Yes, I did it. I went to the bookstore and got my hands on a copy of this highly anticipated new release. You might be wondering “Why is this a big deal?” Well, it’s a big deal because I have not read The Mortal Instruments and at this point I don’t plan to ever read them.
A few years ago, I did open City of Bones but I almost immediately put it back down. I managed to get through a third of the book before I swore off the whole series. I just couldn’t get into them and I couldn’t understand why they are so popular; they seemed incredibly melodramatic, the characters seemed really immature, and the whole premise seemed underdeveloped and unrealistic (as unrealistic as urban fantasy can be, anyway). So much teenage angst!
My sister enjoyed reading the Shadowhunter novels and suggested that even though I couldn’t stand The Mortal Instruments that I would still love The Infernal Devices, and she was right. A work colleague of my Dad gave me a set of the books and I read them in January last year. I stayed up for three nights in a row, bawling my eyes out as I read Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess. But even though I loved this trilogy so much, I still decided not to go back and read The Mortal Instruments.
And then in September I volunteered at the Brisbane Writer’s Festival where one of the guest authors was none other than Cassandra Clare. It’s clear that she loves her fans and enjoys talking about her books with them but if you’re not a hard-core fangirl who reads all the books and screams hysterically at the mere thought of particular characters—i.e. Jace Wayland and Will Herondale—then you will not get this special treatment (if you haven’t noticed, I do not like or agree with the whole fangirl culture and I think you can enjoy and appreciate something without acting in a ridiculously immature manner). This somewhat contributed to my decision to not read The Mortal Instruments or any other books just because a particular author has written them. It also made it clear to me that just because I like one book (or books) doesn’t mean that I will like everything that author has ever written.
So why did I decide to give Lady Midnight and The Dark Artifices a go? Well, it is because of the positive reviews I’ve been watching and reading. Sure, literally EVERYONE says that you have to read every Cassandra Clare novel, in order, as well as all the novellas to understand what is happening in the latest Shadowhunter book, but then I read this review by Emily from Loony Literate (CLICK HERE TO READ) which is completely what I needed to hear and you should definitely check it out!
After reading this review, I went and got a copy of Lady Midnight the next day.
So I guess the moral of the story is: don’t judge a book by the author, or vice versa.
What are your thoughts on this? I’d love to know your opinions but please remember that this post is simply OPINION BASED and I mean no harm or disrespect in any way to anyone.