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Looks like Hollywood has found a new potential teen/magic/supernatural franchise: the “Mortal Instruments” series of young adult novels by Cassandra Clare. EW says Lily Collins (the daughter in “The Blind Side”, and who is currently starring in “Priest” with Paul Bettany, and is being considered for the female lead in Bryan Singer’s “Jack the Giant Killer”) has been tapped to star, with her “Priest” director Scott Stewart behind the camera.
More about the series from Amazon:
When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters (humans who hunt and kill demons), and Clary, a mundie (i.e., mundane human), should not be able to see them either. Shortly after this discovery, her mother, Jocelyn, an erstwhile Shadowhunter, is kidnapped. Jocelyn is the only person who knows the whereabouts of The Mortal Cup, a dangerous magical item that turns humans into Shadowhunters. Clary must find the cup and keep it from a renegade sector of Shadowhunters bent on eliminating all nonhumans, including benevolent werewolves and friendly vampires. Amid motorcycles powered by demon energies, a telepathic brotherhood of archivists, and other moments of great urban fantasy, the story gets sidetracked by cutesy touches, like the toasted bat sandwich on the menu of an otherworldly restaurant.
I’ve heard the books being called a New York version of “Buffy”, but, er, for younger readers.
There are six volumes in the series, starting with “City of Bones”, with the most recent being the upcoming “City of Fallen Angels”.