As awful as it may seem, Return to the Isle of the Lost pushes a relationship between J*ne and Carlos and Jay and Jordan. For whatever reason, Melissa and Disney haven’t caught onto the fact that their fanbase is much larger than small children, who really don’t care much about relationships if we’re being honest. So what is possessing them to think that forcing these characters into these relationships is a good idea?
Descendants has been, unsurprisingly, one of their more successful series. It brings in the money, and parents and kids enjoy it alike. However, one thing that tends to confuse me is their need to have everyone be in a hetero relationship, whether it works or not.
J*ne and Carlos and Jay and Jordan have had little to no interaction, and have not been given a plausible setting for a satisfying relationship to form. There’s no chemistry there. It would be-with a heavy heart, I say this- more reasonable for Jay to get with Audrey or Lonnie before Jordan. Hell, Carlos could be with one of those unnamed Auradon cheerleaders and I’d still support it more than j*nelos.
We’ve all established that many of us don’t like J*ne for obvious reasons, but that’s not even why J*nelos is so hard to even consider being a tangible pairing. Carlos was written with no attraction to Mal, Evie, or any other female on the island. Who was his attraction written towards? Jay. From analyzing his laughs to being relieved when Jay revealed Evie wasn’t his type, it was clear Carlos was not heterosexual. Jay flirted with people because that’s what he was taught. We see more of Jay being less inclined to a heterosexual pairing by the way he’s constantly interacting and protecting Carlos.
When I read the second book, it felt off. Something about the writing wasn’t how it should have been. Personally, I think Melissa was writing to please the parents’ standards, rather than appease her other fans. Again, children don’t really care as much about relationships. But why would she write Carlos in such a queerbaiting way?
However, there are a few things to keep in mind:
-Jay and Carlos spend time plotting ways to overthrow tourney teams together (Mal’s diary.)
-Jay thinks Carlos is special (Mal’s diary or spellbook, I can’t remember.)
-Jay trusts Carlos to use things he stole.
-Carlos likes making Jay laugh because it makes him feel good.
-They can relate to each other on deeper levels when it comes to bad parents (Carlos didn’t have a pillow and slept in the closet, whereas Jay slept on a rug under an unstable tabletop covered in heavy equipment.)
-Jay relies on Carlos for his smarts, and Carlos for his strength.
-They balance each other out.
-Cameron Boyce likes Jaylos (Dove’s string of tweets about trying to find Mal/vie blogs to prove to him that mal/vie was better than Jaylos, and that Cameron was ‘picking a fight.’)
These relationships will be inevitable, but it’s almost disrespectful to put Carlos with a female at this point. While I personally advocate for Jay and Carlos, it would be better to see Carlos not enter a relationship with anyone at this point. But, like many fandoms and shows, the writers don’t really care about that. So it’s pretty much up to us to keep supporting Jaylos. While we may not get a canon relationship, we have many great fanfics, edits, gorgeous art, and more.