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Racial Diversity in The Mortal Instruments—or lack thereof
(Note: I’m sure this post will be received as an “unpopular opinion,” so if that’s not your cup of tea, please just keep scrolling.)
It just kills me that Cassandra Clare is lauded as some kind of hero and praised for the “diverse” cast of characters in her novel—when, in reality, her casts aren’t diverse at all.
Even reading about her upcoming series, The Dark Artifices, sets my teeth on edge—because, once again, CC has made the conscious, deliberate choice to write yet another series about a straight, white couple who, for some illogical reason, can’t be together. Time and again, CC chooses heteronormativity and whiteness over all other possibilities.
Let’s take a look at the main cast of The Mortal Instruments. (If I’ve somehow forgotten or missed any important characters, please feel free to let me, and I’ll edit this list. I compiled this list of characters off the top of my head, so a few may have been unintentionally left out, and I want to show an accurate reflection of the contents of the series.)
Characters of Color:
- Magnus Bane
- Maia Roberts
- Raphael Santiago
- Aline Penhallow
- Clary Fray
- Jocelyn Fray
- Luke Garroway / Lucian Graymark
- Amatis Herondale
- Jace Lightwood
- Alec Lightwood
- Isabelle Lightwood
- Max Lightwood
- Maryse Lightwood
- Robert Lightwood
- Simon Lewis
- Rebecca Lewis
- Jordan Kyle
- Imogen Herondale
- Valentine Morgenstern
- Sebastian / Jonathan Morgenstern
- Hodge Starkweather
- Inquisitor Aldertree
- Madeline Bellefleur
- Camille Bellecourt
Four out of twenty-four.
Four out of twenty-four.
In a cast that large, that’s all the room that was given to people of color—and their depictions within the story are extremely problematic, especially where the women are concerned. In City of Glass, Aline is sexually assaulted by a demon, for the sole reason of ratcheting up the drama. In City of Lost Souls, Maia goes back to her abusive ex-boyfriend, a man who nearly killed her in a jealous rage. But the misogyny in The Mortal Instruments is a subject for another post. Back on point:
There are more than four times as many white characters in The Mortal Instruments as there are characters of color.
Someone, please tell me: Where’s all that diversity we were promised?
*Spoilers for The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices*
the diversity comes from how out of the 4 characters who are not white, THREE are main characters. Aline doesn’t become a more prominent character until TDA. With the white characters you listed, most are barely there or they die soon in the series. Mr and Mrs Lightwood are hardly there, Max died in book 3 after barely being in the story. Rebecca Lewis is in a few pages of COFA. Imogen (the Inquisitor) died in the same book she was introduced in (ashes). Sebastian has only been in 3 books (Glass, Lost Souls, and CoHF). Hodge died in Glass after only being there for a little bit and being in Bones. Aldertree is hardly ever mentioned but I think he’s only in Glass. Madeline was there to help Clary wake up Jocelyn and then she was written out of the story. Camille is in CoFA and CoLS before she dies. But then there is Maia - who’s been in Ashes, Glass, COFA, COLS, and COHF, who has development and helps the Shadowhunters a lot. There’s Magnus who has been in every Shadowhunter book released so far and he’s in CoHF. Raphael has been in TMI since Bones and even has his own short story (in the Bane Chronicles).
You left out Jem because he’s in TID, but he’s a main character in TID, he appears in CoFA, CoLS, and CoHF. He’ll also probably be in TDA. TID doesn’t have as many characters who aren’t white because most people in London 1878 were white.
Cassie has said that TDA (and I think also The Last Hours) will have as much - maybe even more - racial diversity as TMI and TID. The reason that she’s given a lot of attention is because of how she treats her characters who are of color. Most writers bring them in so they can kill them off a chapter later or so they can be stereotyped but Cassie doesn’t do that. She gives them personality that doesn’t center around their skin color or ethnicity but she also respects their backgrounds and talks about them. She just doesn’t make everything about the characters revolve around their race.
Then you say she’s writing about a straight white couple that can’t be together and while that’s true-ish, it’s not the whole truth. Her books are written so the narrative is shared. For example, TID is just as much Jem’s story as Tessa’s. TMI is split between the core 8 characters (Clary/Jace,Simon/Izzy, Alec/Magnus, Maia/Jordan). So while Clary and Jace are technically the main characters, the “supporting” characters are given a lot of time to develop as well. Yes Simon/Izzy and Clary/Jace are both couples that are straight and white. But then there’s Magnus (bisexual and Indonesian) and Alec (gay) who are (well were) together. There’s also Maia (half black, half white) and Jordan who are together. In TID, Jem is half Chinese and he’s with Tessa. We know that Aline is a lesbian so there might be romance for her in TDA. We know that a character in The Last Hours (Anna I think) is trans. There are a lot of racial and sexual differences between Cassie’s characters. Just because they’re not seen as “main” characters doesn’t mean they’re not there. What she’s doing is a lot more than what other writers are doing. As for the “misogyny”, sometimes her female characters do dumb stuff but so do her male characters. She’s writing about TEENAGERS. She isn’t saying “if your boyfriend hits you, get back together with him.” She’s doing her job - writing about what a character would do. Just because she writes something doesn’t mean that she’s an advocate for it.