“You know what I mean. For instance, I think Magnus Bane really likes you. And he’s pretty cool. He throws great parties, anyway. Even if I did get turned into a rat that time.”
“Thanks for the advice.” Alec’s voice was dry. “But I don’t think he likes me all that much.
He barely spoke to me when he came to open the Portal at the Institute.”
“Maybe you should call him,” Simon suggested, trying not to think too hard about how weird it was to be giving a demon hunter advice about possibly dating a warlock.
“Can’t,” Alec said. “No phones in Idris. It doesn’t matter, anyway.” His tone was abrupt.
“We’re here. This is the Gard.” […]
But Jace, getting to his feet, ignored Alec’s outstretched hand. “You’d better be right about the Clave,” was all he said.
Alec watched as Jace stalked back to the house. Unbidden, Simon’s voice came into his mind. Now I wonder all the time how you go back after something like that. Whether we can ever be friends again, or if what we had is broken into pieces. Not because of her, but because of me.
The front door shut, leaving Alec sitting in the half-lit garden, alone. He closed his eyes for a moment, the image of a face hovering behind his lids. Not Jace’s face, for a change.
The eyes set in the face were green, slit-pupils. Cat eyes. […]
— City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Chapter 4: Daylighter
After these passages, how can book stans still say the books had the better storyline? Seriously? Instead of getting to see Magnus and Alec together work out there problems and actually make a go at a real relationship—we get this shit. And you know what? It’s Alec basically feeling bad for himself. I mean, don’t you hear the tiny violins playing the background of these two snippets? I sure do!
First of all, as wrong as Magnus is for getting in relationship with a vulernable closeted under age boy. It’s the same old story we hear all the time in the Queer community. Queer person falls in love with closeted boy and it either the relationship fails altogether or homie comes out of the closet. Magnus is no fresh trout, this man is centuries old and knows how these relationships turn out. Yet, he outrightly persued Alec even when it was not only morally wrong to do so, but that he destined for heartbreak? I don’t know? Maybe my aromanticism is not making me see this clearly.
Yeah, they get their shit together at the end, but a lot of this could have been avoided if Magnus had waited until Alec grew the fuck up and stop dating *boys*.
However, Alec is not also not fautltess at the horrible state of their relationship. Yes, Alec is a young boy, but Alec is still old enough to know that he is in love with Jace and it’s wrong to be in a relationship when you have feelings for someone else (unless you’re polyamorous). Instead of Alec stop playing with Magnus’s feelings, it’s obvious that Alec is going to use Magnus as a rebound. Honestly, Alec treats Magnus as his sidechick and that is super disrepectful to Magnus. I hate to say this because I love show! Alec so much, but once again I find that book Alec is a straight up fuck boy.
Honestly, all the canon relationships are fucked up and toxic and Malec is prime example of that. Yet, I’m supposed to jump up and down for all the diversity. Speaking of diversty, I would have love to see Magnus and Alec work out their problems. I would love to see them act couple-y, but no we get this second hand bullshit.