 7 things though. These are just the ones that came to mind right now and that I love the most. Besides I should really stop writing because I keep messing up the order of my sentences (I most the love like what even).
Let’s keep up the positivity! What do you really like or love about Shadowhunters so far? Let me know in the comments!