Saturday, July 21, 2012

Character Spotlight: Jace Lightwood

Jace, the boy with many names.  We meet him as Jace Wayland, to discover he is Jace Morgenstern, to learn that he is actually Jace Herondale, and then to discover that he considers himself Jace Lightwood.  Despite his many names, we cannot help but love Jace. 
Jace is the best Shadowhunter of his generation, probably the best shadowhunter of all time.  He is also one of the most sarcastic and witty characters out there.  From the moment we are introduced to the character, the reader cannot help but love him and his charmingly sarcastic albeit egotistical personality.  Jace initially appears to be the typical novel action hero, however upon further reading, the reader learns that Jace is a hero with many complex layers.  He is an onion if you will, or a parfait.  Jace is still tortured by an abusive past with his “father”/villian Valentine.  While Jace appears cocky, most of this is a front to hide his insecurities and to keep people out.  Jace feels that he cannot afford to love people, because love makes you weak. However, when he meets Clary Fray, she makes him question everything he believes in.  Through numerous trials and tribulations (even a time when they thought they were siblings), Jace and Clary fight to be together and end up bringing out the best in each other.  Jace learns that it is okay to care about others and that love actually makes you stronger, not weaker.  He proves this point when he defeats Sebastian/Jonathan, all because of his will to survive and see Clary again.  This moment shows just how much Jace grew as a character throughout the books (and I look forward to watching him grow some more in the final novel!)  The Jace we meet in the beginning is not nearly as strong as the Jace we see at the end of City of Glass.  For all these reasons and more, Jace is one of my favorite literary characters.  He shows that your past does not have to define you, and that you do not have to be perfect to be a good person.
Favorite Jace Quotes:
“I’ve heard the word fear…I simply choose to believe it doesn’t apply to me.” -City of Ashes
“I knew I wanted to live, wanted it more than I’d ever wanted anything, if only so that I could see your face one more time.” -City of Glass
“I think I’m better than everyone else.  An opinion that has been backed up by ample evidence.” -City of Fallen Angels
“Love didn’t make you weak, it made you stronger than anyone I’d ever met.  And I realized I was the one who was weak.” -City of Glass
“There is no pretending… I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there’s a life after that, I’ll love you then.” -City of Glass
“Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do.  If you want me.” -City of Glass

11 comments:

  1. I really really need to read the other books in this series *hangs head in shame*

    Loved your character spotlight!! :)

    Amazing as always!

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  2. I just started reading this series; I know I am wayyy behind! But I love Jace and the quotes you picked really make me want to read the rest of the series!

    I think character spotlights are a great idea too =)

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    1. Thanks! I figured I would spare my friends my ramblings about my favorite characters, so now I just ramble about them here =]

      Hope you enjoy the series as much as I did!

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  3. Ahh, I love those quotes so much. :) I think I'm the only person who has yet to read this series. I should probably do something about that. ;)

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    1. You should! I love this series! There is just something really great about them.

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  4. Your character spotlights are awesome!
    Jace is great, but I love guys from The Infernal Devices more.

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    1. I am so glad you like my character spotlights! Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy haha. I live TID too, especially Will. I'll have to do one on him soon. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. GOD I LOVE JACE!!! I love this idea of yours! It's so unique! You should turn it into a meme! That would be awesome! :D And Jace is...WOW.....ever since I first read about him....I have been in LOVE! LOL ;p He's brave, and tough and sexy and hot and did I mention sexy? *dreamy sigh* I could go on forever, but I think you get my point! LOL ;p

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

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    1. Thanks so much! I may make it a meme one day, right now I post them too sporadically haha

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  6. Great spotlight. I've only read the first one, but I really want to read the rest. I loved Jace too.

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