The Draco Trilogy is a Draco-centric epic written and posted in instalments by Cassandra Clare over a period of six years, consisting three novel-length stories: . Book One in the Draco Trilogy, written by Cassandra Clare. “When an accident in Potions class turns Harry into Draco and Draco into Harry, each is trapped. Book One in the Draco Trilogy, written by Cassandra Clare. “When an accident in Potions class turns Harry into Draco and Draco into Harry, each is trapped play.
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Actually, I have a whole skeleton to pick with Cassandra Clare, but that sounds a little more excessive than is needed.
Originally, when Clare, originally known as Cassandra Claire in the Harry Potter fandom, announced she was getting a trilogy published, I was ecstatic. As a huge, longtime fan of her hilarious and in-depth Draco Trilogy, I knew I absolutely had to read the first book of her trilogy when it came out. Of course, back then, I was woefully uneducated about a lot of things.
Okay, technically, everything had been stolen because it was fanfiction. Although as far as I am aware, the plots of her fanfiction were still her own or at least mostlythe writing, which was snappy, witty, and often laugh out loud hilarious, was often not hers. The hysterical quotes my friends and I would giggle about were most often taken and changed very slightly from other books, films, or television shows, and often whole chunks of dialogue and description were taken from these sources, with only a line or two attributed.
Fast forward a few years: Clare befriends Holly Black, who reads her work and refers her to an agent. Clare gets a book deal for her trilogy, The Mortal Instruments.
The Draco Trilogy – Fanlore
I probably still would have read at least the first one had I been more aware of the plagiarism problem, but not due to excitement. But back then, I only had an inkling that Clare had done something wrong, and at that time, I was inclined to believe fandom was wrong, lashing out at someone who had done great things since her time in Harry Potter land because they were jealous. But as we all know, a good book relies on much more than plot and premise, and unfortunately, the characters were straight out of The Draco Trilogy.
But Hermione Granger still always retains a bit of Hermione Granger, no matter how garbled an interpretation of her is and let me tell you, although Clare had a lot of faults, I thought that her interpretations of the Harry Potter characters were, though not totally accurate, both compelling and interesting.
When I opened the book, I knew that Clary was Ginny. Valentine was a strange mixture of Lucius and Voldemort. And Jace, of course, was undeniably Draco.
The way Clare characterizes Jace is the exact same way she characterized her Draco.
The second I read the scene in which Jace tells Clary the story about the boy and the falcon, I felt an unpleasant jolt of recognition: But I knew it was if not word for word taken from her fanfiction, it was very, very close. The frightening thing about The Mortal Instruments series is that its plot is nowhere near as interesting as the plot of her original fanfiction trilogy, and it has nothing to do with the fact that the characters in The Draco Trilogy were familiar faces.
The plot was better.
The premise was better. And just to give you an idea of how much I mean this, I sometimes yearn to read the original Draco Trilogy, even with all of its horrible problems. I have still not read the third book of The Mortal Instrumentsand I refuse to read anything past that.
Once The Mortal Instruments series was over or, at least, I thought it wasI felt that perhaps Clare might be able to leave her old writing behind and embark on something brand new.
I was willing to believe that she was hung up and in love with these characters she had created when she started writing The Draco Trilogy long ago. It was a long effort, and she made absolutely no money off it. I can understand the impulse to want to be rewarded for pleasing so many people for so long. Instead, she left The Mortal Instruments and started writing a steampunk trilogy set in Victorian England.
About — you guessed it — the world she created in The Mortal Instruments. Shadowhunters are still the main characters. And then in addition to all of this, Clare — horror of all horrors — decided to extend her original trilogy to six books instead of three.
I understand that there is money involved. I also understand that she loves her characters. I am a writer. I get attached to my own creations pretty easily. But the thing is, as a writer, you also have to know when to let things go. Television shows have this problem. And then, all of the sudden, she starts it again.
But the problem is that the trilogy is already self-contained: The plot has been resolved. There is nothing left to happen with these characters that has not already happened. She has her steampunk trilogy, which is also about Shadowhunters, but does not relate to the characters in The Mortal Instruments series.
Newsflash, Cassandra Clare, changing the setting and the names but not personalities of your characters does not make a book different from the last one you wrote.
Rowling, who provided her with the characters, premise, and setting for her beloved trilogy. My problem is the fact that Cassandra Clare is in the authorly equivalent of a time loop, and has come full circle. My problem is the fact that Cassandra Clare is, in essence, writing fanfiction of her own work, and it is getting published and she is getting paid bank for it, when other far more original and talented authors are getting absolutely nothing for their hard work.
So dear Cassandra Clare: Cassandra Clare kind of takes this issue to a whole different level than I thought was even possible. Her novels, however, bear zero resemblance in plot, character, and premise to the fanfiction she wrote back in the day. It can be done that means! And wow, you know a ton. Thank you so much for sharing. I still love the mortal instruments. However, this is absolutely ridiculous — not what you wrote, but what Cassandra has been doing. Paper Droids — Three Takes on Fanfiction.
But again this is also just my opinion:: And as for your ridiculous claim that her characters are the same as those from Harry Potter? How on earth can Harry be seen as similar to Alec in any way? The tone of this piece started as quite fair, but your last paragraph, well, seems as though you may be a tad jealous perhaps?
I noticed this too! After the first two books in her Mortal Instruments series everything started repeating itself. Either way now I have a bone to pick with Cassandra Claire too. Oh and I must read this Draco Trilogy. I actually called her out about Jace being the same character as Draco during a book reading in Chicago a few years ago and she denied it! I was so mad. I also see no resemblance between Jace and Draco. This storyline is about Shadowhunters and Nephilim and I thought the whole idea behind these stories was brilliant.
Using biblical stories to create her own supernatural world is genius. I love the world of Shadowhunters. The plot of these book is amazing and you become emotionally invested in the characters.
Here is your proof. She did plagiarize, and the author is not jealous. This whole link shows how much plagiarize in her fan fiction. Reblogged this on Currently Untitled and commented: Add your thoughts here… optional.
They were still Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Draco, but with her own spin on the personalities. What the author of this post was saying was that Cassandra took those spins in personality of her fanfiction, and put them into the personalities of her original characters in TMI. I am surprised but unsurprised at this.
I am SICK of authors who have no talent, trilpgy their way into the publishing world. I find it abhorrent that they are being paid to write crap, which claite the minds of thousands of young teens. In fact, I feel so strongly about this, that I hope to start a publishing house in the future that is really devoted to bringing back well-written, original stories which are often overshadowed by fads like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
The world of writing and reading deserves more than despicable people without talent getting a hand in making money out of plagiarism and stereotypical characters. I am so disgusted with Clare after reading this!
Thank you so much for putting the article up here. I will definitely discourage family and friends from picking up her soiled, ruinous money-making books if I dare depict them as books and not abominations. She does not have a backbone and she is nothing but a bully. I am not surprised that the flipped out on you on twitter, she is known for that.
She is also known for threatening anyone who mentions her plagiarism with her lawyers. I am also not surprised that she plagiarized her work. Dracp your idea would be great, especially for real talented Authors who write original work and who are not just fads or authors like Clare. I hope that you do start that publishing house in the future. I do not support authors that blatantly steal from other authors who actually worked hard to establish their careers.
To me Clare is just a coat-tail rider,an opportunist and a despicable person. People always miss the point of the HP connection. The problem is that she is using acssandra from something she plagarised as a basis for something she is claiming to be original fiction. If she had written something that had no connection whatsoever to or echoed The Draco Trilogy there would not be a problem.
None of us know her personally, so there is no justification for callig her vile or despicable.