I just saw this and I have to talk about it. There will be spoilers for the both the Shadowhunters tv series and and book series.
In an interview about where Season 2 of Shadowhunters might take us, Ed Dector (one of the show’s producers) answers this question and I honestly don’t know how I feel about his response.
“TVLINE : In the books, if I recall correctly, Jace and Clary give into their urges, despite believing they’re siblings. Is that something you plan on tackling in Season 2? Dector: Actually, that’s absolutely not true. While they are brother and sister, despite the fact that they have these odd feelings, they are chaste. There’s a moment with the Seelie Queen, but that’s a little different; we’ll save that for the viewers. But Jace and Clary are definitely confused as to why they feel this way, which is a big point of tension in the books.”
I’m not sure which book series he was reading because it certainly wasn’t The Mortal Instruments. Yes, while they don’t have a physical relationship after they find out they’re “siblings”, their thoughts and feelings towards each other are anything but chaste. Their “confusing” feelings aren’t feelings of two people who care about each other who just found out they were siblings. No, their “confusing” feelings are of two people who desperately want each other on both an emotional and physical level…who just found out they’re siblings. The producer is not inspiring a lot of confidence in me right now for the second season. The answer to this question is telling me that they’re not really intending to go all that deep into the sibling plotline which I will probably have an issue with as it is SO important to the first three books of the series. It’s important with their relationship and everyone else’s relationship with them. Maybe the reason why there were so many problems with the show’s plotlines and character development this season is because the show’s own producers haven’t grasped a real understanding of these characters and what they’re about.
Okay..but a Malec AU where Alec is a Prince and Magnus is just a servant in another household..
Like the Lightwoods are the rulers of the country of Idris..and Alec is the crown Prince of the country, being the oldest and all. Everybody expected him to be married by now, but he just isn’t interested..instead focusing on winning wars and negotiations and what not.
So its Jace’s wedding and he’s marrying Lady Clary (?) and Alec is the best man and for some reason Clary’s dad can’t make it..so she walks down the aisle with her two best friends…Simon who’s like from a very influential family..and Magnus who was like the son of the house help (or something?)
The first time Alec sees Magnus he is all smitten and flustered but he can’t talk to him ‘cause nobody knows he is gay and his parents would never approve of him talking to a person of such a low rank..
But after the wedding, Izzy totally starts dating Simon and Clace and Sizzy hang out together a lot..like practicing swordfighting or whatever and they always drag Alec and Magnus with them.
Hanging out in a group is okay..until one day everyone decides enough is enough..and Malec are forced into meeting alone and that too in the middle of the bloody forest.
So while searching for a way out…they start talking and it’s like finding our best friend and soul mate for both of them. This becomes a routine where both of them would meet like every other day and bitch between themselves.
Soon enough the initial attraction comes to pass..and they kiss..this continues for a long time..and now they are free and comfortable enough to get out on the streets..and Alec is no longer afraid of his sexuality..or his friend..and the others are like planning for their wedding and stuff..but one day the King and Queen finally find out about this.
And the next day Alec’s wedding is fixed to Princess Lydia..of the neighbouring country.
!!!!!!!!!!! 1.) their First Kiss™………so Pure…..so Beautiful…so Iconic…..the week between ep 11 and 12 was so intense lmao it felt like the longest week of my life…everyone was making up theories and everyone thought they were playing w us…….people were dying….then it happened and i Cried a lot :-) 2.) the strength-sharing scene Fucked me Up…..like alec completely forgot abt acting Straight and kept holding magnus’ hand when they DIDN’T HAVE TO ANYMORE and was super gentle w him i died (the two times they did it in the books were p cute too) 3.) when they first met !!!! they both were instantly smitten and alec kept smiling and stuttering while magnus (looking angelic tbh) stared at him…..that was Good 4.) the “i don’t want the world. i want you” part in the last book……i love Death and Being Dead 5.) the “you’ve unlocked something in me” scene!!!!!!!! MAGNUS’ FINGER SO CLOSE TO ALEC’S LIPS………..SHUT THE UP FUCK
“You love, and tremble, and burn. Do not let any of them tell you who you are. You are the flame that cannot be put out. You are the star that cannot be lost. You are who you have always been, and that is enough and more than enough. Anyone who looks at you and sees darkness is blind” @cassandraclare
Someone asked me to describe home and I started talking about your hair color and the sound of your voice and the taste of your lips and how your skin feels like. Until I realized they had expected to hear a place.
Look I was the whiniest bitch when Shadowhunters first came out. I was– and still am– a die-hard fan of the books, and everything about it upset me: the crappy effects, the awkward script (unironic use of “come at me bro), the acting, the adaptation, the fight choreography- I complained about EVERYTHING.
But by now, I’ve realised something. Yeah, it’ll never win an Emmy, it’s never going to be the slickest show out there, but you know what? I don’t care. I do not care. Because honestly, which other show is going to give us FOUR poc lead characters? Which other show is going to give us a healthy interracial relationship between two men– one gay, and one bisexual– as one of the show’s central relationship? Which other show is going to give us a healthy, realistic sibling relationship as a central relationship? Which other show is going to give us healthy platonic relationships between two girls, two boys, and between girls and boys? In which other show is the showrunner going to listen to his fanbase and decide to make a lead character canonically PANSEXUAL? Which other show has a cast that is so happy and supportive of each other, so fond of their fans, and so supportive of every single ship– canon or not– from the show?
And it’s not the book adaptation I hoped for, but I still have the relationships I loved from the books– i.e. MALEC– as well as awesome new ones from the show (SAPHAEL). It may have chopped and changed the characters, but it also gave me new ones (like queen Lydia Branwell). Also: so? many? amazing? interracial? ships?
And you know what, I trust this show. Sure, it may not be the most intellectual thing I’m watching, but it’ll also never throw in needless shock value deaths, it’ll never employ racist or homophobic undertones and tropes in its writing, it’ll never diminish its minority representation to play into tropes.
So yeah, I’m done being cranky and negative about it. Because this show is fucking revolutionary. It’s healthier and more representative than half the ~smart, groundbreaking~ shows out there, it’s a healthy, positive fandom, it’s a breath of fresh air. And I am more than willing to let go of my initial misgivings for all I get in return. I love this show for the positivity and example it sets. I love the cast, I love the fandom, so I’m in. I’m in I’m in I’m in.
Though please, for the love of the Angel, may the writers never again use "come at me bro” unironically in scripts, because, ~seriously~ guys.