“Don’t think I like asking you these questions,” Jace snapped. “I need to know what you’d
do for Clary. Would you lie for her?”
“Lie about what? What’s going on, anyway?” Simon realized what it was that had
bothered him about the tableau of Shadowhunters in the garden. “Wait a second,” he said.
“You’re leaving for Idris right now? Clary thinks you’re going tonight.”
“I know,” Jace said. “And I need you to tell the others that Clary sent you here to say she
isn’t coming. Tell them she doesn’t want to go to Idris anymore.” There was an edge to his
voice—something Simon barely recognized, or perhaps it was simply so strange coming
from Jace that he couldn’t process it. Jace was pleading with him. “They’ll believe you. They
know how … how close you two are.”
Simon shook his head. “I can’t believe you. You act like you want me to do something for
Clary, but actually you just want me to do something for you.” He started to turn away. “No
— City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Chapter 1: The Portal
Actually, Simon is right. This is all about Jace and his feelings. Screw, that Clary seemingly wants to you go to save her mother. Screw, that Clary absence could seemingly make or break the plan on waking Jocelyn. Screw the fact that The Clave would be pissed off if she is seeming to disrespect them. Clary’s life could possibly in danger from The Clave if she backs out of it now.
No, it’s all about Jace and him wanting to wrap his poor little love interest in bubble wrap no matter if she consents to it or not. Nothing is more important than Jace’s feelings. What makes this all so worse is that he’s trying to emotionally manipulate Simon, a person that he has literally screwed over by cheating with Simon’s girlfriend right in front of him (and no, I’m not going to stop bringing that up). He is so willing to guilt Simon into lying into his best friend, possibly jeopardizing their whole friendship when Clary eventually found out.
However, nothing matters but Jace’s feelings.
Yet, this is supposed to be romantic? This guy, Jace Wayland is supposed to be a romantic ideal for countless young women currently growing up. According to Clare, It’s okay if your partner is controlling and possiveine as long as your partner is hot and loves you.
No, that is bullshit! This is not respecting or trusting someone you love, which by the way I have to tell is an integral part to any relationship be it romantic or platonic. If a partner is not respecting or trusting you, you need to dump them and do better. This is my biggest issue with these book as that Clare and authors like her are selling this as the romantic ideal when it’s far from any definition of a healthy and happy relationship.