Cassandra Clare called it “the equivalent of a gigantic nuclear bomb dropped in the middle of my readership.”
That sums up, in a nutshell, the reaction to Jamie Campbell Bower landing the role of Jace Wayland.
I admit that I was a little hesitant to the idea in the beginning, but after letting the idea float around and pulling up photos and clips of Bower, my doubt began to fade.
But it was when Clare called Bower’s audition “unf-ing-believable” that I was completely sold.
The initial fan reaction was negative–quite negative to say the least. There were threats of boycotting the movie (ala Twilight!) and someone even started a petition to get Bower to not take on the role.
“IT’S HORRIBLE!” said LoveJaceWayland. “I CAN NOT BELIEVE IT! THEY RUINED EVERYTHING!! THEY RUINED OUR PERFECT JACE!
“SOOOO not happy about this!” said Ali. “This might just ruin the whole thing for me!”
But despite the negative, there were fans that seemed willing to give Bower a chance as Jace and embraced his casting.
“The news made my day,” said Brenda V. “I always had faith that Jamie was going to play Jace. I’m so happy I could die.”
“I’m happy enough with JCB as Jace,” said @rileygirl319 “He’s not what I pictured but I think he’s a good actor and appearances can change.”
“Only thing that will convince me of Jamie Campbell Bower is if he is as in love with Jace as we are, and aware of all his flaws.” –@merlinmostbaggy
Most fans have already begun to come around to the idea and are already brainstorming about the scenes in “City of Bones” that they are most anxious to see Jamie portray Jace in.
- The Midnight Flower a.k.a. Clary and Jace’s first kiss
- The opening scene in Pandemonium when Jace and Alec stride across the club
- When Simon walks in on Clary and Jace kissing outside in the hallway of the Institute
- When Jace/Clary/Alec/Isabelle/Simon confront the greater demon
- At the end of the book when Valentine’s left and Jace is holding Clary, just saying her name
We have our Jace now. We should all be rejoicing. Reserve your judgement until you see him in the role.
Everyone deserves a chance, right?