There is a bit of a phenomenon when it comes to one of the couples in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS.
Of course there are many different people that you can ship in both THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS and THE INFERNAL DEVICES. For instance if you brought up the subject “Will vs Jem” there is no doubt in my mind there would be three different sides to that ship. The Will side, the Jem side, and the side that shuts themselves in a dark room rocking back an forth begging you not to make them choose.
However there is one “ship” that it seems like everyone can agree on. Malec.
If you have never heard this word before (then that is amazing first of all and give yourself a pat on the back!) then let me explain. The “shipping” or relationship, name for Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood is combined into the one word, Malec.
Magnus and Alec are not the normal couple that you would see everyone loving but everywhere you look on comments, tumblr, twitter, etc , you will find that the majority of people that read THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS love Magnus and Alec’s relationship.
I asked on tumblr and twitter, why people thought Magnus and Alec’s relationship was so popular in the fandom, these were just some of the responses:
@amyhasler17 on Twitter said:
They are just riveting cos they embody hope for a few lost souls, and its knuckle baringly heart wrenchingly cute.
thegirlwithtoomuchfangirl on tumblr said:
I love ‘em because it gives representation to lgbqt teens but also that they compliment each other very nice!
@ChefAnika on twitter said:
I love how conservative Alec is and how flamboyant Magnus is. They are such polar opposites that they balance each other out.
There is chemistry between Alec and Magnus that catches like wild fire. The characters leap off of the page and into our hearts. We connect with Alec and Magnus because as different as they are, they are still just trying to have love in their lives which is what most of us are looking for.
When we asked Cassandra Clare the same question she answered the question perfectly. (as always) “I think people have that fantasy that someone will bring magic into their ordinary lives, like Magnus does for Alec.”
It is through THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS that a Warlock and a Shadowhunter bring magic into our lives as well and a hope for that connection in our lives.
(SPOILERS FOR CITY OF LOST SOULS)
But with Malec on the rocks at the end of CITY OF LOST SOULS, will that magic be able to bring them back together? Tell us your thoughts! Why do you think Magnus and Alec are so popular? And will Malec reunite in CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE? Comment below!