tda characters

TDA Characters // Emma Carstairs & Julian Blackthorn in Paint

Lady Midnight Challenge Day 8 - your emma + julian favorite moment (Studio + Julians Confession)

“Why all these paintings of you? Because I’m an artist, Emma. These pictures are my heart. And if my heart was a canvas, every square inch of it would be painted over with you”

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character aesthetic: julian blackthorn - lady midnight by cassandra clare

“In the dark and the shadows where secrets lived, that was where Julian survived. It was how he had managed for years.”


The Infernal Devices: James Carstairs +

“Whatever you are physically,” he said, “male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy—all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. Whatever the color, the shape, the design of the shade that conceals it, the flame inside the lamp remains the same. You are that flame.


characters aesthetic: Julian Blackthorn and Emma Carstairs - The Dark artifices by Cassandra Clare.

We are bound together, Emma, bound together—I breathe when you breathe, I bleed when you bleed, I’m yours and you’re mine, you’ve always been mine, and I have always, always belonged to you!

Why Emma-Mark would make sense

A physical or emotional relationship between Emma and Mark at this point makes sense because:

1) Emma in the 1st chapter of CoHF notices how cute Mark looks. In fact she notices him before she notices Julian.

2) Emma tried her best to save Mark when she was 12 by trying to fight off Sebastian and his cronies. She also helped deliver what she knew by telling Clary and crew so they could go rescue Mark.

3) She obviously thought it was unfair that Mark got taken away when they were kids.

4) When Emma is introduced in CoHF, she is 12 and Mark is 16. Forward to 4 years later and Emma is 17 while Mark also seems to have remained at around that age. Having romance between a 17 and 21 year-old may not sit right with everyone since Emma would technically still be a minor. Now Mark and Emma look the same age- isn’t that very convenient?

5) Emma and Mark are both wild by nature. This is why they both enjoyed the motorcycle ride. Plus motorcycle rides have lead to endgames before. =)

6) With Julian, it is always about doing the right thing. With Mark she can be more free and have less strings attached.

7) Mark was deeply troubled by the fact that Emma and Julian were both whipped. In fact Kieran assumes that Mark was interested in Emma. Also, Julian keeps assuming/being jealous of the fact that there seems to be something betwenn her and Mark.

8) If you re-read their parts, you would notice how Mark seems to smile or seems free when he talks to Emma. They connect on some level apart from the fact they already knew each other since so long.

9) Mark and Emma know what it is like to be utterly alone in the world. Emma has no family left and at a point Mark thought he would never see his family again. The other characters have also experienced loss in the book but only Mark and Emma know what it is like to live with the idea that there might be no one else left for you in the world.

10) Emma fell for Julian and Mark fell for Kieran. This is because they automatically sought the ones who were there for them during their times of trouble. In that sense we can see that when Emma and Mark fall for someone, it happens in a very similar way.

11) The cliffhanger of LM actually ends with Mark saying “Why Lie?” and it is not a scene with her and Julian. We could assume something would happen or it won’t. Either way, Cassandra Clare chose to end the book with MARK and also the quote about the storm calling to both of them.

12) Emma and Mark both find each other attractive.

13) Emma and Mark are both heartbroken right now with their relationships and what better way to connect than to seek solace with each other?

14) With Mark, no need to worry about the Parabatai curse!

I am not sure if anything romantic will ever happen between Mark and Emma or not but I think they could be twin souls. Their essence is the same and while Julian and Emma could be soulmates, Mark could be her twin soul.


YA lit meme: [2/5] protagonists→Julian Blackthorn

“When you love someone, they become a part of who you are. They’re in everything you do. […] And you don’t think they’re perfect, but you know their flaws, the deep-down truth of them, and the shadows of all their secrets, and they don’t frighten you away; in fact you love them more for it, because you don’t want perfect. You want them.”


‘Cristina,’ he said, and her name sounded like music when he spoke it.”

character aesthetic: cristina rosales - lady midnight by cassandra clare

“Captain America is definitely the most handsome Avenger. But I like the Hulk. I would like to heal his broken heart.”