The girl spoke first. “Is that the vampire?” She looked Simon up and down as if she were
taking his measurements. “I’ve never really been this close to a vampire before—not one I
wasn’t planning to kill, at least.” She cocked her head to the side. “He’s cute, for a
“I don’t shake hands with Downworlders,” Aline said, shrinking back against the couch
cushions. “They don’t have souls, you know. Vampires.” […]
“I kissed him once,” Isabelle said, to no one in particular.
Aline’s eyebrows shot up. “They really do let you do whatever you want in New York,
don’t they?” she said, sounding half-horrified. […]
Aline, Simon couldn’t help but notice, was sitting very close to Jace, their shoulders
touching, even though there was plenty of room around them on the couch. “Did you ever
think that in a past life Alec was an old woman with ninety cats who was always yelling at
the neighborhood kids to get off her lawn? Because I do,” Jace said, and Aline giggled. “Just
because he’s the only one who can go to the Gard—”[…]
— City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Chapter 2: The Demon Towers of Alicante
Aline Penhallow is the first woman of color Shadowhunter that we have ever encountered in the series. Unlike the television show, ‘Shadowhunters‘. We didn’t see a lot of racial diversity when it came to the Shadowhunters. So Aline’s character is a huge deal. Also, [Spoiler Alert] Aline is also a lesbian as well.
She is first real representation from The Shadowhunter Community and just like Magnus Bane Clare does everything to ruin that for me. Honestly, if my first impression of Aline is anything to come by she is just a Jace with tits.
And honestly, since Clare can only write two characters consistently (Clary and Jace) I’m not fucking surprised, however, I’m still so disappointed. Again, from this impression, I really don’t see why a lot of people stan for her.
Just like Magnus, I think that people were so desperate for ANY representation in the Young Adult genre that they were willing to take scraps. Fuck that, though! I’m not settling for this utter bullshit. The Queer community can do a whole lot better than Clare’s horrible Queer characters. Magnus Bane is a horrible person who is the worst bisexual stereotype by praying on a young vulnerable boy (yes, I know Clare aged Alec up and I will discuss that later) and by being an unapologetic theft and, and someone who mind raps small children for money.
Aline, a Biracial Chinese Lesbian woman is very racist towards Simon from the get-go by being a bitch and reducing him to being a ‘Vampire”. She is disgusted by Shadowhunters having relationships with Downworlders. Honestly, if you replaced the word “Vampire” with the word “Jew” you would have all rights to call her anti-semantic the bigotry is that bad.
Also, I hate that none of the women in this series can’t pass the goddamn Bechdel test! The first page of Aline’s introduction and she is fawning over Jace just like every girl in Clary’s age range. Again, Jace is such a typical Gary Stu and I just want to punch something. It’s like Edward Cullen all over again, every woman wants to fuck him and because of screw something like having a type.
In the end, this does not make for good representation for Queer Women of Color and Clare can go fuck herself!