So basically, the Mortal Insturments is one of my favorite series of books. It tells the story of Clary Fray, a little redheaded girl who one day sees three people who call themselves Shadowhunters kill a monster. Suddenly, Clary can see the whole world of the Shadowhunters. Shortly after this, her mother was kidnapped by a Shadowhunter gone bad, Valentine, and she gets the help of Jace Wayland, a hot Shadowhunter who has an ego the size of a whale, her best friend Simon, the Shadowhunter brother and sister, Alec and Isabelle, and the wizard Magnus Bane, to find her mother and help them hunt down Valentine, who is on a mission to steal the three Mortal Insturments in order to overthrow the Shadowhunters and take over for himself.
These books are not only action-packed and hilarious, there's tons of romance, and not the cheesy kind, either. The kind that makes you go, "Awwwww." Jace and Clary always have a tension between them, and Simon isn't easily forgotten, either.
The first three books by Cassandra Clare, City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass are already released. The next one, City of Fallen Angels is about Simon, and recently, there has been news of two more books being released as well.
So basically, here is what I am saying.
She was amazingly short, with bright red hair and green eyes. She's kind of shy, but when Jace eggs her on, she's not one to back down. She's also brave, smart, and clever (which is like being smart, only so smart that you can undermine someone).
Clary was supposed to be pretty in a discreet way where you only notice it if you spend a lot of time around her. I think Miss Quinn has the prettiness, but she's not so gorgeous that you go, "Who wouldn't fall in love with that girl?" I also like how she's not so ugly that you go, "Right... I thought she was supposed to be CUTE." And Clary is supposed to be cute. I think Molly Quinn could pull off her sassy talk to Jace and her sarcasm and sweetness with Simon with the greatest of ease. Though she'll have to wear green contacts because we can't work with those baby blues, no matter how cute they are. Also, her hair will have to be wildly curled, like Clary's was. But overall, I love this chick for the part.
He's buff and golden like a lion. He's full of himself, hot and knows it, and doesn't hesitate to pick a fight with just about anyone. He's brave, a little crazy, and completely in love with Clary Fray. He's probably one of my favorite literary characters ever.
Simon is Clary's Jewish best friend who has been in love with her since forever. He's a total nerd, with brown, pale skin, and glasses. He's also part of a "band" that never actually plays music, but nonetheless, he is witty and can hold his own sense of humor and sarcasm against Jace himself while they both fight for Clary's love.
Though he is a bit old, I think Aaron Ashmore would play a great Simon. He was a phenomenal Jimmy in Smallville, and I think Simon and Jimmy have many of the same traits - quirky, perky and always ready to help. Although Simon has a lot more serious moments, Jimmy had a lot of crest-fallen moments that he played well, like Simon has throughout the books. I think he would do well as the underdog, like he was on Smallville. Overall, I think Aaron would make a fantastic Simon.
Isabelle was Jace's friend and the little sister of Alec Lightwood. She was a Shadowhunter whose weapon of choice was a whip. She also was interested in Clary's best friend, Simon. Isabelle was described as looking like a princess, albeit one that could beat the crap out of any witch that tried to kidnap her.
I always saw Camilla Belle as Isabelle Lightwood while I read. She had a certain look that said, "Yeah, I'm hot, but I swear, I will beat the crap out of you if you come near me", something Isabelle often eminated in abundance. I can also see her falling for nerdy Simon, which would shock just about everyone. Overall, I think Camilla Belle would be a fantastic Isabelle. Can't you just see her dressed in black, carrying a golden whip, kicking butt and taking names? I can.
Alec is an angry young man who is Jace's best friend. He is also a Shadowhunter, and unlike Jace and Isabelle, he doesn't like going out and killing monsters like they do. Alec has a special hatred for Clary and is often found scowling.
Again, I always pictured Justin Chatwin as playing the angry Shadowhunter Alec, who is the comical love interest of flamboyant Magnus Bane. Justin Chatwin is from War of the Worlds, The Invisible and Dragonball Z. He likes his action movies, and playing the sour and angry character is pretty easy for him to pull off. In War of the Worlds, he played Tom Cruise's son, Robbie, who spent a lot of time being angry. In The Invisible, he was Nick, the brainy student who was, again, angry. Are we seeing a theme here?
Magnus Bane was the flamboyant wizard who often helps Clary. He has a crush on Alec and is often around for ironic remarks, one-liners, and hilariously ridiculous threats.
Ian Somerhalder strikes me as the perfect Magnus Bane. Magnus was supposed to be attractive, but not as much as Jace, obviously. He was eccentric, crazy, and aloof, though he was always reliable. I can see Mr. Somerhalder prancing around in Magnus's ridiculous outfits for some reason very clearly in my mind, and I can see him getting Magnus's creepy all-knowing smile.
The evil villain of the movies, Valentine was a Shadowhunter gone bad who kidnapped Clary's mother, Jocelyn, and planned to overthrow the Shadowhunters and take them over himself.
Eric Bana would play a great Valentine, I think, although, yes, Valentine did have white-blonde hair, lets not get picky now. His performance in Star Trek as Nero impressed me. I never saw him as a tyrannical lunatic, except for brief moments in The Other Boleyn Girl. All things considered, I could see him trying to kill Jace and Clary, kidnapping Jocelyn, and trying to seize control of a powerful group of people.
I can clearly see Liev Schreiber playing the insideous Valentine very well. He does well with his bouts of rage, like when he played Sabertooth, and I liked his charm and sneakiness in The Painted Veil. He has all the aspects of Valentine, including the general 'I can't be trusted' look that he paints on his face so well while acting.
And that is what I think.