Trigger Warning: Suicide and Obsession.
No, no you didn’t just go there Cassandra Clare! No, you didn’t just write a teenage boy committing what amounts to goddamn suicide just because his girlfriend didn’t love him anymore! FUCK YOU, CLARE! FUCK YOU FUCKING ASSHOLE!
And no one better have the fucking nerve to tell me that I’m overreacting. Raphael practically all but spells it out for us! Don’t believe me? Then I suggest you read this passage again. I’m just dumbfounded and pissed to all hell about this. And don’t get me started how Clare tried to lampshade the real issue with some lame ass excuse about Simon being afraid of being turned into a vampire.
No, Simon went to the Hotel Dumort alone at night, when he was sure the vampires would be awake. And Clare’s explanation is flimsy as hell. Yes, Simon did freak out about the vampire movie back in chapter two, but anyone (including Clary by the way) would have logically thought that he was traumatized from his abduction by the Vampires. Clare also tried to use the explain that Simon was complaining about how bright the sun was back chapter 7 because he was afraid of turning into a vampire. When Simon’s reaction could have been simply that the sun being too bright. It happens to me all the time, especially when I leave the house or leave a car.
This is shitty foreshadowing all around, and Clare should be a fucking ashamed of herself. Oh, but this is only the beginning of the list of Clare’s many sins when it this comes to this reveal.
Clare could have done this reveal in so many different non-problematic ways. No, she wrote this whole scenario to read like Simon couldn’t deal with the object of his obsession (because Simon’s so-called ‘love’ for Clary has always been an obsession and not love) being in love with someone else; so he committed suicide.
This is actually a very common tactic for people who are obsessed with someone. The obsessed person uses suicide or the threat of suicide to emotionally manipulate and to keep the control over the object of their obsession.
Also, this reveal would have been ten times more moving and emotional if we actually got to see Simon’s panic first hand instead of Clary and Jace’s whining for chapters upon chapters about their epic forbidden love. We should have more concrete foreshadowing and/or scenes in Simon’s POV. This is why this whole scene just feels so damn flat to me. of herself for writing this with zero respect to people who have to go through this shit in real life.
In the end, This is not only this is yet another writing blunder on Clare’s part. It’s also disrespectful to very real victims of stalkers, and to the people who suffer from depression and/or suicidal thoughts.