Thursday, 1 August 2013

Review: City of Bones - The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Mimi O'Connor

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's
Format: Large paperback
Released: August 1st, 2013
Rating: 8/10

Amazon summary:

When Clary Fray heads out to a New York nightclub with her best friend Simon, she isn't expecting to witness a murder, much less one committed by three teenagers bedecked with odd tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. And she's more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret army of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And she's introduced with a vengeance, when Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know...Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie with this official companion book. This fan favourite features full-colour photos from the set, designers' sketches, interviews with the cast and crew, and more! From the screenwriting process to the casting decisions to the director's vision, this definitive book is a must-have for fans of the blockbuster film!


If you're a fan of The Mortal Instruments then this is one book you need to own. It's packed full of behind the scenes images and information and is one of the better YA movie guides I've had the pleasure of reading. It's similar in content to the Official Twilight movie companions, which are among the best when it comes to book-to-film guides. This City of Bones book is easy to dip in and out of but is also a really great read. It's not too technical and is very respectful to the fans and what they want to see - it's a fan's treasure trove!

This book is split into six key sections focusing on the history, cast, places and props, costumes and make-up, filming and fans of City of Bones. Each chapter is filled with a good amount of text and large, crystal clear film stills, both finished images and behind the scenes exclusives. Director Harald Zwart can be seen numerous times throughout the book as he directs his cast in several scenes, most notably with Lily Collins as she prepares her lines. His quotes are always interesting to read and it quickly becomes apparent that he's a huge fan of what he's directing.

I particularly like the inclusion of a preliminary logo rendering, concept art and two pages of the script covered in Zwart's notes and doodles. As a movie fanatic, it's the pre-production process that interests me most and it's good to see some of that side of it included here. I was also very interested to see split-image double-page spreads of Jamie Bower and Kevin Zegers performing their own stunts at a Hotel Dumort vampire fight scene. Great stuff!

I haven't talked much about the content of this book in relation to the text as I don't want to spoil anything for readers eager to uncover it themselves. I will say though that you can expect to read snippets from all the main cast and crew, and you'll learn a lot about the sets and filming in Toronto. There's also a detailed account of how the books grew to be such a huge, movie-worthy phenomenon and how author Cassie Clare feels about her world being brought to life.

In conclusion, if you are in any way a fan of the Mortal Instruments books, are looking forward to seeing the film or just love Jamie Campbell Bower (who doesn't?! He's ace!), then you basically just need to go out and buy this book. There isn't one page that will disappoint Cassie Clare fans; in fact, I'm even more excited to see the film now than I was before. I'll be keeping an eye out for Cassie's cameo, which this book will tell you all about. Now there's an incentive to own it!

1 comment:

Laurie said...

I can't wait to read this! This review makes me want it even more, it seems wonderful.