Shadowhunters – Episode Reaction/Review

Amy:

I went into this show with very low expectations but very high hope and I’m pleased to say that I really enjoyed the first two episodes and I’m looking forward to seeing what else they have in store. From the pilot episode, it’s clear they’re not sticking completely to the books but thats something that I like and means that somethings will be left as a surprise.

Let’s start with the positives. Character wise I really liked Simon and Luke the most which was a surprise for me as they were the two characters I was a bit worried about because I still loved Simon and Luke in the film adaptation. Alan Van Sprang as Valentine was perfect, which wasn’t a surprise for me as I loved him in Reign and I thought he played this evil and mad character really well. Mathew Daddario as Alec was also another highlight of the show for me; he’s gorgeous and even though we haven’t heard or see much from him yet but I’m sure as the show continues, we will see more of his character.

I understand that they didn’t have a huge budget for special effects but some of them I thought were a bit poor and didn’t fit in with the show. I also didn’t like how the institute looked like something out of a spy movie and that it was full of other shadowhunters  but this is something I’m sure I’ll get used to it as the show goes on. Again on the lines of locations, I wasn’t a huge fan of the fact that Valentines lair was situated in Chenolbyl; for me I found it a bit odd and unnecessary.

Apart from those two small bits I thought the show was really great and I can’t wait for the next episode!

Eleanor:

It seems as though I have been waiting to for, for ages, but the premiere creeped up on me and I had a fit of excitement when Amy told me about the premiere date! I really didn’t want watch this show with high expectations because I was so worried that I would be disappointed especially as these books do mean an awful lot to me! Not going to lie though all of Wednesday I was really apprehensive about watching it… but luckily I wasn’t too disappointed and I actually enjoyed watching it, there were just a few things that I didn’t really like…

But let’s start with the things that I did like, some of the character portrayals I really liked, Simon, Jace and Alec I though were spot on. I also liked Kat’s portrayal of Clary, I wasn’t sure about her in the role at first but she grew on me throughout the episode, but I have to admit some of the ‘scared’ acting could have been better… I also thought that the aging up of the characters worked well so that the characters can mature a bit more, so there were lots of things that I did like!

However, there were elements that I wasn’t too happy about the main one being that I felt as though Izzy was really sexualised… I know she’s supposed to be stylish and what not but I thought that they went a little too far, plus, there’s no way she could fight in mini skirts that small without showing everyone her lady parts! Similarly, I wasn’t too happy with what they did with the institute, this is probably just be being protective over the books but I did love the fact that it was old, gothic and only contained the Lightwood family and Hodge, but i’m sure i’ll get used to it!

Overall, I did like it and i’m excited for the next few episodes and I hope my negative points will be less negative throughout the coming episodes!

Top 5 Fictional Boyfriends

Valentine’s Day is here, and it’s time to think about to whom you’re going to profess your undying love. As dedicated fangirls and fanboys, we all have a few characters we are at least a little bit in love with. Or a lot in love with. Or obsessed with! So we thought why not make our own lists of Our Top 5 Fictional Boyfriends!

Amy:

It took me quite a while to make this post because, as you know, there are so many amazing fictional men to choose from but I finally made my list!

  1. Bellamy Blake from The 100 – For me Bellamy is a perfect boyfriend. From the show we can see he is a true leader and will do anything to protect the ones he loves. Plus I have a massive crush on Bob Morley who plays him in the show!
  2. Chaol Westfall from the Throne Of Glass Series – Again Chaol is just perfect. He is strong but sweet. His relationship with Celina is so real and the way he acts towards her is so romantic! If Celaena doesn’t want Chaol, I’ll gladly have him!
  3. Finick Odair from The Hunger Games Trilogy – He is sexy (and he knows it), loyal and a lifesaver; what more do you want. It was Finick’s relationship towards Annie which really shows what’s behind that facade and shows that he’s really just this kind and loyal character.
  4. Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice – A classic! He’s arrogant, he’s classist, he’s awkward but his actions towards Elizabeth are truly romantic! And thats why he’s on my top 5 list.
  5. Murtagh Morzansson from Eragon Series – Even though Murtagh can be considered to be the villain in this series, i personally think he is a brilliant character who is strong yet caring. Even though the film wasn’t the best, i thought Murtagh was portrayed very well by that could be biased as I love Garret Hedlund who portrayed him in the film!

Eleanor:

It didn’t take me as long as Amy to conclude my top 5, to me it was pretty obvious!

  1. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games Trilogy – The Hunger Games was the first proper teen novel I read so Peeta was my first fictional boyfriend so I couldn’t not include him!
  2. Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series – I love Jace for his wit and humour! He does make me laugh with some of his one – liners.
  3. Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices series – Ahhh he’s just so gorgeous and intelligent which is really quite attractive (his face isn’t bad either…)
  4. Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars – what a sensitive and lovely guy! He is also very intelligent…
  5. Noah Shaw from the Mara Dyer series – this guy is so adorable and really caring, he always looks out for Mara and I think that’s just so cute!

So those are the fictional boys we’re in love with this Valentines, feel free to comment below your top five fictional boyfriends or girlfriends, so we can compare notes!I hope you’re having a nice and relaxing Valentine’s day whether you are with loved ones or not.