The Mortal Instruments: UK covers

You are probably aware of this, but Walker books has changed the cover of The Mortal Instruments series. They have new covers in the US, which are gorgeous, but as soon as I saw the UK ones I knew I just have to have them. Just look at them!!!

They were released earlier this month, but Amazon.es had them at 10 to 12 euros per book, which is way too expensive when you’re thinking of buying the 6 of them together. But yesterday, I entered my account to see one other book, and noticed that The Mortal Instruments were at a lower price, 7€ each one! I didn’t even think twice, I ordered them right there and then. Now I’m patiently awaiting their arrival early next week 😀 !!!

“The Mortal Instruments” will be back

Yesterday the internet exploded, for all of us, The Mortal instruments fans, finally got some news we had been waiting for so long: IT WILL COME BACK… but not as we thought. The Hollywood Reporter announced this yesterday:

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“Constantin Film, the production company that controls the rights to Cassandra Clare‘s best-selling YA fantasy franchise and which produced The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film, is relaunching Mortal Instruments as a high-end drama series.

Constantin has hired Ed Decter, whose writer-producer credits include Helix, Unforgettable, In Plain Sight and The Client List, as the showrunner for the Mortal Instruments series. The project is currently in development, with Constantin planning to begin production next year. No broadcast partners are yet attached to the series.
 
Constantin had originally planned to turn Clare’s fantasy series into a feature film franchise but shelved that idea after the first Mortal Instruments film, starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, tanked at the box office, earning just $31 million domestically. Constantin, however, insisted it had not abandoned the franchise and planned to return to Mortal Instruments.
 
“It actually makes sense to do (the novels) as a TV series,” Constantin film and TV head Martin Moszkowicz told THR. “There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the Mortal Instruments film. In the series we’ll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater detail and depth.”
 
The Mortal Instruments series is part of a broader strategic shift at Constantin that will see the German-based company move into English-language television series. Moszkowicz said Constantin is looking at possible television adaptations of several of its English-language movie properties, including period serial killer drama Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and the Resident Evil sci-fi horror franchise.
 
Constantin’s German television business has been consistently profitable over the years even as its recent English-language films, with the exception of the Resident Evil titles, have misfired. In addition to Mortal Instruments, Constantin’s big-budget disaster movie Pompeii and the 3D animated Tarzan, both fizzled at the box office.”
  
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Well, I agree that it makes a lot more sense as a tv show. The series takes place in a limited time window, although, the amount of events is huge, and that was clearly not well done on the big screen. And I’m really excited about the possibility of it becoming a TV show. I’ve been “living” in the world of Shadowhunters for several months now (if you don’t count the 2 weeks I was somewhere between “The Maze” and “the Glade”), and it’s a “never-ending” story, in the sense that between the original series and The Infernal Devices we have already 9 books, and that Cassandra Clare is not only planning a sequel to The Infernal Devices, but to The Mortal Instruments as well! So, TV is not only a great chance for them to do it right, but to also expand on all the magnificent things the has put on paper!

The big concern right now is, of course, how they will come about doing it. Will they start from the beginning (ignoring the movie altogether), or are they starting in City of Ashes?! I have to be honest, I would love a total remake, because they screwed it up so badly, changing things that should not have been changed…

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The other main concern for most fans is the casting. We now had a couple of years to grow to love all those involved in this movie, a second movie would mean that they would all be back, but a TV show means that most of them most likely wont! Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower are highly unlikely to be linked to the TV show, no matter how much they love the characters, I just think it isn’t feasible given the success they enjoy right now. As much as I love Jamie in the movie, he’s not “my Jace”, so I guess I would be OK with it. Same goes for Clary, Lily Collins clearly made the character her own, but she not how I envisioned her. Now comes the tricky part: having any other person other than Robert Sheehan playing Simon would be plainly wrong. Isabelle is a role I fell needed a recast if we had had a second movie… Jemima West may be great, she’s just not a great Izzy.

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Now Magnus and Alec… I guess in a sense we were lucky that nothing went on between them in the first book/movie… Godfrey Gao is “my Magnus”, I can’t read a passage with him in it without seeing his face, so I’m hoping, really hoping, that given that Magnus is a continuous character throughout the whole Shadowhunter business, that they’ll be able to keep him… I kinda grew to love Kevin Zegers‘s Alec, maybe because now I absolutely love Alec in the books, but I guess I would mind if he was recasted. Though all the fanart with Godfrey and Kevin’s faces would be out of date…

TMI-Magnus-001Whatever they decide, I’m just happy we’ll be able to see some kind of adaptation to screen of this amazing universe (and I’m desperately hoping that somehow The Infernal Devices will make it to the big screen…).

City of Ashes: fav quote #10

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I much prefer the witty, sarcastic Jace, but I have to admit that this totally stole my breath away… if it wasn’t for the fact that a minute after he told her that he just wanted to be a brother to her… oh Jace!

“I swear, I almost died back there on that ship, you know.”

He let her hand go, but he was staring at her, almost as if he meant to memorize her face. ” I know,” he said. “everytime you almost die, I almost die myself.” 

― Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes

City of Ashes: fav quote #8

Alec, under the influence of the fearless rune… almost spilling the beans to his parents about his relationship with Magnus… I think this was the moment they became my favourite couple in The Mortal Instruments

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“Mother.” Alec’s voice as he interrupted his mother was firm, implacable, and not unkind. “Father. There’s something I have to tell you.” He smiled at them. “I’m seeing someone.”

Robert Lightwood looked at his son with some exasperation. “Alec,” he said. “This is hardly the time.”

“Yes, it is. This is important. You see, I’m not just seeing anyone.” Words seemed to be pouring out of Alec in a torrent, while his parents looked on in confusion. Isabelle and Magnus were staring at him with expressions of nearly identical astonishment. “I’m seeing a Downworlder. In fact, I’m seeing a war—”

Magnus’s fingers moved, quick as a flash of light, in Alec’s direction. There was a faint shimmer in the air around Alec — his eyes rolled up — and he dropped to the floor, felled like a tree.” 

― Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes

Alec in CoB, CoA and CoG

I just found this on Tumblr and I had to share it! I found it on malec-is-my-drug . I couldn’t have found a most adequate description to the evolution of Alec Lightwood in the first 3 books… Alec in City of Bones and City of Ashes is all like “no, I don’t have a boyfriend… I don’t fell anything!” and then in City of Grass he’s all like “F**k this s**t, I’m gonna kiss my boyfriend in front of everybody and I don’t care about anyone’s opinions!”.

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City of Ashes: fav quote #7

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Oh Alec!!! You dumb beautiful boy! Is that the way you talk about your BOYFRIEND?! Poor Magnus…

” “We’re not dating,” Alec said again.
“Oh?” Magnus said. “So you’re just that friendly with everybody, is that it?” “

― Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes

City of Ashes: fav quote #5

Jace, being is awesome sassy self!

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“ “Just because you said dragon demons were extinct—”

“I said mostly extinct.”

Alec jabbed a finger toward him. “Mostly extinct,” he said, his voice trembling with rage, “is NOT EXTINCT ENOUGH.”

“I see,” said Jace. “I’ll just have them change the entry in the demonology textbook from ‘almost extinct’ to ‘not extinct enough for Alec. He prefers his monsters really, really extinct.’ Will that make you happy?” “ 

― Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes

City of Ashes: fav quote #4

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Jace to Luke, after picking a fight with his pack… teenagers… well, a teenager that just got shunned by the only mother he ever knew… so… yeah, maybe he’s not so bad! Poor Jace (and God damn it, Luke is the perfect man/wolf/dad)!

“I don’t want to be a man, I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can’t confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead.”

― Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes