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Cassandra Clare talks ‘MORTAL INSTRUMENTS’ movie and ‘MAGISTERIUM’ with Bookish


Cassandra Clare spoke with Bookish about The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and the Magisterium series–that she’s co-writing with Holly Black–in a new interview.

Clare spoke about the “dark sensibility” of the City of Bones film, her brief cameo and writing Magisterium with friend Holly Black.

Bookish: “The Mortal Instruments” has several more mature jokes and darker themes–a departure from a lot of YA, which keeps things fairly clean. How does that more mature sensibility translate to the movie?

Cassandra Clare: It’s interesting, because you never know how something is going to be digitally realized until the director puts it on film. [The movie’s] got a very dark sensibility–gritty urban fantasy, which I really like.

Bookish: Are there any scenes in particular you feel express that?

CC: Yeah! I think that they did a great job with Magnus Bane’s party. And also the club scene that opens the book, where Clary and Simon first go to [Pandemonium], the first time she sees the Shadowhunters. For me, urban fantasy has always been about the marriage of modernity and fantasy, and I think that captures it very well visually in the film.

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8 Comments on Cassandra Clare talks ‘MORTAL INSTRUMENTS’ movie and ‘MAGISTERIUM’ with Bookish

  1. great interview! i cannot wait to see city of bones!

  2. Lena Grace // May 15, 2013 at 5:50 PM // Reply

    OMG! I’ve read Which Witch! I loved it! Eva Ibbotson’s awesome.

  3. I just saw the MI trailer on t.v.!!!! After Suernatural! Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!

  4. Anna Herondale // May 16, 2013 at 9:31 AM // Reply

    Now I want to read Which Witch also! Can you imagine how much fun Cassie and Holly must have writing the book together? The Magisterium is going to be so good, because their creativity is just going to be bouncing back and forth off each other and coming up with new things that wouldn’t have been thought of individually…so cool.

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  6. IrishShowhuntersAnonymous // May 16, 2013 at 3:40 PM // Reply

    Where does this woman get the time to fit in all her writing as well as have a normal life, between TMI, TDA, TLH and the Magisterium and now a screenplay I’m beginning to wonder if she really is human……. hmmmm………

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