Cassandra Clare is the author of the Internationally popular ‘The Mortal Instruments’ urban fantasy YA series and its prequel, a historical YA series, ‘The Infernal Devices.’ These books have attracted millions of fans, including guys. Many popular YA discussion sites seem to be run and visited by girls but ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series is widely read by guys as well.
Travis Pearson is a blogger for Inked Books. He is a fan of the series and may be able to shed some light on why this YA series is more popular with male readers than some in the genre.
How did you first hear about the ‘Mortal Instruments’ series?
I saw the book in the bookstore and it sounded interesting.
What (so far) has been your favorite of the books?
Probably City of Glass. I read that one in one sitting.
Why do you feel that this series is for guys just as much as girls?
Cassie does an amazing job of showing the situations from a male perspective just as well as she does from a female perspective.
What do you feel other guys would like about the series?
There is a lot of action, and so many awesome plot twists.
Who is your favorite character?
Magnus, I think. He’s hilarious.
What scenes are you most looking forward to seeing in the movie?
The opening scene in Pandemonium and the City of Bones scene
Do you feel that the movie could draw more guys into reading the series?
It’s worked for Twilight, so I don’t see how it could hurt!
Why do you love the series?
It’s got an amazing story, and a well thought out mythology.
Have you recommended the series to other guys?
Was it difficult to get guy friends to read a YA?
What are you looking forward to most about the continuation of the series?
More time with the characters.
Have you read ‘Clockwork Angel’?
Yup. I actually liked CA more than CoB.
Another male fan of ‘The Mortal Instruments’ that I recently spoke with echoed some of Travis’ opinions. Joey Ripley, a college student who was roped into reading the series by his girlfriend, Caitlin Clark also quickly fell for Clare’s fast-paced plots with big twists. “The Mortal Instruments has it’s all; comedy, adventure, action, amazing characters weaved into a addicting plot. How can you not love it!” Said Ripley who also loved Magnus’ character.
Clare’s world of Shadowhunters is universally enjoyed by guys, girls, teens and adults. Their believable characters and riveting conflict-driven plots are enjoyable on all levels. That in my opinion is why of all YA adaptations racing in Hollywood to be the next big thing, Clare’s ‘The Mortal Instruments’ stands ahead of the rest.
Fans of young adult and middle grade book to film adaptations need to keep one thing in mind as we gear up to see the final ‘Harry Potter’ film this week and then the first of the final ‘Twilight’ films in November. There will never be another ‘Harry Potter’ or ‘Twilight.’ The next big book to film adaptation will be different, relatable and universal in its appeal to all kinds of fans.
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