“Rich?” Simon said. “I thought all Shadowhunters got paid by the Clave. Like … I don’t
know, communism or something.”
“In theory all Shadowhunters are fairly and equally paid,” said Samuel. “Some, like those
with high positions in the Clave, or those with great responsibility—running an Institute,
for example—receive a higher salary. Then there are those who live outside Idris and choose to make money in the mundane world; it’s not forbidden, as long as they tithe a part of it to the Clave. But”—Samuel hesitated—“you saw the Penhallows’ house, didn’t you? What did you think of it?”
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Chapter 6: Bad Blood
I have a few issues: First of all, this is really unsubtle exposition. It’s really immaturely done. It’s a way you can world build without stopping the plot to give us a lesson in Nephilim economics.
Of course, it’s recommended that some of the exposition needs to be meted out via dialogue. However, you got to seamlessly make it go with the dialogue. It has to be a reason why it’s given and it can’t stop the plot. This is such a mistake that you make in your first draft and then edit it out in subsequent drafts. Totally not something you would see in the final manuscript like you seeing now.
What the fuck is going on with Clare’s editors? Seriously?
My next issue with this that I may have a public high school education in economics. However, I certainly know enough to know that this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Nephilim in Idris is a rich country, but it has no exports. Apparently, they make their money through tithes, not unlike taxes. However, I have yet to see any Shadowhunter businesses in the mundane world, I have yet to see them export anything to gain money. There is no farming or agriculture, they are not in any way self-sufficient.
Apparently, much like the gentry of the old Europeans, they have their own estates. Yet, there is no one farming the land, or ranching animals.
Also, since when have any able body Nephilim got a choice about anything? What Clare said that from the beginning you are bred into this world, taught how to fight from the moment you can hold a sword, and then once you’re trained enough you go fight. Yet they can go off into the world and make their own businesses and life in the mundane world?
Oh my god, none of this makes any sense and it makes me want to pull out what is left of my hair!