Cassandra Clare Is Attending NTTBF and I Am Not Happy About It

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I know from the controversial title of this post, people will judge me, maybe even want to attack me. But before you do, hear me out.

Although I’m a huge fan of Young Adult novels, I’ve never read any of Cassandra Clare’s books. I’ve never been intrigued by them, though I’ve seen a few episodes of Shadowhunters, and it was pretty decent. But that is neither here nor there.

I happen to know a lot about Cassandra Clare’s past because Nicole and I did extensive research about it for our podcast episode: Spilling the Tea About Cassandra Clare, if you want to hear a more thorough explanation.

In our research, we learned that Cassandra Clare has allegedly plagiarized in both fanfiction and her original novels, has cyberbullied people to extreme lengths, has refused to take criticism, has had an obsession with incest, and has overall done her fair share of shady stuff. Again, we talk in detail about all of this in our podcast, so I won’t take the time to explain it here.

I am writing this today because I am very upset by Cassandra Clare’s attendance this year at the North Texas Teen Book Festival. I’ve been attending since the first year it started in 2015. I’ve gotten the chance to see amazing panels, and have met many of my favorite authors throughout the years. I’ve loved each and every experience, and I plan to attend this year and continue attending in the future.

However, upon searching for information about this year’s festival, which will be held on April 21, 2018, I saw a tweet from their official twitter account.


I immediately showed this to Nicole because I couldn’t believe my eyes. Let me preface this by saying that I realize this is a free event, and most of their gains come from book sales. I know that book sales are extremely important for these authors, because many of them aren’t very well known, and this event is great exposure.

But come on, we’re talking about Cassandra Clare, who has created a huge fandom and has a movie and a TV show inspired by her books. She is the biggest author at this festival. At first, her attendance didn’t faze me at all. I was happy for the fans that would get to meet their favorite author, like I’ve done for many years.

But this is absolutely ridiculous. No other author at this festival has ever demanded that their readers buy a specific book to have signed by them. Not one. Not even Holly Black, who is very close friends with Cassandra Clare, and who I think is just as popular.

My anger stems from the fact that the majority of readers are not rich. Most of us can’t afford one copy of a book, let alone two. Requiring for her readers to purchase one of those three very expensive books — even though chances are they already own them — in order to even get in the signing line, is ABSURD.

There is no logical explanation for why Cassandra Clare would have these demands, aside from greed. The majority of these fans are teens. They are attending a free book event in the hopes of meeting their favorite author. They’ve probably bought all of her books from all of her series, which are A LOT. And for her to demand that they buy these extra copies as a requirement for her to sign them is just awful.

I really doubt the reason behind this demand is that her book sales are dwindling, because I don’t see that happening. This is nothing but greed.

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The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

         The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)

          The Iron Trial is the first book in the Magisterium series. The Magisterium series is a five book fantasy series. The third book, The Bronze Key, will be coming out August 30th of this year. The series follows Callum Hunt from when he is twelve to seventeen years old through his years at his magic school.

            In The Iron Trial Call is twelve and goes to take the Iron Trial, which is a test to get into the magic school. The twist is he wants to fail because his father has renounced magic ever since his wife died in the war. He passes, of course, and goes onto school. In this universe, they draw magic from fire, earth, air, water, and the void, or chaos. The rest is pretty generic. Call wrestles with the prejudice his father instilled in him, he struggles to make friends and to learn magic, and he has to deal with some stuff relating to the war and his mother dying, basically.

            I did not like this book. The magic school was interesting. But it showed maybe four magic lessons in all, and three were all of the same lesson. It just took them a long time to get what the mage was trying to show them. There was one twist that surprised me, and that was good. There were two others that either didn’t have the right build up, or simply bored me. That’s pretty much all I can say that was good about this book.

            Telling and summarization ran rampant in this book. Character development was done so poorly. The prejudice that Call had to struggle with? Never affected him in a negative way, and he got over it after two months at the most. The book tried to drag it on, to the very last page, but it was unbelievable. His friends’ development was basically, “After a while, Tamara started to smile more.” It was neither shown that she was uptight before that or that she was more relaxed after. That sentence was all the reader got. The resident bully, Jasper, only existed to insult Call randomly, and fail at magic. There was no real rivalry going on, and Call had no real struggle with him.

            The only thing that was shown in detail was the school itself. Every room was talked about in detail, and honestly, it all sounded the same. It was very annoying.

            There’s a lot of talk about this book being a Harry Potter rip off, and I can see where they are coming from.  I know not every magical school with a trio of friends is like Harry Potter, but there are a lot of other elements very similar that you will see if you read the book. With Cassandra Clare’s past, I don’t feel like giving her the benefit of the doubt.

            I don’t like giving books one star. I typically feel very guilty about it. However, this book is a one star out of five. And I won’t be giving the other books in this series a chance.