Clare, who previously discussed "the Twilight effect" with some reverence last month, is ushering in the release of her latest novel Clockwork Princess today and talked extensively about the impact the Saga and its fellow Young Adult fiction phenoms like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games (along with her own Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series) have had upon the literary world.
The "triad" of fellow stories, she told the Daily Mail in an interview published this morning, "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." Note: Harry Potter features a young male as its predominant figure but is incredibly attentive to the female best friend, Hermione Granger.
"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," she added. "And as women we’ve come to recognise the necessity of writing these characters and making them accessible to everybody." Hear hear!
Clare, whose books Stephenie Meyer once blurbed about (saying "The Mortal Instruments series is a story world I love to live in. Beautiful!"), also issued praise for the impact Meyer has upon getting some series a wider audience at the outset.
"Stephenie has been lovely, super-promotive and she’s recommended my books to a lot of people," Clare said. "She read the manuscripts of two of my books early on and was also one of the first big promoters of the Hunger Games, she talked about it everywhere." (Meyer had said of THG early on, "I was so obsessed with this book I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn't have to stop reading.")
Clockwork Princess is on shelves now, and the adaptation of her first book, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, hits theaters on Aug. 2. Coincidentally, the film stars Twilight Saga alum Jamie Campbell Bower as the hunky male lead, Jace Wayland.