October 13, 2016

Cassandra Clare Quotes

“A lot of people have asked me about some of the characters that appear in ‘Clockwork Prince,’ like Aloysius Starkweather and Woolsey Scott. A lot of people like Woolsey Scott, which I was really happy about because he’s very fun to write.”

“And write what you love – don’t feel pressured to write serious prose if what you like is to be funny.”

“As long as they’re making beloved books into movies, people are going to be like, ‘That’s not my mental image of them.’ It takes that moment for it to click and become their mental image.”

“City of Fallen Angels’ ended on a cliffhanger. That was equally loved and hated by my readership.”

“Creating characters is like throwing together ingredients for a recipe. I take characteristics I like and dislike in real people I know, or know of, and use them to embellish and define characters.”

“For me, the triad of ‘Harry Potter,’ the ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Twilight’ feature strong women, and as a declared feminist, it’s a wonderful thing. These women have really opened up this particular world of storytelling, which I’m very grateful for.”

“I am in the U.K. for inspiration because I’m doing a follow on series to ‘The Infernal Devices,’ called ‘The Last Hours.’ It’s a re-telling of ‘Great Expectations’ with ‘Shadowhunters’… because why not! It’s set in 1903, so I’m doing a lot of locational research.”

“I believe that writer’s block is a symptom. It’s not a disease, it’s the symptom of a disease. So what I try to do is kind of do it like ‘House’; write down the symptom and write down the other symptoms. Try to work backwards to figure out what the problem is.”

“I firmly believe that you can’t get a good movie without risking a bad movie. A good adaptation of your book is worth it because it is such a wonderful experience to see your world translated onto the screen.”

“I get a lot of inspiration from research in mythology and folklore. I find that, you know, stories people told each other thousands of years ago are still relevant now.”

“I grew up in L.A., and I worked for ‘The Hollywood Reporter.’ I knew enough about the business to know that the usual role of the author on a movie is to get out of the way and not say anything.”

“I had just moved to New York in September 2001, and immediately 9/11 happened, and of course it completely changed the city and everybody who lived there.”

“I have specific playlists for different books and characters. So, I need to have those with me. It helps me get into the mindset of the book.”

“I love scuba-diving, but I hate all the equipment.”

“I tend to write in coffee shops and restaurants with friends of mine because if I’m at home, I get distracted by the television or the cats or my husband, or… you know – all of those things that make it easy to procrastinate.”

“I think as women we’ve always been very used to growing up reading and identifying with male protagonists, especially in fantasy. There’s a saying in publishing that girls will read about boys, but boys will only read about boys, and it’s important to give women strong heroines.”

“I think that ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ is definitely a book where all the characters are tested to their limits, and they have to make really significant choices about who they are and who they wanna be.”

“I think the main thing to remember when writing a novel is to stay true to the characters.”

“I try to answer all my fan mail. Sometimes I get questions from people who obviously only read the Wiki but haven’t read the books. I’m like, ‘But you have to read the book or you’re not going to get it.'”

“I work on a word count basis, so I have to write three thousand words a day. I can write them in the morning, I can write them in the evening; as long as they get done.”

“In my own work, I don’t have favorite characters, but I have characters that I relate to the most. And I relate the most to Simon from ‘The Mortal Instruments,’ and also Tessa from ‘The Infernal Devices.’ They’re more sort of bookish and shy characters.”

“In other people’s books, I tend to love the really daredevil-y characters. I love Finnick from ‘The Hunger Games.’ And I think, probably, my favorite character of all time is Sherlock Holmes.”

“In the same way that so many people read ‘Harry Potter’ and went to see ‘Harry Potter,’ just because a movie is about a kid, doesn’t mean it’s for kids, and just because a movie is about a girl, doesn’t mean it’s for girls.”

“Music actually inspires me a lot. I listen to a lot of music, and often I find that if I can associate mentally a song or a piece of music with a particular character or scene, it helps me get back into the head of that character.”

“My father is a big believer in nature over nurture.”

“My grandfather was a movie producer, and so I grew up on movie sets.”

“No matter how many books you’ve written, whenever you sit down to write a new book, you always feel the same challenge – how do you shape this story into a book that people are going to love.”

“Nobody sells books like J.K. Rowling. We have a rule in publishing: Never compare anything to ‘Harry Potter’ because it’s like lightning in a bottle.”

“Perfect heroines, like perfect heroes, aren’t relatable, and if you can’t put yourself in the protagonist’s shoes, not only will they not inspire you, but the book will be pretty boring.”

“Read everything! Don’t just read things that are in your comfort zone or things that you think you’re already going to like. Experiment; try new stuff and try new genres. If you read a lot of romance, then start reading mystery. If you read a lot of mystery, start reading fantasy.”

“There are not that many parts for actors who are not white – even less substantive ones.”

“There are so many stories about boys becoming heroes, learning their powers and becoming incredibly heroic. There have to be those stories for girls, too.”

“There’s a stigma that guys hate romance and hate love, but that’s not true. Look at ‘Iron Man.’ There’s a whole through-line plot about his relationship with Pepper, and everybody loves it.”

“We as artists are actively encouraged – by other authors, your agent, publisher, and society – not to think about money, strategy, how to manage your career, how to create a brand, because we’re supposed to focus on the art.”

“When a movie is being made out of a book, there is a mixed reaction on the part of fans because they are both extremely excited and they are also terrified. ‘They are going to take my story, and they are going to mess it up; they are going to ruin it; they’re going to do this; they’re going to do that.'”

“When I started ‘City of Bones,’ I knew exactly what was going to happen in ‘City of Glass.’ When I first started the six-book series, I thought of it as a three-book series.”

“Write every day. Don’t kill yourself. I think a lot of people think, ‘I have to write a chapter a day’ and they can’t. They fall behind and stop doing it. But if you just write even one hundred words a day, it’s not that much. By the end of a month, you’ll have three thousand words, which is one chapter.”

“You know that I had heard so many times people say things like, ‘You could never write ‘Harry Potter’ and have it be about Harriett Potter because nobody would read it; people only want to read an adventure story if it’s about a boy,’ and I thought, ‘I don’t think that’s true.'”

“You put books out into the world, and people form their own visuals and images and attachments to characters; those characters become part of them, and they have their feelings about them.”

“You’re a reader as well as a writer, so write what you’d want to read.”