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“You’re not seriously calling us the new Twilight?”

Do a quick Google search, and you’ll see any of a number of posts calling The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones the new Twilight.  That comparison is based on the implication that “any story about a girl and the supernatural is exactly the same as every other story about a girl and the supernatural”, as The Mortal Instruments author Cassandra Clare put it. 

Clare took to Tumblr to explain how “stupid and  offensive” these comparisons are, especially when  these are the very same people “who are aware of the tiniest gradations of difference in stories about men, and would rip out your throat for suggesting that Iron Man and Batman are kind of similar”.

But is the media wrong for making such comparisons? Is The Mortal Instruments really the new Twilight? We break down the similarities and differences between these two franchises for you to decide.

Yes. The Mortal Instruments is the new Twilight because:

1. Same formula.

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It’s always 2 guys and a girl who can’t make up her mind.

The female lead who discovers she is special and that supernatural elements (vampires and werewolves) exist in her ‘normal’ world. There’s a love triangle, where the girl has two boys who like her (how lucky!) but she can’t decide between them. Ironically, while the girl struggles to make up her mind, the readers have already chosen sides. Team Jacob!

2. One thing separates the obvious pair.

In Twilight, it was the vampire vs human conundrum. And in The Mortal Instruments, it has, well, something to do with i****t.


3. Same hand gesture.

This is the real proof that these 2 movies are the same. Enuff said. *winks*

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Show me your hand: Clary Fray’s and Bella Swan’s hand poses are not so different.

To be fair, Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games was caught doing this too.

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No. The Mortal Instruments is NOT the new Twilight because:

1. One heroine is chosen, the other heroine chose. 

Unlike Twilight‘s Bella, who was normal and chose to be a vampire, Clary in The Mortal Instruments was always a shadow hunter and just didn’t know it. Lily Collins explains this in her interview with MTV

” She doesn’t choose to become part of this other world. She already is a shadow hunter, unlike Bella maybe, who chooses to become a vampire,” Collins said.

–>Check out our interview with Lily Collins for more on her thoughts on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

2. One heroine kicks ass, the other waits to be rescued. 

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E! Online was so unimpressed with Twilight’s Bella Swan that they named City of Bones’s Clary Fray as one of the 5 Heroines Way Better Than Twilight’s Bella.  Unlike Bella, who cowers in the corner and waits for Edward to  save her, Lily Collins argues that Clary “doesn’t let romance define her. She’s on this single track to get her mom back. She doesn’t victimize herself. She’s always thinking of new answers to questions, instead of letting people solve it for her.”

2. Vampires.  

Unlike the vampires in Twilight who sparkle in the sun, ‘the vampires in The Mortal Instruments are far more traditional. They are allergic to crosses and sunlight, can’t go into churches, [and] fear holy water.”

Edward sparkles in the sun while Raphael, the vampire lieutenant in The Mortal Instruments sparkles only in the moonlight.

Elyas M'Barek to Play Raphael in 'Mortal Instruments

3. Clary and Bella lives in different places. Stupid.

In her Tumblr post, Cassandra Clare told a delightfully biting story about an interviewer who put to her that Clary and Bella are kind of similar. She pointed out to the interviewer that  “Batman and Iron Man are kind of similar too because they are both white billionaires in their thirties with daddy issues who don’t have special powers but use their time, smarts and money to build themselves technologically superior toys that will allow them to become superheroes”. The interviewer stared at her and then said: “But Iron Man lives in California.”

So by following the interviewer’s logic, “Clary is different from  Bella. You see, Bella lives in Washington and Clary lives in New York.” Glad we cleared that up!

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens in Philipines, Hong Kong and India on Aug 21. It also opens in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia on Aug 22, Indonesia on 28 Aug, and Taiwan and Vietnam on 30 Aug.  A full list of the movie’s opening dates worldwide is available here.

What do you think? Is The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones really the new Twilight?