5 Young Adult Series That Deserved (Way) Better Cinematic Introductions

3. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)


In case you were unaware, a second film in The Mortal Instruments franchise was actually green-lit – before City of Bones basically flopped at the Box Office. Production had reportedly already began for the follow-up to what was pegged as the next Hunger Games and abruptly shut down when execs realized exactly what fans did, something just wasn’t right. And that’s my biggest issue with this adaptation – something just wasn’t right. It’s not that the film itself was exactly bad, although it was a little less like the book than I would have liked, it was just missing something that no one could seem to put their finger on.

Like Vampire Academy after it, the lead character Clary (Lily Collins) was well cast, and even her male counterpart, Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) wasn’t horrible, although I always pictured Alex Pettyfer filling the role, but the rest of the cast was hit or miss. Clary’s mother, played by Game of Thrones‘ Lena Headey, and father, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, made sense, despite Meyers’ poor costuming. However, the rest of the ensemble were unremarkable comparatively.

And, then there’s the story. There were definitely some artistic choices that didn’t help things along. If you look at the movie as a separate entity entirely, than it’s not really that bad, but if you were expecting to see the story from the first book played out on the screen, The Mortal Instruments missed the mark – by a lot.

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Lindsay Sperling

Lindsay Sperling

Lindsay Sperling has A.D.D. and her tastes reflect it. Her movie collection boasts everything from Casablanca to John Tucker Must Die to every season of Sons of Anarchy to-date. She adamantly supported a Veronica Mars Movie, hopes that the Fast & Furious franchise continues far into the future, and has read every popular YA book series turned film in recent years (except Harry Potter..). When she's not on an indie film set or educating the youth of America, she uses her time arguably productive as a freelance writer.