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The News At Last

Originally published at Sarah Rees Brennan. You can comment here or there.

So, Cassie Clare and Maureen Johnson are great friends of mine. I could say I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I remember quite clearly: I met Cassie at a party where… let’s just say someone died… and I met Maureen by assaulting her with a cupcake.

Crime’s paid off for me.

Not really for them, all I do is play Taylor Swift at Cassie until she is brainwashed. I did bring my box set of MISFITS to a writing retreat in Mexico, thus introducing Cassie to a certain actor: that contribution of mine worked out okay.

My poor Americans spent their time watching MISFITS going ‘British TV is FILTHY! And that Irish boy is the FILTHIEST OF THEM ALL!’ I was proud for my country.

It was at another writing retreat, this summer in France, where we had THE IDEA. We had adopted a kitten and were sitting around on sofas petting the kitten and plotting who would die in our future novels (answer: LOTS OF PEOPLE).

MAUREEN: You know who I love?


MAUREEN: YES. But also, Magnus.

We all agreed that we loved Magnus, and that we were super excited about seeing Magnus in the movie.

I recall watching The Magnus Audition. I confess, watching The Magnus Audition enhanced my love for Magnus extremely. I clawed at Cassie’s shoulder as I watched it. I maybe bit her. I don’t recall. ‘HE’S SO HANDSOME,’ I kept saying.

‘OW’ said Cassie.

I’m deep. I like characters to have facets, okay? And one of Magnus’s facets is that he is super hot.

Back to the French sofas: I talked about how another thing that had cemented my love for Magnus was reading the Infernal Devices, because he was younger in the 1800s, at least one heartbreak back, a bit more vulnerable, still hilarious and a snappy dresser, and still so kind.

(As I am PARTICULARLY fond of the Infernal Devices, I suggested that perhaps Magnus was acquainted with a certain Mr Herondale’s father…)

We all got to talking about the adventures Magnus must have had over the centuries, the people he’d met, the wacky hijinx he’d got up to, the costumes through the ages. Maureen mimed an escape in a hot air balloon and fell off the sofa. (The kitten was very alarmed.) And we got to a point where we were writing a lot of it down, all together, because that is kind of our thing: we get together and write stuff and laugh our heads off about imaginary people. It was all going really well, and we were like, Wait. Could these be REAL stories? Could we do this?

Maureen and I had to ask ourselves, could we pull off Magnus’s voice? (Cassie thought she probably could, you know…)

Maureen said to herself: Yes, for I am hilarious. (Or at least that’s what she should have said, because she IS.)

And I remembered that I had done Magnus’s voice before, in a way…

In Clockwork Princess, Magnus, seeing how much fun Will and Jem are having (aside from all the blood and curses and romantic complications) gets a bromance of his OWN. We were thinking about how these two characters would speak to each other, and Cassie’s husband Josh and I started bantering back and forth, me playing Magnus, Josh playing Magnus’s NEW BRO.

SARAH AND JOSH: *mad laughter* *some interpretative dance*


… So I decided I could perhaps pull off Magnus’s voice as well.

We all got a bit more serious about the stories, and now this is a REAL THING.

We bring to you THE BANE CHRONICLES, chronicling (you see what we did there) Magnus’s adventures through the ages.

Have you ever wondered about Magnus’s past loves and lies? Magnus and Alec’s first date? How Magnus and Camille got together? What happened in Peru? Starting in February 2013, in the run-up to City of Handsome Magnus: the Movie (Also Starring Some Other People Who Are Pretty Good-Looking) we will put out a Magnus Short Story every month.

There will be ten of Magnus’s magnificent adventures all in all. Some of them Cassie and I are writing, some of them Cassie and Maureen are writing, some Cassie is writing herself as we cruelly abandon her! All of them, we think, are lots of fun.

The NEWS is emblazoned here:


We just hope you will have as much fun reading the stories as we are having writing them!


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 10th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Woot! Yay!!!!

(also: French kitten cameo, yay!)

(my own cats, mind, would probably not even notice if I fell off a sofa... well, except Shy Kitty, because he is convinced that sudden movements are a prelude to his being messily devoured, fluff and all)
Dec. 10th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
Miel, a very caring cat. Those stereotypes about the indifference of the French are not true!
Dec. 11th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
Oh, yow, awesome! Yes, Magnus is a great character.
Dec. 11th, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)
This? Sounds awesome.
Dec. 11th, 2012 06:15 am (UTC)
This post, right here, just made my month. YES! I am so very excited for this and the fabulous talent going into it! The world needs more Magnus. Thank you for doing your part to make this world a better place. :oD
Dec. 11th, 2012 07:52 am (UTC)
I'm pretty interested in this because I've become a BIG fan of ebooks, and I can't wait to see how serial releases will play out. I have a hunch that readers will go wild over this - who wouldn't? - but I'm wondering if this will also spark more releases of this type.

I must say, I enjoy thinking of all the possibilities!

...And I love Magnus and I will be a melted puddle when I see Godfrey Gao on screen. >.>
Dec. 11th, 2012 11:00 am (UTC)
Takes us back to the age of Dickens in a way, doesn't it? It's a fun experiment, we think!

... And really who will not melt at the sight of Godfrey Gao? Good job being handsome, that man.
Dec. 11th, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
Dec. 12th, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
I love Magnus (although, I love Simon Lewis more..:P) but I was hoping that you three wrote a new kickass novel about something magical (or not).
But, this is great, of course..:)

PS : I love Alan Ryves more than Simon Lewis and that's saying something :)
Dec. 12th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
Omg, seriously? Magnus short stories?! I LOVE Magnus! So so so so so much. He's such a unique and interesting character and did I mention I love him? I love him. You are so fortunate to be able to ACTUALLY write stories about him and it ACTUALLY be CANON. I'm so jealous, and yet....You will do such a good job; you and Magnus together are bound to be beyond hilarious. Congrats on getting to work on this! Really looking forward to it muchly.
Dec. 12th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
I know: it's so great that a bi dude of colour is going to get to be the star in something that gets promoted, you know? Very exciting! Must not let people down. ;)
Dec. 13th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
I KNOW! ISN'T IT AWESOME? Sorry for shouting but I am SUPER EXCITED about this movie. To be perfectly honest, when I found out it was being made, my initial reaction was "MAGNUS AND ALEC IN A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE AOIEHDFIKJSUHBDGFLAS" complete with happy dance (imagine me thrashing around alarmingly whilst shrieking). My second reaction was to tell everyone I knew who wasn't already aware.

I don't think you have to worry about letting anyone down. I really don't. Your writing style goes along with Magnus perfectly: humorous, yet meaningful. Can't wait to read these. ^_^
Dec. 14th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
I am so proud of Cassie. ;) She's done an amazing thing and she had to be very firm to do it.
Dec. 14th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
+10,000 Awesome Points to her for doing it!
Apr. 23rd, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, so basically you're responsible for Robert Sheenan being in City of Bones?

I love you.
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