I want to know what the crux of Isabelle’s storyline is.
Last season, we see her as a beacon of justice. Unlearning bigotry, standing up for what she believes in and who she cares for, and fighting for what’s right. I won’t pretend that I don’t have a problem with how she had to give her emotional and physical labor to everyone around her without proper reciprocation last season, but at least she was written properly. We saw Isabelle in her best light: beautiful, caring, strong, intelligent, vindicating. Justice personified.
Prior to the yin fen storyline this season, she’s been completely sidelined. None of her scenes had to do with just her - she was comforting Alec, or trying to find Jace, or training Clary. Once again, her selflessness was used to propel the storyline forward and to galvanize the development of the characters around her without any reciprocation or acknowledgement.
Now we have a yin fen storyline. And as many Latinx fans and other fans of color have pointed out, giving the Latina woman a drug-addiction storyline is racist no matter how how you want to spin it. Villainizing her and portraying her as “impure” in direct contrast to Clary being “pure” and “angelic” (in episode 2x06) is racialized misogyny.
I was happy when Isabelle stood up for herself and told Clary quite frankly that it was hurtful of Clary to keep secrets from Isabelle after all that Izzy had done for her, but the narrative used the moment as a way to curry sympathy for Clary and inspire the audience’s ire at Isabelle. Narratives have been pitting women of color as the “bullies” of precious, fragile, innocent, sunflower-good white women for years. Making Isabelle into this angry, out-of-character, haggard shell of herself is incredibly disgusting, not the least because it plays into stereotypes about addicts that are very harmful and it contributes to the racism against Latinx people and Latina women in particular.
We can and should also discuss how depicting Isabelle as hedonistic is yet another way writers perpetuate the racist, misogynistic, and fetishized tropes they use to write Latina women.
Isabelle is smart - she’s the best forensic pathologist in NYC. Isabelle is kind and loving - just like Magnus, she drops everything to help out the people around her. Isabelle is strong - as many other characters consistently point out, she’s talented and agile and fierce. Isabelle is self-sacrificing - she takes on too much all at once to help the people she loves, almost always with no acknowledgement or reciprocation from others in kind. Isabelle is prone to self-harm just like the other characters - she fights on and hides her injuries despite growing pain. Isabelle is determined and merciful all at once. We have seen glimpses of all of these core aspects of her. But they have just been glimpses!
Where the other characters get fleshed out storylines that showcase all of their complexities in grand, heroic, moments that play up the continuity of the plot, Isabelle only gets moments. And now her character is being overwhelmed by this yin fen plot that’s not doing anything to highlight something new or unique or significant about her character.
So I ask again: what is the point? Are you trying to show that Isabelle struggles with feelings of self-deprecation and depersonalization? Are you trying to show that she has insecurities, that she isn’t as confident as she looks? Are you trying to highlight the detrimental effects her mother’s neglect has had on her, and the complex relationship she has with her?
If so, you can do all of that - and MORE - without playing into grossly racist stereotypes, without villaizing Latinx people, and without utilizing tired old racist tropes. Show Isabelle bond with the people she loves by having THEM reach out and reciprocate and initiate. Show her coming to terms with her insecurities without making her suffer like this. There is nothing good about her storyline right now. It’s incredibly unfair that a character who has been shown to struggle against learned, embedded bigotries and has stood up for justice and mercy time and time again is being reduced to this. She’s isolated from her mother, her brothers, from Clary, from Magnus. It’s not fair. Isabelle is such an amazing character and person - she’s a scientist, a warrior, a friend. She’s entitled to a well-written, interesting, unique, and heroic storyline, especially considering that she is one of the seven MAIN characters. She’s integral to the plot, and frankly, Clary, Simon, Alec, and Jace would not be where they’re at without her.
It’s just not fair and it makes no sense whatsoever. Horrible, horrible writing all around. And if you justify this or make excuses for it, you’re horribly racist too.
first off: i’m not a lawyer. this is all accurate to my knowledge but i’m not formally educated or trained in most of this, i just work around it and pick some stuff up
look i’m currently suffocating under crushing debt so i was like ‘hey i’ll see if there are any magazines taking submissions’ cause i may or may not get chosen but at least its something i’d be doing anyway and timelines and genre restrictions never hurt a girl
i ended up on this page (upwork) looking for “ghostwriters” and it’s laughable to downright insulting.
such as: “Hello,
I produce [REDACTED].
So if you are looking for a recurring job as a freelance writer you came
to the right place!
Here is what I need: Someone who can be a good researcher.
Don’t plagiarize. All books are run through plagscan and copyscape. They
need to be 100 percent original.
Timeliness - The faster you produce these (with quality) the more jobs
you will get.
This job will be recurring if you do a good job.
I will pay a maximum of $10 per 1000 words.
Lastly, by accepting this job, I will own all the rights to the book.
This includes characters, places etc. I own all the rights.
there were SO MANY OF THESE. look. i work in intellectual property for my day job. so here’s the thing: if you, a creative, does a “work for hire” agreement, like the one above, that means anything you produce under this agreement does not belong to you. you have effectively “sold” your intellectual property aka the story and all is defining characteristics - people, places, plot.
WORK FOR HIRE AGREEMENTS ARE NOT BAD! i see a lot of pushback against them on tumblr which is baffling to me because in the real world they’re how many creatives make money - by selling their creativity. with tv shows, for example, their characters and plots and what not do not belong to the creator of the show. they belong to the network of the show because they paid for them. writers of episodes don’t own the creative content of those episodes - the network does. because the writers are “work for hire” aka they’re getting paid specifically for their creative content.
work for hire agreements are usually the most advantageous when the payer is hiring the creator for the execution of a project rather than the creation of it. for example: hiring a writer to create a story out of a detailed outline, or an artist to draw something under strict specifications. the more creativity aka intellectual property the creator must generate and ultimately sell the rights too, the higher the pay should be for the work. (should. i’ve seen instances where pay is less but something else is gained - like different rights or credits - and that’s equally as acceptable as long as it’s what the creator wants. the creator should gain something equal to the value of what they are selling. obviously)
so the idea that $10 per 1000 words of pure original content is in any way shape or form acceptable is absolutely ridiculous. most literary magazines, which pay way more, get some form of publication rights but you the author retain all ownership rights. they’re not paying you for your intellectual property, only their right to display it without you suing them for infringingon your rights as a creator and owner of original content.
know your worth. know your value. i don’t know how many of these ridiculous ads actually get takers, but please do not answer any of them.
your ideas and writing and talent are worth more than pennies