Welcome back, you guys! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. This chapter of ‘City of Ashes’ is a VERY long chapter indeed. This week and next week we will be discussing this ‘Chapter 8: The Seelie Court’. Also, if you haven’t read this post here, I am hoping to start doing recaps via my new podcast really soon. I will post a link here on the site when it is finally published, but also please make sure to subscribe to our SoundCloud account and stay tuned for when we are finally published on iTunes.
Now that I’m done with the unapologetic plug, on to the sporking!
First thing right off the bat, the problem that I have with not only for these passages but for the entire chapter as well is that it seems that Cassandra Clare decided to REALLY rip off Stephanie Meyer’s writing style in this chapter. It clearly wasn’t enough that Stephanie Meyer actually gave her book a nice testimonial on the front of the cover. So in thanks for that, Clare has apparently decided to emulate her.
Exhibit A is this freaking dream sequence. This is what my sporking hero Das_Mervin calls a ‘Symbolic Dream Of Symbology.’
A symbolic dream of symbology is a popular tactic for sue-thors. The definition of this writing tactic is: a dream sequence that is there to either gives us pointless exposition or is used to advance the plot in some way. It’s lazy, it’s sloppy, and Stephanie Meyer, the biggest baddest sue-thor of them all loved to write these in her books. Seriously, just when I thought Cassandra Clare couldn’t sink lower, she does. It’s like her superpower or something.
I also want talk about this sudden new power Jocelyn has to enter somebody’s dreams? Why does she just randomly have this power? It just suddenly came out of nowhere. If Jocelyn had this ability the whole time then why is she just using it now. You have to remember that Jocelyn has been in a coma now through the majority of ‘City Of Bones’ and about a quarter of this book. So why did decide to use this special ability now of all times? I honestly think that Clare just pulled this ‘plot point’ right out her posterior.
And one last point before I go, why exactly is Jocelyn still in a freaking coma? Give me one good reason, and I will not ask this question ever again. It seems, to me, like the only reason Jocelyn is still in this coma because god forbid Clary having actual parental guidance right now. You know damn well, that Jocelyn would be livid to hear that her daughter is knee-deep in this Shadowworld. Remember Jocelyn resorted to actually paying Magnus to mind rape her own child to keep her from being a part of the Shadowworld.
Yet, it’s pretty convenient that Joycelyn is still in a coma because that means Clary can just wander off, to places like the Seelie Court, without having to deal with her mother’s vehement disapproval. We can’t have Jocelyn actually try to parent her daughter, because god forbid if her mother tried to interfere with Clare’s self-insert fantasy.
And before anyone brings up Luke, I would like to remind some of you that Luke has been pretty hands off with her since the beginning of this book. Clary can go wherever she wants, whenever she wants because is Luke hardly there. Even when Luke is there, he never tries to assert any parental control. I would also like to point that the absent / neglectful parent trope is another sue-thor / YA trope that Stephanie Meyer used in her own books.