I talked about Simon’s subplot or rather his lack cohesive subplot earlier this week. However, not unlike today’s previous post I wanted to take this time to go further in depth and break down how much reveal is complete and utter shite.
First of all, I’m going to give Cassandra Clare some kudos. This was a good reveal, I didn’t really see this coming at all! And that is unpredictability is partly, in my opinion, what makes a good reveal. So kudos to Clare for actually surprising me.
Now that got that out of the way, I’m going to discuss my issues with these snippets. First of all, this is obvious to anyone with eyes that this is a way for Clare to shoehorn in some resolution. Instead really, resolving the plot (and no I’m not counting any of that bullshit that went down with the Inquisitor) she is going to reward Simon for a struggle he barely he even had.
Simon should have been struggling with his bloodlust all throughout this book, and in my opinion the next book as well. I really think that she should have been working up to this huge reveal at the end of ‘City Of Glass’. Yet here, we only get a few scenes of Simon barely struggling and actually easily overcoming his bloodlust. Now, Simon is so good that he can apparently walk in the daylight.
This is clearly Clare trying to take a shortcut to Simon’s reward, without doing any of the hard work!
My second issue is that we get this overdramatic speel about how much Simon loves Clary and she is the only girl he has ever loved. I know from personal experience that love does work like a light switch. You just can’t immediately turn it off and on, but no one brings up or even thinks about how Simon practically emotionally manipulated Clary into a romantic relationship. No one thinks about or mentions that Clary led this boy on and then cheated him with her freaking brother of all people!
There should at least some lingering resentment there, but apparently, it’s all water under the bridge (pun not intended)! The one thing I really hate about this book is how Clare lampshaded any of the logical fall out of Clary and Simon’s relationship. It would have been some great internal conflict for Clary, but again this series is entirely wish-fulfillment bullshit.
And lastly, it’s pretty logical to assume that the reason why Simon suddenly has the ability to be in the daylight is that he took some of Jace’s blood. However, that brings up a very real problem with this deduction. Why aren’t their any other daywalkers? And why didn’t Jace realize that this would be the result of feeding Simon his blood?
It’ is statically impossible for Simon being the first vampire to feed off a Shadowhunter. No one is that good, it had to happen at some point in history. Yet, it is pretty damn obvious that Jace had no clue that his blood would give Simon this new ability. If gaining the ability to walking in the daylight is so easy to obtain, I don’t understand how Vampires haven’t started hunting Shadowhunters wholesale.
Especially, since Jace confirmed that the Shadowhunters numbers are gradually dwindling. No one is really stopping them from feeding and turning people (Simon’s story is the best example) so they can easily increase numbers. Then they could have simply overwhelmed any of the Shadowhunters they find.
Again, Clare thought that this reveal would be an easy fix for Simon’s barely the subplot. Yet, it’s pretty clear that she never thought about the deeper implications and the plot holes this reveal would open up for her.