Trigger Warnings: Nice guy tactics, and transphobia.
I just can’t get over Clary’s emotional manipulation and Simon’s inability to take a freaking hint! Clary refuses to outright tell Simon that she’s doesn’t have romantic feelings for him. Clary knows he has feelings for her and yet she keeps stringing Simon along. I guess Clary has plenty of time to give Simon some attention now that it’s been revealed that her main romantic option Jace is her biological brother.
And don’t think for one second that Simon is getting away with anything here. How many obvious hints does Clary need to give Simon for him to finally get that Clary will never love him back. Yet, Simon somehow thinks that if he tries hard enough Clary will just one day apropos of nothing fall in love with him. This is the same nice guy ™ bullshit that Simon has been peddling since the very beginning of this book, and I’m not buying into it.
I would also point out that it’s awfully funny that Simon and Clary are just BFF’s again. Yet we have yet to see any on-screen conversations between Simon and Clary,in which they both apologize to each other, Again, Cassandra Clare is not even trying to close any of her subplots. Everything is just magically a-ok due to Clare’s sloppy and lazy writing.
Now, the last thing I want to talk about it is the green highlighted portion of these snippets. I have seen a lot of people talk about Cassandra Clare’s writing homophobia and biphobia into her books. But that snippet right there is just full of transphobia. I know that being a transvestite and being a trans person is not the same. My point is that this is the only time in this damn book where Clare touches on anything tangentially related to both gender nonconformity and transgender people as a whole. And yet it’s Clare is linking travesties ( and by proxy gender nonconformists and transgender people) to bestiality. This is a very old transphobic (and homophobic) straw man argument that has been used over and over again to excuse people’s discrimination against the GLBT community.
I have asked this once, but I’m going to ask it again: How is Cassandra Clare in any way, shape, or form still considered a straight ally’?