The New York Times spoke with Cassandra Clare about The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, City of Heavenly Fire and more.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
Q. Was there any scene or character you were particularly excited to see in the film?
A. Magnus Bane, who is a trickster figure. I was worried they would cut him. I had to tell them he was a very important character who becomes more important. I was excited to see his scenes in action.
Q. Are there any specific things you had a say in during the adaption process?
A. I had a lot of say in casting. They definitely invited me into the casting process and showed me audition tapes, and every person cast was a conversation about the pros and cons and how they fit in with the larger puzzle of the character.
Q. Do you have a favorite character that you’ve either written yourself or read in another book?
A. In my own work, I don’t have favorite characters, but I have characters that I relate to the most. And I relate the most to Simon from “The Mortal Instruments,” and also Tessa from “The Infernal Devices.” They’re more sort of bookish and shy characters. But in other people’s books I tend to love the really daredevil-y characters. I love Finnick from “The HungerGames.” And I think, probably, my favorite character of all time is Sherlock Holmes.
Q. Anything else you want to share with your fans about the film or the books?
A. You’re always worried, “Is the movie going to stay true to the book?” But they should remember it’s an interpretation of the books, and I want every reader to feel that their interpretation is the true interpretation.
The last book in the series is coming out next May. I hope that they are excited. I’m really looking forward to experiencing the end of this story with this readership that’s grown over these years since we first started with the characters. I would say for them to look forward to some romance, some adventure and some maybe unexpected deaths.
Head to NYT.com for the full interview, where Cassie also talks about her collaboration with Holly Black on the Magisterium series.