together, or not at all.
Recently, this fandom has been toxic. Perhaps some have genuine concerns but, the way these concerns have been dealt with has been appalling. There is a difference between constructive criticism and hate. The showrunners, writers, producers, directors, actors do not deserve the constant abuse being thrown at them.
If you did not like the way a certain aspect, for example how Alec and Magnus’ first time was handled, insulting the creators will not solve it. Bring it to their attention in a mature way - they do notice, many responded acknowledging their mistakes. What is unacceptable is when people fail to take this apology and continue their barrage. They shot the show months ago - they cannot change the content they did shoot, even though they want too (both Todd and Darren have mentioned wanting this). They also shoot the scenes within each episode multiple different ways, as Matthew Daddario has previously said, - so if a still has been released and the scene plays out slightly differently from the single image we were shown from a certain perspective, it does not mean anything has been cut out, only a different take was used.
What I think is also startlingly prevalent, is the constant comparison between the different medias. The books, the movie, the TV series. They’re not something we should compare - they should be seen as different medias, as different projects and each, should be respected for the hard work that has been put in to make them what they are. The movie, most likely, will never have a sequel. But the TV show is ongoing, it’s currently being aired and filmed - if you love these stories, these characters, this world - try to support it for what it is, not what it could be if they changed this or that. None of the actors from the movie and TV show are at odds, they are not a competing force. They all just share a love for the amazing original characters and story and wish, as Lily Collins put it, ‘to keep our Clary alive’.
If we want this story to continue; if we want this cast to come back as Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec, Isabelle, Magnus and Luke; if we want a season three: we need to stop taking apart every single detail we’ve been shown - I’ve seen people attacking Alec (and in turn the creators) based on a 10 second snippet. This cannot continue. It’s brutal and leaves the show and characters with nowhere to grow, because somehow their actions will disappoint somebody no matter what. If we want a season three, we have to show them a fandom that is behind them and one that supports and is willing to give these characters and this show’s take on this wonderful story, a chance.