by (@shalapitcher)

Is Catching Fire The Best YA Book-To-Movie Adaptation For Grownups Of The Past 5 Years?

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As we celebrate the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this weekend, we’re reminded that it was five years ago this month that a little movie called Twilight burst onto the scene, convincing Hollywood that Harry Potter wasn’t the only game in town when it came to turning kids’ books into wildly successful movies. The numbers — and the fan mania — supported the notion that it wasn’t just kids and teens watching these flicks. Soon, it seemed like every book ever written for young adult or middle grade readers was getting optioned in hopes that they would be the next next big blockbuster franchise. Sadly, as some of this year’s disappointments have shown, you need a little more than a popular book and pretty stars to make a hit.
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by (@megsokay)

Hermione, Black Widow, Clary + More: Help Us Rank Our 10 Favorite Fantasy Heroines!

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Damn, it’s a good time to be a heroine. There are so many kickass ladies out there in film, television and literature — from The Walking Dead to this week’s The Mortal Instruments to next year’s Divergent —that we have half a mind to demand an Expendables style movie with them all joining forces. We’re at a point where kids should be collecting fantasy heroine trading cards…which gave us the idea of ranking these ladies trading-card style to see who would be top of a Tops deck!

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by (@megsokay)

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

Clary Fray (Lily Collins) in MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES.

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.

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by (@katespencer)

The 5 Most Memorable Rejected Best Friends In Movie History

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens today, and the movie is packed with demon-filled battles, angsty teen romance and (spoiler-ish alert!) two guys whose love for their respective best friends is painfully unrequited. Their agony is nothing new — movies have long been inhabited by lurking, lovesick pals pining over a friend who’s too busy with someone else to notice. Check out our chat with Jamie Campbell Bower, Lily Collins and Kevin Zegers, the stars of The Mortal Instruments, to hear their thoughts on the film’s two love triangles.

We’ve picked the five most memorable rejected BFFs from the big screen — from Pretty in Pink to Twilight.

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Magnus Bane 4Ever! Why We Love The Immortal Mortal Instruments Character

If you haven’t yet read Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices books, you might be wondering why Magnus Bane, a minor character in City of Bones (in theaters Wednesday), has a massive online following and was the runner up in our 25 Best Supernatural Characters of 2012 list (above all those vampires!). We thought we’d give you a little primer on the gorgeous warlock, played by Taiwanese-Canadian model Godfrey Gao. Here are some reasons why we love him, anyway:

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by (@katespencer)

The Mortal Instruments Cast Says “F You” To People Who Snark On Female Fandoms (And So Do We!)

It’s not always easy being a woman in a fandom. From sexual harassment at cons to the rude reaction to the Women Who Kick Ass panel at Comic-Con by some male audience members last month, women are often made to feel low status in fan worlds they help shape, champion and rule. Not to mention the assertion that some women are “pretending” to be geeks for attention, or the way female-dominated fandoms are mocked and ridiculed. As a fangirl of many things myself, I know these experiences firsthand.

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What Did Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower Rewrite In The Mortal Instruments Movie?

[Alert! Alert! Spoilers ahead!]

There’s a pretty huge twist at the end of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. (Yes, people who have read the books, that thing.) When watching the movie, I noticed that while the story was the same as in the book, the characters’ reaction to the twist was different — more nuanced and emotional, if you will. Turns out stars Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower had a hand in making that change, quite literally. They rewrote it.
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