illyrias_pet (illyrias_pet) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

ONTD Original: ALLEGED Cassandra Clare (@cassieclare) a/k/a Judith Remelt/Lewis Controversies

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tl; dr: Basically, Cassie is being sued right now by Sherri Kenyon, the author of the Dark Hunters series. Kenyon claims Cassie originally used darkhunters and changed it to shadowhunters, promising not to place emphasis on it, but now is with the TV series being named Shadowhunters instead of Mortal Instruments.

There are also similarities between The Mortal Instruments and The Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. Both have Valentine an evil unknown biological father, the name Infernal Devices, special weapons, etc. and the Engines series is known as Predator Cities in the US despite the author not liking it. Some suspect it's because even tho his series was made in 2001, it didn't come to the US til 2012 which was when Cassie's series got really popular.

Everything else is fandom wank, her Ron/Ginny incest fic, allegations of bullying, past possible fanfic plagiarism, etc.

Disclaimer: Everything I write in this post is legal and will NOT infringe on fair use or have defamatory claims. Cassandra Clare is a limited-purpose public figure, meaning she is not a household name, but has willingly put herself in the public eye through her writing of the popular young adult books turned movie/TV series, The Shadowhunter Chronicles. "Limited-purpose public figures, like public figures, have at least temporary access to the means to counteract false statements about them. They also voluntarily place themselves in the public eye and consequently relinquish some of their privacy rights. For these reasons, false statements about limited-purpose public figures that relate to the public controversies in which those figures{C}{C}{C}{C} are involved are not considered defamatory unless they meet the actual-malice test set forth in Sullivan."  There is no malicious intent from the original OP aka me and no proof numbers wise that Ms. Clare's reputation has been damaged, since she is still one of the most successful YA writers, regardless of previous controversies. These previous controversies will be reported on by me and NOT be taken as 100% true or false. I do not have the means to know whether or not these are libel and will only report on the allegations. Actual text from works in this
post will be cited under fair use. No passages from any of Cassandra Clare's own copyrighted works from the published series, The Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, Bane Chronicles, etc will be use. The, Cassandra Claire's fanfiction, "Mortal Instruments", is credited to Claire for writing and belongs to JK Rowling under copyright law due to the use of her characters and exact settings (ex. Hogwarts or The Burrow). This does not infringe on Ms. Rowling's copyright because she has publically stated she is okay with fanfiction and cannot infringe on Ms. Clare's since it does not belong to her. This is likewise for her fanfiction series, "The Draco Trilogy." Copyright for excerpts of lifted lines also goes to Pamela Dean. My post also falls under commentary/criticism. Futhermore, I am not suggesting anything Cassandra Clare did is legally wrong.


Author of the Dark Hunters series, Sherrilyn Kenyon, has recently filed a lawsuit, stating that Clare's series is so similar to hers that Clare's publisher once printed 100,000 copies of her book referencing Kenyon's series and originally used dark hunters, before promising she wouldn't put great emphasis on the term shadowhunter (it is now the name of the TV series). Other similarities include a line of warriors who protect humans from demons, how a young person becomes the hunter, and both having enchanted swords that are "divinely forged, imbued with otherworldly spirits, have unique names, and glow like heavenly fire."

There are also similarities between Philip Reeve's "The Mortal Engines Quartet" and Clare's "The Mortal Instruments" and "Infernal Devices" series. One of Reeve's books is also called the "Infernal Devices," the same name as one of Clare's series. Content similarities include the use of "special weapons" like Reeve's ODIN, Diamond Bat, Jinju 14, and the Nine Sisters and Clare's Mortal Instruments (Mortal Cup, Sword, Mirror) and a few shared character names like Magnus and Valentine. In The Mortal Engines, Thaddeus Valentine is the biological father of the unknowing female protagonist, Hester Shaw who wishes to get revenge on him for killing her mother and who she believes to be her father when she is young. In The Mortal Instruments, antagonist Valetine Morgenstern is revealed to be the father of female protagonist, Clary Fray. The Mortal Engines series came out in the UK in 2001, but was not published
in the US until 2012. When it was published here, it was called Predator Cities or The Hungry City Chronicles, leading some to suspect it was because of the original title's similarity to the now YA best seller and soon to be movie. Although, the similarites haven't been addressed by either author or publisher, Reeve did say this about the new title:

What are 'The Hungry City Chronicles'?

When the Mortal Engines books were first published in the United States my then U.S. publisher, Harpercollins, felt that they needed a series title, and they chose The Hungry City Chronicles.  I've never liked it and I never use it, so you won't find it mentioned anywhere else on this site!



The Draco Trilogy was an extremely popular epic fanfiction. It had many lines taken from shows like Buffy, but these were taken as a game of "easter eggs," where you would have to guess where certain witty one liners came from. What created the most controversy and resulted in Cassie's ban from was passages used from Pamela Dean. The full long debacle is from Avacado on journalfen or a shorter version on Fanlore, but here is their short excerpt of the similarities between The Hidden Land and Draco Sinister.

Draco opened his eyes, or thought he did. He could not see anything with them, not blackness, not anything. Harry, he tried to say, but he had nothing to say it with – no throat, no voice. It was like dreaming, and knowing he was dreamin
g, but not being able to wake himself up.

"Harry!" he called out, and this time he heard his own voice, and jumped.

Ted opened his eyes, or thought he did. He could not see anything with them, not blackness, not anything. He did not seem to have eyes, or anything else. Randolph, he tried to say, but he had nothing to say it with. It was like dreaming, and knowing you were dreaming, and trying to wake up by remembering the bed, and the pillow, and the color of your pajama sleeve: it was like the time just before the trick worked and you woke up.

"Randolph!" said Ted, and jumped. He had a voice, and ears to hear it, and a nervous system to make him jump when he was startled.

Cassie announced that her laptop was stolen along with her roomate and boyfriend's. Over $2000 was rasied by around 300 people in 10 hours. More donations were taken for a hospital toy drive, since she said a box of toys she meant to donate was stolen too. The amount of money used for donations, laptops, or possibly kept for personal use was never told and Fan History Wiki allegedly said over $10,000 was raised. There was a lot of "fandom wank" over people being upset that money couldn't be raised like that for their own causes, such as cancer, and suspicion that not all the money was used for the charity drive or laptops. Some people even alleged that the apartment was not broken into in the first place. Read more at FanLore.

People from the Harry Potter fandom have accused Clare of cyber bullying in the form of threats, censorship, and "in person" action. These allegations include threats to delete any mention of plagiarism, finding a number from your IP address and calling the person or their parents, and even having the police or the person's university confront you about Clare's own accusations. You can read more about one person's point of view and claim of Cassie trying to get them kicked out of their university.

Note: Plagiarized lines or passages (ie. Buffy or Pamela Dean's works) from any of her fanfiction have not been used in her public works to my knowledge. However, certain elements that are technically original and Clare's ideas have been reused. For example, the "father-son falcon scene" was used for Draco/Lucius Malfoy in The Draco Trilogy and Jace/Valentine in The Mortal Instruments. Another reused element is simply a title. The Mortal Instruments is the name of her popular YA series, while Mortal Instruments is the name of her now deleted fanfiction about Ron/Ginny. It is not illegal or copyright infringement to repost a deleted fanfiction, since Clare doesn't own copyright and J.K. Rowling allows fanfiction, so enjoy one of the only copies online. Like the cut says warning: incest, smut, NC-17. Since it's too long, here's some snippets plus a link.

Link to full fic
"Do you think she takes his clothes off for him?" Ginny says softly to Ron, and she is leaning towards him, her hands following her voice, sliding across his stomach, cool and damp, rainwater slicking the path of her fingers as they slide up under his shirt. "Does she unbuckle his belt and slide his zipper down or does she let him do it, does she sit and watch him and touch herself?" She is half in his lap now, straddling him, her nightgown rucked up around the tops of her thighs. She smells of girl, damp and heavy, of sweat and rain. "You can touch me," she says. "If you want to."

"He rolls her onto her back, trying to cushion her body with his hands and arms but she wriggles free of him, hooking her thumbs into the waistband of her panties, dragging them down."You too," she says, tugging at him; their clothes are so wet it is like peeling away tissue paper, the kind that comes in expensive boxes of chocolates. They are only as naked as they need to be: his pajama bottoms down around his knees, her dress pushed up under her breasts."

"Now, she is whispering, and he thinks how small she is, and that he cannot possibly fit himself into her, that he will break her in pieces and then break himself."
"He has stopped fighting Charlie now. There is no point. He can see that in the look on her face – the silent triumph that Harry, of course cannot see. But Ron knows his sister’s face as well as he knows his own, and in her eyes he finds the answer to the question he had asked her the night before: What was the point? This silent triumph is more than the knowledge of conquest: it is the finally-realized greed of a girl with six older brothers, who is used to waiting to get what she wants. Ron remembers when they were children – and he is so far from a child now – how she hung on to him when she learned to ice-skate, and the way she healed his cuts and scrapes when she was learning Medical Magic, and the way he was always the one she tried everything on,
be it spells or cooking. He should not be surprised now, he knows. This is hardly the first time she has used him for practice."
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