The Mortal Instruments City of Bones: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion — wooh, that’s a mouthful! — is a full colour, full of photos companion book to the first of what will hopefully be a six film series. Much like the illustrated movie companions to other major YA franchises like The Hunger Games and Twilight, this book provides a general rundown of the “making of” and is filled with stills from the film. Not as many behind the scenes/making of shots as I would have expected, but the book is fairly short (clocking in at 128 pages total).
The book briefly covers Cassie’s story of writing the series, how key crew got involved (like Harald Zwart), the casting, and the filming. By far, my favorite chapters were those on designing the sets, the props, and costumes and makeup looks. It really feels like they went above and beyond to make sure every detail and choice was thoughtful and extra awesome.
The rest of the material covered was pretty familiar — and maybe that’s because we cover similar ground in our “making of” chapter in Navigating the Shadow World. So for fans new to the series, or more familiar with the books than with the movie, this could be an informative read.
My main complaint with it was it was too short and too cursory. More please! I think, as a fandom, we love detail and in depth/insider reveals and this book, while well written and cracking the odd TMI insider joke (much appreciated!) was too short to really get into things. There were a few script pages with Zwart’s doodles or initial designs and it would be awesome to see more of that stuff. Like Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight director’s notebook type stuff. Or like that first Twilight illustrated movie companion that went deeper into the filmmaking process.
All in all, a good quick read that will get you even more psyched for TMI: City of Bones!