The first book in the best-selling 'The Mortal Instruments' series by Cassandra Clare, 'City of Bones' is set for release sometime in August 2013, and is one of many books in the Shadowhunter universe that she has so artfully created. Filled with Nephilim, Vampires, Werewolves, Warlocks and just about anything else you can imagine, it was inevitable that it would someday become a movie.
A while back, sometime early last year, a friend gave me the book. I'd started it, but after reading a couple of pages, found myself bored. When I heard that it was becoming a movie, my immediate reaction was that I must read the book before the film, and boy am I glad I did.
For anyone that has read it (just the first book), I think you'll agree that going to see it without first reading the book, might make the movie a little confusing for you. Author, Clare, has very literally created a world within the series of books, there are very specific names for certain things in the books, and I'm not afraid to say that it took me a while to get the hang of it all. You're kind of thrown in at the deep end, and just when you think you can't go any deeper, you're plunged further in.
One of the things I really admire about the book and the way that it is written, is how descriptive it is. Usually I find that reading a book that goes into that much detail, either bores or annoys me, but for 'City of Bones', it totally works, and I can't imagine it being written any other way. Those three or more paragraphs describing a room or a building etc, really help to set the scene and as Clary's experiencing this whole new world for the first time, so are we.
In terms of casting, I think they've pretty much hit the nail on the head. (Kevin Zegers as Alex Lightwood, is perfect. He is exactly as I imagined.) Initially, I wasn't sure about Lily Collins as Clary Fray, but the more I watch the trailers and see the chemistry between her and Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace Wayland), the more I am convinced that casting her was a good decision. I'm still getting used to her hair colour, I imagined it to be a more natural, lighter red, but in the grand scheme of things it's really not that important.
In any case, my one concern for the movie, literally the only thing I'm worried about, is how true to the books the movie will be. I don't mean that in the conventional sense when talking about book-to-movie adaptations, but in a literal sense. Naturally when making a book a movie, there are certain things that a Director and Writer will be forced to leave out, (e.g postponing the entrance of Eddie Castille in Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, until a hoped-for second movie. *sigh*) but 'City of Bones' is so descriptive and quite a chunky book, so it begs the question how much have they left out?
Looking at the new stills that were released yesterday, everything seems pretty close to the book, but as we all know, book-to-movie's are probably the hardest of all movies to make. There's a pre-established fan-base who have fallen in love with the books and as an adaptation of the book is going to be based on a Writer and Director's interpretation, there's always the possibility that your favourite scene, maybe even favourite quote, in the book might not make it to the film; or that the movie is not what you envisioned.
So, my question to you lovely City of Bones fans is,
What part of the book, if any, would you have no problem not seeing?