Sigh. One more book to go before I can put all this behind me. Honestly, the relationships in here are so annoying. The least annoying one might be the werewolves'.
I just realised why I find these books ok for entertainment, but on the whole, pretty lacking. There's barely any character development.
I mean, I have absolutely no sympathy for any of these characters - and that's saying a lot. Isabelle Lightwood is a good example...
Isabelle shows up intermittently in the series, like hi-and-bye kind of situations. She never gets, like, scenes to herself that reveals what kind of person she is beyond the blazingly obvious. She loves her family, she's cynical about love and relationships and she's a serial dater. Oh, and she's drop-dead gorgeous, which Ms Clare never fails to mention whenever she writes about Isabelle. Really? That's all there is to her? Jace gets to quote Dante and whatever Latin stuff, but Isabelle barely gets to show off the parts of her personality besides her awesome fashion sense and taste in men.
Jace whatever-last-name is another person who lacks self-development. All we see in the series is that he falls more and more in love with Clary, blah blah blah. Well, being in love and all protective and shit isn't really... well. Sigh. I don't even know how to say it. He doesn't really grow up in the series or change, does he? He's just less of a dick to Clary and Simon. And the other characters seem to 'realise' that he's like, deep and whatever underneath his snarky personality. Yeah, whatever. I don't see it. I don't see his kindness at all. Just stupid heroics/basic tortured soul stuff.
AND DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON HOW JOCELYN FRAY AND LUKE GARROWAY DO NOT HAVE COMPLETE BACKSTORIES OMIGOD. IT'S LIKE ONCE THEY WANTED TO GET MARRIED THEY WERE LESS IMPORTANT AND HEY LET'S FORGET ABOUT THEM AND THEIR MOTIVATIONS IN LIFE COMPLETELY. UGH.
Another thing is interaction between all the characters sometimes feel so forced I sometimes even wonder why they're all friends/connected. They never seem to do normal everyday stuff together, just stuff related to the plot. Well, you know, life is beyond whatever Big Bad is happening at the moment; why don't we get to hear about the Lightwoods' home life or even the mundane-ness of Simon's day-to-day vampire life?
Just... a lot of things bug me about the series, not least of all that Lilith seems to subscribe to gender essentialism (like what?) - I thought the mother of demons would be cooler than that. And just... how Euro-bloody-centric this whole Shadowhunter world is. Oh yeah, you have Shadowhunters from all over the world but who started it all? Some white cis guy with a convenient name like Jonathan Shadowhunter. Imagine if his name was Benedict Cumberbatch. Would the Nephilim be called Cumberbatches? Lol. That would be funny. But back to the point: Idris... Is in Western Europe. Like that's the center of magic everywhere, sure... it's not even the fucking birthplace of civilisation but let's put their headquarters somewhere white and have all the old prestigious families be white people with really white names. Yeah. Ok. I see what you did there. *rolls eyes*