It’s a little known fact that this book series was originally based on fan fiction.
It garnered popularity quickly online and the author retooled (barely) her books into the now popular series.
The books are still rife with plagiarism, from characters to line-for-line dialogue, but it’s not enough for any of the pissed off parties (and they are pissed) to sue. The movie based on the books flopped and they’re currently working on a new version in a different medium.
Our author is said to be an absolute thug on set and online.
She will literally email and harass you under false names, comment on your articles with alter egos and use her ‘star’ as an instrument to bully those who attack her.
The Mortal Instruments