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Movie Monday #37: A Werewolf’s Tale

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We are less than six months away from the theatrical release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and the hype for the adaptation of the internationally-bestselling 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 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. from the book and give our opinions on how we think it will be interpreted in the big screen adaptation.

Week 37: A Werewolf’s Tale

Alyssa, TMI Source: Regardless of how Chapter 21’s “The Werewolf’s Tale” is adapted on the big screen, it’s one of those moments from the books that you could pretty much assume will be in the film. This is the chapter where Luke comes clean to Clary about everything–and his involvement in everything. We learn of Luke’s heartbreaking story and his relationship with Valentine and his feelings for Clary’s mother, Jocelyn. Because this takes place in the Circle Days, I would expect flashbacks to tell Luke’s story for him, with a voiceover in parts. I’m really intrigued to see what Harald Zwart does with this scene and to see the chemistry between Aidan Turner (Luke), Lena Headey (Jocelyn) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Valentine) in such an intense sequence.

Amber, TMI Institute: Luke’s confession to Clary in Chapter 21 “The Werewolf’s Tale” could be best relayed in the movie by a series of flashbacks. He talks of growing up with Jocelyn and befriending Valentine Morgenstern, a charismatic boy who becomes the leader of the Circle and infatuated with Jocelyn. He tells Clary about his escape from Valentine and his evil plans and how he gets attacked by a werewolf, contracting lycanthropy. I believe the flashback will move quickly, relaying lots of info in a short amount of time. I’m eager to see what Harald Zwart does with the material in this chapter.

Natalie, TMI Examiner: One of my favorite characters in ‘The Mortal Instruments’ is Luke. Cassandra Clare is wonderful at developing such complex and intricate characters and Luke doesn’t disappoint. Talk about a colorful backstory! The first time I read “City of Bones” I was so relieved when Luke came clean to Clary. I so badly wanted there to be a reason as to why her “father” figure would act like he abandoned her. He had a reason and is further proof as to how Clary has lived around this “new world” of hers without know it. I think this will be a wonderful moment for Lily Collins (Clary) and Aidan Turner (Luke.)

Tita, TMI News en Español: What a heartbreaking story to tell for Luke. He was a Shadowhunter, had a parabatai who was turning himself in a bad person, he was in love with the woman of his parabatai, but he was in part holding everything together, until he was bitten by a werewolf, and then his world was torn apart. 

His parabatai turned his back on him, bringing him to the woods so he could kill himself, he thought his love died in a fire, and could not ever go back to his home, Idris. How cruel was his story? How hard is going to be to hear it in in the big screen? I really do think Luke will tell Clary this story in the movie, yes, it definitely will be in it, because we really need to know how evil Valentine is, and why Luke was a shadowhunter and now is a werewolf. This story will bring a lot of light to the plot of the movie 🙂

What are your thoughts? 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

2 Comments on Movie Monday #37: A Werewolf’s Tale

  1. KikilovesJace // February 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM // Reply

    I totally want a fuzzy slideshow of images telling Luke’s story. With a little bit of Clary’s voice too. Now I’m looking forward to seeing this in the movie. 🙂

  2. i’m looking foward to this scene too!

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