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The Fandom

There is an active fan community based around the trilogy.

On March 18, 2009, the LiveJournal community pandemoniumclub was created. [1]


Clary/Jace is a popular ship for this fan community. [2] On January 6, 2009, the LiveJournal community clary_jace was created. [3]

Other popular ships are Magnus/Alec (commonly known as Malec), Simon/Isabelle, or Simon/Maia. There a few non-cannon ships that have also gained popularity, the main one being Alec/Isabelle, started by FanFiction.Net user gema227. Other non-cannon ships include Jace/Isabelle, Maia/Jace started by FanFiction.Net user Whatever-life24 , Alec/Jace, Sebestian/Maia started by FanFiction.Net user Whatever-life24, and Simon/Clary.

The Fan Fiction Story

Mortal Instruments is the title of a fantasy story similar in concept to Harry Potter, featuring characters who find themselves living in a world filled with mythical creatures. It was originally published on her LiveJournal at . [4] It has since been repeatedly posted to several journal sites like LiveJournal, DeadJournal, JournalFen and GreatestJournal [5] by others who wish to keep the text in the public sphere. These entries are frequently quickly friends only to prevent the journal from being deleted or lead to the journal being kicked off the site.

Professionally Published Novel

Plagiarism accusations

Copy of the cover of Mortal Instruments, City of Bones
Acknowledgments for the book. A couple of people in fandom have remarked on the lack of a mention for Heidi8 in this.
Cassandra Claire's appearance on the New York Times best seller list
book extract with famous line
Extract from chapter 2, pages 32 and 33 of City of Bones from the edition distributed at DragonCon
Page 204, 205 of Mortal Instruments where Cassandra Claire plagiarized her own work.
Pages from City of Bones which show more self plagiarism.
Pages from City of Bones which show more self plagiarism on the part Cassandra Claire.
Comparing the mentions of Cassandra Claire's book, City of Bones, to her plagiarism in the past 6 months. (Chart made on March 23, 2007)

Mortal Instruments is also the name of Cassandra Claire's professionally published trilogy of novels. The first book is titled "City of Bones." [6]

The Alien Online says the following regarding this book:

Cassandra Claire's City of Bones and two more books in The Mortal Instruments trilogy, beginning with this "urban fantasy about an ordinary 16-year-old girl who discovers that demons and other horrors prowl the streets of Brooklyn", has been bought by Margaret K. McElderry Books (US).

People who have read the book have noted that it borrows many themes from other works. One theme is apparently borrowed from Star Wars: "The MFC's conspicuously missing father is the big-bad guy and her love interest is her brother." This theme emerges by the middle of the second chapter and is most evident by the end of that chapter.

There have been persistent rumors that Cassandra Claire plagiarized parts of her professionally published work from other works. While the factuality of that statement is contested, what is known is that she borrowed from her own work in writing her novel, City of Bones.

Example from chapter 8 of Draco Veritas:

The falcon did not like Draco, and Draco didn't like it either. Its sharp beak made him nervous, and its bright eyes always seemed to be watching him. It would slash at him with beak and talons when he came near: for weeks, his wrists and hands were always bleeding. He did not know it, but his father had selected a falcon that had lived in the wild for over a year, and thus was nearly impossible to tame. But Draco tried, because his father had told him to make the falcon obedient, and he wanted to please his father. [7]
When Draco was six years old, his father had given him a bird to carry his mail. The other children Draco knew had friendly owls, or the occasional bluebird, but Draco's father gave him a falcon, with bright black eyes and a beak that curved like the mark on a Sickle.[8]

Example from her book:

"The falcon didn't like the boy, and the boy didn't like it, either. Its sharp beak made him nervous, and its bright eyes always seemed to be watching him. It would slash at him with beak and talons when he came near: for weeks, his wrists and hands were always bleeding. [9]
When the boy was six years old, his father gave him a falcon to train. [10][11]

This example actually is two full pages.

If you look at extracts from page 463 and 464 of City of Bones, you can see where she copied material from her piece of fan fiction, Mortal Instruments:

Draco says nothing, only his eyes flick away and he looks at the wall. He doesn't look up at Harry when Harry slides into him, only his hands come up and circle Harry and pull him down, and he buries his head in the curve of Harry's shoulder, the juncture where it meets his neck, and makes little whispering noises there. They are not whimpers and they are not cries, it is a litany of some sort, and as Harry rocks into and against him the words spill out of him faster, a frantic subvocal prayer. His hands slide down Harry's back, slipping and counting over the knobs of his spine, and as the deafening roaring pressure builds behind Harry's eyes and ears, he imagines himself clinging to a ledge that is crumbling away, the whole mountainside sliding down, and he lets go his grip and falls and shatters and breaks onto Draco, washed up on the shores of him, his bones all gone to sand. And Draco holds him through the shattering breaking fall and as the roaring fades away Harry realizes that what Draco has been saying all this time into his neck is really the simplest litany of all: his name, just his name.

The book says:

She was aware of Luke watching them from the window, but she shut her eyes resolutely and buried her face against Jace's shoulder. He smelled of salt and blood, and only when his mouth came close to her ear did she understand what he was saying, what he had been whispering before, and it was the simplest litany of all: her name, just her name.

Cassandra Claire video

The video clip below shows E. Lockhart, John Green, Cecil Castellucci, Maureen Johnson, Cassie Claire and Holly Black writing and chatting. It goes to further emphasize the Mary Sue nature of Clary, who shares Cassandra Claire's name, city of residence (Brooklyn, New York City, New York), height, and general appearance.


Advanced Copies

Advanced copies of the book were distributed at DragonCon. The book was also distributed in image format to various people. Who scanned the advanced copy and made it secretly available to the masses is unknown. That copy helped fuel much of the commentary regarding the quality of the book before its release.


A review July 2007 of City of Bones from DeathRay Magazine, a United Kingdom based magazine.

There have been at least two occasions where negative reviews of the books, negative reviews that did not mention plagiarism and did not attack the author, were removed from Amazon.Com. Some of the reviews found on Amazon.Com are from obvious socks. At least one of these socks wrote a glowing review of the book and lives in the same city as Cassandra Claire. [12] Other positive reviews were written by friends of Cassandra Claire. One case involves Jocylen who trolled Bad Penny in support of Cassandra Claire and Heidi8. has also removed the eight tags of "plagiarist," among others.

Up until March 16, 2007, most of the reviews of City of Bones and comments on LiveJournal were positive. The post on canon_sues by gehayi [13] with subsequent mentions on clairvoyant_wank [14] were watershed events. After that, the tone of comments regarding the book changed to being more mixed, with more public criticism coming out over the book. [15]

Another negative review of the book was deleted on March 27, 2007. The review was by a person called M. and gave the book 1 star. It brought the total reviews from 13 reviews and 3 and 1/2 stars to 12 reviews and 4 stars. Another person reviewed book on March 28, 2007, giving the book 3 stars. That brought the number back to 13 reviews and 3 and a half stars.


In late August 2007, the article about The Mortal Instruments Trilogy was put up for a vote for deletion. [16][17] This was done at the same time that the article about Cassandra Clare was put up for a vote for deletion. Both votes appear to have occurred after more edits to include references to plagiarism were edited in and edited out.

Chapter by Chapter Summary

The following summary was originally written by randomsome1 and posted as a series of comments on canon_sues. [18] It is reposted here with permission.

Chapter 1:

Clary goes out with Simon to the club and sees Jace kill the octopus-headed kid.

Chapter 2:

Clary goes home and on the next day is told by her mother that they're getting the fuck out of the house RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW and then Clary gets bitchy and stomps out with Simon despite how all signs point towards "we're hiding from something!"

Chapter 3:

Clary sees Jace while out with Simon, runs off to talk to him, blah blah blah gets a call from her mother telling her to NOT come home.

Chapter 4:

Clary drops Jace and runs home anyway. House is wrecked, mother is gone, demony thing tries to eat her. Clary (though described as dramatically clumsy) kills it with a Shadowhunter toy of Jace's that she stole. The demony thing stings her anyway and she spends three days passed out.

Chapter 5:

After this, it's determined that Clary has a block in her mind (as opposed to just rocks in her head) and that she should go off to meet someone from another secret group called the Silent Brothers. They have no eyes and speak via telepathy and are nothing like the Harbingers from Buffy, srsly.

Chapter 6:

But first she and Jace get a lesson on magic, and then they have to go see the fortune-teller (Dorothea) from the apartment below her wrecked one. They fight something else that's waiting around for someone to squish.

Chapter 7:

At the fortune-teller's, Jace gets his fortune read despite how he says Dorothea's a fake. Clary eventually realizes that she's the reason her mother's missing, then tearfully flings herself through a magical portal (with Jace and the fortune-teller Dorthea both yelling at her to not do it in the background instead of simply stopping her) because she wants to see where her mother would've gone if, y'know, she was still around.

Chapter 8:

The portal dumps a dry-eyed Clary out at Luke(her mother's friend)'s house. Jace follows, then finds Simon hiding in the hedge. He's there because Luke, who's known Clary since she was two, told him that Clary was with relatives when they all know that Clary has no relatives. So he decided to march around Luke's house anyway, saw Luke playing with glowing weapons, and decided that hiding out in the bushes in NYC was the place to be. Clary tells Simon everything, then they break into Luke's house, where they spy on Luke talking to some bad guys about the big bad guy Valentine. Jace says the bad guys are the guys who killed his father.

Chapter 9:

Jace takes them to the Shadowhunter hideout, where Simon instantly develops a crush on the girl in the white dress from ch1, Isabelle. Resident doctor-type Hodge tells Jace and Clary that Valentine had a crew together that intended to wipe out all Downworlders (magical things that aren't Shadowhunters), and that Clary's mom Jocelyn was in on this plan because she was Valentine's wife.

Chapter 10:

Everyone talks about Valentine and how he wanted to kill children (to make more Shadowhunters quickly, since he didn't feel like testing them), too. Valentine is also supposedly dead, but Jocelyn was supposed to have died with him too. Valentine wants a magical Shadowhunter-maker called the Mortal Cup, and might also be torturing Jocelyn. Clary forgets about her mother and sleeps. Jace wakes her up to meet a Silent Brother, the Silent Brother can't fix her head, this chapter is really long, and they hop in a carriage to go to (magically hidden) Bone City to see the rest of the Silent Brothers. They hop into a carriage pulled by snarling horses that goes over cabs, and Jace tells her about how Valentine killed his father. A bunch of Silent Brothers can't tell her what's wrong with her head.

Chapter 11:

Jace and Clary and the two Shadowhunters from ch1, Alec and Isabelle, go to breakfast. They learn that the guy who put rocks--erm, a block in Clary's mind is having a party, and decide to go. Clary tries to sleep, and Jace drops two solid copy&pasted pages of the falcon/boy/abusive father story from the Draco trilogy. Despite being pissed at how Jace's father treated him, Clary immediately passes out. When she wakes up, Isabelle gives her a HO!makeover, complete with no bra, possibly no underwear, knee-high boots, fishnet tights, a skintight dress that's really a shirt that "just brushed the tops of her thighs," and a ton of makeup. She's supposed to walk through New York City like this. Alec is gay and oppressed (though no one realizes this but Clary and Isabelle), Clary thinks deep-set eyes are hawt, and Jace is a lecherous fashion councelor.

Chapter 12:

Magnus Bane is a late 90's-era spiky-haired nailpolished bondage-gear-wearing glitter-goth warlock with no belly button and a penchant for crazy parties, and put the block in Clary's mind at Clary's mom's request.

Chapter 13:

The block wears off every two years and was made so Clary forgets whatever she sees of the Shadow World as she sees it because Clary's mom was afraid of the Shadowhunters. Hence her not remembering that her mother was covered in scars from Shadowhunter work, but making no sense in regards to how she keeps seeing and remembers Jace and company even as the spell comes and goes. Magnus's mother killed herself and his father tried to kill him because he has bad fashion sense--erm, weird eyeballs. Clary gets to look at a book of runes and that makes her block go away, and Simon's drank a fairy potion that turned him into a rat despite Isabelle standing by, waving her hands and telling him not to. Rat!Simon gets stolen out of Clary's bag by a vampire, who felt the need to rip the zipper of Clary's bag open as evidence instead of just unzipping it.

Chapter 14:

All religions help Shadowhunters kill stuff and conveniently hide weapons around their altars, and Jace doesn't think God loves him. Clary and Jace meet a kid who tells them that vampires are about and killed his brother. They all go into a stinky building, and the kid they've met (who already knew about vampires and was completely willing to go into the place to begin with) turns out to really be a vampire, too. There's a bunch of vampires in there. Simon bites the hell out of one to save Jace from getting bitten, no one gives a single thought to how vampirism usually gets passed on, things look pretty bad, and then a bunch of werewolves crash through the windows.

Chapter 15:

The werewolves want Clary. Clary, though described as terribly clumsy in chapter two, instantaneously learns to throw a knife well enough to have it stab in one of them. Jace steals a flying vampire motorcycle (despite not knowing if it could really fly or not) and sends all three of them off the edge of the building. The sun comes up, the bike gives out, Simon turns back into a human and hugs Clary and Jace gets jealous/angsty.

Chapter 16:

Alec is pissed because Jace was endangered, Clary accuses him of being in love with Jace, and Alec's eyes are now black instead of blue. Clary and Simon snuggle in bed, then Clary leaves when Simon goes to sleep. Jace remembers that it's her birthday the next day, so they go to have a late picnic.

Chapter 17:

They talk about their childhoods, a flower blooms, he wishes her happy birthday and gives her a witchlight--something like a magical flashlight. He walks her back to her room, they make out, and Simon opens the door on them. Clary and Simon fight, Simon tells her he's in love with her, she gets pissed after he leaves and realizes that she can make her drawings come to life by putting runes she doesn't know on them.

Chapter 18:

Jace thinks about how he's enamored with Clary and how (despite how she doesn't like her appearance) she's so beooootiful. And how he's so incoherent. He also thinks she's shown up at his door to fuck him, but she's just there to show off how she can pull stuff out of pictures. Jace says she can do this because her mom taught her, even though the block was supposed to make her unable to remember the stuff as she saw it which would make the teaching damned near impossible. Clary also knows that the magic artifact they're after is with the fortune teller lady. They whip a posse together and get Simon, still pissed and now with an age, to drive over so he can drive them there. That's right--a fifteen or sixteen year old Brooklyn native with his own car. Then Hodge tells a story about Luke and Jocelyn's relationship--Luke was in love with Jocelyn, Jocelyn thought of him as a friend, Luke was hurt and cranky just like Simon, only Simon makes more pop culture references when he shows up and this confuses Jace. They go to the fortune-teller's and Clary pulls the Mortal Cup out of some tarot cards her mom'd painted.

Chapter 19:

A demon from the book of Revelations hops out of the portal, hijacks the fortune-teller's body, and tries to kill them for the cup. All four people and one big-ass demon go to fight in the entryway to the building. Alec gets a few bones broken, Isabelle gets whacked around, Jace gets caught, and Simon bashes through the door, looks over the situation, then shoots an arrow through the skylight so the sunlight coming through there (instead of the sunlight coming through the door) can kill the demon. Alec is seriously fucked up and Jace tells Simon to get them to Hodge with something I swear I've seen before:

"Drive fast, mundane," he said. "Drive like hell was following you."
Simon drove.

Jace blames himself for Alec's state by going on about how he was more concerned for Clary. Hodge, wearing a rusty suit (I think it's supposed to be blood?), interrupts their cuddly angst, sees the cup, and has a pet bird attack Clary for the cup. Valentine pops out of thin air, wearing a ring like Jace's. Hodge doesn't want to hand over the cup even though he wanted to before, then hands over the cup and demands that Valentine lift the curse that does . . . something to him. Valentine does, then takes the cup and Jace and takes off.

Comment not connected to chapter summary but appropiate here:

Did I mention yet that the Shadowhunters are supposed to be part angel? Something about mixing angel blood with mortal blood in the mortal cup and stuff.

Chapter 20:

Hodge grouches and leaves Clary locked in an invisible cage, Clary carves another rune she doesn't know in the air and something makes a sound "as if she were standing under a waterfall of stones listening to them crash to the ground all around her"(p. 376, sic) and she's loose. So once she's on the street, Hodge tries to kill her. A wolf saves her, then chases her, then knocks her out. She wakes up in a dungeony basement to find out that the wolf is her mother's friend Luke, who's still had no real description for anything other than his clothing and bad hair but is a werewolf and the head of the local werewolf pack, and is prone to telling stories.

Chapter 21:

This chapter's from Luke's first person POV. He talks about being in school with super-popular Valentine, who was collecting misfits to build a cult. Valentine started off being nice but turned into a raging, thingy-torturing asshole. After Jocelyn got pregnant the first time, Luke got bitten by a werewolf. Valentine handed him a knife and told him to off himself, but Luke ran off and killed the werewolf who made him, thus becoming that pack's leader. Jocelyn came after him in a few months, post-childbirth, to tell him that Valentine intended to kill all the Downworlders when they were supposed to sign peacekeeping agreements, and they got a small army together and pwned the group when he tried. Valentine stole pregnant-again Jocelyn as a hostage and dropped her just outside. She grabbed a horse to try to save her kid, Luke couldn't keep up and found her at the ashy ruins of her house, kneeling on the front steps in front of the burnt skeletons of her family and kid. She left the country and he lost track of her for a few years, catching up to her and Clary in Brooklyn.

Chapter 22:

Surprise! The normal and dead person Clary thought was her father wasn't her father, and she angsts about how she always wanted a brother before asking if they can kill Valentine. On the way to Valentine's lair, Luke reveals that he killed another pack leader in order to become the Brooklyn pack's leader about a week before, and all the werewolves are cool with it. Wolf claws can cut through metal and they kill a bunch of things. One of the wolves dies and Clary cries for her on p. 421 before finding Jocelyn conked out and chained to a bed on p. 425. Clary doesn't cry for Jocelyn because now she's pissed. Luke kills one of Valentine's lackeys that he was talking to when Clary was hiding in his house, the other starts fighting him, and he tells Clary to run. She runs, starts meandering instead, and finds Jace, who's found his father. Duh-duh-daaaaa--his father's Valentine too.

Chapter 23:

Jace has been "brainwashed" into believing that he's Valentine's kid and that Valentine isn't a bad guy. Valentine notes that Clary's in love with Jace but doesn't note how it's only been a few days, then explains to them both that yeah, they're brother and sister. Jace turns green. Clary doesn't care that she made out with her brother, being more concerned with how she hates Valentine, and Valentine runs at the mouth about how he's not the bad guy at all. Luke crops up again to bicker with Valentine, and when Clary tries to talk sense to Jace then Valentine stabs Luke. Jace flings himself in the way, (There's a typo on p. 452--a missing quotation mark.), fight fight fight Valentine stops lying, another wolf dies to save Luke, Jace can't bring himself to kill Valentine, and Valentine flees to the Shadowhunter home world of Idris through another portal located in his castle, then the portal shatters into a million pieces.


Everyone's ok, but Jocelyn's still in a coma and in a normal hospital for reasons unknown. Jace misses his homeworld and has his very own flying motorcycle, and Clary thinks Jocelyn will wake up if she hears his voice. T3h end.

Reference Guide

BlogPulse chart from May 25, 2007

No one denies that Cassandra Claire's City of Bones is highly derivative. Depending on your appreciation of this style, it might make you more or less inclined to read it, given her history with fan fiction. So what references are to be found in City of Bones? They include Anita Blake, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Dark Hunters, The Death Gate Cycle, the Draco Trilogy, Fable, Harry Potter, Holly Black, Inkheart, Lord of the Rings, Mortal Instruments, Star Wars, Terry Brooks and the Very Secret Diaries.

Anita Blake

Valentine is a central character in Anita Blake books. Valentine is one of the key protaganists. The character shares the same name as Cassandra Claire's central villian. [citation needed]

Buffy: The Vampire Slayer

Simon's "geekiness" and crush on the main female character has been likened to early Xander Harris.

The underage club Pandemonium has been likened to The Bronze, complete with conveniently accessible private places and a flagrant lack of bouncers.

The Silent Brothers are reminiscent of the Harbingers from Buffy s3 and s7.


Before the book was released as an advance reader copy, Cassandra Claire's Shadowhunters were called Dark-Hunters. The references from her site were scrubbed after it was learned that Sherrilyn Kenyon's people had made contact regarding plagiarism and trademark infringement.

The Death Gate Cycle

The runes depicted in City of Bones, as well as their uses (one set of characters carves runes in themselves to do magic; one set carves them in the air), mimic the ones found in Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's The Death Gate Cycle.

Charles de Lint

Charles de Lint's urban fantasy novel Memory and Dream features a character, Isabelle, who is able to bring magical things to life by painting them. In City of Bones, Isabelle is the side character while Clary brings things to life by painting them.

Diana Wynne Jones

The scene where Luke asks Clary not to call him Uncle Luke is ripped from Fire and Hemlock, by Diana Wynne Jones in terms of where she got it. [19][20] As a reference to this book, it makes sense. As a reference to Uncle Tom's Cabin, it does not because Luke it not in anyway a slave. He is a werewolf.

Hey, Un--hey, Luke," she said. He'd asked her to stop calling him Uncle Luke about a year ago, claiming that it made him feel old, and anyway reminded him of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Besides, he'd reminded her gently, he wasn't really her uncle, just a close friend of her mother's who'd known her all her life. (Page 22, City of Bones)

The Draco Trilogy

Parts of the Draco Trilogy (which Claire wrote) were copy and pasted into this story, word for word. The names and some of the descriptions were changed.

Jace Wayland and Draco Malfoy from the Draco Trilogy both owned falcons, then had the falcons killed by their fathers to teach them a life lesson. This section is two pages long and is identical except for instances where "Draco" is changed to "the boy." [21][22]

Hermione uses a wand in Draco Sinister in conjunction with the simile "burning like a fallen star." This line is mirrored in City of Bones in a scene involving Jace Wayland weilding a seraph blade.

Clary is believed to be an uber-form of Ginny. Simon is believed to be an uber-form of Harry. Jace is believed to be a form of Draco as written by Cassandra Claire. [23]

Leather pants featured prominently in The Draco Trilogy and they feature equally highly in City of Bones, making their first apperance on page three.

The Draco Trilogy had characters named after friends. These same names are used in City of Bones. They include Simon, named after Simon Brandford in the Draco Trilogy and likely include Clary's mother, Jocelyn, who was likely named after her friend Jocylen who supported her publicly during the Msscribe and plagiarism debacle. Jocylen was also involved in early on-line promotion of the book and thanked by Cassandra Claire as a friend for writing such a positive review.

The scene where Clary gets changed has been noted as similar to the one from the Trilogy were Draco and Hermione get changed in a wardrobe.[24]

The Dresden Files

In Jim Butcher's book Summer Knight, Harry Dresden and his love interest go riding to Fairy in a magical invisible carriage pulled by two horses. The carriage moves into traffic without being seen, then lifts into the air and flies to their destination. In City of Bones, Clary and Jace get into a carriage that is invisible/looks like a car, and is drawn by two horses. The carriage moves into traffic without being seen, then eventually drives on over the cars directly.


The terms Mundanes and Mundies, in reference to normal human beings, originates with the comic Fables, where magical/fairytale beings live in New York City. However, this term can be traced still earlier to Piers Anthony's Xanth series. The graphic novel also features a farm in upstate New York, where mythical creatures who can't appear human are held. City of Bones makes mention of a farm in upstate New York where Luke the werewolf periodically goes to be wolfish and where Clary's family would hide out.

Harry Potter

The flying motorcycle concept is similar to the one found in Harry Potter, where Sirius Black owns and rides one.

The stele as used in City of Bones is described as wand-like, and sometimes mimics how wands are used in the Harry Potter universe.

People seeing fanart of Clary, Simon, and Jace have noted that the characters overtly and outwardly resemble Ginny, Harry, and Draco. Clary is believed by some to be an uber-form of Ginny, while Simon is believed to be an uber-form of Harry and Jace is believed to be a carry-over of fanon!Draco.

Valentine's name is eerily reminiscent of Voldemort, and his past is notably similar. The character seems to act like a Palpatine/Voldemort hybrid. Valentine's cult-like group, called the Circle, is similar to Voldemort's Death Eaters. Their goal is to purify the world of Downworlders, much like the Death Eaters strive to rid the world of "mudbloods."

Holly Black

Two characters from Holly Black's urban fantasy series Modern Faerie Tales cameo in City of Bones. [25]

Clary saw a girl about her own age with a smoothly shaved head leaning against a brown-skinned boy with dreadlocks, his face adorned with a dozen piercings. He turned his head as the carriage rolled by as if he could see it, and she caught the gleam of his eyes. One of them was clouded, as though it had no pupil. (page 174) [26]


This section needs more information. [27]

Lord of the Rings

In Chapter 17:The Midnight Flower, Jace gives Clary a witchlight rune-stone and then tells her "It will bring you light even among the darkest shadows of this world and others". The witchlight is very similar to the gift of a phial of the light of EƤrendil that Frodo recieves from Galadriel upon his departure from Lothlorien. Her words to Frodo: "May it be a light for you in dark places when all other lights go out." This instance may be accidental, as their similarities are the handing over of a light and a line about bringing light; yet with Clare's history of fanworks for this fandom, it stands to reason that she'd be familiar with this sequence.


In the first Spiderman movie, Peter Parker has been in love with Mary Jane Watson since he first saw her, when they were five. In City of Bones, Simon tells Clary that he's been in love with her since they met, when they were five.

Star Wars

The plot involving Valentine's relationship as Jace and Clary's father parallels the plot of Star Wars where Darth Vader is Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker's father. In both cases, this relationship was not known by either the reader (though an attentive reader will guess at the heavy foreshadowing by way of Simon's comparing himself and Clary to Han Solo and Leia, and of Clary's mother Jocelyn's marriage to Valentine), nor the characters involved. It is only later revealed.

Valentine's name is reminiscent of Palpatine. The character seems to act like a Palpatine/Voldemort hybrid.

Clary has been compared to Luke Skywalker:

Luke - boy with powers he didn't know (Jedi) - is the son of an important, evil man (ex-Jedi) - fights evil because evil is bad - has a brief attraction to his [unrecognized] sister
Clary - girl with powers she didn't know (the Sight/Shadowhunter/rune-drawing magic) - is the daughter of an important, evil man (ex-Shadowhunter) - fights evil because it will get her mother back and because its bad - has a serious thing for her [unrecognized] brother [28]


In chapter 1 of City of Bones, Clary tries to stop the Shadowhunters from killing "the blue-haired boy" with this line:

"Be-because," Clary spluttered. "You can't just go around killing people."

This is the line John Connor uses in Terminator 2: Judgment Day to try to explain why his terminator protector can't just kill people.

Terry Brooks

The Stiehl is a magical knife that appears in Terry Brooks's Shannara series. The term stele is used in City of Bones as something like a hybrid of a wand and knife:

He slid the thing Clary had thought was a knife back into his belt. It was a long, luminous cylinder, as thick around as an index finger and tapering to a point.
(p. 55, hardcover) states that a stele[29] is neither a wand nor a weapon. This points to a possible rearrangement of letters on the part of Clare, who then never checked to see if the word she "created" was an original one. The definition is as follows:

1. an upright stone slab or pillar bearing an inscription or design and serving as a monument, marker, or the like.
2. Architecture. a prepared surface on the face of a building, a rock, etc., bearing an inscription or the like.
3. (in ancient Rome) a burial stone.
4. Botany. the central cylinder or cylinders of vascular and related tissue in the stem, root, petiole, leaf, etc., of the higher plants.

Uncle Tom's Cabin

"Luke asks Clary not to call him Uncle Luke, because it reminded him of Uncle Tom's Cabin." [30]

Very Secret Diaries

Jace spouts a few lines from the Very Secret Diaries as his own original words.

Luke has a bumper stick which says "Still Not King." [31]

Xena: Warrior Princess

One of the characters, Hodge, uses a "chakhram" as his weapon. This is a misspelled variation of the chakram (also: chackrum, chackram, chackra)[32], which was one of Xena's weapons in the TV show. The chakram is an ancient Indian weapon, though it is believed Hodge grew up in Idris, in the middle of Europe.

The Movie

In August 2008, news came out from mundiesource on Twitter that Cassandra Claire's Mortal Instruments trilogy was being made in to a movie. [33][34][35] [36] Fandom responded swiftly to this news. ohnotheydidnt had over 7 pages of comments. Many people commented on how she was an embarrassment to fandom and brought up her plagiarism. Other people fondly recalled her Very Secret Diaries and other fan fiction.

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