While reading The Mortal Instruments series by the amazingly amazing Cassandra Clare, or any other piece of her writing, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
–Lost sense of reality: You become so enthralled and consumed by the story that you lose yourself within it and are seemingly transported into the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders.
–Severe swooning: This occurs every time a particular character appears. For example, there have been several cases of readers having epic freak-outs whenever Jace is mentioned/seen. Studies report that this can lead to fainting, racing hearts, and even dramatic sighing.
–Failure to think of anything else: This is one of the most common symptoms. Because Cassandra Clare is a goddess of writing, her characters and their lives become all you care to think about. This may last for several days, even months. There have been reports of readers experiencing this for years.
–Addiction: Once you start reading these and Ms. Clare’s other works, you won’t want to stop. You’ll rush out and buy the others (if you haven’t done so already) like a mad person. People may stare at you and wonder why you’re petting the books, but you’ll be too high on excitement to care.
If you experience any or all of the symptoms mentioned above, there is no cause for concern. At this time there is no cure, but TMIS is normal, healthy, even. If you wish to alleviate some of the symptoms, it is advised to gush over the books with friends who also
suffer from have TMIS.