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Move Monday #36: Jace tells Clary how his father was killed

Movie Monday

We are less than seven months 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 fan sites (TMI InstituteMundie Moms,TMI Examiner and TMI News en Espanolfor a 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.

Week 36: Jace tells Clary how his father was killed

Alyssa, TMI Source: This is a story that functions as great character development for Jace in the book and I believe will serve the same in the film. In the book Jace tells Clary the story of how he saw his father murdered when he was 10 years old as Jace and Clary are on their way to the City of Bones. This is such an important moment for both characters and where Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower’s natural chemistry should really shine. In the film I’m thinking Jace’s story will be shown as a flashback with Jamie narrating over it.  I don’t see this scene happening in the same moment as it does in the book, due to time constraints, but regardless of where this story is told/flashback shown will be great insight into Jace’s character and impacting in the movie.

Amber, TMI Institute: A ten-year-old Jace hides under the stairs in his  modest country manor, watching two Forsaken slit his father’s throat to the point of his death. Jace retells the story of his father’s fate to Clary on the way to the City of Bones. In trying to think whether this story will be shared in the film, my hunch is that Harald Zwart could show this in a flashback with Jamie Campbell Bower narrating. The POV of the viewer in the flashback could be through Jace’s eyes, so we’d see partially what takes place and see the blood flow across the floor until it soaks his shoes, like it’s mentioned in the book. This was be effective and definitely frightening!

Natalie, TMI Examiner: I think the ride to the City of Bones will be a very important scene to further develop Jace’s character and to advance Clary and Jace’s chemistry. I love their sarcastic banter but the moment when Jace talks about his father’s murder is so important in this scene. We really get a chance to see Jace being vulnerable. You can’t help but feel for him and what he’s been through. The fact that he is being so open with Clary also says a lot about his trust and faith in her. This can be a powerful moment and I can’t wait for Jamie Campbell Bower to show this side of Jace.

Tita, TMI News en Español: This story is heartbreaking. I bet it was hard and shocking for Clary to hear the story of how the father of his new friend died just in front of him, and how Jace always tried to make a funny comment from every situation. I think it’s at least important that Clary knows “what happened” to “his father”, maybe it’s not going to happen in the carriage on the way to the silent city, but I definitely think this story must be told in the movie.

This chapter is…. illuminating, evil, and sad for the reader, and I really hope we’ll be able to see this part of the book in the movie.

What are your thoughts? How excited are you to see this scene on screen? How do you think this scene will unfold in the film? Join in on the discussion!

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

About Alyssa Barbieri (2800 Articles)
Alyssa is the Managing Editor for Bears Wire. You can reach her at or follow her on Twitter @AlyssaBarbieri

1 Comment on Move Monday #36: Jace tells Clary how his father was killed

  1. teamedwardjace // February 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM // Reply

    Yet another brilliant analysis, ladies! this is another significant fact and I too think that there would be the flashback with jamie/older’s jace’a voice narrating it. it makes the reader and the audience feel for him.

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