The following is a rant about Shadowhunters... because I started writing this in the description of the fanart I just posted and it kinda... turned out waaay too long for a description... So I moved it here~
Sooo, there was the movie, like a couple years back, right? Riding that wave of "Harry Potter ended and now we gotta dash out one teenage novel series adaptation after the other!" - and unlike Twilight, the Hunger Games and whateverthefuck came after that, I actually really enjoyed the Mortal Instruments! Obviously, that meant this was literally the only teenage novel series adapatation that then got canned, because... *looks at Percy Jackson* that's just what happens when I enjoy something
Anyway, when I watched that movie I, of course, instantly found a ship to sail. And that there was no second movie was really devastating on that account. Then the show was announced and I got reeeaaally happy - because, hey, it's been a few years but I definitely remembered three things about it!
1. It's my favorite genre - supernatural/fantasy
2. I shipped the hell out of the blonde cutie and his so-badly-in-love-with-him best friend
3. I actually liked the female lead character, something that... hasn't happened since Buffy, I think
I was sooo vastly disappointed the first time I watched Shadowhunters. Like, seriously, it totally bummed me out.
1. They didn't do a very good job on explaining how the world works and explaining its lore; I was stumbling a lot and over the months of it airing, I already forgot half of it again by the time the season finale came around
2. What the fuck, why does the so-badly-in-love-with-the-blonde-cutie get a boyfriend? And literally the entire fandom seems to only ship them together...? I'm... not getting my fix of my OTP like, not at all...
3. I fucking hate Clary's actress. She's the worst I've seen in a long, long, looong time. Such bad acting, such awful delivery of lines. Just painful to watch and actually the main reason why this show disappointed me - because liking and relating to the main character is THE most important thing about ANY show for me personally.
I was actually not going to watch season 2 at all and just, you know, forget this exists. Then it reached Germany and got a dubbed version and my parents saw a trailer and even my father - who has... in the history of ever... never watched a fantasy show with me and my mother before - wanted to watch it.
Who knew? It fixed problem number 3! The German dub is really great, especially Clary's. Instead of the constantly whining and whimpering borderline bitchy delivery of every single line, there was a more mature, calm and level-headed and also far more professional voice. I saves SO MUCH of the character and actually even made me like show!Clary.
And then I have a good friend who read the books and is now my personal Shadowpedia to fix problem number 1. With more - far more - background knowledge and reminders of things that have been explained like once in the beginning and got kinda lost in all the drama, I got a far better grip on the world and thus got to enjoy it more.
My personal Shadowpedia also helped me with problem number 2. Because what Shadowhunters really is is one long motion-picture Malec fanfiction. A badly written one at that - because the OC comes between the couple, there be a wedding, but literally in the last second the other guy comes in to stop the wedding and a dramatic kiss follows plotline is virtually EVERY bad rom-com movie ever. And such a overused clichee, that is the definition of bad writing for me. Now, my Shadowpedia assured me that in the book canon, it's not that bad and that plotline didn't happen in that way. So, that also saved a lot - because if Shadowhunters really is just the Malec fanfiction of an emotionally 14 years old fangirl, then I can accept it as that.
I mean, I didn't completely hate it the first time around either. There's one thing about this show that should be a national treasure - and that is Harry Shum Junior as Magnus Bane. He is a gift to mankind. Oh my gosh, he's so awesome, he even helped me with problem number 2 by simply being too fabulously amazing to not get the guy. (Regardless of how fucking awfully that "getting the guy" was scripted *rolls eyes*)
I actually kind of adore most of the cast - aside from Clary. Alec, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Luke. They're all awesomely cast.
And even though I was kind of unaware of the fact that Malec was a thing (because, well, only knowledge I had previous to the show was the movie where Magnus was in for like 5 minutes or so...), I found a very easy way around that! It's simple math. Magnus and Alec, and Alec and Jace equals Magnus and Alec and Jace. Threesomes are awesome.
Which worked out well for the other three too - because I ship Simon/Isabelle/Clary in every constellation there is between those three.
Now I have only one problem and that's the fact that the entire fandom seems to only ship Malec... I mean, I'm used to sailing my ships alone or only with a small crew around me, but it's still devastating every single time. And when I find that threesome, Alec always ends up at the literal bottom of the pile.
I dunno, but when they do their parabatai thing of holding hands and staring deeply into each other's eyes - Dominic Sherwood with those LIPS (I mean, seriously, that guy's face is 40% lips, 40% gorgeous heterochromic eyes and 20% cheekbones), staring up at Alec... Yeah, no, I don't see where people see Alec as a bottom. I can only guess it's due to book-knowledge, but when I see those actors...? I know who I see as the bottom.
(Also, can we talk about the fact that Matthew Daddario is Alexandra Daddario's brother and that their parents must have like sold their souls to the devil to get those fucking gorgeous off-springs... I mean, seriously, that level of gorgeousness in one family is simply not natural... ôÔ°°°)
Uh, yeah, got sidetracked by mentally picturing Jace and Alec doing their parabatai-nearly-kiss-thing again. I love when they do that. A lot.
So, anyway, got sucked into another fandom where it's frustratingly hard to find fanfiction to accomondate my tastes - sooo I guess it's up to me to write what I want to read... Good thing I'm also used to that