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Cassandra Clare sounds off on change from ‘CITY OF BONES’ book to movie

With every film adaptation there are notable changes from the book, but that is to be expected. It’s hard to cram a huge novel into a 2-hour movie. And the same goes for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

Cassandra Clare sounded off on one of the changes in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The change is present in the City of Bones theatrical trailer where Jace is seen killing the Ravener Demon instead of Clary. A lot of fans have voiced their concern about that deviation, but Clare encouraged her readers to keep an open mind until they see the film.


I guess my first thought was: Why are we assuming there’s only one Ravener? If there’s one thing Hollywood likes, it’s taking one monster and making there be EVEN MORE MONSTERS.

But then I have no basis for that guess, it just made sense to me that there would be a demon for Clary to kill and one for Jace to kill, since he’s been pretty cold and brutal in the trailer up until then and she needs a reason to trust him. (Also, there seems to be a lot happening in terms of that scene that isn’t in the book – I don’t remember writing a scene where Clary uses a fridge door to block herself while her kitchen explodes.)

However, I’ve no idea if that’s what happens or not. I just think we’ve all had the experience of watching a trailer and realizing that our assumption about how one scene went, was not at all how it turned out to actually be in the film. I haven’t seen the final cut of the film. I don’t know the answer or how the scene plays out.

And I feel I bit awkward defending or discussing something I didn’t make happen, wouldn’t know about happening, and wouldn’t even know the reasons behind the choices as to why it happened. Moviemakers make the decisions about what to cut out and what to leave in and what to change. It’s what they do.

All I can say is that yeah, I definitely would be upset if Clary was turned into a girl who needed a man to come save her. She’s the one who goes to save Simon, who saves her mom, who saves Jace in the end. I very much wanted that arc to stay in, since it’s who Clary is. This is a hero story about a girl. She’s the hero. It was something I kept saying through the production — agency, agency, give Clary agency. As in, she’s the one who makes decisions, moves the plot, takes the risks.

So, basically — I don’t know what’s happening in the scene but I’m not going to make assumptions till I see the whole film. I want to see what else they’ve done with her character, what else they’ve given her to do, if she still throws knives at werewolves, if she kills vampires and demons — there does appear to be this fairly cool shot of her holding off what looks like an army of demons on her own.


I know none of us would judge a book by a page taken out of context or a summary, so I figure, you have to see the whole film, and then, if you’re not happy with how they treated Clary’s character, you have the whole context to look at it in. I mean, maybe she doesn’t kill that demon, but maybe she does something more badass right before or after. We don’t know, so I’m going to wait and see.

(You may disagree, which is fine. But I am so totally not the right person to ask about this stuff. If there are changes, I don’t know why they were made. If you want to know how I feel about them, I don’t know because I haven’t seen the whole film. I am useless.)

What are your thoughts? Are you nervous about the changes or open-minded? Do you like the idea of more than one Ravener Demon in that scene? Sound off in the comments!

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10 Comments on Cassandra Clare sounds off on change from ‘CITY OF BONES’ book to movie

  1. teamedwardjace // May 6, 2013 at 4:19 PM // Reply

    i’m sure it will still be great! it’s possible that they changed so that clary kills one and then jace dispatches the other

  2. I think that said scene where the kitchen explodes his her first attempt at killing the demon, then as she leaves, (in the trailer she hears it screaming and slowly turns round to see it coming out of the kitchen) it jumps her, and THAT’s when Jace steps in 🙂

  3. I so totally love this book and if there are any minor changes like who kills a demon, then I’m fine with it. Now if the decide to do something really crazy like kill of Jace – then I would be downright ANGRY and would in now way want to see the movie. But as long as they stay pretty much to the main storyline of the book, then I don’t mind a few changes here and there. The director is paid big bucks to make a movie and he/she has a lot of experience about what makes a good movie and I believe in Harald. I think everyone should just keep an open mind, go see the movie and then comment. I for one cannot wait and I’m sure I am going to love the movie and see it multiple times 🙂 🙂

  4. I think if it’s done right it’s fine, in the book that’s a pretty long scene, so it does make sense to cut it down some. I’d rather more time be spent on teh scene in Dumort and in the scene where they confront Valentine.

  5. I would love to see clary at least attempt to kill the ravenar but let’s wait and see what happens!!!!

  6. A few years ago, the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series was talking about the changes the TV show made. She basically said she doesn’t see the show as a replication of the series, but a new addition to the world she created. That’s pretty much how I see book-to-movie adaptations. You can’t fit 485 pages into a 2 hour movie, so things have to be cut. And, if you cut something, you have to adjust other areas to account for what you cut since a book is a flowing story. With that in mind, there’s no reason to get disappointed if things have changed. They will.
    They have to.
    Just hope the essence of the book and characters are there. 🙂

  7. I don’t think I’d mind if Jace kills the first demon–after all, Clary’s new at this and we need to establish Jace as a badass good guy. It would make sense for Clary to get more and more heroic as the series went on: to gain confidence and experience and at the end of the series be swinging her seraph blade with the best of them. I think that would make for a great movie.

  8. I just really want to see Sebastian in the last movie. I mean, really.

  9. Maybe it’ll be like this:
    Ravener jumps at Clary. And Jace, as perfect as he is, kills the demon with a smart movement. Then he raises one eyebrow, like Clary always wanted to do this, and says with his jaceyness: “Well.. Now you owe me something.. little girl!” 🙂

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