If you guys paid any attention to my table of contents, you would have noticed in the last few moments that I add this particular deleted scene to it. I wanted to give my readers as a complete analysis of the book as possible. So I’m going to give you guys a full sporking of this deleted scene. I really hope that you guys enjoy it me tearing this apart, and the all the trauma I go through for you. Now without further ado, let’s get started!
Warning: If you are reading this before you reading the rest of my sporkings, then there are spoilers here for the book throughtout my rebuttals.
Bold = Cassandra Clare
Regular = Me
This was the original prologue for City of Bones. I had wanted to tell some of the story from Jace’s point of view, but once I got further into the book I realized it would be better if we mainly saw him from Clary’s perspective. It made him more mysterious and a mysterious character is always fun.
Yeah, how about no! You didn’t decide to write primarily from Clary’s point of view because you wanted to make Jace more mysterious. Let’s keep it real, Clare! You changed this novel’s perspective from Jace to Clary because you wanted to insert yourself into your own book. This is the primary reason why Clary is basically an idealized version of you in both physical characteristics and name.
I would also like to point out that you were practically making every upcoming reveal, every secret, every plot twist as obvious as possible And Jace himself is a primary example of this. Jace after minutes of meeting Clary was all too happy to tell her everything about himself and the Shadowworld.
So you really need to stop lying Clare, because the only people you are fooling is yourself and your clueless sheeple you call fans.
The marks on his skin told the story of his life. Jace Wayland had always been proud of them.
This is basically everything Jace is about. Jace just loves to fucking brag about how special he is, and how much better he is than everyone else.
Some of the other young people in the Clave didn’t like the disfiguring black letters, didn’t like the burning pain of the stele where it cut into the skin, didn’t like the nightmares that came when runes too powerful were inked into the flesh of someone unready.
So Jace just admitted what we already knew all along — he’s a masochist. Alec already admitted to it back in Part II. Alec already admitted to it back in Part II. Seriously, Jace, there are healthier ways to get your machoism on, dude. Just go get yourself a Dom and be done with it!
Jace had no sympathy for them. It was their own fault they were not stronger.
So basically, you are also admitting that you are not only a masochist,but you are also a person who is completely unable to feel the slightest bit of empathy as well. With this passage, Cassandra Clare has just made it clearer than ever that Jace’s is really a sociopath.
He had always been strong. He’d had to be. Most boys got their first Marks when they were fifteen. Alec had been thirteen, and that was very young. Jace had been nine.
Wow, just wow. So this proves without a doubt that child abuse in the Shadowhunter community is actually a systematic problem and that it is practically approved by The Clave. If you are thinking that I’m putting way too much thought into all of this, then re-read what he just said. Putting on a rune physically hurts, it is possible for a rune to have psychological effects as well. But waiting until they were fifteen was just not good enough for the Lightwoods. Oh no, the Lightwoods was so eager to physically and mentally abuse Alec and Jace that they put the runes on them when they were young children.
His father had cut the marks into his skin with a stele made from carved ivory. The runes spelled out his true name, and other things besides. “Now you are a man,” his father had said. That night Jace dreamed of cities made of gold and blood, of tall bone towers sharp as splinters. He was almost ten years old and had never seen a city.
No, he wasn’t a man. He was a child that physically branded with a rune. A child that can’t fucking give his consent. This is exactly why we have body modification laws in the United States. And I would like to also point how this is child abuse. I think we can all agree on that, but Clare doesn’t seem to get that her protagonists are just as guilty of child abuse as Jace’s father.
That winter his father took him to Manhattan for the first time. The hard pavement was filthy, the buildings crowding too close together, but the lights were bright and beautiful. And the streets were full of monsters. Jace had only seen them before in his father’s instructional manuals. Vampires in their finery, faces dead white as paper. Lycanthropes with their too-sharp teeth and their smell of wolf. Warlocks with their cat’s-eyes and pointed ears, sometimes a forked tail protruding from the hem of an elegant velvet coat.
“Monsters,” his father had said, with distaste. His mouth curled at the corner. “But they bleed as red as men do when you kill them.”
“What about demons? Do they bleed red?”
“Some do. Some bleed thin blood like green poison, and some bleed silver or black. I have a scar here from a demon that bled acid the color of sapphires.”
There goes Cassandra Clare with her inability to not use any simile or metaphor that just pops into her head. Seriously, this drove me crazy when I was reading the book! Also, it was just so nice that Cassandra Clare decided to show for once that Jace’s father was a complete and utter monster.
Yet, I still have to wonder why The Clave just let Michael Wayland run free? I also have to wonder why The Clave didn’t have anyone watching The Lightwoods who were known Valentine supporters? All they had to do was watch the Institute and wait for him to eventually show up and Wayland (Valentine) would have been caught and off the streets!
Jace gazed at his father’s scar in wonder. “And have you killed many demons?”
“I have,” said his father. “And some day, you will too. You were born to kill demons, Jace. It’s in your bones.”
Seriously, I think I need a silkwood shower after reading that. It was just so creepy and wrong. I mean, Michael Wayland is just blatantly discussing his kills and reassuring his son that one day he will be a killer too. Great parenting there, Wayland!
It would be years later that Jace would see a demon for the first time, and by then his father had already been dead for several years. He pulled aside his shirt now and looked at the scar where that first demon had clawed him. Four parallel claw marks that ran from his breastbone to his shoulder, where his father had inked the runes that would make him fast and strong, and hide him from mundane eyes. Swift as the wind, strong as the earth, silent as the forest, invisible as water.
Jace just proved once again that The Shadowhunters are not in fact, better than us puny mundanes. They just cheat via runes to be faster and stronger than mundanes.
Jace thought of the girl in his dream, the one with the braided scarlet hair. In the dream, he had not been invisible to her. She had looked at him with more than awareness; there had been recognition in her eyes, as if he were familiar to her. But how could a human girl see through his glamour?
He had woken up shivering, cold as if his skin had been stripped
away. It was frightening to feel so vulnerable, more frightening than any demon. He would have to ask Hodge about runes for nightmare protection it in the morning. Perhaps there would be something about it in one of his books.
Hold up! Jace actually dreamed about Clary days before meeting her? I could understand him dreaming of Joceyeln because repressed memories can reinsert them as dreams. But no, Jace is dreaming of Clary? Do Jace and Clary suddenly have a magical connection?
I thought that shit only happened between parabatai, because they are soul-bonded, and Jace and Clary are only just brother and sister. Or, does Jace somehow have the ability to see the future? This is a complete contradiction to the rest of the book and her already established canon.
This foreshadowing to the greatness that is Clary and Jace’s relationship is just so hamfisted and beyond obvious right here. I just can’t with this destined romance bullshit.
But there was no time now. There had been reports of dark activity in a nightclub downtown, human bodies found limp and drained as the sun came up. Jace shrugged on his jacket, checked his weaponry, ink-Marked hands skating lightly over cloth and metal.
Oh, so this took place directly before Clary’s and Jace’s initial meeting in the Pandemonium? What a fantastic job Clare did of setting up this deleted scene for us. We were just plonked straight into this prologue with no idea if this took place days or hours before the first chapter occurred!
Also, what the fuck is Hodge and The Lightwoods thinking of letting these kids go out by themselves? Seriously, they are junior shadowhunters, is there is no one else from The Clave in New York to oversee them? All they have is just Hodge, a convicted criminal that can’t even act as backup if things should go wrong. God, why is everyone in this book so damn incompetent?!
Marks that no human eye could see–and he was glad, thinking of the girl in his dream, the way she had looked at him, as if he were no different than she was. Stripped of their magic, the marks on his body were only marks, after all, of no more power than the scars on his wrists and chest, or the deep scar just over his heart where his father’s killer had stabbed him when he was ten years old.
Wait a second, Jace actually thought his dreams were real? Then I have to ask again if Jace considers himself some type of seer? And if Jace knew there was an actual possibility that a mundane could see him, then why didn’t he talk to Hodge or drew some extra protection runes? If that was all too complicated for Jace, then why didn’t he just stay home? None of this makes sense, and again this really contradicts Clare’s established canon.
The sound of his name startled him out of his reverie. They were calling him from the corridor, Alec and Isabelle, impatient, eager for the hunt and the kill. Sweeping thoughts of nightmares from his mind, Jace went to join them.
Oh, nice! Such great killing machines you got there, Clare! Jace and the others acting like they are just hunting some animal in the woods, not a sentiment thing. They just all love killing so much and dowright disgusting to read.
So that’s it for the deleted scene. It all boils down to book canon contradictions and wanking to Jace and Clary’s special relationship.Is anyone really surprised? Next up is my overall review of the book, which I will posting on Friday. See you guys then!