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Cassandra Clare talks ‘friendship romance’ in DARK ARTIFICES

The next series in Cassandra Clare’s SHADOWHUNTER CHRONICLES isn’t set to debut until 2015, but fans are already curious about the  story.

One of those interests include the intriguing relationship between Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn, our leads.

We know that they have a history and are parabatai. Clare sounded off about the romantic link between the two, what she calls the ‘Friendship Romance.’

Clare talked about the difference between Clary and Tessa’s love lives and Emma’s:

Tessa and Clary do both fall in love with Hot Strangers, and though their love lives play out very differently and with different complications, I wanted to do something very different with Emma.

One of my favorite structures has always been the Friend Romance. It’s always enjoyable to take two people who already have an existing relationship and a history and create an inciting incident that suddenly changes everything. 

Clare went on to explain those situations that we’re probably all familiar with:

1) One Of Us Has Gone Away For The Summer and Come Back   Enhottened (Otherwise known as “Holy Crap, Is That You?”)

2) Wait, You’re Dating Someone Else And Suddenly I’m Jealous (also known as “Secretly, I Sabotage All Your Relationships, or : The second season of Sherlock”)

3) Oops, We Got Drunk and Did It (Not really known as anything else – see “When Harry Met Sally”)

4) One of Us Has Loved the Other One Secretly Forever (see: Ross and Rachel, Anne and Gilbert)

Clare explained more about what she enjoys about friend romances and how much she is enjoying Emma’s story:

The key fun part of Friend Romances is exploiting already simmering tensions that exist under a sort of shared We’re Just Friends mentality that both people have bought into and most likely believe in (see: the second season of Sherlock.) Friendship is a sort of grand romance in and of itself (see: Will and Jem) and some friendships, given the right inciting incident, can go off like a pin pulled on a grenade. And then you have all that lovely built up tension to play with. 

Nothing in my stories is ever simple, though, and while Emma and Julian are fun to write, that doesn’t mean they’ll be endgame or that there aren’t other players that factor into the story, or that there aren’t other kinds of romances I want to write as well. But right now I am enjoying that Emma’s story is so different from Tessa’s or Clary’s.

Read what we know so far about THE DARK ARTIFICES.

What are you thoughts on ‘friendship romance?’ Do you already ship Emma and Julian? Sound off in the comments!

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9 Comments on Cassandra Clare talks ‘friendship romance’ in DARK ARTIFICES

  1. I’m pretty sure their love-story/friend romances will torture my mind and soul. And eventually it will kill me. Thanks to Cassie. 😛

  2. I love the friendship romance idea! 😀 I can’t wait to read the dark artifacts series!

  3. i alos love the friendship romance idea as well as falling in love with someone new(Jace and clary kinda had a friendship-romance at the begging)

  4. Can’t wait for TDA!

  5. “Nothing in my stories is ever simple, though, and while Emma and Julian are fun to write, that doesn’t mean they’ll be endgame or that there aren’t other players that factor into the story”

    Please no, for the love of God, no more love triangles D:

  6. I always loved that kind of romantic friend-tension. Ive written many fan fics with that same element, and it can be so frustrating and funny at the same time. Cant wait for DA!

  7. Lol I asked Cassie this question bahahaha 🙂

  8. Julie Holmes // November 9, 2012 at 9:26 PM // Reply

    Yay!!!!!!!!!! Another book!!!! I can’t wait!!!!!

  9. // June 15, 2013 at 5:31 PM // Reply

    already love them!

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