They're no "Divergent": Eight young-adult movie franchises that died untimely deaths
“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”
How could such a well-titled movie franchise go sour? The six-part YA book series became a one-part movie franchise in 2013 when Lily Collins (daughter of Phil) took on the role of rune-interpreting teenager Clary Fray. Clary's story isn't iconic in the way that Katniss Everdeen's is -- and part of that has to do with just how charismatic "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence is, or that the story of a secret underworld of demons and werewolves, particularly one pilloried by critics for being overloaded with ugly CGI, simply isn’t much fun.