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The book and film synopses for ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ are actually quite similar

There has been a mixed reaction from fans with the release of the official synopsis of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Some are just elated to have something official to go off of and some have pointed out the synopses doesn’t fully capture the essence of the story.

After taking a look at both the book and film synopses, they are actually more alike than you might have thought. The film synopsis actually goes a little more into detail.

Book Synopsis:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it’s hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know….

Film Synopsis:

CLARY FRAY (Lily Collins) is an ordinary Brooklyn teenager until the night she meets the mysteriously tattooed JACE, who turns out to be a half-angel warrior known as a Shadowhunter. When Clary finds out her mother JOCELYN has been abducted, she desperately hopes Jace will be able to help. After a whirling golden portal transports her across time and space in a heartbeat, Clary realizes she too has the powers of the Shadowhunters. But can she harness them in time to save her mother?

Clary, Jace and their fellow Shadowhunters endure one breathtaking battle after another against vampire, warlocks and demons—only to discover Jocelyn hid a terrible secret from the fiercest warrior of all: VALENTINE. Cast out from the world of Shadowhunters, Valentine abducted Jocelyn believing she had a powerful tool known as the Mortal Cup. Using her newfound gifts, Clary finds the Cup, only to be brutally betrayed and forced to relinquish it.

Still reeling from this setback and racing to save Jocelyn before it’s too late, Clary finds herself caught in a battle between forces she barely understands. Based on the best-selling series by Cassandra Clare, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES is a magnificent urban fantasy rich in detail and suspense, about a girl’s journey to the darkest corners of the underworld to save those she loves.

It’s a little premature to start worrying about the synopsis, as Cassandra Clare pointed out, that Marlene King hasn’t turned in the finished script rewrite yet.

The true test will come when the trailer is released and we see how they have decided to portray this story.

So everyone take a deep breath and relax. We’ve got a long way to go on this journey.

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7 Comments on The book and film synopses for ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ are actually quite similar

  1. The books synopsis sounds so much better then the film version.

    The fiIt practically tells the whole plot….Ugggggh!?

  2. *film synopsis

  3. They are really similar, except the film synopsis seems like a bad translation of the book synopsis

  4. yes I think the film synopses have too much detail and need work on word choice.. it would be better if it doesn’t reveal much of the story to create a kind of mystery to the story and when people are curious they’ll probably go and see the film if it’s good or not.. that’s what i would and my friends do all the time just for the heck of it….

  5. ” half-angel warrior ” no! were supposed not to know that Jace is an ” half-angel warrior ” it’s a secret! and will not be revealed until the book 2! hmm~ but still hoping for the great adaptation of the film 😀 wanna know the rest of the cast :))))

  6. hate it. it reavels too much about the book

  7. The book snyopsis is way better

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