5.The Worst Father Figure Ever
Woo boy, I totally went off at Luke, and I don’t feel bad for it at all. A reader pointed out that Luke was probably trying to protect Clary, but if he was then he was going about it the most roundabout way ever. Seriously, Luke could have told her that she and her mother was in danger and that it was best if she stay with the Shadowhunters and he would explain the rest later. Problem solved! And then we later see that Luke was about to flee from the city, and then talk about how for someone who is basically her father figure and probably helped to raise her how distant Luke’s behavior has been from the very beginning.
Luke refuses to even let her call him “Uncle”, with the weakest excuse of “It reminds me of Uncle Tom’s cabin”. No, I don’t buy it at all. At best he’s a weak Remus Lupin ripoff, and at less he is the worst POS excuse for a father figure ever and thank god Jocelyn never got romantically involved with him. I shutter to think how horrible a stepfather Luke would have been.
4.Spilling All The Tea
I have been screaming and cursing a blue streak about how easily (and a lot of the times) with no little prompting or compunction people in this book give away vital information to perfect strangers. Jace, who is supposed to be a battle harden warrior is often the worst offender when it comes to this. Jace didn’t know Clary from Adam, and he just spilled almost everything to Clary all in the first freaking chapter, and he just never stopped doing that. Hodge and Isabelle are also guilty of doing spilling information, and it drives me fucking crazy every time I see it! It bugs me when people don’t show the slightest bit of common sense.
However, this passage right here is the worst instance of people just spilling everything without thinking about the consequences. And of course, it’s coming from our supposedly clever and witty heroine herself. After Simon comes to the conclusion that something supernatural is going on because he saw Luke holding a glowing sword, Clary decides that instead of coming up with a believable lie to explain what Simon saw, she would instead tell him about the Shadowworld. And what makes this worst? Jace just sat back and allowed her to Simon everything.
Neither Jace or nor Clary realized that by telling Simon about the Shadowworld that she was essentially painting a target on his back, because anyone either Shadowhunter or Downworlder found out about Simon being in the know they would immediately target him, and Simon who has no powers or abilities would have no way to fight against them.
Clary and Jace are just so clever aren’t they? *snort*
3. Strong Female Character My Ass!
Jace Wayland is not only a sociopath, but he’s an admittedly arrogant conceited bigoted asshole at that. He thinks that just because he’s pretty, and that he’s a Shadowhunter that makes him better than 99% of the population. He pretty much admits this outright in Chapter 5. Not only that, Jace constantly belittles Clary, her opinions, and her friends. And the little times that Clary actually shows a backbone and stands up for herself? She later apologizes to Jace, which basically invalidates all the instances of her standing up for herself.
Another thing reason why I don’t believe that Clary is a strong female character is that she knows that Jace is bad news and still wants to be with him. I mean, she has seen first hand how awful a person Jace is, and she still lusts after him In my opinion, the fact that he casually admitted that he was, in fact, a killer, the way he treats not only, but her best friend who have immediately turned off a strong female character.
The last nail in the strong female character is how downright misogynic Clary herself is. I didn’t put this it in this countdown, but Clary instantly shows nothing but competitive against and slut shame other women. If a woman shows and owns her own sexuality, Clary instantly belittles them. She sees everyone woman competition for attention. Clary’s interaction with Isabelle is choke full with this. Isabelle is Jace’s foster sister, but Clary instantly is suspect Isabelle of having romantic feelings towards him, when it’s more than obvious that Jace and Isabelle only have platonic feelings towards one another.
Yet it’s perfectly fine that Clary has romantic feelings for both Jace and Simon, but god forbid if Simon moves on with Isabelle (someone who actually likes him back). Clary’s hard for Isabelle got worst when Simon started to flirt with Isabelle. Her thoughts were downright violent during that entire scene. It’s this behavior that really just kills the rhetoric that Clary is a strong female character.
2.What’s My Motivation Again?
So Valentine is the worst villain ever. Seriously, not only does his name sucks (and that he is obviously Voldemort with the serial numbers filed off) he is just as stupid as our protagonists. For example, Valentine let the Clave (the Shadowhunter’s ruling council) think that he died fifteen years ago. And now that the Accords (the peace treaty between The Shadowhunters and The Downworlders) need to be renewed he wants to wipe out the Downworlders once and for all. The Shadowhunters and the Downworlders want to stop him. So instead of working unseen and discretely in the background to achieve his agenda. He lets his followers and minions tell everyone and their mama that he’s alive and looking for the cup.
To add-on the stupidity, when Valentine attacked the Idris (the Shadowhunter’s capital city) he didn’t go for the Downworlders, no he attacked his fellow Shadowhunters. Valentine his whole mission is that he thinks that Downworlders are scum of the earth and that he wants the to purge not only demons but Downworlders from the earth as well. He also wanted to start a war between Downworlders and Shadowhunters.
Yet, all he killed was Shadowhunters. This makes no zero sense. Not only that, Valentine actively use Downworlders (Pangborne and Blackwell anyone) and demons as his minions; which completely invalidates his motivation.
In my opinion, any effective villain must have a solid, coherent motivation. Without that, what you get is villainous caricatures such as Snidely Whiplash.
1.Cry Me A River
For me, this is the biggest WTF moment of the entire first part of the book. Clary and her mother are so close, but it took her eight pages into the chapter to even mention her mother and don’t even get me started how it took another chapter to even remember that she had a best friend. It wasn’t until she was in Dorothea’s apartment that she remembered that the last time she saw Simon she had just run off to confront Jace about him stalking her, and then from his point of view she just disappeared, and then Jocelyn disappeared as well. It would be logical to think that something bad happened to them both. Yet, Clary only called Luke. She never not once thought about calling her best friend to tell him that she was okay.
Yet, Jocelyn and Simon are supposed to be the two most important people in her life? Yeah, right!
So that’s it! This is my top ten WTF moments of Part I of City of Bones. And it’s unbelievable that there was just so many issues in just that first part. It just boggles my mind! So I will be back next week with Chapter Ten, which due to it’s length I will be covering for two weeks instead the usual one week per chapter format. So get your crash helmets on folks, and grab a beer, because I guarntee that Chapter Ten is full of fail and fuckery! So until then guys, this is Gigi signing off for now!