The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones Talking Points: 10 Essential Facts



The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones is in theaters now and whether you’ve seen it already or not, you might have a few questions. Don’t worry because we’ve not only seen the movie, but we might have read all of the books in author¬†Cassandra Clare‘s popular YA series, and we’re ready to spill some secrets about the film, the characters and that controversial ending.

Be forewarned, though, because mild spoilers abound in the first two pages, and MASSIVE SPOILERS appear in the last page.

1) There Isn’t A Love Triangle In This Film. There Are TWO (Er…THREE…WAIT! SORT OF FOUR!) Love Triangles.

Ever since Twilight came out there’s been this expectation that stories that feature a female protagonist also need to have one love interest and one third wheel. The Mortal Instruments fulfills this stereotype with the love triangle between Clary Fray (Lily Collins), Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Simon Lewis (Robert Sheehan), but there’s another, more interesting love triangle at play. A gay love triangle between Jace, Alec (Kevin Zegers) and Clary, and then kind of with Magnus Bane (Godfrey Gao).


2) Why Are People Comparing This To Twilight?

It’s called marketing.

You see, studio heads believe audiences are dumb and that every story about a teenage girl dealing with werewolves and vampires and demons and love must be the same and appeal to the same audience.

The Mortal Instruments is way more action packed and more comedic. Clary is also a much more intelligent and courageous heroine than Bella Swan is. In general, the story is actually way more like Buffy The Vampire Slayer with a dash of Harry Potter and a generous spoonful of Supernatural than a successor to Twilight.


3) Shadow-whats? What’s The Deal With Their Tattoos? Their Glass Swords? Why Is There So Much Black Leather?

The Shadowhunters are a race of human beings whose ancestors drank the angel Raziel’s blood out of a cup called The Mortal Cup.

The tattoos are runes…they are cut into the skin by a thing called a stele and each rune gives the Shadowhunter a type of superpower. Some are permanent. Some fade quickly. Most of the runes were given to the Shadowhunters by the angel Raziel way back when. Most of the runes…

They’re seraph blades. They’re special weapons that… How do I explain this without sounding crazy? In the books, the Shadowhunters say an angel’s name and they come to life and are good at killing demons. In the movie, they just kind of light up.


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