'Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' Author Cassandra Clare on Dealbreaker Scenes, Fan Expectations, and Sequels

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"The Mortal Instruments" took six years to adapt from a best-selling young adult fantasy to a teen-targeted film franchise, and no one was more invested in how the page-to-screen transformation would work than author Cassandra Clare. Clare spoke to Moviefone about the surreal process of having her supernatural universe turned into a film (now in theaters), and also shared everything from her favorite scenes to her thoughts on the gorgeous cast and her hopes for which fellow authors will have movies made based on their books.

Here are 10 things she wants moviegoers -- especially those already familiar with her books -- to know about the "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" adaptation.

1. Don't Expect a Carbon Copy of the Book

Every adaptation, Clare stresses, is just that; it's not a word-for-word retelling, nor could it ever be (at least without being five hours long). And although a small percentage of
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