The Mortal Instruments Guest Blog: This Is Why Fans Are Excited.
09.22.10 by REELZ
We recently posted a list of ten hot YA book series that we feel have potential to make big screen mojo for fans. Hands down, The Mortal Instruments comes away as one of the most respected and anticipated of these franchises, so we got in touch with Dorothy Donne from MundieSource.net to give us some further details on what TMI fans are excited about. We asked a few questions, the first question we put forward: Why should movie fans be excited about The Mortal Instruments being made into a movie?
Excitement for The Mortal Instruments movies--even to people who haven't read the books--comes from the fact that they are New York Times Bestsellers. This will garner some interest for movie fans. From that fact, it is easy to segue into the fantasy world that Cassandra Clare has created in our very own New York City. There is something for everyone in The Mortal Instruments--romance for the girls, action-packed fight scenes for the boys, and characters who are original and relatable to today's teens.
Next we asked Dorothy what actors fans are hoping to see cast in an upcoming TMI movie?
Everyone has pictures of the characters in their heads, all the way down to eye color and freckles. Even with all these opinions and the actors Hollywood offers us as visual possibilities, there are easily fan-favorites who have made their way to the fore-fronts of the minds of many.
Clary, the protagonist, is a petite redhead who has the ability to be witty and fiery. With the recent release of "Easy A," many fans are hopping on the bandwagon to have Emma Stone play Clary due to her flawless delivery of sarcasm and wit, along with her Clary-like appearance. Other front-runners are Alexz Johnson, Rachel Hurd-Wood, and Emma Roberts, who have been chosen by fans mostly because of their appearance and previous roles.
For Jace? The number one choice (who many say positively has to play the role) is Alex Pettyfer. His blonde locks seem to be one of the deciding factors for him, but if you throw in the fact that he's got an athletic build and a face that could easily portray arrogance, you have who many fans are considering the exact personification of Jace. In fact, most people won't even consider other actors.
For Simon, Clary's best friend, a popular choice is Kristopher Turner, who many discovered at the same time as Alexz Johnson, as they were in the television show Instant Star together. Logan Lerman is another choice. Most of these people are being chosen due to their physical resemblances to the characters, though a slightly nerdy rap sheet isn't hurting these young men, either.
The rest of the crew--Isabelle, Alec, and Magnus--are usually pretty up in the air. The most popular choices for Isabelle are Megan Fox and Ashley Greene. Those girls definitely know how to kick some butt, so they have a steady following for the character. Alec is frequently portrayed by fans as Gaspard Ulliel. And, though racially incorrect, fans frequently name Adam Lambert as the perfect Magnus Bane, ignoring the fact that Magnus is half Asian.
Lastly, we wondered what scenes absolutely must make it into a movie? (Spoiler alert: Some of the answer might give away plot points - you've been warned.)
Five scenes that positively have to be in the City of Bones movie are Pandemonium, the fight with the vampires, Madame Dorothea's portal, the fight at Renwick's Run, and the twist at the end with Clary and Jace.
Pandemonium is the opening of the book and it's where Clary first sees Jace, Alec, and Isabelle--it's where she first learns that she can see Shadowhunters and demons, though she doesn't yet know exactly what she's experiencing. While the scene could be a short intro before she stumbles into things, it is something I feel is completely necessary to the film, even if it doesn't open the movie.
The fight with the vampires at the Hotel Dumorte after Magnus Bane's party is significant because it sets up a lot in the books that come into play in the future. It is at the hotel that we meet Raphael and that Simon bites him in rat form, and he will later be gravely affected by that innocent nip. We also get a key insight into Clary's character--and how she doesn't like to listen. While this could be done anywhere (and is), the scene is generally important due to the set-up of future scenes.
Madame Dorothea's portal is important because it comes into play several times throughout the book. If they cut her from the movie entirely (which is always a possibility with lesser characters), fans would be upset due to the large role she played in Clary getting the Mortal Cup and learning more about her mother in general. The portal and Madame Dorothea also play a big part in one of the big fight scenes in the book, which many fans would be sad to see cut from the film.
The battle at Renwick's Run is the climax of the book. It is where Clary really sees what the world of the Shadowhunters can be like--and how different her uncle Luke is compared to how she had been raised to see him. It is at Renwick's Run that Clary thinks she will find her mother, who has been hiding all of this from her for her entire life. The fight scene here is pivotal for both action reasons and plot reasons.
Finally, there is the twist at the end with our romantic leads, Clary and Jace. I don't know if I should spoil it here or not, but there has been nervous talk throughout the fandom that perhaps this plot twist would be omitted from the films for the sake of saving an unexpected audience, but to the fans, this is essential to the plot of the three books. Clary and Jace are like star-crossed lovers who are told that they must be kept apart due to this twist--and yet they still have feelings for each other that they can't seem to push aside. If this were taken out of the movies, there would be a lot of angry fans to appease.
The books are often recommended to fans of Harry Potter, Twilight, and other big-name series. It is definitely comparable to big names because it has the basis to become one of those big names. The Mortal Instruments is a series that can be read by both boys and girls, teens and adults, and still be satisfying and thought-provoking. It also gets compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer on occasion due to the witty antics of the characters while also having that deeper level that connects the reader to the characters emotionally. Because of the fantasy elements in the series, it will continue to garner the Potter and Twilight comparisons, but it can definitely stand on its own.