The Book vs the Movie: The Mortal Instruments–City of Bones


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Book written by Cassandra Clare, 2007
Movie directed by Harald Zwart, 2013

I really didn’t care for City of Bones as a book, but decided to watch the movie and see which I liked best. Now I know a lot of people love this series, but it just wasn’t for me. I’m fine with you disagreeing with me on anything and everything, but keep in mind that my verdict is simply based on my opinion of the book and movie.

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When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The movie.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 2.5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: More character depth, the church scene was better, Simon was more likable.

Things the Movie Did Better: Just enjoyed the overall plot better, though my favorite character from the book–Simon–got on my nerves in the movie.

Verdict?: The movie.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nah.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!


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