TMIS: The Mortal Instruments Syndrome

August 13, 2011

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.

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    August 13, 2011 at 4:59 am

    Urg, Jace annoys me to no end. Simon, on the other hand… 😉

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    August 13, 2011 at 5:11 am

    so true everything you say!!!

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    August 13, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Vicki, you’re the first person I’ve ever come across that doesn’t like Jace. It’s almost refreshing, even though I like him. Not my favourite however…

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    Life of K
    August 13, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I love Jace, lol.

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    August 13, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I think I suffer from TMIS to=)

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    August 13, 2011 at 6:35 am

    One symptom I found – telling friends, “You’re such a mundane,” in a derisive manner.

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    August 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I agree Vicki, Jace’s has waaaayy too much angst. And this blog is true for all books, not just TMI. 🙂 Trust me I should defiantly know. 🙂

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    August 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Hahaha this is hilarious! And rather true. “dramatic sighing” yep.

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    Kelley Vitollo
    August 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I definitely suffer from this syndrome. I fought reading the books forever and finally did Nov of this past year. Sigh. Devoured them and then started them over. Hooked a good friend of mine on them. We were reading them together, in different states while texting like crazy, “OMG!” LOL. And Jace… love him. My favorite book boy.

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    Shelbie and Amanda
    August 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I have this! Oh wait… I knew that already. I finally bought a hard copy of CoFA yesterday and I literally did pet it. I had the ebook copy… but I obviously need a hard copy to sit pretty on my shelf while I hope and pray for Cassandra Clare to come to Minnesota. Great post, it made my day 🙂

    – Amanda

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