Quite often I get sent to books by movies based on them. This was the case with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, because through the I-weep-for-all-involved awfulness of the film I could see a good story.
The book was what I’d hoped for; a solid urban fantasy for young adults.
What really surprised me was to find that a core criticism of the film – among so many things to criticise – was that it lacked originality. How odd.
I mean genre is genre because it comes with recognisable elements, whether they’re the core genre-defining ones or those that change with fashion. A good genre book, or movie, is usually one that takes the familiar and uses it well.
Maybe the reviewers don’t actually enjoy spec-fic or YA enough to welcome those common elements? Though given most of them said it was thoroughly confusing (also a surprise to me) it may just be that those recognisable elements were all they could see.