“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” judging by the trailer, is bound to be better as a movie than as a book.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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The acting of Lily Collins, Lena Headey and Jamie Bower seems to keep par with the writing for characters Clary, Jocelyn and Jace, respectively. Even better, for the enchanting, sexual or violent scenes, the movie will oust Cassandra Clare’s fragile imagery in favor of visible detail, and put into play the vagueness of her written choreographies with satisfying certainty.

The characters’ dialogue in the book is antiquated in the patchy manner of inexperienced writers, but the trailer seems to smooth this over happily, replacing many of the strangely Victorian back-and-forths with dramatic concision. However, that isn’t to say that the characters are unlike their literary counterparts.

With some children’s books, a tiny part of us screams that the transformation of a world composed solely of imagination into another Hollywood product is somehow blasphemous. If the trailer is any indication, this little voice will not trouble us this time. “City of Bones” looks like fantastic trash fantasy.

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