Perhaps one of the more pressing topics in regards to the movie adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the incest issue that presents itself at film’s end.
Now, as avid readers and fans of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling series, we know that Jace and Clary and in fact not brother and sister but the casual movie goer who will venture into watch this film does not know that.
So the question becomes, will the incest issue drive people away or will it draw them in for the next installment?
Let’s face it, when we first read the ending of City of Bones we were all quite shocked (I tend to throw books across the room when I get angry so let’s hope I never read a cliffhanger on my Nook. My poor Nook doesn’t deserve that.)
Back to the point, after getting over the initial shock of the situation we were all fighting for Jace and Clary to end up together, praying that there had been a terrible mix-up, which it turns out there was.
One has to wonder what the non-book audience’s reaction will be to the ending?
I know we, the book fans, will all be secretly laughing inside at their reaction because it is such an unexpected, heart-wrenching cliffhanger (something Cassie does best) and we knew it was coming (what I would give to have seen my reaction after reading that cliffhanger).
I’m sure the reaction will be split somewhat, but I think more people might be drawn into the story because of it.
The incest issue might actually work to the film’s advantage. As human beings we are all curious as to the happenings of others around us, same as with movies. An audience might be more prone to return for a sequel when the first film is posed with some controversy.
Sexual tension is a big part of most couples that grace the small and big screens, as an audience gets to see the two characters and their relationship unfold before them. You never want to get a couple together too soon and if there is no conflict then the couple is, quite frankly, boring.
The sexual tension between Jace and Clary in City of Ashes is a defining storyline in the book. They are struggling with feelings they know they shouldn’t be feeling and yet they cannot help but feel them. We see their relationship on the rocks, then see them make progress all while struggling to come to terms with the truth.
Forbidden love has become a recurrent and long-lasting theme in Young Adult films and Jace and Clary have the ultimate forbidden love. We are always rooting for that couple to pull through no matter what the struggles entail and the end result is always satisfying.
Also, this storyline isn’t a normal occurrence in Hollywood. The only film that comes to mind off the bat is Luke and Leia from Star Wars. And that certainly didn’t hurt that film franchise.