Now, I will start this post off with a disclaimer: I know perfectly well that in the real world that the symptoms of PTSD and mental trauma often come on with little to no noticeable red flags. For people close to a person who has PTSD, the symptoms are the effects of the mental trauma can come at seemingly out of nowhere. And it’s Cassandra Clare didn’t already have a long history of just dropping off plot points and story twists with little to no foreshadowing, I would have just given her the benefit of doubt and just let this go.
However, since this is Cassandra Clare, and all the benefit of the doubt that I would have given her is deader than disco, I’m in a call Simon’s sudden mental trauma as complete and utter ass pull on her part. It’s almost like Cassandra Clare is allergic to organic foreshadowing!
For me, as a reader, I require a certain amount of foreshadowing for every plot or character arc that is written. I really despise writers who just plot lines like bombs. To me, the lack a foreshadowing is a clear sign of sloppy writing, which I would expect out of a novice writer. Not someone who had years of experience writing not only as a fan fiction writer but especially from someone who once had a career as a journalist.
Now let’s move away from Cassandra Claire’s shitty writing. Believe me, we are going to have plenty of chances to discuss that throughout the rest of this book. Right now, I want to talk about how stupidly oblivious and selfish Clary is. You would think after going through everything that she went through in “City Of Bones” she would have a smidgeon of character development. Typically, the best way for your character to organically grow and develop as a character is through conflict. And like it or not, Clary has gone through some conflict
Unfortunately, Clary is still the same selfish inconsiderate person she’s always been. She knows that Simon had been through a traumatic experience by being kidnapped by the vampires. Yet in all her fuss about her mother (which has been proven over and over again that she doesn’t really a shit about) and her angst over being related to her dream man; she has once again completely forgotten that her best friend.
And yeah, I might have been able to overlook this if Clary didn’t already have a long history of just plain forgetting Simon’s very existence over and over again. Which, is par for the course with Clary because she has literally no problem forgetting about the people who supposed to be the closest to her.