So, back in the end of 2007, I was one of 'those' girls. You know, the ones that built shrines for Clare's writing ability, who desperately wanted toSo, back in the end of 2007, I was one of 'those' girls. You know, the ones that built shrines for Clare's writing ability, who desperately wanted to live in the world she created and the ones that proclaimed City of Bones as the best book evah?! <---Yeah. That annoying chick. Trust me, I regret it.
I want to use the "I was young and stupid" excuse and the "I didn't know good quality YA back then", and although they are valid and certainly true, the thing is, I do like The Mortal Instruments (minus the last two installments, but I'll get to that). At first I wasn't that interested in the book, but City of Bones grabbed my attention and earned my genuine affection, and although I really, really want to lower the rating or take it out of my favorites because now I acknowledge how flawed the books are, I won't because I would be betraying a part of myself that will always have an appreciation for these books.
Having said that, I really, really want Clare to just freaking stop. As someone who is somewhat of a fan of all of her books, one would think I am eagerly expecting more and more installments in this franchise. But the truth is that I am sick and tired of this. I keep spending my money on expensive hardcovers just so that I can feel like I've been slapped in the face with the mediocrity of the storyline and storytelling, as was the case with the expansion of The Mortal Instrument: City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls, or to feel betrayed by the glaring similarities between The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. And now another trilogy is coming? A new compilation of essays? A guide on the world of the Shadowhunters? Another compilation of short stories? No. Please, just no.
It's almost like Clare is a one-trick pony. Move on! Prove you can do something else! I know it's hard to invest so much time in the creation of such a complex world, but you need to let go and improve yourself as a writer. J.K. Rowling built one of the best and most complex worlds in the history of literature. She told her story and she was done, because she knew that, as a writer, she can do more and it is also her responsibility to do more.
The more I think about this, the angrier I get and the less I like her books, so I'll just leave it a that. I might check this out, but I won't promise anything. After I'm done with Clockwork Princess, I don't plan on following any other Shadowhunter any time soon. ...more