So I saw your post tagged under something about cassandra clare, and I had no idea she had a book called burning bright! I only knew TMI/TID. Are there any others I'm missing?
Burning Bright is the short story that was like a bonus feature in one version of Clockwork Prince about when Jem first met Tessa from Jem’s POV. She recently posted it on her site here :) I absolutely love it!
Under this cut are spoilers for City of Lost Souls, but also an in-depth discussion of sexual assault as it pertains to books in general and The Mortal Instruments in specific, with a discussion of rape culture and rape myths. There is also an excerpt from a scene that contains a violent physical assault.
Miss Cassandra Clare, you have done it again. Made me love you more and realize things about me and society/culture I haven’t seen before.
As many people that can should read this. It made me realize a lot of my behavior and thinking I need to fix. There is actually a social psychology term, many in fact, for blaming the victim (i.e. “She’s so stupid. She shouldn’t have been walking down a dark street.”).
And we need to go beyond reading. We need to take this and be aware of the behavior and thinking we do personally that need to be changed to change this intrusion of rape culture. If we don’t, then Cassandra Clare’s courage and heart in addressing this issue and writing this important important piece is useless.
She poured her heart out and shared something personal she didn’t need to. I completely, completely respect her in high esteem for this, and for all the other social problems she has spoken for. <3 <3 <3 Lots of love.
I just read your blurb about Magnus and Asians and the “whitewashing” of Hollywood, and I cannot even explain how much (more) respect and love I have for you now.
I was an aspiring actor, but because Hollywood is so whitewashed, the market was tiny for Asians. Even now, submitting to casting calls, all I can ever think is how I don’t fit any character because I’m Asian. It got to the point where I wondered if I would have been more successful if I were white, even wishing I was at times. I’m proud to be Asian, but sometimes it’s difficult fitting the white-standard society. I mentioned in an earlier post how I hate the name “minorities”-it makes me feel like this insignificant piece of society, and I’m not minor. I’m Asian, but I still matter and still can matter.
You had already written non-white characters (I’m not just talking about the Asians here xD) which was a pleasant surprise to me (even now I wonder at why we have to be surprised when major characters in books aren’t white…). And now, reading how much you’re standing up for the casting of these characters and their races and how Magnus must be Asian (I totally agree, he wouldn’t be the same!), I can’t even explain how much respect I have for you.
It’s horrible to feel like you can’t belong in Hollywood, in society, because you’re not white. The world isn’t just white, it’s colorful and bright and diverse and I think Hollywood needs to showcase that more.
All I can say is thank you, thank you so much.
Open letter to Cassandra Clare. It just burst out of me after I read her post about the casting for Magnus.
It’s not really a question, but an observation. I understand the reasons, but on Facebook after the recent post about TMI casting information a lot of fans are confused as to why they would want an Asian actor for Magnus Bane. Think you could clear it up, once…
Thank you. Thank you Cassandra Clare. I was an aspiring actor once, but the market for Asians is tiny, because Hollywood is so white-washed and I love not only that she wrote biracial and not-white characters (I don’t call them minorities. I’m not minor, and don’t believe in the word) but that she’s standing up for them. Even more love and adoration for her