‘Mortal Instruments’ Movie Could Be the Next ‘Hunger Games’

I have three favorite book series: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and The Mortal Instruments. Two of these have already been made into successful movie franchises, and much to my fangirling delight, the third one is well on its way to the big screen as well. In case you weren’t aware, City of Bones, the first installment of Cassandra Clare’s urban fantasy series, is scheduled to hit theaters in August of next year. With an impressive cast and a rabid fan base, City of Bones looks to be well on its way to becoming the next big teen-book-turned-movie sensation, following in the blockbuster footsteps of Twilight and The Hunger Games. If we’re using those two franchises as references, I’ll say that while The Mortal Instruments has some similar elements to Twilight (for instance, it does involve vampires—although they are not the main supernatural species—and it has a love story), the writing and plot development are definitely closer to Hunger Games quality. Cassandra Clare’s characters are rich, multidimensional, and relatable. Most importantly though, they all have a sense of humor. Even when the star-crossed lovers are pouting about their crossed stars, they still have time to make a joke about the whole situation, or at least a sarcastic eye-roll.


So what is the Mortal Instruments series about, exactly? It centers around a sixteen-year-old girl who discovers that she comes from a line of Shadowhunters chosen to protect the world from demons. (If it sounds more like Buffy the Vampire Slayer than Twilight, that’s because it is.) Clary struggles to come to terms with her birthright while being pulled deeper into the dangerous world of Shadowhunters. Of course Clary meets a devilishly handsome Shadowhunter with some hefty emotional baggage and enough sarcasm to power a small country. The beauty of the Mortal Instruments series is the strength of its secondary characters: the flamboyant warlock Magnus Bane, the hilariously self-deprecating best friend, the sassy warrior princess sister…these characters give the series its depth. It doesn’t hurt that Clare does such a good job presenting a diverse cast. Although the two main characters are white, there are a number of minorities represented, not to mention the fact that Clare manages to include a number of gay characters without making them into The Token Gay Character.

Overall, The Mortal Instruments is a great series that will have you hooked from the first chapter. I’m calling it right now: next summer, The Mortal Instruments will be taking the pop culture world by storm. Do yourself a favor and read the books before the movie comes out. And as a bonus, read Clare’s prequel series, The Infernal Devices. Happy reading!

-L

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Posted on August 1, 2012, in Books, Film and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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