Trigger Warning: Discussion of stalking
In the beginning, I thought it was actually Jocelyn who was manipulating Luke, but Cassandra Clare made it pretty clear with this passage that Luke was the one who actually refused to move on.He was so obsessed with Jocelyn that he stalked her for years and across more than a few countries and a goddamn ocean to finally find her. Even though most guys would have taken the hint, after Jocelyn just left the continent without even telling him. Hell, Jocelyn didn’t even leave him a freaking note. So it was pretty obvious that Jocelyn just wanted to be left alone, but no, Luke didn’t care about respecting her decisions. He just went after her anyway.
This is just sick. Seriously, re-read the green highlighted parts. Does this sound like a man who is in love? No! This sounds like a man who has a deep seeded obsession. It’s like I’m watching an episode of ‘Stalked: Someone’s Watching‘. This is just is straight up nightmare fuel guys!
And before you book stans try to tell me that I’m making too much out of this, I want you to really look at all facts:
- They left Idris and went to Paris. Luke decided to go back to Idris and left Jocelyn in Paris. Some time later, Jocelyn decided to leave the Shadowworld and left without telling Luke.
- Back in Idris, Luke was so obsessed with her that he decided to leave the pack that he was the leader of, to go back to Paris to reunite with Jocelyn. Let me remind you, that he lead this pack into battle (and quite possibly lead more than a few of its members to their deaths). Yet, he left anyway.
- Luke ditched the pack and went to Paris. And yeah, Cassandra Clare tried to lampshade it by writing that Luke was pretty sure that the majority of the pack was happy to see him go. But no, that doesn’t make it better. If Luke didn’t want the responsibility of being a leader of the Pack, he should have immediately abdicated his position or just plain left the pack. But, I hate to break it to Clare, the implication of this entire situation says that Luke used the pack and then when they weren’t useful to him anymore, he decided to ditch them.
- Anyway, So went to Paris, but he couldn’t find Jocelyn. She didn’t leave him a note, didn’t give him any hint as to where she was going. Jocelyn just left without saying a word. Instead of taking the hint, Luke decides to just track across two continents and eventually decided to head to New York City on a haunch. He ended up finding her by accident.
- And if Luke did find her by accident, it doesn’t negate the fact that he was searched for years even when it was more than obvious that Jocelyn wanted to be left alone.
So this isn’t about love, this is purely about obsession. It’s not cute, it’s not romantic and is actually pretty disgusting. And it’s not just Cassandra Clare who is glorifying this type of behavior A lot of authors do as well, especially, in the Young Adult and Romance genre. I’m pretty sick and tired of authors who think this behavior is perfectly acceptable when really is not.