Every time the first installment of a hopeful new YA-based series hits screens, the industry wonders if it is about to see the next Twilight or Harry Potter. Actually, let me rephrase. Usually, the industry wonders how long it will take the producers of this new series to realize there’s not a chance in hell that they’ve got the next Twilight on their hands. After Harry Potter and Twilight, The Hunger Games was nearly a sure thing; everything else is just hopes and wishes.
We watched the Narnia films try to emulate the success of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, and that series ground out a relatively courageous three films before giving up. Most others don’t even get that far; the Percy Jackson sequel that hit this year is a rare example of most hopeful contenders even getting to a second film.
Now The Mortal Instruments, based on the popular but not popular enough book series by Cassandra Clare, is the latest casualty. Read More »