Ok so I finally realized what bugs me about Cassandra Clare's books: there are no!!! female!!! friendships!!! at all!!!!! Everything is about a boy, albeit an absolutely EXQUISITELY written one. Clary and Isabelle....? Yeah no, that's not a thing in the books. In TOG, Sarah J Maas makes a point of having Lysandra and Aelin be best friends and having them talk about lots of things besides boys. Female friendships and strength, completely outside of their love interests, are crucial in TOG. Also I noticed these examples of implicit misogyny in COHF:
1. When Clary tells Jace about how Sebastian tried to rape her, she tells him she was afraid to tell him because she thought he would think less of her. BRUH
2. Jordan literally took Maia's life away? He assaulted her and turned her into a creature she never wanted to become, essentially forcing her to give up her humanity. And now we're supposed to be really happy that they're back together? Because now he's reformed and does yoga? I honestly did not feel bad at all when he died, I only felt bad for Simon because Jordan was his friend.
3. IZZY AND CLARY NEVER INTERACT EVER
4. Name one conversation between two girls/women that's not about a man/boy in the entire Mortal Instruments series.
5. The male characters get all the heart wrenching plot lines and backstories that actually matter- tell me one thing about Izzy's past besides the fact that she's been training to be a Shadowhunter, or one thing about Clary's past except she was friends with Simon and liked art?
6. In Edom after Clary and Jace...y'know...she's like "wow, he doesn't look at me like I'm garbage because I made a decision about my own body? I'm shocked. He still looks at me like he loves me, my life still has meaning!"
The point is, the way to write a female character is not just to say "hey, I'm a feminist because my female character kills demons," the way to write an amazing female character is to give them the same amount of attention and detail and internal conflict (not about boys) as you would write for the boys!!!!! LIKE SARAH J MAAS MANAGES TO DO IN EVERY SINGLE BOOK OK
sorry for the rant lol thought all this was important