Today’s post is dedicated to a fictional character found in the young adult (YA) urban fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.
In this series, Jace is a shadowhunter with human and angelic blood, thus making him a nephilim. Unlike the giants mentioned in the Book of Enoch, the nephilim in The Mortal Instruments series are the ones who protect humans from demons, thus the name shadowhunters. Their angelic blood gives them enhanced human strength, agility, coordination and stamina.
Now on to Jace’s complicated character. He has the arrogance, promiscuity, and devil-may-care attitude of a bad boy, combined with a great sense of duty and chivalry. Deep down, he believes himself to be evil on some level, which is a theme he carries throughout the series.
Like a bad boy, his love for the heroine, Clary Fray, changes him dramatically. When he first meets her, we see he believes that to love something is to destroy it. The author, Cassandra Clare, does a brilliant job of illustrating Jace’s complexity in a single story from his childhood. (Which I won’t go into here, because I.m not a fan of spoilers).
The movie, The Mortal Instruments, is due to come out in 2013 from Sony pictures, and it could be the next Hunger Games, providing the Urban Fantasy trend continues. The fans’s first pick to play Jace (opposite Lily Collins as Clary Fray) was Alex Pettyfer, but he turned it down. In his place is Jamie Campbell Bower, who apparently is beefing up considerably for the role.
What do you think? If you’re a fan of the Mortal Instruments, Do you think he will make a good Jace?