So it’s almost time for us to descend back into the obvious pit of stupidity, misogyny , and plot contrivance or as the rest of the world likes to calls it: City of Bones. However , before we get back into it I thought it was time to refresh your memories with the top ten WTF moments of the book so far. So strap in dear WTFers, and let’s take a ride down memory lane. And if you new to the party, please feel free to check out the handy table of contents so you can catch up.
10.Blending In: You’re Doing Wrong!
Oh boy, this quote completely encapsulates all that was wrong with Isabelle’s honey trap in the first chapter. First off, Isabelle is wearing a white floor-length dress, a very expensive gemstone necklace, and high thigh boots in the middle of the summer in a nightclub! Instead of making Isabelle blend in, she is doing everything possible to stand out. The only reason her ruse actually worked on the demon was because the demon was an idiot Anyone with a lick of common sense could tell that Isabelle was up to no good.
The whole guise was to hide the runes or tattoos on her body that basically designates her as a Shadowhunter: A half-angel human-human demon hunter. Yet instead of easily coming up with a rune that would hide the other runes, the author Cassandra Clare decides to dress Isabelle up in the most conspicuous outfit ever.
9. Everyone Here Is A Bit Of A Bigot
Woo boy! I totally lost my shit when I first read this passage. You see, going into reading this book, I was forewarned by my friends and by the other speakers that I that the words “Mundanes” or “Mundies” were basically the equivalent of a racial slur. And as a person of color, and as a self-proclaimed equalist shit like this REALLY pisses me off. Then, add to the fact that this quote is a just instance of our protagonists bragging about how much more awesome they are than us lowly humans and I had flashbacks to Breaking Dawn and promptly lost my shit.
I really hate this anti-human shit because a) It’s rarely done well, b) the writer often forgets that her audience is in fact, human and you are basically shitting on their own species and c) It’s quickly shown that what makes a supernatural (or alien) race better than humanity is mostly their extraordinary physical gifts and not their intelligence or their morality.
8.Perceptive: That Word Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means!
Clary is so supposed to be so clever and witty when in reality, it takes her for-freaking-ever to realize that her mother’s past is shady as fuck. Seriously, why does her best friend seem to notice that her mother’s body is covered with scars, but not her? Especially, when she actually lives with the goddamn woman!
Also, it takes Clary for freaking ever to realize that the fact that she can see the Shadowworld added with her mother’s shady past that it’s pretty damn plausible that her mother was Shadowhunter, but no, it just goes way over Clary’s head!
7. Stupid Is As Stupid Does
This is actually an extension of #8. Clary is stupid, like rock stupid folks. I once said that both Bella Swan and Clary Fray have the combined IQ of a tick. Now, that I have read ahead a bit I still stick by that statement.
Clary just jumps impulsively into dangerous situations and has zero sense of self-preservation. Clary is supposed to brave, but as Harry Potter has shown us: there is a very thin line between bravery and stupidity. And Clary basically leaped over that line several times over. It’s one thing if Clare has written this (much like J.K. Rowling has) as a character flaw. Unfortunately, unlike Harry Potter people applaud Clary for her idiocy and no one ever calls Clary (expect for maybe Jace) for her stupidity. And I have yet to see any indication that Clary will eventually see her impulsiveness as a fault and then learn and grow from it.
6.Reap What You Sow
I love it when Karma bites people that I hate in the ass, and without a doubt, I fucking hate the Shadowhunters community. They are a bunch of xenophobic dickwads that could give the Vulcans from the ‘Star Trek’ reboot a run for their money. We also learn that it was the last two generations that even allowed Shadowhunter women to go into the field. So not only the Shadowhunter community are Xenophobic, but they are a bunch of misogynic asshats as well. So much for they being so better than humanity eh?
Yet, Clare was either brilliant or stupid enough to write in the book that it’s illegal for Shadowhunters to marry (and one would assume, but I could be wrong) and to propagate with Mundanes. So since the mortal cup is missing, which is the only other thing that can make new Shadowhunters, and then add in that Shadowhunters have a low population to begin with, and it’s pretty obvious that the Shadowhunters are going to breed themselves out.
What could have obviously help with breeding new Shadowhunters is to propagate with a species that they are genetically close to i.e. the very Mundanes that they seem to scorn. Yet, their own laws and stupidity are actually aiding in breeding them out of existence. It’s like the greatest Karma ever.