Trigger Warning: For talks of sibling and parental incest.
These snippets here have to be the most infamous parts of not only the book but the entire series as well. Initially, I was going to talk about this plot twist when it originally showed up at the end of the last chapter, but I waited until now because these snippets in this chapter uniquely illustrated what is wrong with the entire plot twist.
First off, what was the point of adding this plot twist? Seriously, I thought about it for a long time and I still don’t understand why this was even necessary. All it adds, in the end, is a forced soap-opera like melodrama. Sure, it gives Jace some much-needed conflict, but the same thing could have been accomplished with just by letting Michael Wayland return from the dead. This conflict came at the very end of the book, and for me, this whole subplot just feels like rushed unnecessary drama.
I also have to wonder if Cassandra Clare really considered the consequences of writing such a controversial subplot in a book that is targeted toward tweens and teens. I have an eleven-year-old little girl, and I would have a huge problem with her reading something that contains sibling incest.
Logically, you would think that a book with this type of subject matter this would have a huge effect on not only Cassandra Clare’s but the publisher’s bottom line as well. I just don’t understand how conservative parents who were ranting and raving about how damaging Harry Potter was just because the series was about Wizards and Witches. Yet, then they just let this book pass them by just because it had angels in it. The hypocrisy of it all just kills me sometimes.
I want to also take some time to point out that Valentine was eyeing up Clary. Admittedly, at that point he didn’t realize the girl standing there was his daughter, but still, it just had some weird disgusting incestuous overtones in it.
And If you thinking that I’m thinking way too much into this, then I just want you re-read that snippet and take in the tone of his words and actions. It’s almost like Valentine is leering down at Clary and it totally grossed me out.
I have to say it again, but Cassandra Clare what is your freaking damage? Seriously, why does she have to shove incestuous subtext into almost every relationship in this damn book? Seriously, if you have a weird kink, then you need to keep it to your corner of the internet and keep it out of your books that are targeted towards freaking kids.