The Latest YA Adaptations on TV

This winter has brought in more than just the white stuff. With it, we’ve also gotten a double dose of YA on TV. Freeform (what was once ABC Family) is breathing new life into the Shadowhunter world and MTV has launched a series called The Shannara Chronicles. Naturally, both shows are full of hot young people, but where do they stand now that several episodes have aired. Are they a credit or discredit to the world of YA? Let’s discuss.

shadowhuntersShadowhunters is based off of the bestselling Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I’ll be the first to admit the series is a favorite of mine and after the movie was a bust I assumed that was the last chance I had to see my beloved series come to life, but low and behold now it’s on the small screen. A better fit in my opinion since there’s so much ground to cover, but I digress.

I want to like this show, but there are issues, like the acting for one. It’s showing signs of getting better, but there is work to be done. And what’s crazy is that I can’t figure out if it’s the actors or if the fault lies with the writers. I’m not sure Robert Downey Jr. could make some of the cheesy lines work. (And people wonder why YA gets such a bad rap… sheesh) It makes me wonder if the show would’ve been better suited on The CW. They’ve turned out lots of YA-style shows and they’ve done it well.

All negativity aside though, the show is including great details from the book which as a fan makes me very happy. Fingers crossed this show ups the ante, because its online presence is staggering.


On a different channel on the same night, we have The Shannara Chronicles which is based off the books by Terry Brooks. I haven’t read them, let me say that right out of the gate, but based on the first four episodes, I’m loving the show. It appears MTV hasn’t skimped on expenses which is nice because the setting is important on this show and the actors, while still young and ridiculously good looking, are just plain better.

I have high hopes for The Shannara Chronicles and pray MTV doesn’t cancel the show before it has a fighting chance.

How about you? Have you checked out either of these new shows? And if so, what do you think?


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