Mash up of Live Like Legends and This Is The Hunt by Ruelle that I made a few weeks ago. Not sure what the sound quality is like on here so you may have to adjust the volume in order to hear it (sorry I tried to fix it)
If people ever look down upon you for crying for fictional characters, you should give them a gentle, pitying look and feel bad for them. If they’ve never cried for a fictional character, then they’ve never loved one (and what a joy that is). If they’ve never cried at a book, a movie, a piece of music, then they’ve missed one of the great pleasures life has to offer. Just because fiction does not contain things that are real doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain truth, and we find it through the alchemy of our tears. -Cassandra Clare.
With lot’s of female positivity this show is killing it. Let’s start!.
The Bechdel Test
Does the story have A) more than one woman, B) who talk to each other, C) about something other than a man
With one exception the bases of every conversation between Clary and Izzy is about the Shadowhunter world. Izzy is quick to always remind Clary of her strength and how much she already believes in her. A hi-light in the season is when Izzy seeing Clary’s turmoil and asks her to tell her everything about her mother showing exceptional kindness and understanding for Clary.
The show has a female character who A) has a traditionally masculine job; B) does not masculinize herself for the sake of the job; C) and is not sexualized in the narrative.
Izzy is the leading forensic pathologist in all of New York. Lydia is an envoy for the Clave and takes over control of the institution after following their orders. Maryse alongside her husband runs the institution but she is the only that has been seeing executing commands and is acknowledged in the narrative as a force to be reckoned with. Inquisitor Herondale is the head of the legal system with Shadowhunter World.
To pass the test, the media outlet about a female scientist must not mention:
The fact that she’s a woman. Her husband’s job. Her child care arrangements. How she nurtures her underlings. How she was taken aback by the competitiveness in her field. How she’s such a role model for other women. How she’s the “first woman to…
With Izzy it is very clearly stated that she is the best in this field regardless of age, gender etc. Izzy is the one who studies the body and realizes the impending attack and reasoning behind Valentine’s experiments.
The Ellen Willis Test
If you flip the genders, does the story still make sense?
Using Clary as an example the story would make complete sense. Clary is not defined by her femininity, she is defined by her sacrifices to protect those she loves, her stubbornness. Hell Valentine said it for us: “You’re fearless and loving and you’ve got a mind of your own.”
The Sexy Lamp Test.
If a female character can be removed from the story and replaced by a sexy lamp—if, that is, the female character does nothing and says nothing that is relevant to the story, with the possible exception of existing as a motivating factor or quest object—then the story fails the test.
Passes with flying colors! Clary and Izzy the two main women in the story are incredibly relevant to the plot being able to continue. The same goes for Lydia, Maryse, Jocelyn, etc.
The Men don’t Slut Shame the Woman
In many shows it would have been the normal thing to do for the men in the show to make comments about Izzy’s sexuality, her clothing etc. But it is never even been mentioned by them. Her brother teases her in a playful manner about her relationship. Jace comments that Izzy is very comfortable with her body and shrugs it off. Only one passing male character makes a comment about her sex life and it is someone whose incredibly antagonized at the prospect of her having bested him in a fight. Other than that the way Izzy dresses and her sex life are background noise by the males in the show.
(I would like to add that yes Izzy’s mom has made comments of her clothing and sex life but I believe that to be more so due to the nature of their relationship. )
2. Family Relationships (Mostly Positive)
Clary’s love for her mother is her central focus and where almost all of Clary’s actions stem from. Their relationship is portrayed as being the most important thing in the world to the both of them.
Likewise Jocelyn’s love for Clary was the driving force in her breaking away from Valentine. Her desperation to save her daughter in turn lead to her saving the world.
The entire dynamic of the older Lightwood Siblings. Alec’s entire character arc this season is driven by his sense of duty to his family. He becomes solely involved with the issue of Clary due to his love for Jace. He becomes engaged to a woman who he respects but will unfortunately never love because of his need to protect his family’s honor. He gives up something he holds dear for the sake of protecting his sister, because there is nothing he wouldn’t do for her. Izzy craves nothing more than her brother’s happiness. From the moment we meet her she is urging Alec to be honest with himself so that he can let go of some of the agony he feels. She loves nothing more in this world than her brother.
Simon and Elaine also have a positive relationship. Elaine though a bit overbearing with many incessant questions only wants Simon to be safe and a lot of her protection comes form the fact that her two children are all she has left. Simon’s first though upon becoming a Vampire is his mother. It’s also shown that he has a strong relationship with his sister.
Jace considers himself to be a ruthless warrior. Able to do anything in battle if it is whats asked of him. But at finding out that the man who raised him was actually Valentine that warrior spirit is drained from him. Because Jace loved his father despite all of the relentless training and cruel exercises that he had to undergo, he respected his father and sough to avenge his memory. He knows firsthand the atrocities that Valentine has done. But he is unable to kill him because Jace loves his father and that love is what made him such an accomplished fighter. This raises an incredible talk about morals and family love and what happens when you realize that though someone is capable of of love they are also capable of cruelty.
3. Minorities Galore
The show has at least two non-white human characters in the main cast A) In a show that’s not about race.
In a show with a limited cast we have two MOC in the main cast as well as one WOC. Emeraude Toubia, Harry Shum Jr. and Isaiah Mustafa. It’s also important to note that both men have appeared in 12 out of 13 episodes and Emeraude has appeared in every single one.
Alberto who is in the main cast as Simon and David who portrays Raphael are also both Latinos. Also the character of Raphael is a Latino, double win for having a character portrayed correctly.
The Vito Russo Test
The show has a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender a) who must not be solely or predominantly defined by their sexual orientation or gender identity b) and must be tied into the plot in such a way that their removal would have a significant effect.
Alec Lightwood is gay. And while the show is focusing on his closeting this season he is not predominately defined by his sexual orientation. And Alec is essential to the plot line. He helps to save his sister who would have been condemned without his incessant. He is known to be an accomplished fighter and his parents are primping him to one day take over the institution due to his knowledge of politics and respect for the Clave.
Magnus Bane is bisexual. And while the show is focusing on the relationship unfolding between Alex and Magnus once again he is not predominately defined by this. Magnus was the one that helped Jocelyn protect Clary for 18 years. He is the High Warlock of New York and his power is known to all. He helped Clary in the alternate dimension and she would have been lost to herself if not for him.
AND I WOULD LIKE TO SAY ALL OF THIS IN JUST THE FIRST SEASON! IN THIRTEEN EPISODES!!
These are the main ones for me and my favourites so I apologise if your favourites didn’t make this list but them’s the breaks!
They are doodles so forgive the shoddy colouring. And I know that Mark Blackthorn has only been in it briefly but I’m so excited to read about him in ‘The Dark Artifices’!! He’s so cuuute!!! Cassandra Clare reblogged
Fan art pieces of mine!! >w< Oh man I’m so happy. To get the authors seal of approval that your fan art is worthy of being reblogged by them then..ahh..just the best feeling ever.