TMI vs. TID Tag

Hey guys! Today I’m gonna do a tag I saw on Clockwork Bibliophile‘s blog, called the TMI/TID tag. If you haven’t yet taken a look at Clockwork Bibliophile’s blog, you should – it’s amazing!

The TMI/TID tag was originally created by Samantha’s Books. It’s basically a tag comparing The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. I love Cassie Clare, she’s one of my favourite authors, and personally, I think that TID is by far the best of her novels, so I’ll probably be a little bit biased in my choices…Anyways, let’s get on with the tag!

Oh, and spoilers for The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices ahead!


Questions

Favourite main character: Clary or Tessa?

Definitely Tessa! Tessa was by far better than Clary, I absolutely loved her character! Not sure about you, but I got the feeling that Clary was slightly arrogant and self-centered (which I guess is alright seeing as she did pretty much save the world) but I never got that from Tessa. Plus Tessa is a badass shapeshifting warlock so…

Favourite Herondale: Jace or Will?

This is a super easy question. I might have mentioned it before, I’m not sure, but I HATE Jace. He is just so, so annoying! I genuinely cannot fathom why everybody is obsessed with him…like why!! People want to meet Jace because they’re in love with him. I wanna meet Jace so I can punch him in the face. Okay, I’m not that violent but come on. Anyone else hate Jace? Or is it just me?

Plus Will is awesome, almost as awesome as Jem. He is sassy and sarcastic and just…well, plain amazing. Mia and Lynette have heard me say this lots, but come on, who DOESN’T love Will Herondale? You can’t read The Infernal Devices and not love Will!

Favourite love triangle: Clary/Simon/Jace or Will/Jem/Tessa?

Easy. Looks like TID scores once again – Herongraystairs it is! Will, Jem and Tessa are the cutest and they actually all accept each other loving Tessa (and one another) whereas with Simon, Jace and Clary it was initially just a jealousy war. Will doesn’t mind Jem loving Tessa (well he did, but he was understanding enough) and Jem doesn’t mind Will loving Tessa.

On the topic of ships, shoutout to Malec, the cutest couple in all of Cassie Clare’s books! Malec are OTP goals.

Better villain: Sebastian or the Magister?

At last! Finally something which I can say The Mortal Instruments is better at! Sebastian was so much more evil that the Magister could ever be – the way he planned all his attacks were so, so clever! I mean, you’d’ve have never suspected that Sebastian was initially working for Valentine, what with him loving Clary and living in Idris all his life.

Better army: The Dark Army or the Clockwork Army?

I’m gonna have to say the Dark Army for this one. Both the armies were equally as strong and powerful as the other, but I think the Dark Army were just a little bit more painful to defeat, seeing as they were humans, people’s loved ones converted into dark, morbid creatures by Sebastian. It would’ve been a little more hard for Clary to kill them knowing they didn’t mean to murder, knowing the pain she would cause to their loved ones.

Best first book: City of Bones or Clockwork Angel?

Clockwork Angel without doubt. I finished the book in less then a day, along with the rest of the Infernal Devices series. I remember my mum judging me for reading the book pretty much every second I was free. I liked the City of Bones too, I just think Clockwork Angel had more going on from Book 1, you fell in love with it quicker.

Best female sidekick: Cecily Herondale or Isabelle Lightwood?

I’m going to say Izzy for this one, mainly because we didn’t get to see Cecily all that much, so I don’t know how good a sidekick she’d be. However, if she was in the books more, than I have a feeling I’d pick her over Izzy.

Best setting: The New York Institute or the London Institute?

Well it depends, really. If you mean the book New York Institute, old and classic, then I’d go there, but if you mean the New York Institute we saw in the TV Series, Shadowhunters, modern and hi-tech, then I’d have to say the London Institute. But I hope it doesn’t rain as much in the Victorian times as it does in 2016 London.

Best last book: City of Heavenly Fire or Clockwork Princess?

Clockwork Princess definitely. Like Clockwork Angel I COULD NOT put this book down. I literally sped through it and gahh the epilogue. Don’t even get me started on the pain that epilogue inflicted on me. CoHF was good too, I just think I’m Team TID more than I am Team TMI. πŸ™‚

Better final epilogue: City of Heavenly Fire or Clockwork Princess?

Oh look there’s a whole question dedicated to the epilogue! I didn’t even realise. Well, you know my answer already, the ending of Clockwork Princess was AMAZING. Which means it was the most beautiful part of The Infernal Devices, yet the tears, ugh the tears. Cassandra Clare is one cruel author. Even if Will did die of old age. It was still painful.

I can see Clockwork Princess right next to me on my bookshelf and I’m really tempted to reread the epilogue but I’m not sure if should..it’s just too sad!


Results

Okay so the final results are:

6.5 – 3.5

Looks like TID wins by 2.5 points! Just like I predicted. Like Shannon @ Clockwork Bibliophile said in her post, TID is definitely the superior series. It just had that much more feels in it, you know? But by the angel, I loved doing that tag! It was super fun! ➰


I’m not going to tag anyone specific seeing as I’m not sure who has read Cassie’s books and who hasn’t, so if you want to do this tag please feel free to do so! Just put your link down in the comments, as I’d love to read your post!!

Also – credits to Yukihime-San @ DeviantArt for the cover image!

– V

10 Facts About Harry Potter #5

I think it’s about time that I did another 10 Facts About Harry Potter – don’t you? It’s been a while since I last did one, which is a pity as I really enjoy HP Trivia. I have written four other Ten Facts About HP, which you can read over here

This Ten Facts is pretty exciting, as it will total my facts to 50 overall, counting all 5 of my posts. However, having already written 40 facts, I have to really dig further through the hidden depths of the Potterverse to find some more trivia. 

Therefore, I’d love to hear any facts about Harry Potter that YOU have. It could be something you read about online, a fact you found out in Warner Bros Studio/Universal, or just some really interesting trivia you know! Just drop a comment below, and I’ll feature some of the facts that appear in the comments in my next post! Thanks, and I hope you enjoy Ten Facts About Harry Potter #5!

  1. Ron’s Patronus is a Jack Russel Terrier. Pretty cool, seeing as Jack Russel Terriers have a reputation for chasing otters…which as you may or may not know is Hermione’s Patronus. I’m not a Ronmione shipper, but you have to admit that this is pretty cute.
  2. J.K Rowling herself was actually sorted into Hufflepuff, on her Pottermore quiz. 
  3. When the Death Eaters originally formed, they were actually called the Knights of Walpurgis. Ehh…I’m not sure, I think Death Eaters has a better ring to it, don’t you?
  4. (This isn’t really a fact, more of a theory-kinda thing, but it was soo interesting I just HAD to feature it here!) Evans, as in Lily Evans, is almost Snape backwards, right? The only real thing preventing it from being Snape backwards is the letter ‘P’ or the ‘V’. And if you remember, the only people keeping Snape from being with Lily was Voldemort – ‘V’ for Voldemort – and James Potter – ‘P’ for Potter. Pretty cool, huh?
  5. J.K. didn’t just choose Kings Cross as the Hogwarts station for any old reason. Kings Cross has a special meaning to her, it was the place where her mother and her father first met, aged 18. To her, Kings Cross is one of the most magical, romantic places.
  6. As a child, J.K Rowling was good friends with the children of a family with the surname Potter. She’d always loved the surname Potter. She often got teased for the surname Rowling and people would call her nicknames – such as ‘rolling pin’, and she’d preferred the name Potter much more than Rowling.
  7. Throughout the films, three different owls played the role of Hedwig – Gizmo, Ook and Sprout. 
  8. In the movie of the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry loses a chocolate frog, because it jumps out of the window. In the epilogue of the Deathly Hallows, a chocolate frog is seen climbing through a window.
  9. At the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, after the credits roll out, you can see a little disclaimer saying – ‘No dragons were harmed in the making of this movie’.
  10. JKR was originally planning to kill off Ron, but she decided to let him live, as a reward for Harry.

Hope you enjoyed my fifth Ten Facts About Harry Potter!

– V

Shadowhunters TV Series – Review (Part 3 of 3)

The final part of my Shadowhunters review, and the most fun part – the Easter eggs! Read Part 1 – the positives – here, and Part 2 – the negatives – here.

I’m so proud of myself. I actually spotted these easter eggs myself, which is a first. Usually I’m so caught up in what’s actually happening, that I don’t really bother to look at the little things. Ok, some of these hidden details are not-so hidden, and kinda obvious but come on, let me be happy!

Ok, so my first one would have to be the subtle, and the not so subtle mentions of the one and only Tessa Gray. Yup, it’s Tessa, from the Infernal Devices. *screams*

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So the first one would be this scene, where the Shadowhunters are trying to find a warlock more powerful that Magnus, to help awaken Jocelyn. Izzy does some research and whittles it down to three warlocks. At this point I’m getting really excited – what if there’s a warlock that I know, someone from the rest of the series? I pause the screen and bam – Tessa. I had to literally press my face to the screen to check if I was seeing right. Tessa Gray. And what’s this it says? Her occupation – a scholar? *squeals* And she’s in LA? Woah, woah, woah wait. What if she went to the Los Angeles Institute? The Blackthorns and the Carstairs? *screams louder*. The only thing that ended my fangirling fit was Tessa’s hair. IT’S BLOND!! It’s meant to be brown! What’ve they done to you Tessa?

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Ok now here’s the not-so subtle mention. Magnus needed reinforcements to protect the warlocks from Valentine, so he ordered someone to summon a bunch of other warlocks. One of which included Tessa. Aaaaaah!

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Now here’s the theory I have. Magnus has this picture of him, Ragnor Fell and another lady, which I’m guessing is probably a warlock. Now judging from the way they’re dressed, and also just her looks….do you think she might be Tessa? Look at the picture…I mean, you have to admit that does look like Tessa (a bit)…way more than that picture of her above. Comment below to tell me who you think the third warlock is!

Now a small, not-so subtle Bane Chronicles mention.

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Yuuup, it’s Imasu Morales, the charango player from Peru. Remember him? He and Magnus were together, for a while, until Imasu finally broke up with Magnus.

Well that is it for my easter eggs! Those are the ones which I found – but according to Kat McNamara the series is full of them – including props and background characters. If you noticed any other easter eggs, drop a comment below, I’d love to find out! Thanks, and I hope you enjoyed reading my review on Shadowhunters!

– V

Shadowhunters TV Series – Review (Part 2 of 3)

Hi everyone! This is Part 2 on my review for Freeform’s TV Adaptation of the Mortal Instruments. If you haven’t yet read Part 1, click here. There are spoilers in this post!! Do not proceed unless you wish to be spoiled!

Right…so it’s time for the negatives…This post IS longer than my positive post, but maybe that’s just me being nit-picky, so don’t be put off by it, and go watch Shadowhunters! But read the books first. Definitely.

 

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Firstly, what’s up Simon’s band? The Champagne Enema/Rock Solid Panda (as it’s named at the time) is only a two-person band – isn’t it supposed to have four people? And guess what. It’s gets worse. Said band consists of Simon…and Maureen. Yuuup, Maureen Brown. No, I’m not kidding, this IS the same Maureen who turned into a crazy, obsessive vampire who became the leader of the New York vampires. The same Maureen who locked Simon up, who went by the name Queen Maureen. What the hell is she doing in Simon’s band! Aaah, how it annoys me when adaptations stray so far away from the books!

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Also, Clary needs to be wayyy shorter. She’s supposed to be tiny and petite, but she really isn’t! She’s just an average height! And aren’t her eyes supposed to be a vibrant green? They didn’t even look green. Jace seemsΒ to be more or less like the Jace in the book, but I don’t know, I just don’t really think he works as Jace. Alec didn’t have blue eyes! Come on, get the eye colours right, people! Soon you’re gonna make a TID TV show and give Will Herondale hazel eyes or something, and that’s when the fangirls will go really mad.

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The runes were a bit weird too…Firstly, the actors never really drew them. They just kinda waved their steles around in random shapes, hoping that special effects would fill everything in for them. End result – hand movements that look nothing like the runes below. Ok, fine, I guess it may be a bit hard to remember all the runes – but what I didn’tΒ like was the fact that runes like iratzes didn’t fade away. You could just slide your stele over it, and it would literally be reapplied. Just like that. That’s not how its supposed to work! Ok, maybe I’m being slightly over dramatic, but come on, they’ve already messed up the movie adaptation, can’t they at least get it right, second attempt?

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Also about Malec. As I said, I thought Malec were perfect in the TV series, but just one tiny little problem. In the boo, the Clave disapproved of relationships like their’s, therefore they thought it would be best if nobody knew about their relationship, and kept it a secret, for a while. Well, that ain’t gonna work if your first kiss is in front of the whole Institute and a bunch of people from Idris as well! Get it right, people! In the book, Magnus and Alec were much, much more sensible, and kissed in Alicante, before battle, not the minute they discovered they were in love!

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Another problem with Malec is that immortality argument they have in the books, about how Magnus was immortal and therefore loved other people. Remember that argument? I know, nobody likes to think of those dark, dark days, but that argument happened wayyy later on in the books, in the latter half. Then why did the TV show have to make it happen in the first season? No. You are not gonna make Malec argue this early. No.

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Also Ragnor Fell is meant to have horns and green skin. But no. He just has his horns. And Catarina Loss, she needs to have BLUE skin! But she seems to have no warlock’s mark at all, by the looks of it!

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And finally, THERE WAS NO BROTHER ZACHARIAH! If you’ve read The Infernal Devices, I’m sure you’ll feel my pain. Because Brother Zachariah is very important, they can’t just…not have him! Aaagh!

Well those were my problems….they may seem really small and stupid, but come on! I don’t want them to mess up The Mortal Instruments for the second time!!

πŸ˜‚

– V

Shadowhunters TV Series – Review (Part 1 of 3)

Yesss! I finally got to watch Season 1 of Shadowhunters, the TV adaptation of The Mortal Instruments, one of my favourite book series. I was really excited to see this TV series – it’s the first of my book fandoms to get a TV adaptation, rather than a movie adaptation. And you may know how disastrously wrong the movie version of The Mortal Instruments was….

Anyways, I thought the TV shows were good! They were really enjoyable, and I guess I would have absolutely loved it if I hadn’t read the books…but I have, and I just couldn’t help picking out all those little mistakes and annoying details that they didn’t get right. Honestly, I’d always thought that TV series would be better adaptations compared to movies. It’s simple really, isn’t it? Why can’t directors have each season to be a book, each episode a couple of chapters? Way more logical than cramming the whole thing into a movie. Well, I was sooo wrong. They still couldn’t get it perfect…

I thought that I’d do a little book to TV analysis of Shadowhunters, picking out the bits I liked, as a reader, and the bits that they got so, so wrong. I also spotted a couple of Easter Eggs, relating to TID, The Bane Chronicles and/or The Dark Artifices. Therefore be aware that there are probably gonna be a lot of spoilers relating to the whole series on this post. I’ll split it into three posts (good bits, bad bits, and easter eggs) otherwise it would be wayy to long.

Ok, let’s start off with the good bits…there are more bad bits than good bits, but I was pretty critical and harsh, as I always am with book adaptations.
  
The casting. I mean, I know it’s not great, it isn’t exactly like I imagined it, but I like it. Except for Jace and Clary, they’re nothing at all like I thought they’d be. Other than those two, I think the rest of the cast was pretty good! They aren’t ever going to get Valentine exactly right, but I guess he was OK. And Hodge was different to what I imagined him to be, but…it makes sense to have cast him.

 
Another thing I really liked is the Institute. Reading the book, I’d always imagined it as this old place, lacking technology, with old wooden furniture – resembling some sort of ancient castle or something. Don’t ask πŸ˜‚. Instead, Shadowhunters took a different take on the Institute, making it sleek and modern, with all sorts of fancy tech and touch screen computers. It’s different, yes, but it works, and I like it!

  

The Lightwood family – they were really good! I think Maryse and Robert’s actors were perfect for their roles, although they could have been more argumentative, and had more disagreements. Max was perfect, and he was so cute! However, he could have appeared more, because at the moment, it doesn’t really seem like Alec, Jace and Izzy are too close with their little brother, which they are – and when that certain moment (which we do not speak of) comes, it’ll be hard to show just how sad the Lightwoods feel. 

 And finally, Malec. Yes, Malec. Was. Perfection. It was amazing. They had a whole episode named after them!! You know, I think Malec may be sharing a position with Kaider as my OTP. I fangirl so hard, just thinking about how perfect they were! They’ve come so far *tears up*.

Well, that was that for Part 1 of my review! I hope you enjoyed it, please comment beliw and tell me what you thought on the show – and if you haven’t yet seen it, tell me what you’re looking forward to seeing! 

– V

10 Facts About Harry Potter – #4

The time has come for my 4th 10 Facts About Harry Potter! I hope you enjoy reading these just as much as I enjoy uncovering new facts! I may have possibly gone slightly over 10 facts this time…:)

Click here to read my other 10 Facts. Enjoy!!

  1. Voldemort’s wand was made of yew wood. Yew is often used as a symbol of immortality and bad omens, as this wood is often found in graveyards. This is pretty cool, seeing as Voldemort has desired immortality throughout the series, and you definitely can’t argue that he brings bad omens and death with him!
  2. Harry’s wand was made of holly. Through mythology, holly symbolised forces against evil – which of course perfectly describes Harry.
  3. The Sorting Hat thought Professor McGonagall should be in Ravenclaw, because of her wit and brains – but ultimately, of course, she was placed in Gryffindor. The same  happened with Peter Pettigrew – the hat sensed betrayal in him, Pettigrew may have been sorted into Slytherin, if the hat didn’t finally decide on Gryffindor.
  4. Neville actually asked to be in Hufflepuff – as he didn’t think he was brave or courageous. The Sorting Hat believed in Neville before anyone else did, before even Neville believed in himself.
  5. In the epilogue of the Deathly Hallows, JK nearly made Dudley have a muggleborn magical child. She discarded the idea, though.
  6. The driver and conductor of the Knight Bus, Ernie and Stan, were both based on J.K Rowling’s grandfathers.
  7. Kingsley Shacklebolt became the Minister of Magic after the Battle of Hogwarts.
  8. Herpo Fowl was the first person to create a horcrux and the first person to ever breed a Basilisk.
  9. (This one surprised me alot..) Platform 9 ΒΎ wasn’t the only platform that witches and wizards used. They had several other platforms in lots of different stations as well, such as Platform 7 Β½, which takes witches and wizards to small villages in Europe.
  10. The last word of the series was initially intended to be “scar”, but, of course she wrote, “All was well”.

 

-V

10 Facts About Harry Potter – #3

 

This is my third 10 Facts About Harry Potter. If you want to read the others, click on the header and find the Harry Potter section. Enjoy!

  1. Harry Potter is the only wizard in history who has had all three Unforgivable Curses; crucio, the torturing curse; imperio, the curse to control people against their will; and avada kedavra, the killing curse – used against him, and survived.
  2. The third Unforgivable Curse is Avada Kedavra, the Killing Curse. ‘Avra Kehdabra‘ actually means ‘I will create as I speak‘. However, the phrase ‘cadavra‘ has also been incorporated into the spell. ‘Cadavra‘ means dead bodies, so Avada Kedavra basically means ‘I will create dead bodies as I speak‘ and it isn’t actually just a play on Abracadabra.
  3. The graphics team on the set hand wrote and hand decorated thousands of letters for owls to carry. However, they later found that these letters were much to heavy for the owls to carry, and so they had to repeat the whole procedure again. Then, it took 6 whole months for the owl to learn how to fly carrying the letters.
  4. In the Philosopher’s Stone, the directors decided not to show Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson the Great Hall beforehand. Therefore, all the shock and excitement on their expressions were real.
  5. Most of the portraits around Hogwarts were based on the film cast and crew.
  6. There were two Hagrid’s huts. One of them was overly large with larger props and furniture, which would make the actors look small. The other one was a normal size, so Hagrid would look more like a giant in comparison to Harry, Ron and Hermione.
  7. All the potions drank throughout the film were actually different flavours of soup. The overall cast favourite was carrot and coriander flavoured soup.
  8. Dementors cannot breed between themselves. The grow through decay, fungus and mould.
  9. Albus Dumbledore lived to be 150 years old.
  10. We were told that every witch and wizard would automatically join Hogwarts when they were born. This is done using an enchanted quill, which detects the birth of a newborn witch or wizard and records it in a book.

Lady Midnight book review coming soon!!
– V