Hi Cassie! I hope you are having a great day, and thank you for creating this amazing world, i love your books so much, and i admire you a lot! So, i know the mayority of people ships Marktina, but i ship so much Cristina and Diego; I love their interaction and dinamic, and the way Diego looked for Cristina to clear things up its very sweet... Is there a possibility that she is still in love with Diego? Are they maybe going to be together again as couple? Thanks, Greetings from Panama!
All I can say is: there’s always a chance for (most) couples (not, like, Emma/Arthur or other very weird and never hinted at stuff but I don’t really get asked about that.)
One of the things that’s interesting about writing, for me, is creating relationships where there’s a complicated and interesting dynamic at play. With Cristina and Diego, it had a lot to do with: if your first love comes back, can you recapture that feeling you once had; what happens when you basically grew up with someone and fell in love but they haven’t told you the whole truth; Diego and Cristina share a lot in their pasts, but does their future include each other, etc.
Of course, with Kieran and Mark, there’s also an interesting dynamic: can mark forgive Kieran, sure, but also, what about their past, the way they met? They came together under desperate circumstances, what does that mean for them now? Can they have a healthy relationship? What would that mean?
And with Cristina and Mark: she’s one of the only people who doesn’t have any expectations of Mark based on who he was before he was kidnapped, or who he was in the Wild Hunt. She offers Mark the chance to just be who he is right now, without the burdens of his past — but she also represents the Shadowhunter world, not the faerie world. And for her, Mark has all the wildness of faerie, which is both appealing and frightening, especially for someone as devoted to home, family, and the Angel as she is.
So I guess I would say: often I think when people are asking “Is there a chance?” they’re asking if a relationship will be explored more, and usually the answer is yes: however there is no chance (none, zilch, zero) I will tell you who ends up with who, nor is saying “Yeah, there’s more to say there!” an indicator of that. I think as authors we’re often more interested in exploration than “endgame” — not that we don’t know who will end up with who, but we’re most interested in how the story gets there. :-)