Every time I post about 50 Shades of Grey, I feel like I should do something useful like plant a tree or donate money to the BCSPCA or vow to stop making posts about 50 Shades of Grey. But since I’m a terrible person, let me make things even worse by instead turning my attention (briefly) to the other professional fanfiction author everyone’s crazy about: Cassandra Clare.
Clare has been somewhat newsworthy of late since the first book of her Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones, has been optioned for the big screen and is slowly chugging its way toward a production date. Among the cast for Clare’s supernatural young adult series (as though it would be anything else), is Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell-Bower, Godfrey Gao, Lena Headey and Jared Harris — all of whom (though especially the last two) give surprising weight to a fantasy movie based on a cult-hit book. Particularly when that hit book has what might be the most generic-sounding plot in the world:
When her mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York City by a demon, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl, Clary Fray, finds out truths about her past and bloodline on her quest to get her back, that changes her entire life.
And yes, it’s about vampires and witches.
If you’re not familiar with Clare, she describes herself on Tumblr as follows (in allcaps):
I’m Cassandra Clare. I write books centering on the adventures of the demon-fighting Nephilim (also called Shadowhunters). The Mortal Instruments series is set in modern New York: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire. The prequels to the Mortal Instruments series are called The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess). The last book of the Infernal Devices, Clockwork Princess, will be released March 19, 2013.