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Nov 16 2012 11:40am

The First Mortal Instruments Trailer is the Missing Link Between Buffy and Twilight

Watch the first trailer for the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie

The first trailer has been released for Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the movie adaptation of the first in Cassandra Clare’s urban fantasy series Mortal Instruments.

The movie is out on August 23, 2013, and from the looks of this trailer seems to be preserving the elements of the series while presenting them as The Next Interesting Thing for fans of the Twilight series. We are intrigued by the presence of the hipstery nerdy guy, who doesn’t really fit the standard urban fantasy YA tropes, and Jared Harris as Hodge Starkweather, who we hope doesn’t try to kill himself in this movie because Jared Harris never seems to survive any of his onscreen roles but we love him.

Sorry, one more thing... this guy is Anakin Skywalkering the hell out of this movie and it is amazing.

Watch the first trailer for the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie

Okay okay, here’s the trailer.


Stubby the Rocket is the mascot of Tor.com. Stubby thinks “Welcome to the City of Bones” will become the the new Will Smith catchphrase of this decade.

6 comments
Bittersweet Fountain
1. Bittersweet Fountain
I am pretty excited about this movie, being a big fan of the series and can't wait to see Jonathan Rhys Meyers be Valentine. (Seriously, how did I not see that casting coming when it's so freakin' perfect?)

I'm generally pleased with the casting with the exception of Jace (the one whose doing the Anakin Skywalker thing). I hope he's a great actor and totally plays the heck of the role, because he doesn't look like Jace. But I suppose we can't have everything, and everyone else seems spot on. (I mean Lena Headey is Jocelynn. Another slam dunk perfect casting.)

And and the "hipster nerdy guy" is Simon who does indeed fall under a very common YA trope. I could tell you which one it is, but that would be spoilers, wouldn't it? ;)
Dave Thompson
2. DKT
I haven't read these books, but after watching that trailer a couple times...I think I'm going to have to.
Bittersweet Fountain
3. JillRedhand
Is it bad that I am still biased against Cassandra Clare for plagiarizing when she was a fanfic author? I've tried picking up the books once or twice, but I just can't get past the fact that she got a book deal based on her online reputation, which was built on her outright theft of prose from wittier writers. Now she's got a movie deal as well?

I suppose I should just get over it, and judge the books and movie based on their own merits. But every time I see or hear something about these books and movies, it triggers an immediate association with fanfiction and plagiarism, and I feel like I'm 14 again and just finding out that all the nice online fandom people do crappy things for their own self-gain.
Risha Jorgensen
4. RishaBree
@JillRedhand - I'll admit that I've never gotten past it either, despite A) Mortal Instruments being exactly the sort of series I'd love, and B) never being in the Harry Potter fandom and therefore not personally affected by the situation. Chalk it up to years of anti-plagerism conditioning within the community.
Bittersweet Fountain
5. May
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! *breath* AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!

I HAD NO IDEA IT WAS BEING MOVIE-FIED!!! Oh god, deep breaths, May, deeeeep breaths.

I am actually pretty impressed by the casting - Harris wasn't what I expected for Hodge, but he's still a pretty good choice.

Clary...yeah, now that I see her, it makes sense. I'm glad they didn't get Carey I'm-so-quirky-and-yet-amazingly-boring Mulligan like I'd heard. I like the choice.

John Rhys Meyers are Valentine? Was not expecting that at all. To be honest, I expected Jason Isaacs, or even Colm Feore - you know, someone with a bit of age.

Not to crazy about Jace's casting choice. Expected someone more like Sam Claifin? I don't know. Also, I really don't remember reading that he had an English accent.

Still, AAAAAAHHHH!!! Squeeeeeee!
Bittersweet Fountain
6. Danika Zoe
@JillRedhand at 3.: What I struggled with in reading City of Bones is that she also lifted a few bits from her Draco Trilogy for some character description and things in City of Bones. Which I found jarring. But I read that years ago and I can't quote chapter and verse, I'm afraid.
I mean, there's no rule that says you can't use your own writing in something else. But it sat weirdly with me.

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