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3 Reasons Why The Mortal Instruments Series Has Been a New York Times Bestseller for 2 Years (And Why the Movie Failed)

City of Bones Book CoverWhen my sister clamored to see The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones last month, I was skeptical. I wasn’t raring to see yet another bestselling YA series turned money-making movie franchise in the vein of Harry Potter (2001-2011), Lord of the Rings (2001-2003), Twilight (2008-2012), The Hobbit (2012-2014), Hunger Games (2012- ), and the upcoming Divergent (2014- ) series. It’s not that I don’t love YA, or even Fantasy. Like many, I am weary—and wary—of vampires and werewolves.

What eventually sold me was staring at City of Bones stars Godfrey Gao

Godfrey Gao and Cat

and Kevin Zegers, Kevin Zegers

who I still remember for his poignant, award-winning turn as the male prostitute son of a male-to-female transsexual in the hit Oscar-nominated indie Transamerica (2005).

But there’s only so far beautiful Canadian actor-models can take you, and the movie is proof that pretty ain’t enough. Still, my sister convinced me to try the books, saying how humorous they were.

And…she was right.

Here are 3 reasons why I enjoyed City of Bones, and why I will—despite its flaws—read City of Ashes, though Hollywood has delayed (and perhaps even cancelled) adapting the sequel: Continue reading 3 Reasons Why The Mortal Instruments Series Has Been a New York Times Bestseller for 2 Years (And Why the Movie Failed)