After having spent the last year partially stalled in development, a cinematic adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s New York Times best-selling, young adult, fantasy-adventure literature series, The Mortal Instruments, is making some serious progress.
Mortal Instruments will be based on Clare’s book series, which, at the time of writing this, has
Four published installments (and two more on the way). The story is set in motion when fifteen-year-old New Yorker Clary Fray (Collins) witnesses a bizarre murder committed by a trio of teens decked out in strange tattoos (among other accessories) – one where the victim’s body vanishes into thin air. Shortly thereafter, Clary’s mother disappears and the young woman is introduced to the world of Shadowhunters: warriors that battle demons invisible to those who do not have “The Sight” – a power that Clary (inexplicably) suddenly possesses, setting in motion her destiny to become a defender of humankind.
Basically, The Mortal Instruments is a franchise that embodies many a familiar character and plot element to those featured in other popular, contemporary-set, young adult adventure series, be they fantasy (The Dark Is Rising) or a member of the sci-fi genre (I Am Number Four). Of course part of the reason Mortal Instruments has proven so popular is because Clare’s approach to re-imagining traditional monster mythology tropes – and offering a female twist on the stereotypical male hero archetype, in a fashion many have compared to that of Buffy the Vampire Slayer - is generally regarded as being quite clever.
P.S. I'm not crazy about some of the comments by Sandy Shaefer, the writer of this article, but that won't deter me from being super pumped by the news! Anyone else excited!? Drop me a note!!!!!