Cassandra Clare shares excerpt from ‘The Lost Herondale’

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Yesterday Cassandra Clare shared that Jack Falahee from ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder will be the narrator of The Lost Herondale and today Cassie posted an excerpt:

“Demons and warlocks can’t help what they are,” Balogh said darkly. “Shadowhunters are held to a higher standard. The deaths of those three men sit squarely on the shoulders of Tobias Herondale. And he would have been punished in kind, had he ever been foolish enough to show his face again. He never did, but debts need repaying. A trial was held in absentia. He was judged guilty, and punishment was carried out.”
“But I thought you said he never came back?” Julie said.

“Indeed. So the punishment was carried out on his wife, in his stead.”

“His pregnant wife?” Marisol said, looking like she was about to be sick.
“Sed lex, dura lex,” Balogh said. The Latin phrase had been hammered into them from the first day at the Academy, and Simon was coming to hate the sound of it—so often was it used as an excuse for acting like monsters.

Balogh steepled his fingers and contemplated the classroom, watching in satisfaction as his message came clear. This was how the Clave treated cowardice on the battlefield; this was justice under the Covenant. “The Law is hard,” Balogh translated for the hushed students. “But it is the Law.”

The Lost Herondale is the second installment of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and it will be released on March 17. It is also the first installment which is co-written by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman.

‘How To Get Away With Murder’ star Jack Falahee to narrate ‘The Lost Herondale’

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Cassandra Clare just shared the latest narrator for her co-written series Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

Jack Falahee, who plays Connor Walsh on ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder, will narrate the second installment The Lost Herondale.

Continuing in our tradition of Cute Brown-Haired Boys Read You Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy, Jack Falahee has signed on to record the audiobook of THE LOST HERONDALE. Jack stars as Connor Walsh in the show HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER.

Team TFTSA loves Jack and loves Connor and is totally thrilled! We’re also excited for the next two installments, since they’ll likely have British readers. Anyone you want to see particularly? :)

As a huge fan of How To Get Away With Murder we are super excited and can’t wait to listen to the audiobook. Welcome to the Shadowunter family, Jack!

The Lost Herondale will be released on March 17 and is co-written by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman.

Cassandra Clare talks new covers for her ‘Shadowhunters’ novels

Yesterday, USA Today revealed that The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices will be repackaged with new covers and new extra content. Of course this caused a lot of buzz in the Shadowhunter fandom and many questions arose: Will the cover for Lady Midnight look more modern as well? Who will be on the other covers? Who is the designer? and so on.

Cassie answered a lot of these questions on her tumblr and also shared another picture of the new cover for City of Bones. We’ve highlighted the most important information from her post:

City of Bones has a brand new look! USA Today debuted it on their blog earlier today — you can check it out here.

Just to answer a few things I’ve been asked: my publisher has wanted to redesign the covers for a long time, but needed to finish out TMI first. They have for a long time wanted to make the Shadowhunters books overall look more unified (the paperback TID will also be repackaged, and every book will have the “Shadowhunters” type down the side) and also make them look more modern — the first book was designed ten years ago, and book styles change.

These are paperback repackages. The hardback books will retain the original covers.

These repackages will contain some fun new elements like maps of Shadowhunter New York and London.

These covers were designed by Cliff Nielson, who also did all the other Shadowhunters covers. He’s always been a great designer and I’ve always loved his work. I am happy that the new design carries over elements of the old design (Cliff’s work, the light effects, the fonts — even the model for Jace is the same one used on Lost Souls) so that it’s more of an updating that a complete change.

I don’t know how Lady Midnight’s cover will look. That hasn’t been decided yet. It may well be a fusion of the old and the new, as really, they aren’t that different.

I love Jace’s pose in this cover, and the fact that he’s reaching for a tarot card, and that you can see little details like the Morgenstern ring on his hand. The cover is actually a brilliantly bright bronze, which you can’t tell onscreen unfortunately.

Each cover will feature one character. The first three will be Jace, then Clary, then Simon. But this time around you’ll also get to see Alec have his own cover, and Isabelle have hers. 

(I have no info about covers being repackaged in any country other than the US/Canada. The UK are working on some very cool “alternate” covers but they won’t replace the old ones, just exist alongside them.)

Hope you like the covers as well!

We talked to Walker Books and they confirmed:

Walker Books UK will be re-issuing the Mortal Instruments series in July with an entirely different cover look. We are set to launch a cover reveal next week.

Cassie also answered more questions on twitter:

Sarah Rees Brennan recently tweeted about Simon’s hotness:

Although she was talking about the cover model for Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy it is possible that he will also be on the cover for City of Glass since Simon & Schuster kept the model for Jace.

That’s everything we know for now. Once Walker Books has revealed the alternate cover for City of Bones, we will post it here and of course we will keep you up to date on the other covers.

 

‘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?

New covers for ‘The Mortal Instruments’ and ‘The Infernal Devices’

Simon & Schuster won’t be publishing a new Cassandra Clare book this year, but Shadowhunters all over the world can look forward to new covers for Cassie’s The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices!

USA Today revealed the new cover for City of Bones, which will hit shelves on September 1:

New CoB coverCassandra Clare’s publisher is repackaging all of the bestselling novels in her massively popular Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series. And we at HEA have the first peek at the new cover of City of Bones, which, as you know, was made into a movie in 2013 called The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The new cover of City of Bones arrives on Sept. 1. And bonus: Each repackaged book will have a new map and new exclusive content written by Cassandra.

What a great new cover for City of Bones! Jace looks really cool and I am already so excited to find out what Cassie has written for the re-releases!

Right now we are not sure if Walker Books, Cassie’s publisher in the UK, will also re-release the books, but we will let you know once we have more information!

What do you think of the cover and and which cover are you looking forward to most? Sound off in the comments!

Thanks to our friends over at British Nephilim for the heads up x

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.

Happy release day to ‘Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy’

Last May we had to say goodbye to the gang from Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments but some of them are back now because it’s the release day of Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy!

The first of ten ebooks centered around Simon was written by Cassie and Sarah Rees Brennan and it focuses on Simon’s training at Shadowhunter Academy in Idris with a special guest appearance by one Isabelle Lightwood.

Here’s the official description:

After living as a mundane and a vampire, Simon never thought he would become a Shadowhunter, but today he begins his training at Shadowhunter Academy. Simon Lewis has been many things. A mundane. A vampire. A hero. But Simon can’t remember any of that. His memories of adventures with Clary, Isabelle, and the rest of the New York Shadowhunters were erased by a demon, and now Simon is eager to reclaim that part of himself. But will he ever get back the parts of himself that he lost? Does he even want to?

One day before its release, Cassie shared a final snippet on her tumblr:

“Oh,” Jace said carelessly, as if he hadn’t been waiting out here for the express purpose of seeing Simon off. He looked up, golden gaze casual, then looked away. “You.”

Being too cool for school was Jace’s thing. Simon supposed he must have understood and been fond of it, once.

“Hey, I figured I wasn’t going to get the chance to ask this again. You and me,” Simon said. “We’re pretty tight, aren’t we?”

Jace looked at him for a moment, face very still, and then bounded to his feet and said: “Absolutely. We’re like this.” He crossed two of his fingers together. “Actually, we’re more like this.” He tried to cross them again. “We had a little bit of initial tension, as you may later recall, but that was all cleared up when you came to me and confessed that you were struggling with your feelings of intense jealousy over my—these were your words—stunning good looks and irresistible charm.”

“Did I,” said Simon.

Jace clapped him on the shoulder. “Yeah, buddy. I remember it clearly.”

“Okay, whatever. The thing is … Alec’s always really quiet around me,” Simon said. “Is he just shy, or did I tick him off and I don’t remember it? I wouldn’t like to go away without trying to make things right.”

Jace’s expression took on that peculiar stillness again. “I’m glad you asked me that,” he said finally. “There is something more going on. The girls didn’t want me to tell you, but the truth is—”

 

Thanks to the time difference between the States and Europe, I’ve already read Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy and I urge you to have tissues ready.

Happy reading, Shadowhunters!

The next ebook – The Lost Herondale – will be released on March 17!

You don’t actually need an iPad, Kindle or Nook to read Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy. If you have an Amazon account, you can download the free Kindle Reading Apps for smartphones, computers or tablets.

Amazon US/Amazon UK/Amazon Germany/Amazon Canada/Amazon France/Amazon Spain/Amazon Italy/Amazon Australia/Amazon Brasil/Amazon India/Amazon Japan/Amazon China

When all the ebooks are published, the book will be released in print format (just like the Bane Chronicles).

Cover reveal: Entertainment Weekly shares first two covers of ‘Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy’

We are less than a week away from the release of Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy – the first installment in Cassandra Clare’s co-written Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy series – and Entertainment Weekly has shared not one but two covers with us! They also posted an official description which sounds super cool.

Have a look at the cover:

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And here is the new description:

After living as a mundane and a vampire, Simon never thought he would become a Shadowhunter, but today he begins his training at Shadowhunter Academy. Simon Lewis has been many things. A mundane. A vampire. A hero. But Simon can’t remember any of that. His memories of adventures with Clary, Isabelle, and the rest of the New York Shadowhunters were erased by a demon, and now Simon is eager to reclaim that part of himself. But will he ever get back the parts of himself that he lost? Does he even want to?

Since Breia Brissey from EW seems to be a Shadowhunter just like us, we were also treated to the cover of The Lost Herondale (March 17):

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The official description:

Simon learns about the worst thing a Shadowhunter can do: desert their comrades. In the early 19th century, Tobias Herondale abdandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived…could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today?

 

It looks like the covers of Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy and The Lost Herondale are just two-tenth of the final cover – just like it was the case with The Bane Chronicles. Each cover of the ensuing installments will fit together as puzzle pieces to compete the full cover of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

We are so excited for more Simon and can’t wait to go on this adventure with him and other beloved characters from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices!

Who else is counting down the days? :-D

 

 

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:

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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.

TMI TV: A Letter to Ed Decter

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Dear Ed Decter,

I know that we don’t know each other, but I felt like it was important that I write this letter on behalf of the entire Mortal Instruments fandom.

Consider this our plea to you; a plea that our beloved Mortal Instruments be taken care of with the utmost care and respect.

I don’t know you. But your past work indicates that I might be able to trust you. But should I trust you? I’ve trusted before only to have that trust mislead and, honestly, I’m a little uneasy about this whole thing. This is the second attempt to get The Mortal Instruments translated on screen and, for all intents and purposes, this is 2nd down and 1 on the 1-yard line. Please don’t be the Seattle Seahawks and throw the ball on the 1-yard line. Go with what has proven to work and run the ball (excuse the sports metaphor, I honestly couldn’t help myself).

I may not know anything about running a television show, but I do know fandoms and this one in particular. So let me share my wisdom with you. Here are some things you need to consider:

Keep It Faithful

I have no idea if you’ve read any of my TMI TV Tuesday articles (or if you’re even reading this letter right now), but every week I stress the importance of staying faithful to the source material. I know I’ve said this countless times, but that is the most important factor in translating this story onto screen. You may not think it doesn’t matter whether or not the characters look and act like their book counterparts or have the same emotional journey or the story take place in New York City (which is a character in its own right), but those things are not only incredibly important to the fans but to the story itself. Sure, I know this show will attract new viewers who potentially have never read the books (what a travesty!), but you have this massive fan base already intact ready to take this journey with you. And we’re a passionate yet opinionated fan base that has the power to make this show known. You literally have us in the palm of your hands. All we’re asking is that you give us a reason to stay on the ride instead of bowing out because we don’t care for the unexpected twists and turns.

Make the Changes Acceptable 

Here’s the thing, I’m no idiot. I know there are going to be changes, as there should be. This is a different medium through which the story is being told. And this is your vision of this story. But there is a fine line between acceptable changes and drastic changes that will piss the preexisting fandom off. This is where knowing the books come into play. Have you read the books? I hope you have. They are truly amazing. Cassie Clare is a brilliant writer. If you haven’t read the books I seriously hope that reconsider, because if you’re going to run a show about these Shadowhunters then you’re going to need to not only know about certain events that occur but understand the characters’ reactions and reasoning behind certain decisions. As much as The Mortal Instruments is known for its action-packed story, the strength of all of Cassie’s series are her characters. And I know the fans would tell you the same thing. Honestly, I know a good part of the fandom might react not-so-supportive to certain acceptable changes, but once they get a glimpse of how the characters remain true to their souls in the books I think you’ll see them come around. The key here? Honor the characters. Honor the story. Honor the essence of these books in the changes you make.

Make the Show Appropriate

Honestly I hope that my hunch is completely unwarranted here, but I still feel the need to bring this to your attention. When creating and running this show please keep in mind that this isn’t a story for adults. Yes, adults like me love this story, but there’s a reason why we love it. It’s a story involving predominately adolescents as they discover themselves in a very confusing time in life, and that’s what we want to see. Sure, I can understand if you want to age the characters up a bit from 15 to 17 or something, but keep that in mind when crafting the show. These characters are experiencing love, heartbreak and loss for the first time. They’re being thrown into situations that some couldn’t have imagined in their wildest dreams. The things that these characters in particular have to go through in this series have forced them to grow up fast to a certain extent, but these characters aren’t adults. So we don’t expect something off of HBO. If we want to see Game of Thrones, we’d watch Game of Thrones. But, hey, if HBO were the ones that happened to pick the show up then, well, I guess we have no choice. (Here’s to hoping that doesn’t happen).

So…

Mr. Decter, the ball is now in your court (once again, sorry about that sports metaphor, honestly I can’t help it). All that I ask is that you give us a reason to trust your vision of this series. Because I love it. A lot. It means a great deal to me and to the entire fandom. Give us a reason to love this show. Because, trust me, we want to love it. Ultimately the choice is up to you and how you choose to run the show. But I hope that you’ll take my words to heart and understand that that’s what this show is about: heart. The heart of the characters and the heart of the fans.

Sincerely,

Alyssa, TMI Source

TMI TV Tuesday: What Networks Would Be A Good Fit For ‘The Mortal Instruments’ TV Show?

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On Tuesdays, TMI Source and Fangirlish are bringing you TMI TV Tuesdays, where we discuss different aspects regarding the upcoming television adaptation of The Mortal Instruments.

As we await news regarding The Mortal Instruments television show it’s only natural that our minds wander in the direction of which network we will be watching our favorite characters each week.

There are a lot of important factors to consider when deciding which networks would be good fits for The Mortal Instruments, including their target audience, influence of social media and fan engagement. But the most important thing is: Can they make this show a success without compromising the source material?

With that in mind, we’ve thought about four networks that could be a good fit for The Mortal Instruments:

THE CW

Is it wrong that when I first heard that The Mortal Instruments was set to become a TV show that I first thought of and hoped it’d be picked up by The CW? It may be because it’s my favorite network, but I also credit that instinct with the recent success of book-turned-show The 100. The 100 is a perfect example of how to adapt a young adult book to a television show – one that has noticeable changes but remains faithful to the source material, which pleases book fans and attracts new viewers. The network is no stranger to adapting young adult books, having the long-standing success of The Vampire Diaries, as well as the gone-too-soon The Secret Circle. With its rich history in young adult adaptationsThe CW seems like a perfect fit for The Mortal Instruments.

ABC FAMILY

A network that also has adapted television shows from young adult books, ABC Family could be a great fit for The Mortal Instruments. With the uber success of Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family has proven that they know how to take a young adult book series to success on the small screen. ABC Family is also very big on social media and fan engagement, which The Mortal Instruments fandom has proven to be exceptional with. The network has a history of adapting Sara Shepard’s books, including PLL and The Lying Game, and there’s also the potential for another series as they are developing Shepard’s The Perfectionists. Just think of the possibilities if The Mortal Instruments ended up and succeeded on ABC Family and the spinoffs we could get (I’m looking at you, Infernal Devices). With its social media savvy and young adult market, ABC Family would be a perfect fit for The Mortal Instruments.

MTV

Another great young-adult skewed network, MTV would be a natural fit for The Mortal Instruments. MTV is a network that is always looking for innovative shows that are going to impact its audience, like Teen Wolf. With Teen Wolf perhaps nearing its conclusion in the next couple of years, I’m sure the network is looking for that Next Big Thing that comes equipped with passionate fans that know how to make noise, and The Mortal Instruments would be a great series to inherit that role. Like ABC Family, MTV is all about fan engagement through social media interaction, which has always been important for the series whether it was for the books or the movie. It’s all about marketing the brand, and MTV has proven through social media and content, like after shows and such, that they know how to keep fans engaged after the show is over. With its target audience and innovation, MTV could be a perfect fit for The Mortal Instruments.

STARZ

While it doesn’t share the same market as the previous three, Starz is a network that I believe could really adapt The Mortal Instruments well. Look no further than Outlander, a book adaptation that has exploded onto the scene, and has pleased both fans of the source material and attracted new fans alike. When it comes down to it the most important thing isn’t about which big name network the show would be attached to, it’s about which network is going to take care of the series we know and have loved for years. And with Starz’s commitment to that I feel like they could be a good fit for The Mortal Instruments.

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Head over to FANGIRLISH to read their take on which networks The Mortal Instruments TV show would work best on, and check back on Tuesdays for TMI TV TUESDAYS.

What network would you pick for The Mortal Instruments TV show?

TMI TV Tuesday: The Importance of the Fandom

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On Tuesdays, TMI Source and Fangirlish are bringing you TMI TV Tuesdays, where we discuss different aspects regarding the upcoming television adaptation of The Mortal Instruments.

When adapting a bestselling book series to a television show the fans can either be your saving grace or your downfall. In regards to The Mortal Instruments television show, there are enough fans to have a significant impact on the show. Whether that’s in a positive or negative way is yet to be determined.

Nowadays a show’s success is measured not only by ratings but by social media engagement, which involves the fandom. And with a pre-existing fanbase – a massive one that is known for its social media savvy – Constantin already has an upper hand. Sounds like a recipe for success, right? Potentially. If utilized correctly.

Like with any other pilot, a pilot based on a book series requires the show to make a pitch to the audience. Only with a Young Adult book adaptation the pitch is more difficult. Because you’re not only pitching your vision to a generalized audience, you’re pitching your vision to an audience that already has a pre-existing vision of their own which comes from the book series. There’s already an expectation there, and the fans are waiting to see if they can trust those involved with the show to take care of the characters they love. And if there’s one thing that book fans sometimes have a hard time embracing it’s change.

Now here’s why fan engagement with The Mortal Instruments TV show is so important. As much as the fans can help the show they can do twice as much damage if provoked.

Fandoms are passionate. Book fandoms are insanely passionate. They have love for a series that been a large part of their lives – in the Mortal Instruments fandom for as long as eight years. That’s a lot of devotion to a series, its characters and its author.

I believe fans of most book series have come to acknowledge that in any adaptation there is change. But the severity of that change is a fine line that Ed Decter, Constantin and whoever the network turns out to be, should tread carefully. Because given provocation the fans could tear this show to shreds.

Enough with the negativity, let’s look at how the Mortal Instruments fandom could help this show. Because of today’s TV age where social engagement is as important as ratings themselves, having that pre-existing fanbase – a large one at that – is crucial. You already have an audience that will watch this show. You don’t have to hope that enough people will find the premise engaging, watch the pilot and return every week. That core fandom is already in place and open for newcomers of the world to join.

You need something trended? This fandom can get it done. You need to create buzz? This fandom can get it done. Whatever you want this fandom can get it done.

This fandom is a vocal one, and the studio, network and showrunner should utilize the fans and Cassandra Clare. We will let you know when we like something and when we despise something. What changes work and what changes most definitely do not work. We’re literally in the palm of your hand.

Make no mistake this fandom wants this show to succeed. This fandom will do anything to ensure that it does. We’re basically free marketing at your disposal. The only thing we want in return? A faithful adaptation. Give us that, and we’re yours.

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Head over to FANGIRLISH to read their take on the fandom’s impact on The Mortal Instruments TV show, and check back on Tuesdays for TMI TV TUESDAYS.

What are your thoughts?

Cassandra Clare introduces new ‘The Dark Artifices’ characters

For the past 2.5 years Cassandra Clare has shared lots of exciting information about the characters in her upcoming The Dark Artifices trilogy and today she has introduced her fans to two completely new characters.

Shadowhunters, meet Cameron Ashdown and Johnny Rook:

Can we expect any new artwork soon? — frenchfilmelephant :)

The problem is that Cassandra Jean has mostly been drawing secret or unknown characters from TDA (which has the largest cast of any book I’ve ever written, yikes.)  I can’t post some of them, but here’s a few to wonder about.

Doesn’t Cameron look like a cutie and Johnny like a badass rock star?

Cassie later revealed

Some fans think that Cameron could be Emma’s ginger boyfriend who she is dating at the beginning of Lady Midnight.

Lady Midnight will be released in 2016 so there is a lot more characters to meet and look forward to before then! :-)

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