Wow, Valentine is such a fucking wuss.
I would like to disclaimer this by saying, no I don’t think hitting women is a thing men should do. Especially, when it’s their freaking daughter! Domestic abuse is never cool, folks.
However, Valentine is supposed to be a bad guy. The big bad, the man that supposed to leave us all shaking in our proverbial boots. As I have been ranting about over and over again, everything that he has done so far has been passive as fuck. He has yet to get his hands dirty on screen, and I don’t count that shit with Maia. I already broke it down why that was a passive action.
I’m going to actually use the show for this example. In the show, in the second season, we got to see Valentine violate his wife and his unborn child by injecting her with demon blood. That made me fear Valentine for the first time ever on that show. The whole thing was visceral to me because we got to see his smug face hurting and violating his wife first hand. He was truly evil in that moment to me.
I have yet to SEE what makes him evil. Yes, I know Clare has told us both from by using other characters and Valentine himself that he wants to commit genocide; and yes that’s horrible. However, I’m a visual person and I need to see the character’s motivation in action for it to have an emotional impact on me. I saw Voldemort kill and torture people he thought were inferior in the worst ways possible and that made him truly scary to me.
This could have been a perfect opportunity for Cassandra Clare to finally show us that this man is truly evil and that he truly incapable of human emotion by harming or trying to kill his own child. It would be had been visceral and truly made Valentine scary to me. However, no true harm can come to her self-insert so once again Clare has chickened out.
Which is a same, because that would have been some real emotional conflict on Clary’s part. She would have to deal with the aftermath of a truly traumatic event for once. No, I’m not counting Jocyeln’s coma or Simon’s death, because it’s obvious to anyone with eyes that she doesn’t give a shit about them.
Unfortunately, Clare continues to be a lazy hack, and thus we can’t have nice things. *sigh*