Simon, who has been her lifelong best friend. Simon, who until several hours ago was her fucking boyfriend. She can’t manage even a single goddamn tear, let alone even a bit of emotional tone. He’s dead, and honestly there is nothing in these passages that really shows me she is shocked. or even grieving over him in some way. Oh I know that she screams, but Clare doesn’t seem to have written this scene with any type of real emotion. Honestly, it seems like she doesn’t even know how to write reactions at all.
To me, this feels someone playing out a scene in the most over dramatic way possible. Honestly, I gave Kat McNamara, who plays Clary on the show, so much shit over how she acted out this particular scene on the show. However, I now realize that Kat played this way more realistically than Clare wrote it. She even managed to add actual emotion to the scene.
*Mel’s comment: As someone who has found one of her best friends dead in their apartment, this scene doesn’t even read like she is in shock and not able to process emotion. It just reads like she’s checking off a list of ways you’re supposed to react. A year and a half later after finding my friend I will never forget how it was to find my friend. I couldn’t think, I couldn’t do anything but call my husband (in another country) because I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t even think to call 911 which is a really basic thing to do for any type of emergency. I just have a hard time reading Clary as having actually cared for Simon with this non-feeling reaction.*