‘Shadowhunters’ Series Will Stay True to Books; Cast Promises ‘Hardcore Fans’ Will Be Surprised

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Shadowhunters” fans have been anxiously waiting for the Freeform series to premiere on Jan. 12, and avid readers of the book series will be happy to know that the TV series stays true to the original story.

“We are absolutely starting from the beginning of the books and we stay unbelievably true to the spirit of the books,” exec producer Ed Decter said Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour, during a panel for the hotly anticipated saga series. “We wanted to have surprises both for the real hardcore fans and then we also want to introduce the viewers who have never been introduced to the world carefully and slowly so that they can get caught up in it like we are.”

Star Katherine McNamara, who plays the lead Clary Fray, explained that the show may not go in exact chronological order of the detailed events that play out in “The Mortal Instruments” books, and that Freeform is taking its own twist on the story to make it uniquely their own. “When you read a book, you have such a personal experience with it,” McNamara said. “I think each one of us has certain elements of those characters, but again, we bring our own thing to the characters.”

Dominic Sherwood, who stars as Jace Wayland, promises that despite subtle differences, fans will be satisfied. “Everything that the fans want, I like to think there’s at least an element of it in season one,” said Sherwood. “Whether it happens in its entirety, or it’s alluded to, or it comes and goes, it’s all there in some shape or form.”

McG, who directed the first episode and serves as exec producer, agrees: “It speaks to the passion that everyone has for the nuances of the books.”

However, top of mind for many passionate fans are the romances and relationships of “Shadowhunters.” To their delight, cast member Matthew Daddario teases, “There won’t be any disappointment for hardcore shippers.”

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  1. Emily says:

    I watch the show and see how it clearly states it’s an adaptation of The Mortal Instruments. Then, I re read the book so and have to sit and wonder if I read a COMPLETELY different book series to the creators of the show.

  2. Michele says:

    This article is full of complete BS as is the TV show. Its an absolute atrocity. The characters arent even remotely close to what they are in the books. The closest one was Alec and maybe, MAYBE Magnus. I had prayed they would have continued with the sequel movie and improved upon it from the first, as i thought the first movie was actually good even tho it did change a few things. The movie was WAY more true to the books than this piece of garbage now on TV. There have been changes made in the TV show that are going to completely ruin the story line that is supposed to happen later on…oh wait it was ruined in the first 10 minutes anyway. I seriously hope this show does poorly and that it gets canceled ASAP. They should never have stopped making the second movie, that would have prevented this trash being on TV at least. Oh and the acting is terrible, but thats the least of the problems.

  3. Shayna says:

    Absolutely agree with first comment! ten minutes in I’m searching for the answers.. Is this series going to follow the book? Clearly it didn’t start that way… So maybe I should save
    Myself now. I found this site.
    Twenty minutes in.. You lie!! Are you freaking kidding me? Everything is different.. The characters don’t fit and the story line is totally different! Totally!!! She didn’t find out that way, her mom didn’t show her any of that…. The MOVIE, as horrible as it was, fit more than this pitiful excuse for a show!!! I’m pissed!!

  4. Samantha says:

    This is such a lie! Not even 11 mins in and I already hate the series. Did you even read the books or did you just skim them? Please if you want to keep the series going follow the books and stop making so many drastic changes that are completely opposite of story line.

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