This has to be the most overused Mary Sue cliche ever! So much that this is actually a trope on tv tropes. Clary thinks she’s just an average looking girl, but Jace the hot guy thinks that’s she’s beautiful. Yet, what makes this worse is that Jace basically says that Clary is righteous and virtuous because she doesn’t know that she’s beautiful. However, Isabelle who embraces her own sexuality and beauty is seen as a vain whore. Do I need to tell you how sexist this is? This is rape culture at it’s finest and it’s disgusting.
So tell me again how Cassandra Clare is a feminist?
Then to add the cherry on top of this Mary Sue sundae this whole entire scene which is actually only a few paragraphs in length is entirely in Jace’s point of view, then switches immediately back to Clary’s point of view. This move completely disregards that a majority of this book is in Clary’s third person limited point of view.
I could have accepted this sudden change of point of view if we were going to get more insight into Jace’s feelings. You have to remember that this scene comes right after Jace found Simon in Clary’s bed. We could have seen that Jace was actually hurt by Clary’s ‘betrayal’ and would have finally given Jace’s character some much-needed depth.
But do we get any of that? Nope! Jace’s is just fapping away to Clary’s spleshfulness. I think second to that scene in the last chapter in wherein Jace proceeds to tell Clary that Isabelle doesn’t hate her, this has to be one of the biggest ‘Mary Sue’ moments in the entire series so far.
Now you are probably thinking, maybe you are over thinking this Gigi?’ But I urge you guys to once again compare this to ‘Twilight’.
Bella thought ostensibly that she was a plain jane. Bella was so virtuous in Edward’s eyes because one she never had a boyfriend (and was a virgin). And two, she wasn’t as sexually provocative as Rosalie. The purpose of Jace’s point of view is the same as E.L. James ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ companion book ‘Grey’ and the unpublished ‘Twilight’ companion book, ‘Midnight Sun’. Ostensibly, both books and this scene are to get into the love interests head to give more depth to their character, but in reality, it’s just a way for suethors to wank at their self- insert’s awesomeness.