The love and hate relationship with Cassandra Clare`s books



Time for an unpopular opinion: I hate Cassandra Clare`s books. Time for a popular opinion: I love Cassandra Clare`s books. Truth be told, I have a complicated relationship with them. On one side, I am completely fascinated with the Shadowhunters world. I love me some vampires, werewolves, warlocks and sexy angels. So what`s the problem them? Well, I just can`t stand her main characters. I am a proud feminist and yet every time I hear a sentence from Clary or Tessa, I feel the need to punch them. I hate the Mary Sue types, especially when they are rude and bratty, yet all the male protagonists seem to fall for them. And of course, they fall for the jerk, ignoring the nice guy.
Both Clary and Tessa are meant to be compassionate, smart and sensitive, but I don`t see it. On many occasions, they`re superficial. I was so disgusted by Tessa`s remarks about Sophie`s appearance, I wanted to throw the book out of the window. And don`t get me started about Clary`s attitude! The way she makes poor Izzy the enemy, whilst stringing Simon along was crude. I had problems rooting for Clary and Tessa throughout the series. I know their personalities get a bit better, but it wasn`t enough. I would have given up on the entire Shadowhunters universe if it wasn`t for the side characters. And here comes the loving part.

Whilst I believe Cassie Clare did a poor job with our heroines, she did a phenomenal job with all the other characters. You have Simon, who`s the funny and nerdy character every bookworm can relate to. You have Jem, who gave me unrealistic expectations of how guys should be (though my husband is pretty awesome too, I`ll admit). Charlotte Branwell is the feminist character I always wanted to read about. I have all the love in the world for the Lightwood brother, Luke and Maya. And last, but not least, Banus Bane the BAE. He is one of my favourite fictional characters ever! 

I guess that one of the things I dislike is that these amazing characters don`t get enough exposure. The stories are too focused on Tessa and Clary. And yes, I know that`s how books go. The main character gets all the glory. But when you create such a diverse cast, it`s nice to share the spotlight. While it gets so many things wrong, I do like that the TV Show focuses so much on other characters besides Jace and Clary. Malec is giving me life, for real!

At the time of writing this post, I`ve yet to start Lady Midnight. Maybe Emma will be the one to break the curse (Once Upon a Time shameless plug in). I don`t know. I just wanted to make a post where I clarify my feelings. Because I don`t want to be branded as a hater. Considering some of my favourite characters are from the Shadowhunter universe. I just want a main character that is not a spoiled white girl who feels entitled to everything. And treats the people who SAVE her miserably.

21 comments :

  1. I think you will like Emma. She is kind of the anti-Clary. She may be a Carstairs, but she plays more like a Herondale.

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    1. Lady Midnight seems quite different from the previous ones, so I think I`ll enjoy it more.

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  2. I've only ever read one Cassandra Clare book, and that was City of Bones. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either, and I think that was largely because I found Clary to be quite annoying, although I liked quite a lot of the side characters. I keep thinking about reading more of her books, but there just always seems to be others books I'm way more excited about.
    Maybe I'll get to them one day! I can definitely understand your whole love/hate relationship with them though. It's just the worst when you like the world of a story, and most of the characters, but the heroine is really annoying!

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    1. Phew, someone else found Clary annoying AF. If it wasn`t for the side characters, I would have DNFed that book at page 50.

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  3. there is nothing worse than an annoying main character who gets everything, bleugh. Dont think I'd enjoy it
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. Ugh, an annoying main character is the worst.

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  4. AH I FEEL YOU. I love and hate them? I haven't even finished TMI OR TID. I don't like the main characters, but I also am not the biggest fan of Clare's writing. I put down the last book in TID when I read TWO PARAGRAPHS describing Tessa's dress during a fight. I mean, really? She's running away from danger and Clare took two freaking paragraphs to describe how the dress moved and got dirty? I don't care.... hahah

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    1. Yes, finally someone feels the same way about her writing. I think it`s meant to be deep, but it`s pretentious and superficial.

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  5. I've not yet read any Cassandra Clare books and it's the points you make that have put me off trying one! I think I would be too irritated to see past the lead characters.

    Stephanie Jane @ Literary Flits

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    1. I mean, the other characters are OK. But the leads are terrible.

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  6. I have this same issues. Total Love / Hate relationship! So I tend to not boost them or talk about them so much...and I read them all eventually. But they arent the best books in the world.

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    1. I know what you mean. I was afraid people would torch my house after this post.

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  7. I tried to get into these but I just never did! Might need to revisit them and have a love/hate relationship too haha

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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    1. Some parts are good. She knows how to work her plots, I`ll give her that. But that leads, OMG! So annoying.

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  8. I've never been a big fan of her books. I read City of Bones and was pretty meh about it. I did like Clockwork Angel, but never continued with the series. After reading your post I wonder how much of that has to do with the MCs. I usually need to like a main character to enjoy a book.

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    1. Maybe it`s the same for you. I think I`ll probably continue, but I fail to see the hype.

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  9. I can understand the love/hate relationship with them, although for a different reason! I just feel like the series/world has gone on such a long time and I'm not sure they still hold their original appeal to me.
    -Amy @ burstingwithbooks.com

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    1. I am curious about Lady Midnight though. People say I`ll enjoy that one.

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    2. I didn't actually enjoy Lady Midnight, so I haven't read the sequel yet, but I think that it was mainly due to not reading the short stories. I didn't realize that you were "supposed" to read The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy first, so I think I'm going to read those and then try to continue on with the series from there. I just didn't have a good attitude about it, so I think I'll like it better on a reread! Hope you do too!

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  10. I always view her books as ones I enjoyed at the time, but I don't think I'd enjoy them if I picked them up today.

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    1. Yeah, I think many people are nostalgic about them.

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