The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Giveaway!

So, prostate most of you know that last week, I spent quite a bit of time in Los Angeles (which I always make seem like its far away, but its not at all), for the official world premiere of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and the TMI Mall Tour stop.

You can read all about those here:

TMI Premiere Recap
TMI Mall Tour Recap
Spoiler Free City of Bones Movie Review

Or you can check out the pictures on the WhatANerdGirlSays Facebook page here.

Here are a couple for your viewing pleasure!

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While I was there, I managed to get my hands on some Mortal Instruments swag, and in celebration of the release of the movie, I’ve decided to have a Mortal Instruments giveaway.

Here are the prizes!

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-Gray Mortal Instruments: City of Bones t-shirt, with glow-in-the-dark Angelic Rune

-Angelic Rune necklace

-a copy of City of Bones, the movie tie-in edition. Please note: yours will NOT be signed. I haven’t bought the new copy for this giveaway yet and so I took a picture of mine, but this signed one is MINE.

-a few SURPRISES!

Here are a few rules and such:

The contest will run from August 19th until August 30th

The winner will be contacted within 12 hours of contest end, and if the winner does NOT respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

The contest IS International :)

Make sure to come back every day to tweet about the giveaway and earn extra entries!

Share with your friends!

This contest is in no way endorsed by Cassandra Clare, Simon and Schuster, Sony Pictures, Screen Gems, Hot Topic, Constantin Films, etc. WhatANerdGirlSays is not responsible for any lost or damaged prizes.

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Good luck everyone! I hope everyone enjoys the movie! Make sure to tell me how much you love it, and tweet/instagram your pictures!

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Movie Review

Note: This review for the movie is completely spoiler free. The movie will not be released until August 21st, medicine and I wanted you all to be able to read it!

 

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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Based on the novel by Cassandra Clare 

Rated:

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, order and some suggestive content

Directed By:

Harald Zwart

Cast:

Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Robert Sheehan, Jemima West, Jared Harris, Lena Headey, Aidan Turner, Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Find the rest on IMDB here.

IMDB Movie Synopsis:

Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series.

My Review:

I was extremely nervous about this movie. It was not because I didn’t think it would be good or any of that. I had watched trailers, seen stills and drooled over the few clips we got to see. I thought it looked pretty good and this is what made me nervous: getting my hopes up. Getting your hopes just to be dashed, would NOT be fun, in the slightest.

Luckily enough, I didn’t have to deal with that. Being the first person in line for the Los Angeles world premiere of the movie, I was able to get my hands on some tickets for the actual movie pretty easily. After having an absolute blast on the red (oh, black) carpet, we headed inside, grabbed some free drinks and popcorn and settled into our seats to watch the movie.

I fell in love. Harald Zwart, you are my hero for making one of the BEST book to movie adaptations I have ever seen. The amazing people behind this movie took the characters and the story that I have grown to love so much over the past three years and made a movie that I know I will watch again and again, and I already wish I could watch it and can’t wait for the official release day to do so!

I’m not going to lie to you: its not perfect, but no book to movie adaptation ever is. There are always going to be little things that bothered me, and that was true of this movie as well. They, of course, made changes to the plot we know so well in the book, but the changes that were made were done in logical ways. They only changed things because it really was necessary. I didn’t mind any of the changes at all, really, and my only one beef was so small and understandable that I got over it pretty quickly.

What I think they have managed to do with this movie is capture the essence of the story and of the characters. Even though this is a story of a race of people called the Shadowhunters and their world, it is mostly a character story. It shows the journey and the development of the various characters; Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alec, Jocelyn, Luke, all of them. They all go through various journeys as people and come out at the end of the story as different people. I think that this was captured in the movie. You could see the emotions of each character and the personality that they represented.

I also really admire each and every actor and actress in this movie. I can’t imagine anyone else in the world playing any of these characters. They were all so perfect. If I had doubts in my mind before this, which I’ll admit I did, they were gone by the end of this movie. They each obviously took the time to explore their character and understand them, and get to know the aspects of the characters that were so reachable to the fans and managed to convey that on screen. The characters that we all fell so hard for in Cassandra’s books were on the screen, easily, and I found myself falling in love again.

They also just told the story in such a beautiful way. They managed to hit all the important parts of the novel, and they reminded me (though how could I forget, really?) how amazing the story really is. Jessica Postigo, the screenwriter, obviously read the book and knew what Cassandra was saying and knew what the purpose of the first book was, to set up the conflicts that would build into the second and third books, and she did just that. I also really enjoyed the fact that there were a LOT of direct lines from the novel. Cassandra writes so beautifully and its not uncommon to fall in love with her dialogue and prose. It was wonderful to see that in the novel.

Another thing that really impressed me is that, for the most part, this fandom tends to be, well, more common with the female population. I think a lot of times the romance of the story tends to be highlighted more than anything. However, this is a VERY action packed book, and that definitely shows in the movie. I know a ton of fans were lamenting over the lack of Isabelle and Jemima West in stills and clips but she is in the movie a lot and she has some major girl power with that whip and flame thrower. The battle scenes in the movie, especially Hotel Dumort, are seriously action packed and are super fun to watch, especially with the amazing music in the background. This is a movie that you won’t have to beg your boyfriends to go to, because there is a lot of action and fun for the boys as well. I know that TMI Source had a non-fan, newcomer male review the movie and he gave it a B+, which is fantastic. Its a movie (and a book) that isn’t just for girls; the boys can enjoy it too. Plus they have eye candy in Lily Collins and Jemima West.

Lastly, very quickly, for the fans: the greenhouse scene? its perfect in every single way.

Rating:

4.75 out of 5

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Twelve Brand New City of Bones Stills!

Yesterday and today, stomach Sony Pictures released 12 more stills from the upcoming City of Bones movie.

Check them out here.

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Personally, I LIKE all the new stills, but I kind of wish they would stop releasing them. I’m the type of person who likes some surprises, you know? The more stills they release, the less surprises there are and its kind of annoying :/ I want to see most things for the first time when I watch it for the first time, especially the Jace and Clary kiss.

What do you guys think of the new stills? Likes? Dislikes?

As always, let me know in the comments :)

City of Bones Full Length Trailer is Released!

NOTE: There are some people on Twitter, tadalafil taking credit for writing this blog post, information pills and sharing it with Cassie on twitter. Honestly, I’m trying not to be upset about it, but it does upset me. I work very hard on this blog and everything on here is written by me, unless otherwise specified.

This blog post is by @anerdgirlsays, and if you see anyone else on Twitter taking credit for, please let them know that this is NOT okay. Its not okay to take credit for other people’s work!

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Okay, I totally got to see this, in all its glory, on the gigantic screen at WonderCon, the volume so loud, your chair was vibrating, but I was still so very excited for the trailer to come out today. One, so I finally can talk to you all of YOU about it and two, so I can watch it over and over and over again :)

This is the first full length trailer that we’ve gotten for the movie. We’ve gotten the teaser trailer, which I loved, but this trailer…it just blows it out of the water.

The panel for Sony included City of Bones, Evil Dead and This is the End. Those that were there for the other panels seemed pretty annoyed at the City of Bones part. You could just tell that they thought we were Twilight fan girls, part two. After the trailer, however, a lot of those annoyed faces turn to ones that seemed pretty impressed.

So even if you aren’t a TMI fan, or a YA fan, or just don’t seem like you would like it, I urge you to watch the trailer below because they did some serious work with this trailer. It looks BADASS.

Here’s the trailer:

Seriously? How can you NOT be super excited about this? In the book, its told from Clary‘s point of view, in third person so you get a lot of her attraction and interaction with Jace Wayland. However, in the movie, you can see more of the other characters, which seems like it’ll be attractive to guys as well as girls.

I love that we finally see more of Aidan Turner as Luke, and especially Lena Headey as Jocelyn, Clary’s mother. We haven’t seen much, if anything, and it was awesome to finally see that.

I love that Alec is SO Alec. He has that dislike for Clary that he has in the books, and he expresses that to Jace and straight to Clary’s face.

I LOVE the demon, the Ravener demon that comes flying into the room after Clary. I was honestly worried about how the demons were going to look. Were they going to look cheesy or stupid or I don’t know. Those are the biggest CGI elements of the movie and honestly, that demon was scary as hell. Very SLIGHTLY bummed about Jace killing it instead of Clary but honestly, I was more stoked at how damn scary that demon was to care that much.

I like that we’ve seen more of the vampires and werewolves, SUPER awesome.

I LOVED the way that the demon blew the door off its hinges and flung Jocelyn across the room.

I love Eric‘s reaction to Clary, looking all hot in all that black leather.

Valentine! More Valentine, which was great. I’m glad we got to see more of him. I kind of wish he was all clean cut, and in his suit, not all…I don’t know, raggedy? But he still looks great.

Spoiler For those who haven’t read the book and don’t want it ruined: I also liked that they were setting up the Jace and Clary love story in the trailer, and obviously the movie. They show that cute little scene of them on the motorcycle, and the moment that they have in the greenhouse, and even just the way Alec reacts to Clary, and how he tells her off. And especially when he says “We need you. I need you.” It really sets it up well, or so I hope, for the huge shocker that they are brother and sister at the end of City of Bones.

My favorite part though had to be Simon, toward the end of the trailer, saying “The werewolves are here to save us. Never thought I’d say that.” One, it just made me crack up, and it was the first thing Cassie talked about after we watched it at WonderCon. And two, that line was so classicly SIMON. It was such a thing that Simon would say. I mean, after he finds out about Shadowhunters and demons, werewolves and vampires and all that, he says “That is SO cool”. So that part…it was just awesome.

So, I’m really, really super happy with the trailer. EXTREMELY happy. Any time a book that I love is made into a movie, I get extremely nervous, and sometimes it just doesn’t work out (cough cough Percy Jackson cough cough), so I’m really excited because this looks like its going to be a GREAT movie, and that’ll mean sequels which means CITY OF GLASS, which is my favorite TMI book.

I also see a lot of things from the book. I do see changes, but in the grand scheme of things, I see mostly things that make me feel like its going to be great. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so great after a trailer before, and I have confidence in this movie.

Now, we only 144 days until the movie release…

What did YOU guys think of the trailer? Share in the comments!

And be sure to tell everyone about WhatANerdGirlSays!

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Three New City of Bones Stills!

Three more stills have been released through the MortalMovie instagram, ask the official Sony Pictures profile for the City of Bones movie adaptation hitting theaters August 23rd of this year.

I showed you Robert Sheehan as Simon Lewis and Jemima West as Isabelle Lightwood a few days ago and now I have a few more to share with you all:

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Monday’s still was a picture of Kevin Zegers, case from the Air Bud series, thumb Dawn of the Dead and Gossip Girl, as Alec Lightwood, the older brother of Isabelle Lightwood and the best friend of Jace Wayland. Alec also is the parabatai to Jace as well. Parabatai are a pair of warriors that are closer than brothers, bound together to fight and for the ultimate friendship. I think Kevin Zegers is adorable and he does have that dark hair and blue eyes. Not at all what I had pictured for Alec at all. I never pictured Alec to show his bare arms; sounds silly but Alec is so lacking in confidence in himself. He’s in love with Jace, he’s in love with Magnus but he can’t admit either and he can’t admit he’s gay. But I really like Kevin Zegers as Alec. Alec is my favorite character after Jace and this picture was definitely drool worthy.

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Yesterday the still released was of Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland. Honestly, I’m happy and accepting of the casting of Jamie as Jace. For a loooooooooooong time, I was not okay with it in the slightest. I was like, ugh, Jamie is SO not Jace. But I like Jamie and I think he’ll do a good job so this was a fun picture to see. I think the part of this picture that was the most exciting was that this was the first chance we really got to see what a seraph blade looked like. We got a super fast quick glimpse of it during the teaser trailer but it wasn’t enough, of course. Seeing this picture was awesome and I really want a seraph blade now. Its just so badass looking.

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Today, we FINALLY got to see the super insanely sexy Godfrey Gao as Magnus Bane. Gao has not appeared in any trailers or anything. This is the first released picture of him as Magnus EVER. And they did not disappoint. I know a bunch of people who are disappointed because he isn’t super glittery, his hair isn’t all spiky and he isn’t wearing rainbow pants or neon blue tight pants. I get it. But he looks sexy as hell and as soon as I saw this picture, I felt extreme jealously that I was not Alec Lightwood, who totally gets to make out with this fine piece of warlock. I know a lot of people aren’t really that happy with this but I totally am. It may not be exactly what I pictured in the book but Gary Oldman wasn’t what I pictured for Sirius, or Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen but they both ended up impressing me just like this picture is already impressing me. And not just because he’s totally hot…though most because he’s totally hot. Whew.

I’ll be keeping you updated as more stills are releaseds :)

City of Bones Stills Released!

So, recipe the past few days, Sony Pictures has been released cues and pictures through instagram, promising the fans a newly released still of a character.

Yesterday, they released a still of Robert Sheehan (who is currently on the show Misfits) as Simon Lewis, the best friend of Clary Fray (played by Lily Collins).

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He looks so adorable, just like you would picture Simon to look. I hope he wears super nerdy shirts like he does in the books. I hope he’s super nerdy like in the books. I was always on Jace’s side but I always adored Simon as well. Simon is that dorky nerdy guy that I actually would date. Jace is attractive because he’s the bad boy, the guy all the girls want to have but shouldn’t have. But oh, Simon. I love the quote they released on it as well; kind of makes me laugh. I think its a hint of his relationship with Isabelle Lightwood, whose signature weapon is her gold and silver whip…and Isabelle and Simon have a back and forth relationship throughout the entire series. Either way, this picture is awesome.

Today, they released a picture of Jemima West (a French actress) as Isabelle Lightwood.

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Can I just say that my crush on Isabelle Lightwood just increased by a hundredfold? Jemima West is GORGEOUS and she looks super fierce as Isabelle, who is one of my favorite characters (after Jace and Alec). I wasn’t sure how I had felt about West for the part for awhile; she just looked way too sweet to be Isabelle but this picture makes me feel soooo much better. I have faith that West can pull off the sexy, fierce and badass Isabelle Lightwood. I love the all black shadowhunter clothes she’s rocking, and I hope that she has her whip in the movie (she better!!!). And I LOOOOVE all the runes she’s rocking too. So excited.

So Sony will be releasing more stills in the next few days, at 8pm eastern time, on the MortalMovie instagram and you can definitely keep up with it through Cassie’s twitter account as well. The hashtag on both of those websites is #sharemortallove and will help Sony to release clues faster, and possibly more stills! We all want that right? I’m hoping to get some Godfrey Gao, who is playing the powerful and fabulously gay warlock Magnus Bane, in the next few days. I’m also hoping for some Kevin Zegers as well, who plays Isabelle’s older brother, Alec Lightwood.

I also wouldn’t mind seeing stills of Aidan Turner as werewolf, Luke Garroway, and Lena Headey as Clary’s mother, Jocelyn.

Its going to be great! Only 194 days until the City of Bones and 40 days until I meet Cassandra Clare! It’s all so exciting.

I’ll try to post the stills as they come out for any of you that are interested!

What do you guys think of the stills so far? Like or not? Why or why not?