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?

TMI TV Tuesday: Three Things We Want to See in ‘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.

With any adaptation there is guaranteed change as the source material is translated into another medium. In our case, Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments have already been translated from book to film, and now Constantin is giving it another go with a book to television adaptation.

While it’s important to understand that change is not only guaranteed but necessary in an adaptation, there are some things that as fans we really, really want to see remain faithful in the television show.

Here are three (of many) things that we’re hoping to see in some form or another in The Mortal Instruments TV show:

1. A Faithful Adaptation

So this is about as broad as you can go, but after watching The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones be a not-so faithful adaptation to Cassandra Clare’s beloved books I don’t know if fans could take it again if the same thing happened with the TV series. This is my way of once again stressing the importance that the TV show do the opposite of what the movie did, which is take liberties with the material that actually altered the story. As far as remaining faithful to the source material, show runner Ed Decter need only understand the importance of the Shadowhunter world and culture, as well as the characters and their unique personalities and how that contributes overall to the story. When I say faithful I don’t mean every single detail from every single book in the series be included (because that show would last for 20 years, not that I’d complain), but it’s important with adaptations that one recognize what is integral to the story.

2. The Incest Plot

When you’re adapting a book series to a different medium there are certain aspects of it that you cannot change because, well, it’s integral to the series as a whole. So, incest is a sore subject, understandable. Sure, it might be intimidating to take on handling the way a plot like that plays out, but that’s all in the fun of being a show runner, right? It certainly helps when the problem’s already solved in the books themselves. But it’s a huge theme throughout the first three Mortal Instruments books (spoiler alert: they learn they’re not related). Hey, if Game of Thrones can make it work so can The Mortal Instruments.

3. Teases of Other ‘Shadowhunter Chronicles’ Series

When you have a world as diverse and expansive as that of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles, there are plenty of opportunities for crossovers between books and connections between characters, as evidenced by the interconnectivity of the Shadowhunter families within her series. So as we head into the television adaptation, I’m hoping that we’ll get a little tease of these other series. Now this doesn’t need to be immediate — I’m not expecting to hear the mention of Will Herondale in the pilot — but it’d be nice down the line if we’d get little Easter Eggs of important characters from The Infernal DevicesThe Dark Artifices, etc. As a comics fan I relish in those Easter Eggs in television and movies. If Clare’s books have proved anything it’s that the possibilities are endless when it comes to Shadowhunters. And this is gold to a showrunner.

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There are endless things that we’d like to see in the show, so we might end up doing more.

Head over to FANGIRLISH to read their three things they don’t want to see in The Mortal Instruments TV show, and check back on Tuesdays for TMI TV TUESDAYS.

What are your thoughts? What are some of the essential things you need to see in the show?

TMI TV Tuesday: Importance of Staying Faithful to the Shadowhunter Culture

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In a world full of technological advances there’s simplicity about the culture and history of Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments. It’s that culture that fans hope is translated faithfully onto the small screen adaptation that is set to begin production this year.

With the growing digital craze it would be easy to give the Shadowhunters a tune-up. To replace steles with fancy gadgets. To modernize them. But that would not only be stupid from a marketing standpoint but also dishonorable to the culture that millions of fans have fallen in love with and crave to see executed faithfully on the small screen.

The Shadowhunter world dates back hundreds of years and carries that tradition on throughout generations, as fans of Clare’s books have read. The world is vast and while it changes through the years – and its different series – one thing remains the same: the culture. An argument can be made that the culture comes off a bit dated, and that’s because it is. But that’s part of the appeal. There’s something so fascinating about a group of people that have had the same practices through hundreds of years. No technological advances could change it at its core.

While The Mortal Instruments does take place in 2006, there was still a significant technological influence at that time. It’s uncertain specifically when the television show will take place but it’s most likely to take place in present day. It’s just easier. But it shouldn’t matter whether the story takes place in 2006 or 2015. Things have remained mostly the same from 1878 to 2006 so what difference would nine years make?

Runes have become synonymous with the Shadowhunter fandom. Fans have gotten tattoos of their favorites or own jewelry to show them off. It’s a huge part of the Shadowhunters’ history. And from the very beginning steles have been used to create these runes. Whether it’s tools or weapons, the television show needs to honor Shadowhunter history.

With any adaptation to a different medium there is the certainty of change. The significance of the change is uncertain until a show or movie’s premiere, but here’s hoping that Constantin learned that the best thing they can do with this franchise is to remain true to its roots, which includes the Shadowhunter culture.

Consider this my plea to Constantin and showrunner Ed Decter. When remaining faithful to the source material please keep in mind that a large part of that is the history and culture of the Shadowhunters. Despite the pressures from television execs or so-called experts, please consider this advice from someone who knows what fans will like and not like. Honor the culture. Why fix what isn’t broken?

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Head over to FANGIRLISH on Thursday to read their thoughts about Shadowhunters and The Mortal Instruments TV show, and check back here Tuesdays for TMI TV TUESDAYS.

What are your thoughts? How important is it for them to pay homage to the history of the Shadowhunters in the television show?

Merry Christmas, Shadowhunters!

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Merry Christmas, Shadowhunters from your friends at TMI Source!

We hope that you got amazing (Shadowhunter-related) gifts and that you are now having a wonderful and peaceful time with everyone you love.

If you received any Shadowhunter-related gifts or if you do have a Christmas tree that looks like it could be straight from one of the Institutes, share your story or photos below in the comments or share them with us on Twitter!

Since the time before Christmas was really busy, we totally missed two snippets that Cassie posted on her tumblr (ops).

Let’s have a look and happy holidays:

“I don’t know,” Mark said, looking down at his own long pale fingers tangled in the little boy’s brown curls. “He just – Julian left, and Tavvy fell asleep on my lap.”

He sounded amazed, wondering.

“Of course he did,” Cristina said. “He’s your brother. He trusts you.”

“Nobody trusts a Hunter,” Mark said.

- Lady Midnight snippet

Simon could barely believe any of his new memories, but the idea that Isabelle Lightwood had been his girlfriend seemed more unbelievable than the fact vampires were real and Simon had been one.

- Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy snippet

 

Cassandra Clare shares more deleted scenes from ‘City of Heavenly Fire’

Shadowhunters, are you ready for two more early Christmas treats? Cassandra Clare shared another comic strip scene from City of Heavenly Fire and also a cut scene that features Jonathan Morgenstern/Sebastian Verlac.

In the spirit of the holidays, more deleted and cut things! In this case, the comic Cassandra Jean drew for some editions of City of Heavenly Fire. It’s a scene I sketched out but deleted (there’s nothing written to post, just notes) because it didn’t fit — Magnus sends Emma, Julian and the Blackthorns back through a Portal to Los Angeles. Jace and Clary come to say goodbye. The passing of the torch, to a new group. And some Clace. :)

And here’s the cut scene:

I haven’t got much in the way of substantive cut scenes from City of Heavenly Fire. Most things were rewritten rather than removed. But here’s a bit of Sebastian’s death scene that didn’t make it in.

“We forgive you,” Jocelyn said. She was still crying, in the same soundless terrible way, just as she had every year on Jonathan’s birthday when she had held the box with his initials on it and wept.

“No,” he said. “There’s no forgiveness for what I did. I know where I will burn when I die.”

“Heaven does not forgive, but mothers do,” said Jocelyn. “When you were a baby inside me, I dreamed of everything for you. That you would be handsome and strong and good. That I would sing to you and love you and take care of you.” She gripped his hand tightly. “Maybe not in this world, but in another, I believe that was the truth.”

“Don’t forgive me,” he whispered. “Hate me. Rejoice that I’m dead. After all I have done, the last thing I would wish to bring to you was more grief.”

“Jonathan,” Clary whispered.

His eyes moved toward her. “And sisters,” he said. “Do sisters forgive?”

Aww 😢

All the feels, right? Tell us your thoughts in the comments and check out the unedited Clary and Jace cave scene and the other comic strip scene in case you missed them!

Have yourself a Merry Shadowhunter Christmas/holiday!

December

Art by Cassandra Jean

We’ve got three weeks until Christmas and sometimes finding great gifts for family and friends or also yourself can be pretty tough.

That’s why we have come up with the ultimate Shadowhunter Christmas wishlist that includes books (duh!), jewelry, tarot cards and more!

Shadowhunter Books:

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The Mortal Instruments complete box set

The Mortal Instruments complete box set

The Infernal Devices box set

The Infernal Devices box set

The Bane Chronicles

The Bane Chronicles

The Shadowhunter's Codex

The Shadowhunter’s Codex

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Prince

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Prince

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The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess

Shadowhunters and Downworlders

Shadowhunters and Downworlders

Shadowhunter Tarot Cards by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean:

(click the pictures to get to TopatoCo)

Shadowhunter Tarot Cards: Deluxe Collector's Edition

Shadowhunter Tarot Cards: Deluxe Collector’s Edition (Pic credit: TopatoCo)

Shadowhunter Tarot Cards

Shadowhunter Tarot Cards (regular edition. Pic credit: TopatoCo)

Shadowhunter Merchandise by HebelDesign:

 

Remember that the first ebook from Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy will be released in February 2015, so an ebook gift card would be a nice present as well!

Everyone at TMI Source wishes you a happy Christmas time or a fabulous December :-)

Cassandra Clare shares comic strip scene from ‘City of Heavenly Fire’

We still have more than three weeks until Christmas, but Cassandra Clare is already spoiling her fans with City of Heavenly Fire goodies! (Thank you, Cassie!)

Cassie has very recently shared the uncut Clary and Jace cave scene and now she has posted a comic strip that was in the UK edition of City of Heavenly Fire. Said comic is actually from The Infernal Devices and it is called “The Wedding”.

London, 2009, so a year after the events of City of Heavenly Fire. There are some clues in here for Dark Artifices and even for Shadowhunter Academy, so if you hate spoilers, avoid!

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A lot of people have asked if Will is “really there” or is a ghost. I never thought of Will ever haunting the world after his death. He had a good life and a good death and has no reason to hang around. There’s an implication in the comic that this is Will’s “one trip” from the afterlife, but an equal implication, I think, that he’s not there at all, and is just a figment of the imaginations of those who so badly want to see him.

You can decide what you want to believe. :)

* Art by Cassandra Jean of course!

Aw, all of our beloved characters gathered for a joyous event! :-) How many feels do you have right now? Tell us in the comments and don’t forget that there is another City of Heavenly Fire comic strip that we can look forward to!

TMI TV Tuesday: Addressing the Casting Situation

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

When news about The Mortal Instruments making its way to the small screen first broke, the immediate reaction for a bulk of the fandom was: “What about the original cast?” “Will there be a new cast?” “But I want the original cast!”

It was a natural and expected reaction from a passionate fandom that went through a long and strenuous journey with Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Jemima West, etc. with the film adaptation of City of Bones. The cast became like family as they showered the fans with love and thanks and put their everything into bringing Cassandra Clare’s beloved characters to life.

But that was the movie adaptation.

Now that The Mortal Instruments is making a transition to television, it’s all but guaranteed that there will be a new cast portraying these beloved characters. New faces and new takes on the characters we’ve seen brought to life through words and through the big screen. It’s just the nature of entertainment.

All this is is a new version of the story we’ve all fallen in love with. Whatever is done on the small screen will not take away from what we saw on the big screen and read in the books, just like the film adaptation took nothing away from the original source material.

Here’s the thing, nobody can replace the movie cast. And nobody’s asking them to. Nothing can take away what Lily, Jamie, Robbie, Kevin and Jemima did with their performances and their love and kindness for the fans and the characters. All I’m asking is that you to keep an open mind.

When casting eventually begins for The Mortal Instruments TV show, don’t hate it. Don’t hate the actors. Embrace it and embrace them. Because those actors — whose identities we don’t know yet — are going to be our new family. People have more than one family, and this is just another one we’ll soon add to our list.

Other fandoms should be so lucky to get not one not two but three different and unique takes on the story they love.

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Head over to FANGIRLISH on Thursday to read their thoughts about the casting situation with The Mortal Instruments TV show, and check back here Tuesdays for TMI TV TUESDAYS.

What are your thoughts? Are you open to the idea of a new cast given the likelihood the original film cast won’t return?

Cassandra Clare shares unedited Clary and Jace cave scene from ‘City of Heavenly Fire’

I was feeling bad about being unforthcoming with spoilers, so have some Clace feels from Cassandra Jean’s postcard set for City of Heavenly Fire! (Yes, these are all scenes that happen.)

Art by Cassandra Jean

Yes, you read that right! Six months after the release of City of Heavenly Fire – can you believe it’s been half a year already? - Cassandra Clare has shared the unedited Clace cave scene with her fans.

Are you ready for the complete DSES (Dirty Sexy Edom Scene)?

You demand zee sexytimes? Fine, here they are! I break! My will = shattered. Okay, so basically this is just the Jace and Clary cave scene (yes, THAT one) from CoHF before it was edited down for length and Less Obviousness About What Was Happening. I don’t think they actually do anything different here, and really it’s a scene about people having feelings about sex rather than particularly about sex. But enjoy! Um, happy Thanksgiving!

…For a moment Jace just looked at her in astonishment, his lips parted slightly; Clary felt her cheeks flush. He was looking at her like she was the first star that had ever come out in the sky, a miracle painted across the face of the world that he could barely believe in. He swallowed. “Let me —“ he said, and broke off. “Can I kiss you? Please?”

Instead of nodding, she leaned down to press her lips to his. If their first kiss in the water had been an explosion, this was a sun going supernova. A hard, hot, driving kiss, a nip at her lower lip and the clash of tongues and teeth, both of them pressing as hard as they could to get closer.  They were glued together, skin and fabric, a heady mix of the chill of the water, the heat of their bodies, and the frictionless slide of damp skin.

Jace lifted her, dragging her up his body, and she felt him suck in his breath at the contact. His hands slid under her, grasping her thighs as he walked them both out of the lake. The cold air hit her body and she shuddered; Jace went down on his knees on the powdery sand beach, laying her gently atop the pile of their heaped clothes.

Clary stretched her body out, trying to line herself up with him, and saw his eyes darken as he watched her. Her wet underclothes clung to her body as Jace’s clung to his. She let her eyes roam over him, taking in what was familiar and what wasn’t: the flare of his shoulders, the curve of his waist, the scars on his skin … her gaze dipped lower …

He laughed, a low, dark rasp. “It’s a little unfair,” he said, breathlessly, “that you can tell how much I want this just by looking at me and I can’t tell the same thing about you.”

She shifted under him. Their bodies scraped together and his pulse jumped, his hands digging into the sand on either side of her. “Look at me,” she said.

His eyes had been half-lidded; he opened them wide now, and stared at her. There was hunger in his, a hot devouring hunger that would have frightened her if it had been anyone else but Jace. But it was Jace, and she trusted him. “Look at me,” she said, and his eyes raked her, adoring, devouring, swallowing, and her body felt as if burning liquid were surging through it everywhere his gaze touched. He dragged his eyes back up to her face: they fixed on her mouth. “I do want you,” she said. “I always have.” She kissed him, slow and hard. “I want to, if you do.”

“If I want to?” There was a wild edge to his soft laugh. She could hear the soft rasp of sand between his fingers, saw the hesitation in his eyes, the concern for her, and she lifted herself up and wrapped her legs around his hips. He pressed his hot face into her throat, his breath ragged. “If you do that — I won’t be able to stop —“

“Don’t stop, I don’t want you to stop,” she said, and tightened her grip on him, and with a growl he took her mouth again, hot and demanding, sucking her lower lip into his mouth, his tongue sliding against hers. She tasted him in her mouth, the salt of sweat and cave water. She had never been kissed like this before, even by Jace. His tongue explored her mouth before he moved down her throat: she felt wet heat at the hollow of her collarbone and almost screamed. She grabbed at him instead, running her hands all over his body, wildly free in the knowledge that she could touch him, as much as she liked, however she liked. She felt as if she were drawing him, her hands mapping his shape, the slope of his back, flat stomach, the indentations above his hips, the muscles in his arms. As if, like a painting, he were coming to life under her hands.

When his hands slid underneath her bra to cup her breasts, she gasped at the sensation, then nodded at him when he froze, his eyes questioning. Go on. He unsnapped the front and the bra fell open and for a moment he just froze, staring at her as if she shone like witchlight.

Then he bent his head again and the feel of his mouth on her breasts did make her scream. She clapped a hand over her mouth, but he reached up and pried it away. “I want to hear you,” he said, and it wasn’t a demand, but a low, prayerful yearning. She nodded and buried her hands in his hair.

He kissed her shoulders and her breasts, her stomach, her hips; he kissed her everywhere while she gasped and moved against him in ways that made him moan and beg her to stop or it would all be over too soon. She laughed through her gasps, told him to go on, tried to hold herself still but it was impossible.

He stopped before removing each piece of clothing from either of them, asking her with eyes and words if he should keep going, and each time she nodded and said yes, go on, yes. And when finally there was nothing between them but skin, she stilled her hands, thinking that there was no way to ever be closer to another person than this, that to take another step would be like cracking open her chest and exposing her heart.

 She felt Jace’s muscles flex as he reached past her for something, and heard the crackle of foil. “Good thing I brought my wallet,” he said, his voice unsteady.

Suddenly everything seemed very real; she felt a sudden flash of fear. “Wait,” she whispered.

He stilled. His free hand was cradling her head, his elbows dug deep into the sand on either side of her, keeping his weight off her body. All of him was tense and shaking, and the pupils of his eyes were wide, the iris just a rim of gold. “Is something wrong?”

Hearing Jace sound uncertain — she thought maybe her heart was cracking, shattering into pieces. “No,” she whispered. “Just — kiss me,” she pleaded, and he did, not moving to do anything else, just kissing her: hot languorous slow kisses that sped up as his heartbeat did, as the movement of their bodies quickened against each other. Each kiss was different, each rising higher and higher like a spark as a fire grew: quick soft kisses that told her he loved her, long slow worshipful kisses that said that he trusted her, playful light kisses that said that he still had hope, adoring kisses that said he had faith in her as he did in no one else. Clary abandoned herself to the kisses, the language of them, the wordless speech that passed between them. His hands were shaking, but they were quick and skilled on her body, light touches making her want more and more until she pushed and pulled at him, urging him against her with the mute appeal of fingers and lips and hands.

And even at the final moment, when she did flinch, she pressed him to go on, wrapping herself around him, not letting him go. “Jace,” she whispered, and he bent his head to kiss her as he carefully, carefully started to move. She could see in the tension of his body, his grip on her shoulder, that he didn’t want it to be over too quickly: he closed his eyes, his lips moving, silently shaping her name.

 In the past days, weeks, her body had been torn by weapons, by shards of glass, flung through Portals, broken and bruised. Now she let all that fall away, let her body remind itself that it was also a thing that could give pleasure to her, and to the person she loved most in the world.

“I love you,” she said, her hands in his hair. “I love you.”

She saw his eyes widen and something behind his expression crack. The last wall around his heart, the last piece of self-protection he’d held in place. It crumbled away into blazing light as he came undone against her, like sunlight bursting into a room that had been walled up for a long, long time. He buried his face in her neck, saying her name over and over before he collapsed against her shoulder. And when finally Clary closed her eyes she thought she saw the cavern blaze up in gold and white, wrapping them both in heavenly fire, the most beautiful thing she had ever seen.

By the Angel, who needs a cold shower? ;-)

Cassie also tweeted about the bonus content from the different City of Heavenly Fire editions:

Tell us your thoughts and share your fangirling about the DSES in the comments!

TMI TV Tuesday: The Importance of Staying True to the Books

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

With every adaptation there is a great risk of the source material being altered to extremes. As fans of Cassandra Clare’s books, our first obligation is to the world and the characters that live and breath on the pages. And when the time comes for them to make their way from the pages to the screen, we hope with every fiber of our being that they’ll be treated with care and respect.

It’s important to note that with any adaptation there are certain liberties that the showrunner, producers or studio will take as they adapt it for the big or small screen. But there’s a huge difference between changes that are necessary and changes that are forced and will negatively affect the adaptation.

It feels sort of repetitive and you have to wonder why it even needs to be said, but The Mortal Instruments television show must stay true to the books. And, no, I don’t mean that every single thing that happens in the books must be portrayed to a tee on the small screen. But the important events and the spirit of the Shadowhunter world must remain intact. Because it’s not the Shadowhunter world without it. And it might as well be an entirely different show altogether.

One of the problems with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones were the changes to things that were actually quite important to the story and the overall series, like Valentine not ending up with the Mortal Cup by film’s end. That was a significant change that affected the plot of the then-second-planned film. It was imperative that Valentine wind up with the Cup — that Clary had to lose something so that she was motivated to fight back, that Valentine posed an immediate threat. All of that was taken away because of the decision to have Clary come away victorious with the Cup. You don’t grow as a person because you win, you grow because you fail and then rise up and keep fighting back. That’s the spirit we all fell in love with. And that’s the spirit I hope remains intact in the show.

The simple fact is that there are going to be changes. There are going some things that are left and some things that are added as a means to move the show along. But that doesn’t mean they’re going to be bad. You might even find them needed. The important thing is to recognize the things that you can change and things that you can’t. It’s not merely because the fans want it but also because it’s important to the spirit of the series.

Speaking in regards to television, there are certain shows that have gotten it right and others that have gotten it wrong (more on that in a future TMI TV Tuesday), but the important thing to note right now is that The Mortal Instruments has the chance to redeem itself. It can be one of these shows that people talk about when they talk about great adaptations, or it can be one that people laugh about how it went horribly wrong. But I have faith that those at Constantin and Ed Decter know the importance of being faithful to the books and will deliver us a show that the fans and Cassandra Clare’s characters deserve.

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Head over to FANGIRLISH on Thursday to read their thoughts on why  it’s important that The Mortal Instruments staying true to the source material, and check back every Tuesday for TMI TV TUESDAYS.

What are your thoughts? How important is it to you that they stay as true to the series as possible? What would be your reaction if they took to many liberties with it? Sound off in the comments!

TMI TV Tuesday: Five Reasons Why ‘The Mortal Instruments’ Will Work Better As A TV Series

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

If at first you don’t succeed, try again. That’s the mindset Constantin has in regards to reviving The Mortal Instruments as a television series. While the series failed as a film franchise, there is renewed hope in regards to it lighting up the small screen. And, frankly, this is a good thing.

While there have been several successful YA film franchises, including The Hunger Games, Divergent and Twilight, there have been more than double as many failures, The Mortal Instruments included. But sometimes a two and half hour film doesn’t work when adapting a 500-page book filled with world building and character development. But the important thing is The Mortal Instruments may have found new life in the television world.

Here are five reasons why we believe The Mortal Instruments will work better as a television show.

1. More Time For World Building

One of the problems with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was the lack of world building for those unfamiliar with the material. But even then, fans were still very much looking forward to seeing the world come to life through a different medium. It’s not that they didn’t try, it’s just there was no time to do so in a way that the source material was owed. That’s one of the challenges faced with adapting not only a 500-page book into a two and half hour film but one with so much rich history that can get lost in the shuffle. With a television show you’re given at minimum 13 hours or maximum 23 hours per season. There is going to be so much time at showrunner Ed Decter’s disposal as he’s crafting a way to introduce this world and flesh it out through the eyes of our heroine Clary Fray.

2. Fleshing Out the Characters

One of the things that I love so much about television is the amount of time you have to dedicate to your characters. It’s the same thing that applies in books and it’s why the series has such an impact on its reader or viewer. When done right it’s like you’re being treated to a one-hour short film every week and you get to know the characters on a much deeper level than you’d ever get to on film. Not only will we get to really dig deep with our main cast of characters, but the minor characters that we’ve grown to love will get their chance to shine. Remember how they cut Rafael from the film? That needn’t be a problem on the show, where Decter can take an entire episode to not only flesh out his character in the present, but as well as in the past. It also provides an opportunity to explore unseen — well, in this case unread – stories involving the characters. The characters are the heart and soul of Cassie’s books and for the series to truly shine, they will have to be the heart and soul of the show, as well.

3. Telling the Story Right

When you task yourself with crafting a film based on a 500-page book it’s obvious that some story lines are going to get the ax. And that rang true for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which featured either an extreme condensing or a complete deletion of scenes in its screen adaptation. While there’s no promise that everything that happens in the books will happen on the show, there’s much more time to flesh out certain story lines and really take the time to tell the story right. There’s no need to rush through or completely ignore certain scenes due to time restrictions. And unlike in a film where you can’t undo a mistake, if something isn’t working on the show you can fix it in the upcoming episodes.

4. More to Work With 

With movies you only have so much to work with and so little time to do so. With television there will be more time to fully utilize the source material from the entire series and not just City of Bones. Reports have indicated that they will start with City of Bones and then slowly delve into the other five books. There is so much story to work with in just City of Bones alone and you have at most 22 hours to work with in telling an entire season arc. Also, since Constantin owns the rights for all of Cassie’s works, who’s to say we couldn’t possibly get flashbacks hinting at the times of The Infernal Devices somewhere far down the road? The possibilities are endless when you have so much time and story to work with.

5. Less Pressure to Succeed

The make-or-break factor in aspiring film franchises — whether it’s Young Adult or not — is money. That’s the goal for big-budget studios. It’s the most important thing. And you normally get one shot with opening weekend. Now with television, it’s more about the viewers than the money. The viewers dictate advertisers and advertising costs. But you see, they’re both aimed at making money — it’s what this world revolves around — but it’s not about the viewers’ money (in most cases), it’s about the advertisers’ money. How much are they going to pay for an ad to run during a network’s most popular show? But let’s not mistake it, pressure is still very much a factor. It’s just ratings pressure and it’s not as intense as making sure you hit a $60 million opening weekend. And unlike with films you get more than one shot to shine. With movies it’s opening weekend or bust. For television it’s weekly ratings or bust, but sometimes if a show’s social media presence is strong enough they’ll give it another shot.

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Head over to FANGIRLISH on Thursday to read their thoughts on why The Mortal Instruments will work better as a television series, and check back every Tuesday for TMI TV TUESDAYS.

What are your thoughts? Why do you think The Mortal Instruments could possibly work better as a television show?

goodreads Choice Awards 2014: Vote for Cassandra Clare and Holly Black!

The end of the year is approaching so it’s time for the goodreads Choice Awards 2014!

Cassandra Clare’s City of Heavenly Fire – the final novel in her The Mortal Instruments series – as well as her middle grade book The Iron Trial, which she co-wrote with Holly Black, are nominated for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction of 2014 and Best Middle Grade & Children’s of 2014 respectively.

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Cassie’s City of Lost Souls and Clockwork Princess came second in 2013 and 2014, they only lost against Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. City of Heavenly Fire and The Iron Trial are up against stiff competition, but we can do it this year!

 

Vote for City of Heavenly Fire.

Vote for The Iron Trial.

 

Here’s goodreads voting schedule:

Opening Round Nov. 3 – 8
Semifinal Round Nov. 10 – 15
Final Round Nov. 17 – 24

 

Happy voting :-)

‘Mortal Instruments’ television series to run one-hour episodes

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When it comes to The Mortal Instruments television series, there’s no such thing as too much news. And the news keeps on coming.

After official word on Monday that The Mortal Instruments would indeed be revived on the small screen, new information about the show has been revealed.

According to Deadline, episodes of the show will run one hour long and start from the beginning with City of Bones and later expanding to the rest of the series.

Initially there was concern where the show would pick up — would it start from the beginning or pick up after The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film? Starting from the beginning makes the most sense as the TV series is a completely separate entity from the film, and it will help with the world building that takes place right from the start of the first book.

Also, Unique Features’ Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, who served as executive producers on the film, will executive produce the television series.

Production on The Mortal Instruments television show is set to get underway in 2015.

Stay tuned for all of the latest updates along the way.

Constantin Film exec praises ‘Mortal Instruments’ showrunner Ed Decter

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Following news at Mipcom that The Mortal Instruments would be revived on the small screen, Constantin Film gave the official word on Monday.

“We are thrilled to give this epic tale of good versus evil a brand new dimension,” Constantin Film Chairman Martin Moszkowicz said in a press release.

Things are looking up for the small screen adaptation with Ed Decter tapped to serve as showrunner for the series.

Constantin Film co-president Robert Kulzer praised Decter, whose credits include “There’s Something About Mary,” “Unforgettable,” “The Client List” and “In Plain Sight,” for his “passion and love” for the series, in this Deadline article.

“Ed Decter brings a tremendous track record to the table,” said Robert Kulzer. “As a showrunner we wanted someone who shares our passion and love for these characters and stories, and Ed has a remarkable ability to form narratives.”

The Mortal Instruments show is slated for 2015.

Cassandra Clare talks ‘Mortal Instruments’ television series

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, news regarding The Mortal Instruments‘ transition from film franchise to television series has been the hot topic in the fandom this past week.

Cassandra Clare took to Tumblr to answer some more questions about The Mortal Instruments television series, including her thoughts on if the original film cast might return for the show, where they might pick up in regards to City of Bones or City of Ashes and the future of an Infernal Devices show.

On learning about TMI TV series:

Well, here’s the thing. I pretty much know what you do. I knew there was discussion about whether to continue with making TMI films or explore the avenue of television. I didn’t know about the definite decision, or who the writer/show runner would be until it was announced at Mipcom and reported in the Hollywood Reporter.

I have no idea what channel it will be on, or what countries it will be shown in (though I have seen some fretting that it will be “only in the US” which seems wildly unlikely since the production company isn’t even American) and no idea at all about …

On if the film’s cast will return for the television show:

So clearly the biggest question about the TV show is “Will they keep the same cast from the film?”

And the answer is unfortunately I don’t know. 

I mean, I can look at the history of television. There are hundreds of movies that were adapted into television shows, some based on books (Friday Night Lights) some not (Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) I can think of only one where they kept anyone from the feature film, and that’s MASH, in which Radar was played by the same actor in the film and the show.

Now that I look at what I just said, I see I’ve made somewhat the same phrasing mistake I see all over, which is about whether they’ll “keep the cast” as if the cast definitively wanted to be in the show, when I am pretty sure none of us knows any such thing. So there’s that.

Now keep in mind I have absolutely no idea whether the cast wants to return, and no idea what the plans of the production company are — but usually the cast of a feature film changes when it becomes television because 1) movie actors often don’t want to do TV 2) contractual obligations can prevent it 3) they may have other commitments that would prevent them from being able to do something as time-consuming as television 4) the ages of the characters in the TV show may not be the same as the ages of the characters in the film 4) any of a million reasons. To be able to keep the same cast a million factors would need to line up perfectly: desires, times, contracts, availability, etc.

So I have no idea. The only position of authority I am speaking from here is as someone who used to work for an entertainment magazine and knows something about the business of TV and movies. That’s it.

On whether the show would start from City of Bones or pick up with City of Ashes:

I have no idea about this one. Buffy started up after the first movie, placing the events of the film squarely in the show’s past, and rarely referring to them (since they didn’t really track with the show.) Teen Wolf recaps the events of the film with a different spin. They could go either way, with the caveat that they’d have to start the show somewhere where people who’d never seen the film could understand it.

On having to wait for an Infernal Devices television series:

There was a rumor that TID was going to be a TV series. I never encountered a single piece of factual evidence that that was happening. (Like, for instance, in this case, when they are developing a TMI TV show, there are multiple articles about it.)

It’s only been about 2 years since TID ended – not much of a wait really. We live in an odd media moment where we expect everything to be fast-tracked, but that’s not really the norm. I think Game of Thrones and Outlander both took about 20 years to become television shows.

If there was a TMI series, and it was successful, it would dramatically increase the chances of a TID film or TV show. If you want a TID show or movie, this is the best news you could get, not the worst. Because I saw no signs a TID show was happening otherwise.

On getting to see characters from the books that didn’t make it into the movie:

One of the nice things about there being a TV show is the opportunity to see characters like Raphael, who was cut from the film, and Maia. I admire both those actresses and would certainly want Maia to be played by an actress of color.

On the fans’ concern about the television series changing things:

I understand being scared about the idea of a TV show instead of more films. You got used to the cast of the films and the look and settings. I like the film cast a lot. I like them as actors and as people.

However I do think that TMI is a better fit for TV than movies because it has a huge amount of backstory, which is nearly impossible to fit into a film, which is why for instance unless you read the books you would never have found out in the first film what the Mortal Cup actually did. TV gives you a chance to see the Circle in detail, the backstories of characters rendered visually, more time for more minor characters (like Magnus) etc. It really gives you time to wallow around in a world. And whatever actors they cast, if they were good choices, I am confident you you would come to love them as well, in the same way it is possible to love both Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, or Martin Freeman and Lucy Liu and Jude Law as Watson. No one actor is ever the only one in the world who can interpret a character — that’s not how acting is supposed to work, really. Even when they are amazing and lovely, as the TMI cast was and is.

I’m not trying to convince anyone to like the idea of a TV series if you don’t. I’m just saying that as someone with no more control over the situation than you, I think this is a good thing. Maybe they would have made a City of Ashes movie. Maybe not. I’d rather know something is happening than not know if anything is happening. And in Hollywood, what breeds development is success. If a TV show were successful, they’d probably be more likely to make a CoA or TDA or TID movie, not less. If what you want is to see movies and TV of the books you like, than the worst thing that can happen isn’t a movie when you wanted a TV show or a TV show when you wanted a movie, or a radio play when you wanted a musical. It’s nothing.

Anyway, I’ll be going out this November to see the production company and TV folks, so I may have more information then. We will see!

Sounds like maybe we’ll hear some more news come next month!

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