So now City of Glass has pulled that eternal trope “I have to be nasty and hateful to you to drive you away for your own good.”
And I won’t single the book out for this trope, because it’s hardly unique for it. Urban Fantasy, gods, every genre has this written in spades. The noble character decides to sacrifice themselves by driving off their loved one/friends/family/pet mongoose by being mean and hurtful and vile to them to… SAVE them.
And we’re supposed to gasp and say “oh how romantic/noble/self-sacrificing!”
Well this is my side-eye to all that. And Beloved take note, ever pull that crap and you better make sure that doghouse is comfy because you’re going to be in it a hell of a long time.
To me, someone pulling this “I have to hurt you to drive you away for your own good” is saying several things: