Cassandra Clare

Jul 30

TDA

Hi Cassandra!! We already know that Emma had dozens of boyfriends. And Julian? Does he have experiences with girlfriends?? — mariana-rj

No, basically not any. I thought I’d do some gender reversal. Usually the boy’s the one with the experience.

Emma and Jules and parabatai

Hey Cassie! I actually have another question. From what we know of TDA Emma has feelings for Jules, and clearly as you’ve hinted at before there’s probably going to be a lot going on in TDA (I hope) between Emma and Jules, yet since they’re parabati they can’t be together. So I was curious as to why parabati can’t fall in love/be with each other in the first place? I mean like it’s not hurting anyone is it? So why would the Clave make that a law? — tmitidtdatlh

Sorry I’ve been gone for ages I’m working v. v. hard on trying to finish book 1 of TDA and also work on Magisterium and map out Shadowhunter Academy.

I decided I would pop back to answer questions about Dark Artifices. So this question I think has been asked/answered before. I think it is generally confusing because people tend to assume the prohibition against marrying or falling in love with your parabatai is just a practical one, like how awkward it would be if you broke up/got divorced and were still stuck with a magical bond that meant you had to be around each other, but while that’s a concern, it is not actually the Clave’s concern.

Once upon a time there was a pair of parabatai. And they fell in love. And a terrible thing happened. Like genuinely actually could-destroy-the-Shadowhunters terrible. And because of that the Clave has laid down this prohibition, to keep this thing from happening again. This has not yet been explained to readers because in fact, it isn’t a thing most Shadowhunters know. But the Silent Brothers do. (Like for instance, a certain Zachariah.)

The Clave makes a lot of dumb laws, laws influenced by bigotry, etcetera. This may not be the most brilliant solution/law of all time but it is basically practical. 

Can parabatai decide to break their bond? Can their bond be broken by means other than the death of one member or the other?

Death, exile, either of them becoming a mundane or an Iron Sister or Silent Brother. They cannot choose to break it themselves and remain Shadowhunters.

Jul 28

aegisdea:

I hope I’m not late! Timezone sucks
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, cassandraclare!!!!

I know you hear this a lot; but in behalf of everyone who can relate, thank you for being a huge inspiration to us~  Please continue writing more awesome and beautiful books! Thank you for being a part of our lives. You are, indeed, heaven-sent. Have a grand day! 


AWWWWWWW.I feel verys loved. Thanks for all the nice messages, everyone! I spent the day pushing Holly into a pond, good times.

aegisdea:

I hope I’m not late! Timezone sucks

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, cassandraclare!!!!

I know you hear this a lot; but in behalf of everyone who can relate, thank you for being a huge inspiration to us~  Please continue writing more awesome and beautiful books! Thank you for being a part of our lives. You are, indeed, heaven-sent. Have a grand day! 

AWWWWWWW.I feel verys loved. Thanks for all the nice messages, everyone! I spent the day pushing Holly into a pond, good times.

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TDA snippet - a little Cristina

Cristina looked after Emma, her hand going to the pendant at her own throat. It was silver, in the shape of a circle with a rose inside it. The rose was wrapped around with thorny briars. Words were written in Latin on the back: she didn’t need to look at them to know them. She’d known them all her life. Blessed be the Angel my strength who teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to fight. The rose for Rosales, the words for Raziel, the Angel who had created the Shadowhunters a thousand years ago. Cristina had always thought Emma fought for her parabatai and for revenge, while she fought for family and faith. But maybe it was all the same thing: maybe it was all love, in the end.

Jul 27

fictional boys

I’m not sure if you have a boyfriend/husband but if you don’t.. Does writing about make characters such as Jace, Will, Jem, Alec, Simon and so on give you high expectations of when looking for guys? Or do you think it gives other people high expectations? Maybe their qualities are what you found in other people? — theres—always—hope 

I am married. Four year anniversary coming up. I think we get tin or paper or something. Before that I had boyfriends who I liked in varying degrees. But you know what I also had?

Crushes on boys in books.

Crushing on fictional characters of any gender is totally normal and it also doesn’t meant you want to date a person just like that. It’s totally normal whether you’re in a relationship or not in one. 

Fiction gives us a safe space to explore what we’d never want to experience in real life. Being in jail, being a pirate, being a murderer, being an epic hero, being an epic villain. Dating a bazillion types of people and getting to experience the highs and lows of love without actually having to commit yourself to anyone with an evil father, or anyone currently dying of magical drug addition. I mean, how much fun would Will be if you met him in a bar?

You: Well, hello there, tall dark and handsome.

Will: I am cursed. Cursed! 

You: I could buy you a drink.

Will: EVERYONE WHO LOVES ME WILL DIE.

You: This seems like potentially a lot of drama.

When we see characters, we’re seeing them in extremis, pushed to the edge of who they are by circumstance. We’re seeing them at the most exciting point of their lives, when they are most tested and most interesting. But there’s a big gap between “I love this character!” and actually wanting to marry them. I have a lognstanding crush on Mr. Darcy but have to admit he was a product of his time and probably I wouldn’t enjoy actually being married to him.

Mr Darcy: What are you doing, darling?

Me: I am writing a book.

Mr. Darcy: There is no need for such things when you have Pemberley to look after!

Me: *smashes a lamp on his head*

Do fictional men (and women) raise your standards? Maybe, but it’s not terrible to have high standards for yourself. I think it’s useful to break down what you like about a character — Will because he likes books? Simon because he’s into anime and nerdy stuff you like? Jace because he’s funny? Jem because he’s a musician? You can find all that stuff in real guys alive on the planet today. My husband is actually a musician who likes books, is funny and also a nerd.

First and foremost though if you love boys in books, find a boy that loves books. Find a boy who can love the same books as you — as I said oddly in a post about Will and Tessa, but it seems relevant here, People who know and love the same books you do have the roadmap of your soul. I believe that.

(All this stuff also applies to “girls in books” it’s just the question was about boys!)

Jul 26

Aw, so sweet! (Simon would be so happy…)
cassandrajp:

Happy Birthday cassandraclare!!!
(well, a day early, but Happy Birthday just the same!) 
Clary and Jace join the X-men. I thought you might like it!! 

Aw, so sweet! (Simon would be so happy…)

cassandrajp:

Happy Birthday cassandraclare!!!

(well, a day early, but Happy Birthday just the same!) 

Clary and Jace join the X-men. I thought you might like it!! 

Jul 25

aegisdea:

merryweatherblue:

Gearing up for SD Comic Con today in Mortal Instruments style compliments of the very talented aegisdea wish I was going to the City of Ashes panel today…..

omg! I am so jealous that you’re going to SDCC~ YOU HAVE FUN SWEETIE! I can’t wait to see a picture of you wearing it! Tag me whenever~ ;))) <3 
And thaaank yeew <3 

aegisdea:

merryweatherblue:

Gearing up for SD Comic Con today in Mortal Instruments style compliments of the very talented aegisdea wish I was going to the City of Ashes panel today…..

omg! I am so jealous that you’re going to SDCC~ YOU HAVE FUN SWEETIE! I can’t wait to see a picture of you wearing it! Tag me whenever~ ;))) <3 

And thaaank yeew <3 

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