Vlog: The Mortal Instruments Spotlight

In which Jess highlights the light and dark of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments and its (plural) adaptations.

iTunes – Twitter – Facebook – Tumblr – YouTube

Vlog: Recommended Reading for a Harry Potter Fan


Jenn gives some suggestions for books reminiscent of the Harry Potter series

iTunes – Twitter – Facebook – Tumblr – YouTube

Vlog: What Are We Reading? (November 2013)

In which our newly introduced host Jennifer lists the books (and book series) that have kept us busy…when we aren’t caught up in our usual slew of adaptations!


Related podcast episodes:

#54: TMI and Incestuous Canoodling

#58: City of Inconsequence

Vlog: Five Worst Character Adaptations

In which our Adaptation hosts present our list of bad character adaptations. It’s a little skimpy for some reason, but we’re sure you can help us add to it!

Also, check out our list of Five Best Character Adaptations!


Related Podcast Episodes:

#18: Living in a Powder Keg (The Silver Linings Playbook novel)

#27: Where’s the Silver Lining? (Silver Linings Playbook the film)

#51: Percy Jackson and the Bermuda Triangle of Monsters (Sea of Monsters the novel)

#54: TMI and Incestuous Canoodling (City of Bones the novel)

#56: Fashionably Early Kronos (Sea of Monsters the film)

#58: City of Inconsequence (City of Bones the film)

Adaptation #58: City of Inconsequence

header058After seeing The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the team talks over the films strengths and weaknesses as an adaptation, and admit their confusion about the presence of implications that were not in the book. While some things were lost and others gained, the hosts still have one question: why is it named after a city that we spend all of five minutes in?

Also check out our episode on the novel by Cassandra Clare.

iTunesTwitterFacebookTumblrYouTubeDownload This Episode

For more young adult adaptation chat, check out our episodes on Percy Jackson, Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Hunger Games, Beautiful Creatures, The Host, and Breaking Dawn.

Continue reading

Adaptation #54: TMI and Incestuous Canoodling

header054In this rather late episode, our hosts discuss the first Mortal Instruments installment by Cassandra Clare, City of Bones. They all seem to love the exact same characters, and find the others a little less than bright, while rolling their eyes at how none of them realize that they are stringing someone along. And the ending makes some love the book more, while others feel it’s too reminiscent of another beloved series.

Edit: Now available, check out the episode on the film!

iTunesTwitterFacebookTumblrDownload This Episode

For more supernatural young adult fiction, check out our episodes on Percy Jackson, Beautiful Creatures, The Host, Warm Bodies, and Breaking Dawn.

Continue reading

Simon Says ‘I’m Here’ in the cast of The Mortal Instruments

In a twist that surprised even Cassandra Clare herself, the casting for Simon Lewis has been determined for the upcoming Mortal Instruments film!  Though originally this news was not supposed to be released until July, our favorite author/blogger posted the whole story just yesterday—and made no secret of the fact that she is absolutely thrilled with the casting (no sarcasm whatsoever).

For those of you who haven’t read the books (yet), Simon serves as the ever-loyal Duckie to Clary’s Andie.  He’s the endearing best friend, sidekick—and happens to hold an unrequited love for the main character.  And, per usual, Clary is completely blind to it all.  To top it all off, Simon also spends a good portion of the first book as a rat—and I’m not speaking figuratively.

Can I get a sympathetic ‘aw’?

So who’s the lucky guy playing the unlucky-in-love Simon?  None other than Robert Sheehan from Cassandra Clare’s beloved TV show, Misfits.


Isn’t he cute?  And while I haven’t really seen him act in anything, he looks like he might be able to pull off the requisite endearing qualities, but what do you think?  Are you as happy about this casting as Cassandra Clare seems to be?

Oh, and as an added bonus…check out the sneak peek movie posters for City of Bones!  They have a certain minimalist appeal, don’t you think?

The Mortals of The Mortal Instruments

It has begun.

That’s right…the official cast announcements for the upcoming Mortal Instruments film, based on the ever-popular series by Cassandra Clare!

And in an unexpected—but not unwelcome—twist on Hollywood protocol, the author herself has been given the go-ahead to break the news of who’s playing whom, posting her impressions of new casting decisions on her blog for all her devoted followers to read.

Continue reading