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The Fandom Praises The Mortal Instruments Cast

Not only was our admin and Shadowhunters Stelecast host Nat able to see The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, she had a brief opportunity to speak with Cassandra Clare, Harald Zwart, and the stars at a signing after the fact!

Seething jealousy aside, everyone here is thrilled for her! Check out this video of Nat sharing her thoughts on the movie with the cast:

A note from Nat:

Excuse my limited vernacular in the accolades and video recording. I was multi tasking and not doing a great job of it.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Comic Con Press Roundup

There’s been a substantial amount of press interviews coming out for Comic Con these past couple days, so we’re rounding them up so you can see them all (so far) in one go! Check it out!

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Entertainment Weekly

‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’: More scoop on the upcoming film

VH1: Mortal Instruments Star Godfrey Gao Does An Adorable Lily Collins Voice

The Mortal Instruments Comic Con Cast Portraits

Entertainment Weekly releases a fantastic array of celebrity portraits from Comic Con every year. This year, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones cast was among those who posed for a couple shots!

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The Mortal Instruments Cast is Going to the Mall

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones cast members Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, along with author Cassandra Clare, may be heading to a mall near you during their newly announced nationwide mall tour!

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Each stop will include a Q&A session, autograph signings, and footage from the film!

Here’s all the info:

Sunday, July 28th from 1pm-3pm – MINNEAPOLIS
Fan event at Mall of America® (Rotunda) 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington
Sponsors: Mall of America, Theaters at Mall of America®, Barnes & Noble & Hot Topic
Talent: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, and best-selling author, Cassandra Clare
Q&A will be open to the public. To take part in the exclusive autograph signing with the cast and author, wristbands can be picked up on a first come, first serve basis in the Mall of America Rotunda starting at 11:00am on Sunday, July 28th.

Tuesday July, 30th from 6pm-8pm – CHICAGO
Fan event at the Chicago Ridge Mall (Outside of rue21) 444 Chicago Ridge Mall, Chicago
Sponsor: rue21
Talent: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Kevin Zegers
Q&A will be open to the public. To take part in the exclusive autograph signing with the cast, stop by the rue21 store inside Chicago Ridge Mall on Tuesday, July 23rd from 2:00pm-6:00pm to get a VIP wristband with the purchase of a Mortal Instruments T-Shirt.

Wednesday, July 31st from 5pm-7pm – MIAMI
Fan event at the Dolphin Mall (Main Courtyard) 11401 NW 12th Street, Miami
Sponsor: Hot Topic
Talent: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Kevin Zegers
Q&A will be open to the public. To take part in the exclusive autograph signing with the cast, stop by the Hot Topic store inside Dolphin Mall on Wednesday, July 17th starting at 10:00am, to get a VIP wristband with the purchase of a Mortal Instruments item.

Friday, August 2nd from 4pm-6pm – PHILADELPHIA
Fan event at the Franklin Mills Mall (Food Court) 1455 Franklin Mills Circle, Philadelphia
Sponsor: rue21
Talent: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, and best-selling author, Cassandra Clare
Q&A will be open to the public. To take part in the exclusive autograph signing with the cast and author, stop by the rue21 store inside Franklin Mills Mall on Tuesday, July 23rd from 2:00pm – 6:00pm to get a VIP wristband with the purchase of a Mortal Instruments T-Shirt.

Thanks to Page to Premiere for the tip!

How Well Do You Know Young Adult Books?

We’re extremely proud to announce that we’ve united with Movies.com, Mockingjay.net, EnderWiggin.net, DivergentLexicon.com and MazeRunnerFandom.net to bring you a nifty little quiz!

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As Perri Nemiroff of Movies.com describes:

It’s always a thrill to see the stars from your favorite films and be the first to check out never-before-seen footage from highly anticipated releases, but half the fun of San Diego Comic-Con is enjoying the event alongside people who are just as passionate about film, TV, comics and books as you.

Even if you don’t make it out to San Diego yourself, you’ll still have the opportunity to test your Divergent, Ender’s Game, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Maze Runner knowledge to see which YA status you earn. Are you at the top of the class like a Hunger Games victor or no better than a Shuckface from Maze Runner’s the Glade? Take the quiz to find out!

Plus, there’s an added bonus for everyone in San Diego for Comic-Con!

CLICK HERE to take the quiz. Good luck!

Book Review: Shadowhunters and Downworlders

There’s no such thing as too much of The Mortal Instruments!

The books following the misadventures of Clary Fray and her friends are addictive and heart-wrenching, so why not delve into them a little further?

Shadowhunters and Downworlders

Thankfully, Smart Pop Books has given us the means to do so with their new companion book Shadowhunters and Downworlders! Besides the really cool cover featuring the alliance rune, this book features tons of great analysis of The Mortal Instruments series. Many of the authors involved are personal friends of Cassandra Clare, some of whom were present as she wrote TMI and have unique insider perspectives.

Let’s start by saying that this is The Mortal Instruments ONLY. There are a couple fleeting mentions of characters from The Infernal Devices and no talk of the upcoming Dark Artifices. As much as we all love Will, Jem, and Tessa, you’ve got to be in the mindset to focus on Clary and her friends.

The book seems to be broken into two halves: The heavier, scholarly half and the lighter, more entertaining half.

Some of the scholarly essays do get dry, but others enlighten you. They make connections that readers couldn’t possibly fathom on their own (unless you have a reeeeeeally extensive knowledge base!) and makes TMI stand out in new ways. Our favorite of these were “When Laws Are Made to Be Broken” by Robin Wasserman and “Simon Lewis: Jewish, Vampire, Hero” by Michelle Hodkin.

For readers who are going into the book expecting something a little more akin to Cassandra Clare’s fantastical storytelling style, don’t give up if some of the essays in the beginning just aren’t cutting it for you. The book keeps getting better and better as it goes along. In the second half, we get gems like “Brotherly Love” by Kendare Blake about incest and “The Importance of Being Malec” by Sara Ryan about the portrayal of LGBT characters in young adult literature. There’s also “Immortality and Its Discontents” by Kelly Link and Holly Black, the most unique essay in the book– it’s basically a chat between Kelly, Holly, and Cassandra Clare about the struggles of immortal characters, but it’s terribly amusing.

The best essay, hands down, is the last: Sarah Rees Brennan’s “What Does That Deviant Wench Think She’s Doing? Or, Shadowhunters Gone Wild”. Brennan writes about the sexual undertones of the book with a zany, unapologetic clarity that takes the often debated topic, stares it down, and says “Everyone is hooking up with everyone else (or at least wants to!) SO WHAT?” We’ve always been on Sarah’s side of the argument, so it was refreshing to see it all defended in such a well-written essay.

Shadowhunters and Downworlders has something for everyone. There’s research and scholarship, there’s opinions and laughs, and there’s something about our favorite books, characters, and places on every. single. page. As an added bonus, Cassandra Clare introduces each essay with her own blurb on the topic, guaranteeing you that the woman behind the curtain is excited about its contents. If you’re a diehard fan of Cassandra Clare, this book is worth the read!