look inside yourself. what do you see. you should at least have a few lungs
give or take
these are really easy to use, just type the characters name into some unsuspecting losers ask box and they will be bound by the laws of tumblr to answer you.
that’s how I wanna go
Okay but if you read the article he wasn’t stabbed
he literally walked into the blade thinking it was a toy and not that it was a replica actual sword
HE LITERALLY WALKED INTO MY SWORD OFFICER
HE WALKED INTO MY SWORD TEN TIMES
Pots were also smashed during altercation
petition for a doctor who episode where the doctor travels back in time to meet arthur conan doyle and accidentally happens to mention how popular sherlock holmes is even 130 years later and poor acd almost breaks down crying
"Doctor before you leave…just tell me one thing."
"My books, the Sherlock Holmes books…do they die out?"
"No, Arthur. People love them. They carry on for hundreds of years."
"Damnit. God damnit. Fuck."
-Sir, we’ve found this and we needed you to name it.
-But we figured we might as well just call it “Ananas” since the majority of the world refers to it as-
CRYING I HAVE TO REBLOG IM SORRY OMFG
LOL THIS IS THE GREATEST.
If this doesn’t perfectly sum up the English language I don’t know what does
For fanfic and rp, as I’ve done both.
I’ve seen a lot of badly written Jade. She’s hands down my favourite character in Homestuck, so I often search out fic for her. Of the four kids, she definitely has the least amount of fic, and when she is in a fic, it’s often as an offhand mention. And then even if the fic actually focuses on her, she’s mostly not written very well. So here is a list of things that I think people forget about when they write Jade, and which might help people to write her better.
This is not an argument for any ship, but I will be mentioning pairings. And yes, I have my favourites, but I won’t be any kinder to them than the others.
1. Jade Harley is extremely self-reliant.
Hey, remember that scene with Jade and her Grandpa?
I’ve seen a number of people react to this moment with confusion. Why does Jade fight with her dead Grandpa? Was he so horrible to her that even now she hates him?
The answer is no. On the very next page Jade says that he was much easier to deal with when he was alive. What she’s doing here is displacement. Jade’s been alone since she was very young, and while Bec was there to protect her, he wasn’t able to raise her. She had to do that herself. So she started projecting onto her Grandpa. It was probably quite innocent at the beginning. She had to do something she didn’t want to do, and she told herself “If I don’t do this, Grandpa will be disappointed in me.” It became a way of motivating herself, and then turned into an elaborate roleplay, because Jade is fun and creative and enjoys doing that. But at her heart, she’s the one judging herself. She’s the one worrying about the size of her gun.
And notice, Jade is much harsher on herself than her Grandpa ever was. She holds herself to an incredibly high standard.
Jade does some amazingly brave things over the course of Homestuck. She sacrifices herself for John without a second thought. She’s not afraid of dying at all, she just wants to protect the people she loves. She’s also very kind to her friends. Look at her conversation with Rose, just before Rose goes Grimdark. She really tries to reassure Rose that Rose made the best possible choices and that she doesn’t need to feel guilty. Jade is very kind. But she never shows that kindness to herself.
When Jadesprite refuses to fight Jack, Jade explodes. Because her standards for herself are so high, she can’t bear that any version of herself is failing them.
Another thing to think about: Bec shoots people twice with her bullets. He shoots her Grandpa when she’s little, and Bec Noir shoots Dave. In both cases, Jade blames herself. And it would be really easy for her not to do that! She could blame Bec, or Tavros for the first one, or the Jack Noir part of Bec Noir for the second one. But she takes the responsibility on herself, both times. She has really, really high standards for herself.
What does this mean for writing Jade?
Well she doesn’t mind accepting help, but she hates to depend on other people. She expects herself to be competent in every situation. If you’re writing, say, hurt/comfort with Jade, and she’s sick, she’s not going to be curled up in bed, wanting to be waited upon. She’s going to be up working, ignoring the fact that she’s sick. If it’s a shippy fic (and it’s hurt/comfort, so of course it is), her partner will have to drag her to bed and probably tie her down to make her stay there, and she’ll keep insisting that she’s fine.
jade’s a great character, there’s a very unique feel to her i think. she’s cheerful, positive and optimistic, and not just on the surface, but she’s also dealt with abandonment and isolation. she’s very incisive, very driven, and puts a lot of pressure on herself. she’s friendly and kind but has a serious temper once she’s hit her limit. she found comfort in trusting skaia’s guidance and the knowledge she’d gained from it, and her having to pull herself back together after that collapses out from under her is a great part of the story, definitely my favorite part of her arc. jade feels like a very complete character to me, she’s very strong and positive and good and her issues complement that instead of contradicting it. she has good backstory too, with her island and her grandpa and her dreams and everything, there’s a really nice atmosphere surrounding her that strongly informs her character. weirdly she feels at least as young as any of the other beta kids, but also like she’s experienced more than her years would suggest? like i wouldn’t be able to call her immature or mature in a sweeping way, it’s a mix. also she’s fun, she has cool powers. she has some very good friendships (john, dave, rose though they need more development, karkat, kanaya, feferi. also her relationship with jadesprite was super interesting). when i was first reading homestuck i always thought of her as more of the main beta kid than john, i still kind of think of her that way.
jade definitely needs more love, always! this is some really good jade meta, also i like this. dellaluce’s jade fics on ao3 feel like maybe the best jade analysis out there, particularly stitching up the circuitboards.
I’d also like to point out that there are a lot of great takes on Jade in the fics from the recent Jadefest.
thanks for reminding me! haven’t had much time/inclination to read fanfic lately but yeah this was a cool thing
it’s always been a small headcanon of mine that sollux does the skateboardy thing but he does it just before the sun comes up because he doesn’t want his friends to see because for some stupid reason he thinks they’ll think he’s lame. even though sk88oarding is super rad
the word “sabotage” is p much short for “fucking shit up with a wooden shoe”
fucking shit up with a wooden shoe
oh my god
well wooden shoe look at that
I’M FUCKING CRYING AT THAT PUN BE MY FRIEND PLEASE
i dont know if im sick or something bu7 ive felt like shit all day and i have work to do still