Interesting topic today: overprotective parents. Lots of us have them and we all know about them. Yes, they do what they do because they love their children and they don’t want to see them hurt. They often lie to kids and put too many restrictions on their freedom in their attempt to shield them from harmful outside influences. I know they only do this to protect their innocence and whatever, but is it really okay to do that? What happens when the child leaves home and finds that the world is much different than his or her parents made it sound? Now the kid is hopelessly naïve and unprepared. Now I’m not saying just tell the kid all the blunt and horrible truths in gory detail and leave the child traumatized for life. I suppose there is a delicate balance between exposing them to the world and protecting them from it.
Take Finding Nemo for instance. Marlin is basically the definition of overprotective parent. He never wanted to let Nemo leave home because he was afraid his son would get hurt outside. And while keeping Nemo at home kept him safe, it also deprived him of many experiences that would have helped him learn and grow.
And what about the lies parents tell their children? Well I have an example for that too, but it’s in a book. You have probably heard about it, some of you have probably read it, but I’ll tell you what it’s about without giving too much away. If you haven’t read it, then I’ll also try to convince you by showing you how awesome it is. It is called The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I know, weird name, but trust me, it’s awesome. I’ll admit, it is a teenager book so it has some of that annoying romantic angst that I so often ridicule. However, it is hilarious and has amazing fighting scenes, so I still like it. The last book comes out this May! I’m so excited. You’ve just got to get past the whole sickeningly dramatic “Will love be their salvation or destruction?” thing (as it says in the picture below). I’ve got high hopes for the last book, so please Cassandra Clare, don’t ruin it with too many overly disgusting romantic scenes.
Anyway, it’s about a seemingly ordinary girl named Clary. One day, she comes home to find her mother missing soon after discovering the existence of Shadowhunters, or half-human half-angel people devoted to ridding the world of demons. Along with Shadowhunters, werewolves, vampires, faeries, and warlocks also exist. After meeting Jace, Isabelle, and Alec (all Shadowhunters), Clary finds out that she too is a Shadowhunter and that her mother has been taken by Valentine (aka the villain of the story). And yes, I too wondered why the scary bad guy gets a girly name that reminds you of the holiday that celebrates love. He’s basically like any other charismatic and manipulating leader in history. Like Hitler, for example. Soon Clary finds herself in the middle of a conflict/soon to be war between the Clave (Shadowhunter government) and Valentine and all of his little minions. Clary becomes angry with her mother for hiding her identity from her. She feels lied to and betrayed. Now she is hopelessly unprepared and untrained in a world filled with demons. Instead of training Clary to fight and defend herself from the horrors, her mother chose to hide it all from her, blinding Clary from reality and keeping her ignorant. Clary’s mother meant well when she hid her from the Shadowhunter world, but in the end, it only harmed Clary.
Since I probably didn’t make this series sound as awesome as it is, here are some of my favorite quotes from it:
“What’s this?” he demanded, looking from Clary to his companions, as if they might know what she was doing there. “It’s a girl,” Jace said, recovering his composure. “Surely you’ve seen girls before, Alec. Your sister Isabelle is one.” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones
“You guessed? You must have been pretty sure, considering you could have killed me.” “I was ninety percent sure.” “I see,” Clary said. There must have been something in her voice, because he turned to look at her. Her hand cracked across his face, a slap that rocked him back on his heels. He put his hands on his cheek, more in surprise than pain. “What the hell was that for?” “The other ten percent.” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones
“I don’t want to be a man,” said Jace. “I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can’t confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead.” “Well,” said Luke, “you’re doing a fantastic job.” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes
“Jesus!” Luke exclaimed. “Actually, it’s just me,” said Simon. “Although I’ve been told the resemblance is startling.” ― Cassandra Clare
“That does it,” said Jace. “I’m going to get you a dictionary for Christmas this year.” “Why?” Isabelle said. “So you can look up ‘fun.’ I’m not sure you know what it means.” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes
“Well, I’m not kissing the mundane,” said Jace. “I’d rather stay down here and rot.” “Forever?” said Simon. “Forever’s an awfully long time.” Jace raised his eyebrows. “I knew it,” he said. “You want to kiss me, don’t you?” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes
“I’ll just have them change the entry in the demonology textbook from ‘almost extinct’ to ‘not extinct enough for Alec. He prefers his monsters really, really extinct.’ Will that make you happy?” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes
“I thought I’d lie on the floor and writhe in pain for a while,” he grunted, “It relaxes me.” “It does? Oh – you’re being sarcastic. That’s a good sign probably.” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes
“Malachi scowled. “I don’t remember the Clave inviting you into the Glass City, Magnus Bane.” “They didn’t,” Magnus said. “Your wards are down.” “Really?” the Consul’s voice dripped sarcasm. “I hadn’t noticed.” Magnus looked concerned. “That’s terrible. Someone should have told you.” He glanced at Luke. “Tell him the wards are down.” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Glass
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