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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the movie - Review by Havana, Teen Blogger

Editor's Note: Read this post for a chance to Win a Cassandra Clare Prize Bag! This contest has now ended

Let me start off by saying that I am a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments series. I absolutely love it! Which is why, of course, I was so excited when I heard the movie was coming out and also why I was so excited when I finally got to go see it. One could even say I was giddy! In fact, that's what I will say. I was giddy during the whole thing; I was completely fangirling; I was even squealing! (Only in my head though). I was a bit nervous because I had high expectations and I didn't want to be disappointed so I was extremely happy when it turned out to be my new favourite movie and therefore not a letdown at all.

Now, I'm no movie expert, but in my opinion the movie was amazing! Harald Zwart (the director) has definitely outdone himself. I found that he had a very good artistic eye. All of the different places that the movie was set in had some artistic value. For example: Clary's apartment building was very pretty on the outside and in. It seemed to match both Clary and her mother's artistic personalities. The apartment was red brick, which seems simple enough, but then on top of it, there were multiple different colourful flowers and vines climbing up the building (something that wasn't mentioned in the book), therefore transforming a plain old building into a beautiful, quaint and artistic building. I found that Clary's room also reflected her personality quite a lot. Yes, it had her drawings all over the room as in the book, but there was also a very cute wicker swing hanging from the ceiling, which definitely wasn't in the book. It was little touches like those that I felt really got me in the proper mind-set and that really showed Clary and Jocelyn's creative nature.

A big part of why the movie was amazing, at least to me, had to do with the actors and actresses. I really don't think that they could have picked a better cast. I'll admit that I had pictured everyone, except maybe Luke, completely differently. But, I think I like the movie versions better than my versions and let me tell you, that doesn't happen very often. Everyone was just so perfect!

A Little About the Movie

The Cast

Clary Fray - Lily Collins Jace Wayland - Jamie Campbell Bower
Simon Lewis - Robert Sheehan 

Alec Lightwood - Kevin Zegers

Isabelle Lightwood - Jemima West

Pangborn - Kevin Durand

Luke Garroway - Aidan Turner

Magnus Bane - Godfrey Gao

Madame Dorothea - C.C.H Pounder  

Hodge Starkweather - Jared Harris

Valentine Morgenstern - Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Blackwell - Robert Maillet

Brother Jeremiah - Stephen R. Hart 

Jocelyn Fray - Lena Headey

The Director

Harald Zwart

The Producers

Don Carmody and Robert Kulzer

The Screenwriter

Jessica Postigo Paquette


City of Bone Movie Poster"Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series." ~ www.themortalinstrumentsmovie.com/

I'm so glad that I read The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare because I never would have seen the movie. The movie would have been just another interesting looking movie that I wouldn't have had the motivation to see because I wouldn't have known how amazing it would be.

It doesn't matter who you are (or what you are), you should WATCH THE MOVIE! Before that, you should try to read the books in the series, which can all be found at the public library: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, and City of Lost Souls.  You also may enjoy Cassandra Clare's other series, Infernal Devices, and Cassandra Clare's books in French.



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Editor's Note: What recent (or forthcoming) book-to-movie adaptation has made you the most excited (or dare I say, giddy)? Write your answer in the comment box below, along with your name and email address, for a chance to win a Cassandra Clare Prize Bag*. Deadline: Oct. 31st (a winner will be chosen at random in November). This contest has now ended

*Comments will be kept private and will only be viewed by select library staff. Prize bag must be picked up at a Halifax Public Libraries branch.


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