“For the last 20 years of my life, I’ve been wearing something unrecognizable. I’ve been acting for 20 years now and I’ve been under the radar.”- Doug Jones
I had the pleasure of meeting Doug Jones during SDCC a handful of years ago and he’s one of the sweetest people alive and just being around him makes you feel like a million bucks
ok, but that jacket? that outfit?
i want it.
this is my favorite song from any video game ever
Harsh flash be gone!
Consider it donzo, with a little help from The Deluxe Pop-Up Flash Bounce.
This gizmo uses mirrors (and just a bit of magic) to bounce your DSLR’s overly eager flash off of a nearby ceiling or wall, creating softer more even light.
|Andy Bernard (the Office)|
i don’t know who they are but they make me think of Black Star and Death the Kid.
Is anyone else weirdly self-conscious about wiper blade speed? Like, I’m always afraid that I’ll have them set too fast for the amount of rain happening, and people will look at me and judge me like “lol omg bitch be tryin 2 hard”
well you’re right to be self-conscious cuz i totally judge people by how appropriate their wiper blade speed is.
Becquerel from Homestuck
I find this one to be fun!
- Owen Azo
Yes, it is hackneyed in regards to how it affects a character’s personal development.
They can’t be held responsible, and as such cannot grow from it.
And one’s will doesn’t do jack shit on its own. It’s actions that matter. And that’s one of the reasons the whole active/passive dichotomy is dumb.
except that none of these characters exist in a bubble. not every thing they do is (or needs to be) an expression or metaphor for their own story. they act as pawns in other players’ stories, as well, and right now Jade (and Jane) are in pretty good positions to FUCK SHIT UP for quite a lot of people.
my understanding of will is that it is they way that one influences the universe. not just that you have an idea, but that you initiate action on that idea.
furthermore, even though other players might never hold Jade or Jane responsible (which is a premise i’m very skeptical of…) that doesn’t mean Jade or Jane won’t hold themselves responsible. to know that it was their actions and choices that put them in a position to be used that way will cast doubt on the entirety of their lives, every thing they ever did that led them to where they are now. if you don’t think that being mind-controlled to mess with ones friends is an experience one can learn from then i don’t know how you even relate to the world.
One cannot be held responsible for deeds they have literally zero control over. It would be dumb and unfair if any of the other characters did it, and if they beat themselves up over it is ridiculous, because, again, they weren’t actually responsible for it in any way. It’s cheap angst, and wholly undeserved.
My problem doesn’t lie with Jade being mind-controlled in and out of itself, my real problem is that after the entirety of Act 6, where all the other < Act 6 characters all got some development, even when it was negative, an act where Jade literally had zero personal growth happening, she is immediately pulled out of any chance to act and mind controlled so that she can serve as a plot device.
It’s a huge disservice to the character, and all signs point to Hussie simply forgetting that Jade’s development already put her on a level where her issues were more-or-less all settled, leaving her at the point where she’s just not relevant as a character who needs to come of age any more.
On top of that, she is also vastly overpowered in terms of sheer power and capableness. Because she’s too powerful to be on the side of the heroes, she’s turned into a simple tool for the villains to exploit.
Really, the entire deal with Jade is just incredibly bad writing, and a major disservice to such an otherwise incredibly interesting character.
sure they can. they are every day. maybe you’re the lone human with perfect logic and integrity, but us imperfect humans, (especially those whose imperfections are on trial for our entertainment, ie characters) don’t think like that. it is ridiculous for them to beat themselves up over it. but you know what, people (and trolls and cherubs) do ridiculous things. it’s hardly cheap if they have to deal with not only the consequences of giving the enemy a Mega Giga Weapon, but also the fact that it came from their own hands.
Jade’s issues have been more or less settled from her intro, if we’re getting right down to it. Jade, unlike her 3 session buddies, has always had a pretty firm grasp on what she needed to do, and why she needed to do it. she had a temper thing that Karkat and her dream self helped her work through, and she could prolly stand to rely on her friends more instead of taking so much responsibility on herself. but on the whole she’s been pretty ok from the beginning. and that’s ok. not everyone is the main character. not everyone’s story has to be the Big Important Message of Homestuck. (lookin at you dancestors. lookin at you Nepeta) or maybe we just haven’t seen that which really troubles Jade yet. (maybe when she comes out of her Condesce Coma?) she is too powerful a weapon, you’re right. and she left herself a vulnerability that anyone who was familiar with trolls and their abilities at all would have seen a mile away. don’t you think that she might harbor some responsibility for that? i mean, she didn’t throw Bec into the sprite, but there were a lot of things she could have done differently and maybe things would have turned out better. or at least maybe things would have turned out so she wasnt’ the one to pull the trigger.
in fact, writing this all out kind of makes me see her arc a little better. think about this: she has followed the plan given her by her Prospit dreams (and later by Echidna) perfectly. to the letter. and in the end she is where she is, poised to hurt her friends. i expect that after she comes out of her coma that she will be faced with a similar choice, to blindly follow someone’s plan without considering the consequences. and that she will make a different choice than she would have before. and we call that growth.
to call it bad writing before the project is finished is pretty thoughtless. it may not be what you’d do with the characters, but i think Hussie has made it pretty clear that your expectations for the characters are going to be flipped on their head at every turn.