Malyen Oretsev Appreciation Post/Why I Prefer Mal Over The Darkling
Mal, in my opinion, is an under-appreciated character in the books. WAYYYY under-appreciated.
Mal is not toxic, he is not blantant, he is not bland. it is just the fact that so many people have started romanticizing toxic relationships that they chose to ignore his MANY good qualities and the only one of the Darkling, which was that he was good looking (which Mal was as well).
Unlike the Darkling, Mal did not make himself look like someone else to kiss Alina. unlike the Darkling, Mal didn't manipulate Alina into falling for him. Unlike the Darkling, Mal did not use an underage girl for his own advantages. Unlike the Darkling, Mal did not take his mother's eyes away (not that he had one, but like- yeah-). Unlike the Darkling, Mal did not manipulate and instill fear into his people to follow HIM.
And yet, somehow, he was hated. For what? For not accepting Alina's grisha powers at first? For cheating on her? That was bad, i know, cheating is not approved of. But The Darkling has done worse things, he's literally tried to sexually harass an underage girl, pretending to be someone else, stalked said underage girl, made his nichevo'ya attack said underage girl and so much more, yet you prefer the DARKLING over MAL?
Mal is sarcastic, he's funny, he may have anger issues and he may not be a big fan if Alina's grisha powers, but did you ever think that was because he wanted his childhood bestfriend and his love be safe?
Mal's good qualities were immensely ignored and his bad qualities were focused on just as much and even more, whereas The Darkling's ONE good quality, which was that he was handsome, was overly focused on whereas his bad qualities were so completely ignored, I failed to understand why and how?
Apparently looks matter more than morals and values now?
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