5 Things To Do Before Seeing 'Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones'

Mortal Instrumentsby Jessica Marshall

The mundane days that you spent waiting for "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" are at an end. The film hits theaters today!

It's the story of Clary (Lily Collins), an average artsy fartsy New York City teen, who discovers she's part of a long line of demon-slaying Shadowhunters after her mother is kidnapped. Vowing to save her mum (played by “Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey), she enters a dark otherworld she never knew existed. There to guide her every step of the way is fellow Shadowhunter and inevitable love interest, Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower).

Before you take a sip from the Mortal Cup and head to theaters, here are five things you should do.

Read the books

Clary and the rest of the Shadowhunting gang came from the brains of Cassandra Clare, who wrote about their adventures in a best-selling six-part YA novel series (the sixth and final book, "City of Heavenly Fire," is slated to come out early next year).

Watch "Supernatural"

This long-running, much-loved CW series is also about insanely attractive demon-hunters. In this case, it's brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, who scour the countryside on a mission to rid the world of nefarious supernatural types.

Don your battle runes

All good Shadowhunters sport them to amplify their demon-slaying powers. Make like a Shadowhunter yourself and head to Hot Topic, where you can get temporary rune tattoos! A little angelic power goes a long way.

Call your mother

Clary puts her life on the line, risking everything she has to save her mother. The very least you can do for yours is give a phone call. You may not have fought powerful demons to do so, but she'll definitely appreciate the gesture, we're sure.

Drink from the Mortal Cup

This sacred object turns boring old mundanes into angelic demon-slaying Shadowhunters. Who wouldn't want to drink from it? Grab yourself a fancy-looking goblet, fill it with something red (not blood, please)...and bottoms up!

BONUS: Stay tuned for the sequel

Production on the first sequel, “City of Ashes,” is already kicking off, with Sigourney Weaver in talks to join the cast.

How are you preparing for "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"?