Do you guys notice that Clary not once really thought about what Simon wanted? Disregard my earlier post about this for a moment, and think about the whole situation from this angle: If Cassandra Clare is to believed Simon was pretty worried about being turned into a vampire. Basic deduction and logic would make you also assume that Simon was afraid of becoming a vampire. However, does any of this occur to Clary? Nope! She does not take one moment to really think about long term consequences of being a vampire and the immortality that comes with it.
Yeah, I’m afraid of death like almost everybody in the world. However, ‘The Highlander’ movies and series have taught me that Immortality has a lot of downsides to it. First of all, you would have to watch your family and friends grow old and die one by one. And I know for me personally, that would be a type of hell on earth. Then add on the fact that you are basically a parasite: having to subsist on the blood of living things and possibly having to kill others to live.
None of this seems to occur to Clary at all, it’s all about how the absence of Simon would impact her life and no one else. And yes, if I was a much more forgiving person I could put this at the feet of her being young and the inherent selfishness that sometimes come with it. However, any of benefit of the doubt I gave Clare and Clary has long been gone
Also, I’m going to point out how the show once again took this scene and made it ten times more believable. Clary actually took the time to consider what Simon would want (no I’m not counting him give him a pseudo-Jewish burial), and actually talked to his mother. She actually ostensibly realized that Simon’s death would devastate his mother and that is one of the reasons she later made the call to let him turn into a vampire.
Yet, in the book, the only thing Clary cares about is herself and yet I’m still supposed to think she sympathetic is a character.