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


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 Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ nominated for three Teen Choice Awards

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has been nominated for three Teen Choice Awards in the first wave of nominations, including Action Movie, Actor in an Action Movie (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Actress in an Action Movie (Lily Collins).

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Head over to Teen Choice to vote for The Mortal Instruments!

The Teen Choice Awards will air August 10 at 8/7c on FOX.

Happy Birthday to our Clary, Lily Collins!


A very happy birthday to our Clary, Lily Collins, who turns 25 years old today!

We’re so lucky to have such a gorgeous and talented actress bring our strong and feisty Clary Fray to life in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones!

Join us in wishing Lily a very Happy Birthday! Leave your birthday wishes below!

‘The Mortal Instruments’ receives honors at Canadian Screen Awards

TMIThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones took home several honors during the Canadian Screen Awards gala on Sunday.

Among the honors included visual effects, make-up, overall sound, sound editing and the Golden Reel Award.

Action-adventure film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones — based on bestselling young adult novel series by Cassandra Clare — was among the big winners during a non-televised gala this afternoon, when awards were presented in nearly two dozen categories.

Previously announced as the winner of the Golden Reel Award (the homegrown film with the biggest Canadian box office, after grossing more than $5.2 million in Canada), The Mortal Instruments received further kudos for its visual effects, make-up, overall sound and sound editing.(via CBC)

Congrats to everyone involved in the making of City of Bones!

‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ nabs nomination for GLAAD Media Awards


The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has been nominated for Outstanding Film in the GLAAD Media Awards, which “honor entertainment, journalism and individuals who exhibit outstanding images of the LGBT community.”

Blue Is the Warmest Color (Sundance Selects)
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
Kill Your Darlings (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
(Sony Pictures Releasing)
Philomena (The Weinstein Company)

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on Saturday April 12 and in New York on May 3. Congrats to everyone involved on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones for such a great honor.

Thanks to Idris BR for the tip!

Watch Robert Sheehan in the official ‘Anita B.’ trailer

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Robert Sheehan’s fans have two reasons to celebrate today: first, it’s Robert’s 26th birthday and second, an English trailer of one of his upcoming films – Anita B. – was just released! Robert plays a character named Eli, who seems to be the exact opposite of Simon Lewis.

Here is the plot summary:

Anita, a Jewish girl of Hungarian origin who has emerged alive from Auschwitz, is taken in after the war by her one surviving relative: her aunt Monika. Nobody – not even the good-looking Eli, with whom she soon embarks on a passionate affair – seems even to want to think about what has happened. All at once Anita has to face a new challenge and finally she takes a decision which requires a lot of courage.

And here is the official trailer:

What do you think of Robert’s latest work? Sound off in the comments.

Thank you to our reader Tina for the tip.

Happy Birthday to our Simon, Robert Sheehan!


A very happy birthday to our Simon, Robert Sheehan, who turns 26 years old today!

We’re so lucky to have such a gorgeous and talented actor as our favorite mundane Simon Lewis in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and we can’t wait to see more of him in The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes!

Join us in wishing Robbie a very Happy Birthday! Leave your birthday wishes below and tweet Robbie on Twitter (@RobMSheehan)!

Looking back at the Top Stories of 2013

Shadowhunters! 2013 was indeed the Year of the Shadowhunter with so much excitement in the field of books and movies. On the final day of 2013, we’re taking a look back at the Top Stories of 2013 in the Shadowhunter fandom.

1. Clockwork Princess 

Clockwork Princess First EditionThe final installment of The Infernal Devices had fans terrified months prior to reading it and the final product didn’t disappoint. Clockwork Princess debuted at No. 1 in not only Young Adult fiction but fiction in general selling 90,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week.

2. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones teaser posterThe film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling novel hit theaters on August 21 and DVD on December 3. The film, which starred Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, didn’t dominate the box office, but Constantin Film still has faith in the franchise and plans to start filming on The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes sometime next year.

3. Three more Shadowhunter Chronicles series on the way

The Dark Artifices: Lady MidnightWe already know about The Dark Artifices, the sequel series set five years after the events of The Mortal Instruments coming in March 2015), but Cassandra Clare revealed that she plans to write two more series set in the Shadowhunter world: TLH (set in 1901, and involving James Herondale among others) and TWP (set following The Dark Artifices).

4. The Bane Chronicles debuts

The Bane Chronicles What Really Happened in Peru coverThree of the top Young Adult authors came together to create The Bane Chronicles, a ten-installment eBook series about everyone’s favorite warlock Magnus Bane. The first installment debuted on April 16 with the final installment set for January 21, 2014. The Bane Chronicles has spent time on the New York Times bestsellers series list throughout its eBook publication.

5. City of Heavenly Fire snippets

COHF placeholderWhile City of Heavenly Fire, the final book in The Mortal Instruments, won’t be released until May 27, 2014, Cassandra Clare got the party started with a slew of snippets from the highly-anticipated book. The snippets ranged from scenes to chapter titles to visual snippets that left fans breathless and eager to discover the fates of their favorite characters.

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‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ ranks fourth on Blu-ray and DVD sales in first week

TMI TargetThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hit Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. and Canada on December 3, and now the numbers have been released.

City of Bones was the fourth best-selling film in its first week of release in Blu-ray and DVD sales.

The film, which hit No. 1 on iTunes in its first week, also ranked No. 8 in Blu-ray and DVD rentals.

Be sure to pick up your copy to support The Mortal Instruments film franchise!


Watch: Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower train for ‘The Mortal Instruments’

Check out this new behind-the-scenes clip from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which shows Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower training for their roles as Clary and Jace.

Watch: The Weapons of ‘The Mortal Instruments’

Check out this behind-the-scenes from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which takes a look at the weapons of The Mortal Instruments.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is now available on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. and Canada.

Jace makes Teen’s list of YA Book Boyfriends

Jace Wayland Morgenstern Herondale Lightwood is certainly one of our book boyfriends, and the folks at feel the same! Jace made Teen’s list of Young Adult Book Boyfriends.

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Similarly to Four, Jace has a tough exterior. However, it’s when he shows his vulnerability around Clary that completely makes us melt.

Who are some of your other Shadowhunter Chronicles boyfriends? Leave your book BFs in the comments!

Cassandra Clare talks new wave of readers – ‘It’s like I’ve time traveled back to 2007’ (Exclusive)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has officially hit stores and the web today in the U.S. (Buy it now!) With the film’s release there’s been hundreds of thousands of new readers that have fallen in love with Cassandra Clare’s epic world.

Cassandra Clare (with special guest Lily Collins) at a signing for 'Clockwork Princess' in March 2013.

Cassandra Clare (with special guest Lily Collins) at a signing for ‘Clockwork Princess’ in March 2013.

Last week, we spoke to Clare about the new readership gained from the film adaptation, which includes interacting with new fans discovering and dealing with the infamous plot twist at the end of City of Bones.

“It makes me feel like I time traveled back to 2007, when City of Bones was released and I just got email after email after email from people being like, ‘They can’t be related, they can’t be related, they can’t.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh my God, here we go again,'” Clare laughed. “There’s just a whole new wave of people reading City of Bones and having the exact same reaction. And nothing in the movie is really unlike the plot so I’m like, ‘You’re just going to have to read the second book or wait to see — hopefully see — the second movie.'”

Clare said that the movie has been great publicity for her books as it has attracted a wider audience that might not have found her series. There’s also been a wide range of audiences, which has been the norm for her fandom.

“It’s a whole wave of new readers that are slightly outside the realm of my previous readers,” Clare said. “I’ve gotten a lot more emails from younger kids and from older readers. That’s one of the things about having a movie is it kind of expands out from your initial fan base because books are shelved in sections, and a lot of books are in Young Adult. But movies aren’t like that. You get younger people and older people because the movie isn’t particularly targeted to a specific age group.”

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is now available to purchase on Blu-Ray combo pack and DVD.

Giveaway: Win 1 of 5 ‘Mortal Instruments’ Fan Tote Kits

Happy Blu-Ray/DVD release to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in the U.S. To celebrate the release, Sony Pictures has given us five Mortal Instruments fan tote kits to give away to five lucky fans.

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The pack includes:

  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones gray T-shirt (not pictured)
  • Stele Key Ring
  • Shadowhunter Notebook (not pictured)
  • Temporary Rune Tattoos
  • Tarot Cards
  • The Shadowhunter’s Codex

This is open to U.S. residents only because it is a giveaway from Sony Pictures (a U.S.  distributor). Limit one entry per person. Giveaway ends Friday at 11:59 p.m. EST.



‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD in the U.S.

Shadowhunters! The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD in the U.S. TODAY!

There are two special editions available for purchase, from Walmart and Target.

The Walmart Blu-Ray combo special edition, which costs $36.88, features a collectible rune medallion necklace.


The Target Blu-Ray combo special edition, which costs $26.99, includes a bonus third disc that features “an all-access interview with the cast and author Cassandra Clare.” That edition is available online only at

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You can also purchase the Blu-Ray combo pack or DVD at:

Welcome (back) to the City of Bones!

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