READERS’ ROOM: LET’S TALK
FALLEN IS AN AMERICAN FILM based on the first book in Lauren Kate’s Fallen Series. It was released in 2016/2017 and is available on Prime Video now.
It was my initial study of nephilim and Shadowhunters that lead me to this film, and I decided to add it to my shortlist as the only vampire-free title in this round.
Set at the Sword and Cross Academy, a reform school somewhere in America, Fallen is the story about Lucinda Price who is sent there by court order. She may or may not be responsible for her boyfriend’s death in a fire, and right there I have my first big question mark. How/Why is she shipped off to reform school if she didn’t actually do it? What was she sentenced for? Oh well, time will tell.
If you’ve read the intros to the other three titles on my shortlist (The Twilight Saga, A Discovery of Witches, and Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments), you may have a hunch what comes next. But let’s go there anyway…
On her first day in this juvenile delinquent facility, Lucinda meets a mysterious guy who just happens to be the love of her life. His name is Daniel Grigori (!) and he is a 7000+-year-old fallen angel. And if you wonder why I put an exclamation mark after his name, it’s because that triggered my second big question mark for this title. I must confess, two huge question marks at stage one of a new encounter would often be a big fat DNF for me. But due to the nature of this particular study, I’m giving Fallen the benefit of a doubt. I want to know what’s going on here.
So, what else have I learned about this film? Well, it’s based on the first of six titles in the Fallen series:
– Fallen (2009);
– Torment (2010);
– Fallen In Love (2011);
– Rapture (2012);
– Unforgiven (2015); and
– Angels In the Dark (2015).
Other than that, I know that we’re looking at a story set in our world where (at least the fallen) angels walk among, and interact with, us. Which gives me reason to believe that, at the very least, this film will provide me with a contrast to the world of the Shadowhunters. Let’s see what happens if we compare two stories where angels are interacting with humans in the world as we know it.
Let’s proceed to Stage 2.
Time to take Lucinda Price out on a date…
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