Saturday, 6 February 2016

Olivia Snaps ~ Shadowhunters

Hope you are all having a good weekend!

Olivia Snaps is my photography related meme on Olivia's Catastrophe. I photograph things to do with books and life and pretty much anything I feel like snapping. 



I recently mentioned that I wanted to change things up with this meme, simply because I wasn't satisfied. So I've decided to give each post a theme and then take pictures contributing to that theme, whether it will be to do with books or something else, we'll have to see. Today I wanted to talk about Shadowhunters.


Cosplaying Isabelle 
I have two older sisters who read The Mortal Instruments before I did. They recommended it to me and it wasn't until years later - when they were both off at university - that I decided to pick up book one. Luckily, they owned books one to four so I basically read the first four books in the series in the space of four. A book a day. I then proceeded to buy book five on the kindle and read that the next day. All of a sudden, the holiday I had was gone. Do I regret it?

To this day, not at all. 


Can you tell Isabelle is one of my favourite characters?

When the final book in the series came out, I pre-ordered it. I think I have only ever pre-ordered four books, so that was quite something. I read that one in the space of two days because it is fairly massive. 

But why do I love this series so much?

It's because I love the Shadowhunter world. I think Cassandra Clare has perfectly crafted a complex world that works. There are aspects of it that make it unique like the shadowhunters themselves and how they wear black when they are fighting and white when they are mourning. Their runes, steeles and witchlights. The Silent Brothers and the demons, and then the common paranormal creatures like vampires, warlocks and Seelie that come to life in unique ways in her books. So many people give Clare grief, saying that they want her to write outside of the Shadowhunter world. It seems to have increased in volume now that she is releasing Lady Midnight later this year. But personally as someone who is working on a fantasy novel herself, when you create a world and it actually works of course you don't want to ditch it and start from scratch. You love it, and it's something that you crafted. And if you've crafted one as beautiful and great as the Shadowhunter realm, then, well, I will happily read book after book set there. 


My witchlight...
On top of the wonderful world building, she also has created a history for it too. I have only read book one in the Infernal Devices series which I did towards the end of last year (looking forward to getting to the rest this year) but it's so interesting to see the application of contradicting concepts like women fighting when it is set in historical Great Britain. 

Although the world to this one is wonderful, there is another reason why I can't get enough of her books. The characters are done so well. They're each individual, with their own personalities. The worst thing is that she doesn't mind sacrificing parts of her main characters or even some characters that I came to love for the sake of keeping the plot suspenseful and moving forward. Relationships blossom and some characters find love, and other relationships cause mayhem and problems. 


If you look closely you might be able to see my warlock magic. I've been practicing.
Cassandra Clare has also made us a whole lot of wonderful villains. Valentine was good, but then Sebastian came along and he was even more cunning. Even more devious. I just couldn't get enough. 

The movie, City of Bones, in my opinion, was a flop. It didn't bring across the characters or the story in the way that is even worthy of the books. As of now I've only seen episode one of the show. They've changed a few things, but they stay mostly true to the story and the character portrayal is done fairly well. Shoving aside the not-to-great acting skills that I can't fully judge yet (it was only one episode!) it has a lot of promise. 

If I haven't convinced you to pick up the books yet, I don't know what will :D

A Shadowhunter in mourning...

My book review of City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.

Olivia's Question: Have you been watching the show? What do you think of the Shadowhunter books? Also, do you like this new form of Olivia Snaps?

Olivia-Savannah x

42 comments:

  1. I love the world Cassandra Clare created! The Infernal Devices are my favorite series. And I'm a fan of the new Shadowhunters tv show I love how involved the cast is. Their tweets are hilarious! ♥

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    1. I've only read book on in TID but I can't wait to read more. I think the show is okay! Hope you keep enjoying it x

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  2. Creative pics, Olivia. And, yes, I can tell Isabelle is one of your favorite characters. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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  3. I've only read the first book as I didn't like it that much. I'm reading TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow now, have you read them?

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    1. Ah, a shame that you couldn't like them. Maybe you can try the television show and see if you like that more? Or even the prequel series, seeing as it is a different lot of characters. I did try the first book in the TimeRiders series but I just couldn't get into it. :/ Wasn't for me...

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  4. I've not seen the show or the movie and would be new to the books as well. But I do appreciate a fine world-building example.

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    1. You should try the books at some time! I just love when world building is done incredibly well.

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  5. These are awesome! And I agree, everyone should read these series. TMI and TID are my favs, and I can't wait for TDA to start next month with Lady Midnight. I'm still trying to decide how I really feel about the TV show. I've watched every week, but I don't know yet. I do love that It's so different from the books. I guess they had no choice, since the movie flopped, and they wanted to attract a broader audience.

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    1. I am so looking forward to reading Lady Midnight! I also should really finish TID, but I do intend to read book 2 next month with Owls Be Reading. I know what you mean about the show. I'm feeling a lot of mixed feelings myself. I've still been watching nonetheless :P

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  6. [ Laughs ] You really know how to spice up a book review!

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    1. Hehehe I did want to try something new ^.^

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  7. I love, love this series! And what a great homage, Olivia!

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    1. Thank you, Joy <3 And I'm glad you love this series as well!

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  8. OOo awesome photography! I've only read the first two books but I really like the world building in it! I assume you're going to read the new series as well. :p

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    1. Thank you Amber <3 I am looking forward to doing more posts like this! I hope you get to read further into the series soon. Oh yes, I will definitely be reading that new series! Just try and stop me xD

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  9. I haven't watched the show but your photos are really cool!

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  10. I think you convinced me to pick up the books. I have a friend obsessed with the books and she made me come see the film in the cinemas and it was horrible! So so bad I laughed way too much for a... not a comedy film. So that made me stay away from the books. But maybe I should give them a chance.

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    1. You really should give them a try! I'm probably just as obsessed although that film is HORRIBLE! Don't judge it by that!

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  11. Olivia, your pictures are so beautiful in this post!! I love your cosplay of Isabelle so much (the nail polish really suits her character!), and the runes on your nails in another picture look amazing. The Shadowhunter Chronicles are some of my favourite books. I devoured the series in summer 2014, and I've been eagerly awaiting LM ever since. I can't believe it's almost out!!

    I've been watching the show, and I seem to be the only person who's loving it! It's so much better than the movie, and I look forward to every Wednesday for a new episode. I think they're so good, even if lots of other people don't agree!!

    I hope you're enjoying the show, Olivia! I hope you love Lady Midnight too - I'm sure it will be excellent ☺
    Denise | The Bibliolater

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    1. Wow! Thanks so much Denise <3 I am glad you could like them. I did work pretty hard for these pictures, ahaha.

      I love the series. I spun through them like crazy and then waited ever impatiently for City of Heavenly Fire to be released. Lady Midnight is coming soon.

      It's good that you can love the show! I have been seeing people loving it, hating it, finding it okay and still loving it all over - I fall in with the latter category myself.

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  12. I think picking photos according to a theme is actually a cool idea. Can’t wait to see the future themes of this meme :) Your cosplay of Izzy is super cool too :D I also really love Sebastian as a villain. To me he was even creepier than Valentine! I don’t know why anyone would have a problem with more shadowhunter books!!! Like all I want is for Cassandra Clare to keep writing them, lol. And yeah, I’m super excited about Lady Midnight. Will be reading it as soon as I can :D

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    1. I hope to do a lot of different themes - bookish and non-bookish alike! Sebastian was a brilliant villain and I agree, more so than Valentine. It's a good thing he was second and not first, because then it just added to the series! I will forever want more books set in the Shadowhunter realm and haters can go to the left :P

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  13. These pictures are awesome! I can tell you put a lot of thought and effort into these! I've mostly been watching Shadowhunters, but I just do not like it very much. The acting is not great and the writing is lacking as well, in my opinion. I love the books, though. Cool post!

    ~ Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover

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    1. It did take me some time <3 Thank you ^.^ I'm not a fan of the acting, and that bothers me. But I will forever love the books! And for some reason I keep going back and watching every week anyway...

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  14. I really like your pics! I have to be honest I read book one of TMI and felt pretty meh about it. It wasn't until I saw that movie that I got interested in it again--but I have yet to pick the books back up. I actually prefer the Infernal Devices. I'll pick this series up again someday soon!

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    1. Ah, a shame you didn't really love it. But liking the Infernal Devices is just as good! I've only read book one in that trilogy but I hope to read more soon.

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  15. I have one book in this series, but haven't started it. The series has been on my list forever. I loved hearing your thoughts about it and it is clear you loved the series. Your pictures are amazing. I just may start reading these soon (I have to read at least 5 borrowed books before I can read anything else). :)

    Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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    1. You should try it when you get the chance! I do understand about reading schedules being particularly hectic, but I am sure you can get there in time. Thanks Jess <3

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  16. I love the pictures Olivia! And the Shadowhunter world is one of my favourites ever! It's true though that I don't think I will read the next books Cassandra publishes because I don't wanna my love for the books to die a little bit but anyways, the first two original series will always have a special place in my heart.
    I'm watching the show and I have to say, there are some things I prefer from the movie (and that was pretty bad) but I don't know. The acting is atrocious, honestly. Clary and Jace have 0 chemistry and the way they deliver their lines is laughable. However, I do like Simon and I wanna see where they are taking the show and let's be honest, it gives me a lot of giggles so yeah LOL

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    1. Thanks Noelia <3 I do love the Shadowhunter world but I can understand why you just want to preserve it the way you know it so it can't be ruined at all! The acting skills are horrible and I know what you mean about the chemistry. It still is tons better than the movie though, and I keep coming back every week nonetheless.

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  17. I read the first three books and loved them, then I saw the trailer for the film and it put me off, possibly because I didn't like the choice of actors for the main roles but I do own all the City of...books, they look awesome and they need to be read but I think I will need to read them all back to back and soon!

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    1. The film isn't good at all and I wouldn't recommend it in the slightest. I would actually suggest the show if you do want to watch something. But you should get back to the books! They only improve :D

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  18. I love your pictures, they're so good!! I also really like Isabelle :) the girl who plays her in the new TV show is so beautiful too! Totally like I imagined her! I've loved what I've read so far in the series, but I haven't finished it yet :'( I know, shame on me.

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. Thank you Carla <3 She's basically my favourite character although I don't exactly know when it happened!

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  19. I love this series as well! Although the middle books bogged down a bit for me, the last two sucked me right back into love with the world. I can't wait for Lady Midnight! I didn't hate the movie, and so far I'm mostly enjoying the tv show. Although the acting of some of the characters needs work, I've seen some improvement already in each episode. I think it probably just needs some time. I can think of a lot of shows I love that the acting wasn't great at first, but soon the actors fell into the characters and it just worked. I'm hoping that happens here! Love this post!

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    1. I'm glad that the series managed to bring things back for you towards the end again and that you pushed through those middle books! I'm really looking forward to Lady Midnight as well. I really wasn't a fan of the movie but the television show is okay. I hope that happens too! :D

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  20. I really don't get why so many people have a problem with Clare writing multiple series set in the same world. The world building is probably my favorite part of fantasy and when an author has created a world that I love it would be amazing if I could revisit that world in new stories.
    I have actually just reread City of Bones, since the tv show recently aired, and I quite liked it, so I think I'm also going to reread City of Ashes and if I still like the series after that I might actually read past the first two books (which I haven't done before) :)

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    1. I know what you mean! If I created such an epic world I wouldn't hasten to tear myself away from it. I'm glad you loved book one again, and hopefully you can read more this time :)

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  21. Fabulous pictures! I liked Isabelle a lot too. (Much more than Clary hahah) I want to see the movie at some point, just for funsies. But I don't know about the TV show, I might wait for more opinions ;) And even though I was kiiiind of bored by the last two or three books, I don't understand why people give the author a hard time. I mean, she's an author... who is writing books... that people like to read. Someone explain how that is a problem? OR any of their business! I mean, if you don't want to read them, don't! But good for her and her fans that she gets to delve deeper into the world! Great post!!

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    1. Yeah! At some point Isabelle and the secondary characters just eclipsed Clary and Jace and I am not quite sure when it happened but it certainly did for me. Stay away from the movie but I think you should try the show. :) And I agree! Let her keep writing them (mostly because I just want to keep reading them).

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