‘Shadowhunters’ Update: Cassandra Clare Meets With The Network — And It’s Good News!

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There have been a lot of discouraging rumors surrounding the Shadowhunters television show, but leave it to Cassandra Clare to calm our anxiety.

Cassie is in Los Angeles attending meetings for the Shadowhunters television show, and from what she has to say, it sounds like good news!

Below are some of the highlights from her tweets, including a promise we’ll soon know when the show will be airing, an official filming start, and squashing some of those horrible rumors that have been floating around.

I think we can all agree that Cassie being involved with this show is a FANTASTIC thing!

Shadowhunters is set to begin filming this summer (rumor has it June) in Vancouver.

Exclusive: Jack Falahee Talks Preparing to Narrate ‘The Lost Herondale’ + a ‘Nuanced’ Simon Lewis

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So as major fangirls of How to Get Away With Murder, we’re super excited to bring you an interview with Connor Walsh himself, Jack Falahee, who is the audiobook narrator for Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy: The Lost Herondale.

In the interview, Falahee talks about how preparing for narrating an audiobook is similar to preparing for a role, but perhaps more difficult. He also discussed his love for Simon Lewis, who he called a “nuanced,” “flawed” and relatable character.

We also have an excerpt from the audiobook:

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy: The Lost Herondale is now available to download as an eBook or audiobook!

New ‘Shadowhunters’ Rumors: Creepy Jace + Production Pushed Back to Late June?

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Happy Thursday, Shadowhunters. How’s your day going? If it’s going well you might not want to hear about these latest rumors from the Shadowhunters television show. It doesn’t sound encouraging.

According to Spoiler TV, production on Shadowhunters has been pushed back from May to late June. That’s not the concern. The production delay most likely is related to scheduling conflicts and such.

But the real concern lies in these new teasers from the pilot script (thank you Spoiler TV), including a highly disturbing teaser about Jace and more information about this Natalie girl that no one cares about.

- An early scene see’s Simon and Clary at Java Jones. They’re watching the news about a ‘Demonic Killer’ who has killed 7 people.

– Natalie carries Yeti in her backpack. She’s described as a bit possessive and bohemian beautiful.

Jace has a creep moment where he inscribes a rune on Clary’s upper thigh while she’s passed out.

– Steles are retained from the books.

– Seraph Blades are retained from the books.

“Jace has a creep moment.” Wow that’s just fantastic. Because nothing says sexy leading man like a rapist. Because “inscribes a rune on Clary’s upper thigh while she’s passed out” isn’t just a creep moment, it’s rapey.

This better be a rumor. A horrible rumor. Because Jace is not a rapist. There’s no way that anyone would condone something as inappropriate and rapey as what Jace is said to do to Clary. I can’t say this enough, but this better be a rumor because it’s just all kinds of wrong.

Do those in charge need a reminder of what kind of character Jace is? He’s charming, handsome, vulnerable, caring and funny. He uses that humor to deflect and make us care about him. It’s that multi-faceted and humorous personality of Jace’s that made us fall in love with him. It’s the personality that was missing in the film. Jace isn’t Jace without that humor. And this rapey Jace certainly isn’t Jace.

Can we instigate a #JaceIsNotARapist trend or something?

Because I am tired of all these negative rumors, let’s focus on the couple bits of positive rumors, which include the steles and seraph blades remaining a part of the story. Let’s hope that’s a sign that Ed Decter will remain faithful to the world of the Shadowhunters (but at this point my faith is wavering). It’s also nice to see that Java Jones is in there (with Clary and Simon sharing a scene there like in the book).

Also, Spoiler TV shared the full description of Shadowhunters:

Clary Fray is perfectly normal; she’s a budding art student who loves spending time with her friends and family. On her 18th birthday, however, Clary discovers she is part of an age-old battle between demons and an elite race of warriors known as Shadowhunters. When her mother is kidnapped and her home is destroyed, so is her sense of reality. Clary must now understand her new role in an ancient battle, and come to terms with her family’s past.

Shadowhunters will air on ABC Family with production set to begin, according to Spoiler TV, now in late June in Vancouver.

TMI TV Dream Cast: Our Picks for Simon

With production on The Mortal Instruments television show set to get underway in May, that means that we’ll soon be hearing casting announcements about the actors coming forth to portray Cassandra Clare’s characters on the small screen.

While a hot topic surrounding the show has been casting – most specifically regarding the cast of the movie – it’s almost guaranteed that different actors will be cast in the small screen adaptation. But I’ve seen weirder things so you never know. But it still seems unlikely that the film’s cast would reprise their roles on the small screen. Television and movies are two different mediums. The same characters can appear on both avenues, just look at DC Comics on TV and in the movies; they are separate universes that share similar characters that are not linked to each other.

So as we wait to learn the identities of the actors who will be portraying our favorite characters on television, who are currently being cast, we thought we’d continue our dream casting with our lovable Simon Lewis.

Here are our top three actors we’d love to see portray Simon:

1. Robert Sheehan

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Okay, so yeah while the odds are stacked against us with the whole movie cast coming over to the television series, we’re still holding out hope that the folks in charge will give Robert Sheehan a call. Do I even need to elaborate? He’s done television before (hello, Misfits), but most importantly he’s already proven that he is Simon, with his portrayal in the movie. He’s got the perfect mix of humor, charm, nerdiness, vulnerability and caring that makes Simon, well, Simon. So why wouldn’t he be interested in another opportunity? And if he is interested, why wouldn’t those in charge of the television show reach out to him?

2. Devon Bostick

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If Robbie Sheehan can’t be Simon then Devon Bostick sure as hell could be. He’s got he look, the charisma and the talent to pull Simon off. He also has experience working on a Young Adult television adaptation, as he plays Jasper in The CW’s The 100. The character he plays has a little bit of Simon in him — he starts off as the funny guy but evolves into something so much more. Devon even expressed interest in portraying the character in our audiobook interview with him. Is this meant to be or what?

3. Carter Jenkins

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So Carter Jenkins is kind of like the wildcard in our dream cast. When I was thinking about who else could be Simon, looking through photos, when his face came up it was like, “Duh! Of course, Carter Jenkins.” He’s someone who’s been around for awhile in both movies and television. He’s got the Simon look, the attitude and the experience. So…how’s he look in glasses?

Head over to Fangirlish to see their hopefuls for the role of Simon (we share similar tastes).

Who would you like to see cast as Simon in Shadowhunters?

TMI TV: More Rumors from the ‘Shadowhunters’ TV Show

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Things seem to be picking up pretty quick with Shadowhunters, the television series based on The Mortal Instruments. Not only do we know which network it will air on (ABC Family), when it starts filming (May), where (Vancouver) and that they’re currently casting.

Not to mention, we have plenty of rumors floating around online to keep us occupied (and make us worried).

Here are some new rumors from the folks at Spoiler TV:

- Manga is referenced. (Specifically Dragon Ball)
– Characters are aged up by about 2-3 years.
– Clary is attending the Brooklyn Academy Of Art.
– The Institute is seen in the pilot.
– Simon’s band has different members. This includes Natalie Adams (Simon’s girlfriend) with a pomeranian named Yeti and bass player Gary.

Now, the only thing I have a problem with (and I think some fans will, too) is the part about Simon’s band and his supposed girlfriend Natalie.

What the hell happened to Eric, Kirk and Matt? Why does Simon have a girlfriend? Is this pomeranian a part of the band? WTH? (The only positive is that Simon has a band in this adaptation).

The thing that those writing and running this show need to understand is that there’s a huge difference between creative license and completely messing with what fans of the books love so much. You’re writing to the fans; you’re making this show for the fans. So why are you changing things that don’t need to be changed?

Until anything is confirmed, we’ll call them “rumors.” Here’s to hoping that “rumor” about Simon’s band and this Natalie girl are just rumors because it’s pretty bad.

Here’s to hoping that if these rumors are true that those running the show will listen to the fans, reexamine their decisions and perhaps read the books. I think a majority of the fandom is open to change. But change in the form of what is necessary when adapting a book series to a television series. Changes in pacing, changes in , etc. Not changes to the core group of characters that are the reason fans fell in love with the series.

The Cold Hard Truth: There Will Be A New Cast For ‘Shadowhunters’ TV

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This isn’t easy to say, but it needs to be said. For everyone holding out hope that the cast from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will return for Shadowhunters, please don’t.

It’s the cold, harsh truth of the situation. But it’s the truth. Movies and television are two different mediums with two different studios (Sony and ABC Family) running the show, two different interpretations and two different casting departments.

Is that to say with 100% confidence that none of the film actors could actually be cast in the show? No, because nothing is impossible. But the likelihood of that happening is slim to none, actually, more like none to none.

I say this because while I’ve seen most fans understand this (whether it’s accepting it or being adamantly against it), there are some that are holding onto hope that the movie cast will return. But they won’t.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Think of it this way, we have one family in The Mortal Instruments movie cast, and we’re getting another family with the Shadowhunters cast. We don’t know who these people are yet, but I’m sure they’re great people who we’ll end up really loving. It’s unfair to prejudge them just because they’re not (insert actor name here).

Embracing the new cast doesn’t mean you’re betraying the old cast. Actually, don’t even think of them as “old” and “new” casts. Think of them as “movie” and “TV” casts. They’re different, but they’re both determined to represent the characters, the story and the fandom in the best possible way.

We all love the movie cast. They were our first family who brought our favorite characters to life on the big screen. Having gotten to talk to them, I can say they’re genuinely great people. They were always so dedicated to their characters, the franchise and, most importantly, the fans. They deserved all the love we gave them.

But their original foray into the franchise wasn’t met with 100% enthusiasm (I think we all remember the Great Jace Casting Debate). But eventually the fandom settled down and embraced the cast like they embraced the characters in Cassie’s books.

I have a feeling the same will happen with the TV cast. Where there are incredibly encouraging fans, there are incredibly negative fans. Whether it’s because they don’t look like the character or they’re not the actor from the movie, there’s guaranteed to be negativity. This is the Internet, after all.

But I have no doubt that this fandom will soon embrace them the way they embraced the movie cast. Give them a chance, because they’ll soon be family. And there’s nothing more important than family.

TMI TV: Weighing the Good and Bad of the ‘Shadowhunters’ TV Show

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Last week, we got some pretty major news about Shadowhunters, the television series based on The Mortal Instruments. We learned that the show has finally landed at a network, which was revealed to be ABC Family. Also, production is set to get underway soon in May in Vancouver. Casting is also underway.

Amid all of the excitement, it’s easy to forget that we don’t know what to expect. But if the rumors we’ve heard are true, then I’m going to be one very pissed off fan, and you will be, too.

While we don’t know everything, we do know some things, some of which have been confirmed and some which are currently rumors. There are some good things, but honestly there are more bad things.

Here’s everything we know about Shadowhunters so far:

THE GOOD

We’re getting a show

Let’s be real, we all had our doubts that we’d ever see this series on a screen again after the failure of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. But there’re giving it another chance. On a platform that isn’t so much based on profit as it is popularity and social media excitement.

“Shadowhunters”

The name of the show is perfect. It’s a great way to separate the TV show from the movie, and it captures what the show should be out: the world of the Shadowhunters. Plus, short and sweet is always best for TV.

ABC Family

This is the most reassuring thing. ABC Family is a fantastic network that has been cranking out hits like Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters and Chasing Life. It’s a network that not only encourages diversity but embraces it. Just look at The Fosters, where there are characters of all ethnicities and the main couple is same-sex. This is a perfect fit for the diverse world of The Mortal Instruments.

THE BAD

All the changes

From what we’ve heard about Shadowhunters from our friends at Fangirlish, there are a lot of changes that are going to piss us and the fandom off.

Cassandra Clare isn’t (as of yet) involved with the show

Didn’t Constantin learn the hard way the first time around? To ensure to faithfulness and success of this show they need to involve Cassie. And as much as possible. Hell, let her run the show.

Aging up of the characters

This is unnecessary and messes with the series’ mythology. Need I say more?

Simon as an accounting student

Whattt? This makes absolute zero sense. Cause nothing says “rock star” like an accountant.

Rumor: Shadowhunters are like CIA agents

If that’s not enough to terrify you about the direction this show might be headed then I don’t know what would.

Rumor: The show will be sexed up

Look, we get it, sex is appealing, but it’s not what The Mortal Instruments is all about. Let’s hope they keep it that way.

As you can see, the bad far outweighs the good at this point. I hope that changes, I really do, because I know I speak for everyone when I say that I want Shadowhunters to be a success. And the success of this show won’t be measured by ratings alone; it will be measured by the product itself and its faithfulness – or lack thereof – to the source material.

Shadowhunters begins production in May in Vancouver.

‘Shadowhunters’ set to begin production in Vancouver this May + network revealed, pilot name and character descriptions


While they’ve yet to announce the casting or network for The Mortal Instruments television show titled “Shadowhunters,” it sounds like we have a production start month and filming location.

According to industry insider Lemon_Buzz on Twitter, production on Shadowhunters is set to begin filming in Vancouver this May.


With May just two short months away, I’d anticipate a whole lot of network and casting news to be headed our way.

Get ready, Shadowhunters, it’s happening!

UPDATE:

Thanks to our friends at Idris BR, we found what looks to be a casting notice for Shadowhunters, which details the character descriptions (they’ve been aged up), the pilot name, storyline, producer credits and the network it will be airing on.

According to the notice, Shadowhunters will air on ABC Family and is ordered straight to series, which means that they don’t have to just film a pilot and hope the network picks it up. That means we’re definitely getting a show.

The website also revealed the title of the pilot, which is “The Mortal Cup.”

It sounds like they’re currently casting the roles of Clary, Jace and Simon, as this notice and character descriptions for the three are on the notice.

CLARY FRAY] 18-21 years old, beautiful, fiery red-headed, creative, and intelligent. Clary Fray is a promising art student whose bright future is derailed when her mother is kidnapped and she learns her life has been a lie. Clary discovers a hidden Shadow World full of Vampires, Werewolves, and other unthinkable danger that she quickly learns to navigate.  As she is forced into action, she embraces her newfound powers and realizes that she will play the central role in this new world…SERIES REGULAR, PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES

[JACE WAYLAND] Early 20s, narcissistic, and lethally gorgeous, Jace is a determined and expert Shadowhunter. A skilled soldier in a war against demons. After his father is killed, Jace makes it his life mission to seek revenge on the man who is responsible. After years of being the object of every girl’s desire, he finds himself in an unfamiliar position – falling in love with Clary… SERIES REGULAR, PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES

[SIMON LEWIS] Early 20s, intelligent, very handsome in a non-calculated kind of way, Simon Lewis is Clary Fray’s long-time best friend. He’s the first to find humor in any situation. An accounting student by day, Simon spends his free time performing in a band. His loyalty and feelings for Clary are tested as he fights alongside her on an epic journey. Because of this, he is ultimately turned into a vampire and struggles to maintain his humanity while simultaneously accepting his fate… SERIES REGULAR, PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES

There was also a brief synopsis of the show.

Clary Fray is perfectly normal; she’s a budding art student who loves spending time with her friends and family. On her 18th birthday, however, Clary discovers she is part of an age-old battle between demons and an elite race of warriors known as Shadowhunters. When her mother is kidnapped and her home is destroyed, so is her sense of reality. Clary must now understand her new role in an ancient battle, and come to terms with her family’s past…

Also revealed were executive producer credits and casting information.

Executive Producers: Ed Decter, Michael Reisz, Marjorie David
Director: TBD
Writer: Ed Decter
Casting Directors: Alyson Silverberg & Jonathan Clay Harris
Casting Associates: Susan Esrock & Justin Kiang

It also confirmed that production will begin in Vancouver in May.

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Producer Don Carmody talks ‘Shadowhunters’ TV Show

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How would you like to start your Tuesday with some Shadowhunters TV news?

While producer Don Carmody was disappointed with the failure of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, he gushed to reporters at the Canadian Screen Awards on Sunday about his hopes for the forthcoming television series, which will be titled Shadowhunters.

“The story is so broad and the novels are so dense that we’re actually now talking about doing it as a limited series for television,” he explained.

Carmody shed some light on how the books could be divvied up by season on the show, which would be a great way to delve into the plethora of story in each book and remain as faithful as possible to the story.

“The first book would be the first year and then assuming that goes well, the second book, the third book, the fourth… there are six books. So that’s what we’re looking at.”

But Cassandra Clare’s “Shadowhunter” stories don’t end with The Mortal Instruments. There’s also The Infernal Devices, which would end up benefitting should Shadowhunters end up a success, the forthcoming The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours and The Wicked Powers among short series like The Bane Chronicles and Tales from Shadowhunter Academy.

Carmody also touched on where he’d like the show to be filmed, which would be in Toronto like The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. That’s not confirmation that it will be filmed there, just that he’d like it to be. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Shadowhunters is set to begin production this year.

What are your thoughts on each season being one book in the series? Would you like the show to be filmed in Toronto like the movie was? Share your thoughts below!

‘Mortal Instruments’ Television Show Gets A Title

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With a new entertainment medium comes a new name for The Mortal Instruments.

The Mortal Instruments television show, or #TMITV as we’ve all been calling it, will be titled Shadowhunters.

Author Cassandra Clare shared the news on Twitter.

I actually love that they’re giving the TV a different name. It’s not a name that is unfamiliar to fans of the books; it’s a name that fits the story well; and it’s a name that separates it from the movie adaptation. Also, short is sweet when it comes to TV.

Shadowhunters also opens the door for further exploration of Clare’s other series, including The Infernal Devices. How cool would it be to see flashbacks of Will Herondale, Jem Carstairs and co., and possibly a spinoff show if Shadowhunters does well? Now, I know I’m getting way ahead of myself, but the possibilities are endless if Shadowhunters is done right.

Shadowhunters is set to begin production this year. The show, helmed by Ed Decter, will feature hour-long episodes on a network that has yet to be announced.

What do you think of the title Shadowhunters?

Exclusive: ‘Shadowhunter Academy’ Narrator Devon Bostick Talks ‘Nerve-Wracking’ Audiobook Experience and Simon Lewis

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Welcome to the Shadowhunter fandom, Devon Bostick. You’re certainly not a mundane anymore.

We’ve got an exclusive interview with that audiobook narrator of Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (and star of the epic CW show The 100), Devon Bostick, as he talks about his “nerve-wracking” experience voicing an audiobook for the first time, how he relates to Simon and how he’d have liked to portray Simon in the film.

Hey, Devon. In case you didn’t know The Mortal Instruments is headed to the small screen and the role of Simon Lewis is up for grabs. Just thought we’d let you know. Let’s just get one thing straight: I don’t think I could handle Jasper dying on The 100, but you’d make an excellent Simon Lewis.

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy is now available on audiobook and eBook format.

TMI TV Dream Cast: Our Picks for Clary Fray

With production on The Mortal Instruments television show set to get underway this year, that also means that we’ll be meeting the cast that will be portraying the characters of Cassandra Clare’s series on the small screen.

While a hot topic surrounding the show has been casting – most specifically regarding the cast of the movie – it’s almost guaranteed that different actors will be cast in the small screen adaptation. But I’ve seen weirder things so you never know. But I wouldn’t hold out hope for the film’s cast to reprise their roles on the small screen. Television and movies are two different mediums. The same characters can appear on both avenues, just look at DC Comics on TV and in the movies; they are separate universes that share similar characters that are not linked to each other.

So as we wait to learn the identities of the actors who will be portraying our favorite characters on television, we thought we’d start dream casting beginning with our story’s protagonist, Miss Clary Fray.

Here are our top three actresses we’d love to see portray our heroine:

1. Molly Quinn

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Back when The Mortal Instruments had been optioned as a film and we waited years for any progress, my choice for Clary was Molly Quinn. And I wasn’t alone. When the only thing fans had to go off of were fan-created videos using actors that they envisioned as the characters, Molly was almost always Clary. Not only does she have the look: a cute redhead who is, shocker, actually around the age of the character, but she’s a great actress to boot. If you haven’t seen Molly in action I highly suggest watching Castle. She slays it. While it’s important for the actress to have the look, it’s even more important that they understand the character and are able to portray that character on screen in a convincing way. In a way that doesn’t feel like we’re watching a television show but like Clary has stepped out of the pages of the book and into the real world. Plus, not only is she a fan of the books, but she even voiced the audiobooks for City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls!

2. Jane Levy

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When we’re thinking possible Clary Frays, you immediately picture a redhead. While Lily Collins was amazing as Clary in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, some fans were hoping for an actress with some nice red locks that are a trademark of the character. That’s only one of the reasons why Suburgatory‘s Jane Levy would make an excellent Clary. Like Molly, she’s got the red hair and looks the appropriate age to play a character that — though might be aged up in the show — shouldn’t be older than 17 or so. She’s also a superb actress that has experience ranging from television to movies and from comedy to horror (she was the lead in the Evil Dead remake). With Suburgatory resting in the television graveyard (R.I.P.), I don’t see why Jane wouldn’t be available for the role should it come her way.

3. Skyler Samuels

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Skyler Samuels has some previous experience working on a television show adapted from a Young Adult book with ABC Family’s The Nine Lives of Chloe King. Unfortunately Nine Lives didn’t make it on the network (much to my disdain still), but Samuels is one of those actresses that is buzzing with talent and looking for that breakout role and the success that comes with it. Like Molly and Jane, she’s got the looks — the hair (nearly) and the age-appropriate look. Not only is Skyler charismatic but she’s got great emotional range that an actress portraying Clary needs to possess. And clearly she looks better in black.

Head over to Fangirlish to see their hopefuls for the role of Jace.

Who would you like to see cast as Clary in The Mortal Instruments television show?

TMI TV: What the TV Show Can Learn From the Movie

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While The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones failed to prove a success both in the box office and as a faithful adaptation, there is a lot that Constantin and showrunner Ed Decter (and whichever network picks up the show) can learn from the film, both what to do and what not to do.

There’s a reason why it’s important to pay attention to history. So you’re not doomed to repeat it. Case in point for the forthcoming Mortal Instruments television show that seeks to succeed where the film failed. To make it easy on the folks in charge we’ve compiled a list of things that the movie did wrong (and that we want to see done right in the television show) and things that the movie did right (that we hope they don’t change in the show).

10 Things the Movie Did Wrong (That We Want to See Done Right in the TV Show)

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1. Valentine

The Valentine portrayed in the movie was not the Valentine we all fell in love with. Now we have a new chance to remake Valentine as that suave, suit-wearing, smooth-talking psychopath that we all fell in love with in the books. In the movie he was psychotic in an uncontrolled manner. But that’s that the Valentine we know. The Valentine we know is always in control even when it may seem like he’s not. Plus, do I even need to mention the ridiculous clothes? Or that hair?! How could we expect these Shadowhunters to fear him if we couldn’t? Hopefully we can get the chance to glimpse the real Valentine: someone who exudes charisma and wisdom.

2. Isabelle and Alec’s Relationship

If you hadn’t read the books chances were you came away from the film not even knowing Isabelle and Alec were brother and sister. It was buried by less important things and mentioned only when it was convenient making it seem like it was more of a name-drop than an actual important part of the story, which it is. You can use the whole, “There wasn’t enough time to flesh it out” excuse, but fans and myself are having none of it. Get it right this time.

3. Magnus

I think we can all agree that Godrfrey Gao is a beautiful man and we applaud the accurate racial casting, but the film also managed to destroy his character. Look no further than the no pants thing. Magnus is a respectable character with dignity and smarts. And he was degraded for a moment of cheesy humor. Please, for the love of all that is holy, get Magnus’ character right.

4. Raphael

One of the biggest controversies surrounding the film was the absence of Raphael. Perhaps they thought we wouldn’t miss him. They couldn’t have been more wrong. So fix it. Put him back. (Side note: Make sure he’s cast racially accurate).

5. Jace and Alec’s Relationship

While we’re thankful that it was made clear that Alec had romantic feelings for Jace, their relationship wasn’t well-portrayed on screen. The fact that they are parabatai — the first parabatai we see — was absent and one of the things that was mostly severely missed. Not only are parabatais an essential part of the Shadowhunter world, but for Jace and Alec they establish that bond which makes their friendship crucial. It’s not something that can be thrown away. Please honor that this time around.

6. The Shadowhunter World

First off you should know that the Shadowhunter world is a world that we hold dear to us and it’s one that is intricately thought out. It’s literally given to you on a silver platter (Ed Decter and writers take note). The foundation of the Shadowhunter world is that it is a culture about angels. These Shadowhunters are part angel and everything about angels was taken out of the film. It’s the aesthetic of angels that drew people to the books. You might as well just make them like CIA spies fighting evil. No, seriously for the love of Angel Raziel don’t. It would be atrocious. But you need to understand that you need to use the magic that’s there before you start adding stuff that doesn’t make any sense. We know there will be changes but we hope for changes that respect the source material.

7. The Ending

This is still sore subject with me. One of the biggest problems of the film was that Clary ended up with the Mortal Cup at the end. Huge mistake. There’s a reason that Clary was supposed to lose the Cup. Clary needs to fall before she can rise, to lose before she can win, to keep fighting even when hope seems lost. It’s a part of her journey to becoming the hero of our story. And going back to Valentine, we need a villain that will be a real threat. He needs to be able to do things that strike fear into the hearts of the protagonists and the audience. This may be a fantasy to us, but the stakes need to feel real to both the characters and us.

8. The Lightwood Family Being Absent

Fans are still angry about this, to be honest. While the Lightwood parents and Alec and Isabelle’s brother Max weren’t in the first book they were still mentioned. There was no mention of them at all in the movie. While all mention of them was omitted due to the characters being aged up to where you don’t have parents, it still took away all context from the characters. Jace isn’t Jace without his complicated relationship with the Lightwoods. Plus, how do Jace, Alec and Isabelle even know each other? How do we know who a character is if we don’t know who they love?

9. Humorous Jace

The first thing you should know about The Mortal Instruments is that they are famously funny. They are quoted everywhere and dialogue in the film was serviceable at best. This story needs humor. Bring back the humor please. Movie Jace lacked the humor that made him the character we all love. He was much too serious. Don’t get me wrong, he has his moments, but Jace isn’t serious. He’s sarcastic – not mean and ugly but ironic, funny and smart. Without that, the romance between Jace and Clary falls flat and dead.

10. Why Did Valentine Want the Mortal Cup?

If I hadn’t read the books I still wouldn’t know the answer to this question. In the movie we never found out what made the Mortal Cup such a big deal, what it did and why anyone should care if he had it. We never even found out why Hodge betrayed the group. Even pirate Valentine found it hilarious as he made it clear he had nothing to offer Hodge. Did Valentine and Hodge even know why they were doing what they were doing? Can we flesh their characters out and give them some discernible motive? Need some help? Turn to the books. You can use them to help you, ya know?

7 Things the Movie Did Right (That We Hope They Don’t Change)

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1. The Story Was About Clary

When push comes to shove this is a story about Clary Fray. She’s our protagonist and the story revolves around her. We need to see this world through her eyes and her journey. The movie remained focused on that. We don’t want to lose that because she is the most important character in this story. Side Note: Here’s to hoping the rumor about Simon already having a girlfriend is false because that would take so much away from Clary.

2. The Institute

The Institute from the film was everything we could’ve asked for. When you see that shot of the big, gorgeous church that the Lightwoods and family call home — and Shadowhunters seek refuge to — you are instantly transported into the books and into this world were half angels do exist. For a television show it would be easy to keep the establishing shot of a church and then add stone interiors full of angel and religious iconography. We really hope they do.

3. Clary and Simon’s Relationship Was Important

Clary and Simon’s friendship is an integral part to the story and to Clary’s character. They rely on each other; they love each other; they’re family. The scene that fans love most with them is when Clary runs into Simon’s arms or when Simon told her that he loves her. That connection between them is so important. Please don’t lose that.

4. The Casting

In Hollywood it’s easy to whitewash projects, in fact it happens all too often. But one of the important things that the film did was maintain racial accuracy with Magnus. With other diverse characters like Maia and Raphael also a part of the story we’re hoping they maintain that accuracy. There were some truly fantastic actors that played Clary, Simon and Jocelyn. We’re hoping that the television show delivers an awesome cast that can bring all of these characters to life in a different medium than previously seen in the movie.

5. The Design of the Magical Objects

The prop department knew what they were doing. Not only are the magical objects important themselves but so is their design. The steles looked just like we’d imagined steles looking, which was not like wands or pens. The Mortal Cup looked like we’d envisioned it. Here’s to hoping we get to see more cool stuff like that!

6. Alec’s Sexuality

The most important thing to fans is that the characters remain true to themselves. One of the things that had us worried heading into the movie was whether they’d maintain Alec’s sexuality. And they did. It was such an important thing to acknowledge that he was gay but also to not define him by that and only that. The film and Kevin Zegers did an amazing job with that. The TV show really needs to learn from this and execute it the same.

7. New York City

I think we can all agree that if The Mortal Instruments were to happen anywhere but New York City that it just wouldn’t be The Mortal Instruments. New York City is in itself a character and an important one at that. If you take it away then everything changes, and the fandom will get pissed. I don’t know why they’d change the location of the series, but in Hollywood you never know what they’ll change. I don’t want to believe that they’ll move the show from NYC, but if they do they’ll have to deal with the wrath of the entire fandom.

There’s a lot to be learned from the movie — both good and bad. We hope that the television show is able to take both the good and the bad and bring us a faithful adaptation that will satisfy fans.

‘The 100′ star Devon Bostick to Narrate ‘Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy’

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Cassandra Clare shared some exciting news about who will be narrating Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy.

The 100 star Devon Bostick, who plays Jasper on The CW hit show, will serve as audiobook narrator for the first installment of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

Here’s what Cassie and Sarah Rees Brennan had to fangirl about say:

DEVON BOSTICK TO NARRATE WELCOME TO SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY

SARAH: Jasper from the 100! I’m so excited! I love the 100.

CASSIE: I know, score. *fistbump*

SARAH: My FAVORITE Jasper scene from the 100 was when Jasper hugs Bellamy.

CASSIE: Don’t remember that scene…

SARAH: Bellamy saved his life and Jasper hugged him so tightly!

CASSIE: Oh, sure. And then Bellamy swept him up in his arms and dramatically shut the spaceship door and who knows what happened inside… Why do you always make stuff up?

SARAH: I never make stuff up!

CASSIE: You told me there was a novel where Mr Darcy was a Navy SEAL.

SARAH: In a better world, that would’ve been true!

CASSIE: You can’t make up saucy stuff about our audiobook readers, Rees Brennan. I’m watching you. Watching you!

… Anyway, we are so thrilled, both because we watch and love the 100, and because Devon Bostick does such a great job as Jasper: a nerdy guy who loves a lady who loves another… yet who is extremely brave, kind, and valiantly rescues his team when they are in trouble. (Sound familiar?)

So we are sure he will be a perfect fit for our introduction to Simon Lewis, Shadowhunter in training: in some ways a different guy to the guy we knew—the guy he became—through the Mortal Instruments. We lost that guy, the TMI characters lost that guy, Simon himself lost that guy… and now Simon has to work out if he can get him back.

Plus we get to see how Shadowhunters are trained, with knife throwing, horse riding, good-lookin’ fellow students, terrifying teachers, and guest lecturer Isabelle Lightwood…

We hope you’re excited for what we and Devon Bostick have in store for you.

As fans of The 100 we’re super excited to have Devon narrating!

‘Magisterium’ Cover Reveal: ‘The Copper Gauntlet’

Happy Magisterium Day! And here’s a present from Cassandra Clare: the cover of The Copper Gauntlet!

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Magisterium: The Copper Gauntlet will be released in September.

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