Did I read the book or watch the movie first?
I read this book back in 2011. If you saw my review (which you can find here), you know I wasn't that impressed with it.
Which was better?
For me, the movie is better, hands down. Since I read the book so long ago, I wasn't caught up in all tiny changes from the story to the screen, but I still knew where some of the more major differences were. I thought the movie did a good job of streamlining and simplifying the narrative while still keeping the most important aspects intact. There were also some hat-tips to the readers (and one at the end was especially cool).
Back when I read the book, I'd heard about the series, but it still wasn't quite the huge fandom it is today. I thought I would like the book because it had a lot of elements I look for in paranormal YA, but it fell flat for me. However, the movie previews looked really good, so despite not being part of the fandom, I still wanted to see the film and I'm glad I did.
Will I read/watch more if available?
I've already read the second and third books in the series (my reviews can be found here and here) and I plan to read the last three books eventually, but I will definitely be seeing future TMI films. The actors did a great job of embodying the characters and I connected with them a lot faster than I did in the novels. The effects and action scenes were fantastic, and I liked how everything played out on screen. Clary and Jace's first kiss was pretty epic, and I definitely liked movie-Jace better than book-Jace. There were some awkward parts where the music came in and took over scenes and made them feel a bit cheesy, but overall it was a fun and entertaining movie that I thought did the book justice.
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