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What went wrong? The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Book to Film Comparison

For anyone who knows me well knows that it will pain me to write this post. I finally went to see the film to the first book of The Mortal Instruments series after Sam finally gave in (and deemed it ‘better than Twilight’) however it really didn’t live up to my expectations. Don’t get me wrong, the film is great on it’s own, a tad cheesy in parts but what do you expect with it’s tween based following? But as a strong follower (lover) of the books, it was shoddy.

If you hadn’t already guessed, The Mortal Instruments series is my new obsession, and as with all of my new obsessions hours of youtubing was spent finding previews and interviews with the cast. When I came across an interview with the author Cassandra Clare, it filled me with false hope, exclaiming how thrilled she was to be a part of the production to keep the film true to the story. Well, all I can say is, Clare you had one job.

Number one complaint: Jace. Since when was he so nicey nicey? He’s a temperamental ass and that’s how he should have been played. Not a cute schoolboy with a crush.

Number two complaint: Clary’s Mum. In the book she was bolted down with chains and cuffs in an abandoned building not peacefully floating in mid-air .

Number three complaint: Where’s Idris? That’s right you don’t know cause it wasn’t even mentioned in the film.

Number four complaint: Simon. WHY DIDN’T HE TURN INTO A RAT?!

Aside from all of this, I agree with the casting, they were all how would I have imagined from reading the books and they have included some big names. Jamie Campell Bower (makes a change from seeing him as the creepy guy from twilight), Lilly Collins ( Phil Collins daughter), Robert Sheehan (the one we all love from Misfits) and Lena Headey ( the one we all hate from Game of Thrones) The performances weren’t the faults of the actors more the fault of the poor script writing, however the humor shown from Jace in the book really does come through with is sarcastic cockney accent. The fight scenes were brilliant and fast paced with all of the cast in Matrix-esque leather. Oh and the sets! You can tell the director (Harald Zwart) shunned the use of man-made scenery to really help the book shine on screen.

But is it the next Twilight? Yes I think so, with such an obsessive fanbase and the sequel City of Ashes already in pre-production. Say hello to Team Jace/Team Simon.


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