“It’s a whole wave of new readers that are slightly outside the realm of my previous readers. I’ve gotten a lot more emails from younger kids and from older readers. That’s one of the things about having a movie is it kind of expands out from your initial fan base because books are shelved in sections, and a lot of books are in Young Adult. But movies aren’t like that. You get younger people and older people because the movie isn’t particularly targeted to a specific age group.”—Cassandra Clare [x]
“It was such a strange feeling to have all of those flashbulbs go off in your face. At the end of it, I was like, ‘I am so impressed with actually famous people I have no idea how they handle it.’ By the end of the night, I’d managed to break the heel off of my shoe. I was like, ‘That was suspense. It was like the Hunger Games out there.’”—Cassandra Clare on attending ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ Los Angeles premiere (Interview with TMI Source)
“I understand why [fans are] scared," Clare said. "It’s the last book in the series. That’s sort of the ‘all gloves are off’ book in which pretty much anything can happen. There’s obviously a lot at stake. As I’m sort of wrapping it up now, there are sad parts, there are happy parts, there are funny parts, hopefully there are exciting parts. I hope that people will find it to be a good and fitting kind of coda to the end of the story of Jace, Clary, Simon, Isabelle, Alec and the rest of them. I really hope they’ll like it. There’s nothing more I can do at this point because I sort of feel like, I wrote the best books I could and this is what I envisioned for the characters, this is how it feels right for them to end.”—Cassandra Clare on City of Heavenly Fire (interview with TMI Source)
“I really think fans wouldn’t have been happy with the screenplay as it was,” Clare said. “There was not enough time between City of Heavenly Fire and City of Ashes to turn out the screenplay that they wanted to turn out and make it faithful to the book. It was a very, very, very different. It’s totally unrecognizable.”—Cassandra Clare on initial ‘City of Ashes’ script (interview with TMI Source)
What else can fans expect from “City of Ashes?” Well, Sigourney Weaver is joining the series as the Inquisitor. Describing the previously-announced casting, Clare says the character is “This badass, scary lady” that fans can expect to enjoy. Although she’s sworn to secrecy about any other details for the adaptation, Clare says there’s a massive battle on the deck of a warship capping the second story that she’s excited to see onscreen.
Clare describes the experience of seeing “City of Bones” on an editing bay in a L.A. studio for the first time as “bizarre”: “Even though in the movie they’re very different from the way they are in the books, there were moments where I sort of jumped because a certain prop or a certain thing was as I imagined it in my head.”
And what about that kiss? You know, the one that happens just before Clary and Jace learn that they might have accidentally pulled a Luke and Leia? “You have this relationship built up between the two characters, then you have this revelation at the end of the story… and it’s slightly more clarified in the movie that [the romance] is possible.”
Not everything was perfect with that first viewing: Clare says she had some “small” notes such as realizing that the character of Isabelle (Jemima West) went the entire movie without being named. But overall, she was happy with the adaptation by first-time screenwriter Jessica Postigo and director Harald Zwart.
"It was a lot of continuity stuff - I asked them to cut out things that contradicted later books in the series," but there was one thing the author wishes could have made it into the movie: "In the books, the motorcycles can fly, and they didn’t want to do flying motorcycles. We went back and forth on whether we should imply they can fly [laughs]."