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Here’s the first look at footage from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie! MTV has released footage from its set visit and it is from Magnus Bane’s party. Check it out below.

The video introduces Clary Fray played by Lily Collins. How do you guys feel she did? Lily has always been a fan of the books and this provides a look into Lily’s portrayal of Clary. Here are some of Lily’s thoughts on The Mortal Instruments: “It’s really a story that’s based in reality as much as it is in this fantasy world. They’re coexisting. It’s more emotionally and character-based than just aesthetically beautiful. It’s got amazing imagery and the CGI is going to be incredible, but it’s not just about that.”

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the first in the series by Cassandra Clare. The story follows Clary Fray a teenaged girl who thinks she is a normal human only to find out she is a shadowhunter. Clary is pulled into the shadowhunting world by Jace, the handsome bad boy with no family. Clary is also introduced to Isabelle and Alec Lightwood who are not her biggest fans. Clary brings her human friend Simon into the fold and the group sets out to discover why Clary doesn’t know she is a shadowhunter. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters August 2013.

  • Elvendor

    This link only works in the US. :( Any other link that the rest of us can watch from?

  • cassie claIre

    Disgusted that a plagiarizer like Cassie Claire is getting a movie tbh

    • Kelly

      My thoughts exactly. But this movie looks dumb and unoriginal – not surprising considering most of it came from HP fanfic.

      • Sam

        I am seriously so sick of hearing this. I could go on about the whole controversy but I understand and respect that you do not like her. You should learn by example and do the same.

        • Kelly

          Sorry, not everyone is going to approve or like a plagiarist. You can go on liking her, but as someone who was in the Harry Potter fandom when she was, I have no desire to ever like her and I will say so when it pops up on websites I visit.

          • d3erudite

            Oh my God! Shut up and stop complaining about Cassandra Clare. She’s an amazing writer and I’m sick of you Potter fans claiming she plagiarized it. Its people like you who make Harry Potter fans look over enthusiastic , volatile , and stupid. You are nothing but an immature child.

          • katie

            Kelly’s level of discourse: “You can go on liking her, but I won’t.” Cool.
            d3erudite’s level of discourse: “Shut up, you’re a child.” Um….
            Hm. Listen, I don’t think anyone should shut up. I think we should ask ourselves whether it is legitimate plagiarism, and, if so, how we should deal with it.
            Also, Clare is a good YA fiction writer. I’m not sure I would call her an “amazing writer” given the entire world of literature with which she must contend in such a context. However, as for this story, yes, it is interesting, even if written in simpler language. But Clare’s quality as an author is not the center of contention. Rather, her possible plagiarism (for which, I understand, there is significant evidence) is the issue.

          • Kelly

            Yeah, anyone who says “shut up” is pretty much the immature child in my eyes. I just laughed. :-) It’s clear she’s the child here, or argues like one.

          • Sam

            Kelly- I’m not arguing that you should like her or her books. You have a right not to. What I don’t understand is why it’s necessary to bring it up in every post about the movie. I don’t knowing if you do personally but as a fan of we books I see the same argument from usually HP fans. For example, I can’t stand Taylor Swift. And because of that I scroll past Taylor swift posts- I don’t need to attack her or her fans for it.

          • Kelly

            Because the internet should never forget. She got famous because of her fanfic (which was mostly stolen work). It’s why she was ABLE to get published. I find the way she got around to publishing her work very shady.

          • Kelly

            Um, we’re not claiming. She DID. She even admitted she did years ago. If you weren’t around, then you have no right to say anything. I was around, thank you very much. She’s an awful person.

          • Sam

            We are very aware thank you. Yeah she made a mistake- but it was a long time ago and has nothing to do with her PUBLISHED WORK. So you point is invalid when you say ” I don’t like this book because she plagerised with something else” I wouldn’t have said anything if you ha just said ” I don’t like this book” I meant not everyone is going to like it. What bothers me is when people say things like ” she’s a horrible person”, ” she’s fat and ugly”, ” I hope she fails at everything in life” that just makes you a horrible person and a bully. I’d also like to note that I agree that the other poster’s response was very childish and I hope that you don’t take her actions as your view of an entire fandom. Because there are a lot of really great people who are respectful, mature and downright awesome.

          • Kelly

            I never said she was fat and ugly. I said she was a horrible person. As someone who was around in fandom when she was, I can say she was. I remember her from back then and she was not nice. This isn’t even counting the plagiarism stuff. I’m sorry if I don’t want to support a plagiarist, but I find it one of the worst things an author can do. And I will continue to say so whenever I please.

    • Teranel

      I’m halfway through reading the first book right now. I had heard a lot of criticism of the series and so I was expecting it to be on a level with Twilight-quality YA literature, but I’ve found it to be a bit more creative than that. She does draw on many fantasy tropes, but I do have to give her credit that she’s very well-read (just by the amount of things she references) and I guess I just feel that if she can produce that volume of written work, she should get some credit for it. (I couldn’t write one 400-page book, let alone like 7.)

  • rsprague

    I know it’s a little thing, but I want her hair to be much more ginger. It’s barely even auburn. I love Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace though.

  • http://twitter.com/Hmarjus2 Martrel A. Howard

    What the hell? Clary is a red head…. what is with that hair color the actress has ugggggggggh??????????

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  • Kels

    Jamie is so not Jace. He looks gaunt and sickly.

  • Elletnah

    One, the look on Simon’s face when Jace is taking Clary’s hair down… LOL

  • Aj Taylor

    The only character I think matches right is Simon. The other are all.. mehhh.

  • http://twitter.com/Super_Lulu1 Lupita

    I think they all look great! When Jamie was announced as Jace I wasnt very happy but then I saw him on a show called Camelot & now I’m sure he has what it takes to be Jace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Liliana.Sa Liliana Sa

    I really like Jamie but he just doesn’t cut it for me for Jace….and shouldn’t his accent be toned down?……I really like Simon though!!!!:D

    • Petiib

      he’s not filin

      He has an American accent for the movie

  • d3erudite

    This looks awesome. P.S to those complaining about Lily Collins’ hair: Her hair was red in the early paparazzi filming photos so there’s no need to worry.

  • anon

    viewing in canada? :(

  • Kailey-wa

    I’m starting to really think that I’m not going to like the movie adaptation…at all.

  • http://twitter.com/knp123 Katelyn Perry

    ROBERT SHEEHAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523240646 Jasmine Dixon

    where can i go to view this in canada???

  • 7Starrchasers

    It’s sad that I love the supporting cast and not the two main leads…

  • Mariel

    Why is she not a red head???? lame. SIMON ROCKS. JACE looks like hes a coke addict…an unattractive coke addict.

  • Petiibp

    Everyone is whining. You have not even seen the movie yet so you have no idea if the actors can play the roles. I don’t care what Jamie looks like (even if I think he is cute) I can’t wait to see the movie because I am a fan of the novels so I want to support the movie. The actors may be fantastic for all we know. (better than Alex pettyfer that I can say for sure). So shut up and stop complaining!

  • Misaelito91

    As a hardcore Harry Potter fan since the age of 8, so about 12/13 years now. I found nothing in The Mortal Instruments that has anything like Harry Potter. They are both fantasy books and i think every popular fantasy book will be judged and compared to Harry Potter. I have heard about Cassandra’s plagiarizer something but that was a mistake she made. Im sure she regrets it and has made her a better writer because of it. These books are fantastic and hopefully the movies are well done.

    • Bogo Mojo

      then apparently you weren’t paying attention in harry potter.

      clary looks like ginny (by her description of them)
      simon looks like harry (also by her description)
      jace looks and acts like malfoy (rich, handsome, arrogant, blond etc etc)
      the weylands are pretty much the weaselys

      shadowhunters are aurors

      obviously valentine is voldemort + looking like lucius malfoy
      luke is definitely lupin (old werewolf friend of the parents during the “wars” of the uprising all pictured together in a photo)
      hodges seems a little like pettigrew

      the clave is the ministry of magic
      steles are wands (her description)

      clary is also harry by way of knowing nothing of the “magical world” that exists and then being brought into it
      everybody is a comedian whereas J.K. left that to the weasely twins

      valentine takes pride in trying to keep things “pure” (no
      downworlders/mundanes etc etc) just as in voldemort wanted to keep the
      wizard bloodline pure by any means necessary – also, he didn’t start out
      as evil, was once a handsome dude that got all caught up in his battle
      to purify things

      and i find it funny that they get preachy about “magic” when it comes up as like she’s trying to say “THIS ISN’T HARRY POTTER”

      the same old crap of the heroine being gorgeous but not knowing it
      until the love interest tells her is played out as hell. you’re telling
      me a 15 year old girl that goes to public school (and an only child)
      hasn’t realized her level of attractiveness? lol

      and lol – it seems she clearly has some sort of obsession with sexual tension between siblings!

      will say the second book is a bit better but still with a few issues
      with dialog that doesn’t come off as realistic. then i have to remember
      this is for young adults. then again, JK never really reminded us of that while
      we were reading. she just told a well crafted story in well crafted
      layers. this chick just took a story, moved some things around, gave
      things different names and called it her own creation.

      pretty much all the “secrets” in this first book are pretty apparent
      from the start. she isn’t very neat with her foreshadowing.

  • http://twitter.com/hoebama_sama Your Spirit Animalϟ

    Can we please settle this once and for all. If you don’t like Cassandra Clare/The Mortal Instruments, then you shouldn’t click on these articles in the first place. We all understand that you have the right to voice your opinion, but there’s such a thing as taking it too far. The people that are reading these comments are people who are excited about and anticipating this film. They don’t want to see people bashing what could be their favorite books in the world. As a Harry Potter fan, it makes me embarrassed that there are some people that would openly hate on an author and her work. I’ve only read the first book of the series (The Mortal Instruments) and yes, there are a lot of similarities (Valentine rising again like Voldemort, Mundanes similar to Muggles, an extraordinary world coexisting with ours, etc.) but that is bound to happen. We shouldn’t focus on that, though. WE should focus on the topic of this post, that being the upcoming movie. If you’re not here to comment about that, that’s fine. But if you’re here to bash what other people love, hold your tongue, please. Think about how us Harry Potter fans react when Twi-hearts crash our posts…yeah, we don’t like it too much. So please, mind everyone’s feelings. Feel free to think what you want and voice your opinion, but try not to be rude about it, especially to people who love the subject. Thanks, valve!

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