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Movie Monday #6: Isabelle discusses Alec’s sexuality

We are just over a year away from the theatrical release of ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ and the hype for the adaptation of the internationally best selling series by Cassandra Clare will only continue to grow as the release draws nearer.

I’ve banded together with other ‘Mortal Instruments’ fansites (TMI InstituteMundie MomsTMI Examiner and TMI News en Espanol) for a new weekly feature called Movie Monday.

Each Monday leading up to the August 23, 2013, release of ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,’ we will take a look at a scene, moment, detail, etc. and give our opinions on how we think it will be interpreted in the big screen adaptation.


Alyssa, TMI Source: This is a scene that is quite important to both Isabelle and Alec’s development, and I believe that it will play out exactly as it does in the book with Clary and Isabelle prepping for Magnus’ party. The audience–not counting fans of the series–for the most part won’t have any idea that Alec is gay, but when this scene happens they will begin to see that they could have put the pieces together. It will be in the film, but it’s just a matter of how. But I don’t see why it wouldn’t be exactly as it is in the book.

Cassandra Clare mentioned that this scene was in Jemima’s audition and that she was moved. “…She also did the scene where she talks about Alec being gay — “I love my brother, I’d do anything for him, but I can’t help him with this” and was lovely and passionate. I was like, That’s damn right, you love your brother! He’s a good guy! She convinced me.”

I can’t wait to see Jemima convince audiences everywhere of Isabelle’s love for her brother in this scene.

Amber, TMI Institute: I would like to see the scene with Clary asking Isabelle about Alec being gay. I think it shows a lot of depth in Izzy’s character. For the most part, Izzy is rough around the edges, even in her seven inch heels. However, Isabelle is absolutely loyal to her family and open minded enough to see that Alec is different than the stereotypical shadowhunter and loves him even more for that. It also gives Clary and Izzy a bonding moment. I look forward to this moment!

Katie, Mundie Moms: As I’ve said before, I would love if they kept every single scene in the book, in the movie. But I know that’s impossible to do. Having said that, this is one scene I can see them condensing or merging in with another scene. I think the scene is important, and I love we get to see Clary and Izzy’s interaction at this point in the book, but I don’t think it’s one that needs a lot of attention…. I’m also saying that, because I’d rather have more time focused on Magnus’s party than the getting ready part. I seriously can not wait to see Magnus on the big screen. Sorry, I know I’m jumping the gun. Back to Alec. I do think it’s extremely crucial for the movie to have a scene that includes talk about Alec’s sexuality, because of important role it plays in the book.  

Natalie, TMI Examiner: I’m so excited to see Jemima West play Isabelle. One of my favorite Isabelle moments is when she discusses Alec’s sexuality. You really see how much she cares about him in this scene. Cassie said that Jemima has read this scene and she loved it. I do not see this scene getting cut because it really develops Isabelle and Alec’s characters. Plus I love how Clary picks up on something that Alec tries so hard to hide. That in itself also further develops Clary.

Tita, TMI News en Espanol: Alec’s sexuality girl’s talk it’s going to happen, because when the movie starts we do not know Alec is gay, and the audience needs to start to figure it out soon enough. It’s going to happen specifically in Izzy’s room when they get ready for Magnus’ party? Not sure, it’s a good timing and a good scene, but they can also to it in some other way and fit good in the movie… But, as a good fan of the series, I would love to see it in that scene, specially because we get to see a little bit more of Izzy and how she is, and I bet Jemima it’s going to rock it 😉

What are your thoughts? How do you think this scene will be portrayed? Are you excited to see Jemima bring this scene to life? Join in on the discussion!

Check back next Monday for the next edition of Movie Monday.

About Alyssa (2777 Articles)
Owner of TMI Source. Journalist and teacher by day, fangirl by night. Alyssa is too obsessed with sports, television, books, superheroes, and Shadowhunters for her own good.

4 Comments on Movie Monday #6: Isabelle discusses Alec’s sexuality

  1. TeamEdwardJace // June 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM // Reply

    i’d think they could make it while thery’re getting ready or mixed with another scene. i’m excited to see Jemima be Izzy

  2. I absolutely love this scene, It is funny and touching, but determinant too. At this point of the book I used to hate Alec, then I realized why he was always so angry, that change me for good, and my opinion about Isabelle.
    I hope it will be exactly as in the book.

    Thanks guys for Movie Monday!

    • I know, that scene changed so much for me. At first I hated Alec, but then when I found out why he was so, well, cranky all of the time, it definately improved my opinion of him. Add to that his relationship with Magnus, and now he is one of my favorite characters. Plus, since Isabel is always so tough, it’s good to see another side of her. They have to put it in the movie!

    • At first, I just felt neutral towards Alec. I was a little curious as to why he was always do hostile (especially towards Clary) but other than that, I felt kinda… detached towards him… Like he was JUST SOME RANDOM CHARACTER in the book. (HOW WRONG WAS I!)

      So when the scene where we discover Alex is gay happened, I had to do a double take. Literally. I just kept reading and reading and all of a sudden, I halted and re-read the entire scene again. And then, when I understood the reason Alec behaved that way, I liked him a lot better. (He had a reason all along! Yay!) Now he’s my second favourite character ❤

      So yea, the scene was really touching and I liked how Izzy expressed herself. (Thumbs up for Izzy's gentle and caring side!)
      I REALLY hope that this scene happens EXACTLY like in the book! 🙂

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