vriska serket is a challenger elise one trick who hates giving blues to her midlaner and got permabanned from competitive play for bad attitude among other things so she just streams on twitch for a living while her gf terezi still plays competitively on troll solomid
[Note: This one’s a doozy! Still kind of off-the-cuff, in
that I tried not to stress out about getting everything perfect, but I did do
some revision to make my ideas more clear. That’ll probably be the norm from
here on out. Hope you’re in the mood for a long read and a wild ride!
…Seriously, this shit is like twenty pages in Word.]
In my previous posts, I’ve discussed a number of ideas
present in Act 6 and Act 7 Homestuck that I think contribute powerfully to the
ending of Homestuck, especially on a thematic level.
I’ve also discussed Homestuck, especially Act 6 Homestuck,
as a Gnostic work, the story of an escape from a cosmic tyrant, a Demiurge
whose ultimate weakness is that he cannot see the limitations of the domain
he’s been given. In the same post, I discussed how this realm of the Demiurge,
Lord English’s domain, is constantly paralleled with the space embodied by
Homestuck itself, and how the kid’s departure from the story evokes their
escape from this tyrant’s space-time domain as it reaches the end set for it by
Paradox Space. From the system of Lord English, Homestuck asks, how do we
escape? And at the same time, in the system of narrative called Homestuck, how
do we find meaning within its limitations, and how do we escape them?
These themes work together. As we’ve seen, they echo and reinforce each
other, provide parallels and points of contrast. In fact, I’d argue that each
of these different themes are diverse manifestations of one larger theme, in the
same way that individual selves in Homestuck can be thought of as
manifestations of one larger Self. This overarching theme is present throughout
Homestuck, but it reaches its culmination in Act 6 and 7, in a finale that
drives it home in a different ways. To understand Homestuck is to understand
If someone were to ask me, “What is Homestuck about?” this
would be my answer:
Homestuck is an
exploration of the tension between abstract, impersonal systems and individual,
personal experiences of those systems.
Abstract, impersonal systems are everywhere in Homestuck,
systems that don’t always align with the desires, emotions, and goals of the
main characters. The central question of Homestuck is how these characters will
choose to understand the systems that govern their lives, and how they will carve
out meaningful lives in relation to those systems. Gnosticism, metafiction,
divided identities, and Sburb itself all play into this theme. As Homestuck’s
characters decide how to live their lives within these many interconnected systems,
they suggest possibilities for our own lives, for we readers also live in a
world that also contains many systems and forces outside of our control. In
their choices, we find opportunities and implications for how we should live.
You’ll notice I said there’s a tension, rather than an opposition,
between individual experience and abstract systems. I think that gets closer to
the truth of what Homestuck is trying to say. Characters in Homestuck sometimes
reject its systems altogether, but just as often they exploit them or find
identities for themselves within the constraints/opportunities of those
systems. While Caliborn’s Gnostic-style
domain of control is presented in a negative light, as something worth opposing
and escaping, other systems, like Sburb itself, are presented in a much more
ambiguous light, challenging us to decide how we feel about those systems and
the possibilities they present within their rules.
I’ve talked about several of these systems in my previous
posts, but today I want to talk about one I haven’t yet dug into in detail.
Narrative in Homestuck, the power a story holds over its
characters, is another system which the characters of Homestuck are constantly
fighting, exploiting, and embracing.
Because another word for those abstract systems in Homestuck
it’s 2019. two more 6/12s have come and gone, and it’s nearing hiveswap’s release date anniversary, the new 4/13, except it’s not 4/13. the new, larger fandom collectively remembers 2017, mostly newcomers lured by the game. the newcomers listen as a tumblr post exposits on the fandom in 2017. they read curiously. there was no update that year. all the discussion was over vriska and dirk discourse. most disappointing of all was that on 6/12 we shitposted on the actual website itself because the game didn’t come out. but by this time, everyone knew that. the admageddon is a famous event. all the new homestucks laugh. they have never known a world without hiveswap, and its release date was only [number omitted] months away from 6/12. they thought we were overreacting, but with no game, we were nothing. 6/12/17 is widely known as the most disappointing day in homestuck fandom history
this took me two hours. lyrics and description of what the inevitable youtube repost video would look like are under the cut.
[the intro to the YT repost is “credits” that just say “i dont own this!!!1 dont come after me!! none of the fanart is mine either!”]
I don’t like your little games Don’t like your poker face The 8et you made me take 8roke the rules, no, I don’t like you I don’t like your perfect crime How you laugh when you lie You said the coin was mine Isn’t cool, no, I don’t like you (oh!)
Pre-chorus: 8ut I got smarter, I got harder, isn’t that su8lime? Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined I check it once, then I check it twice, oh!
Chorus [cue montage of everyone vriska has killed]: Ooh, look what you made me do Look what you made me do Look what you just made me do Look what you just made me do x2
I don’t like your hidden 8lade 8rings 8otherments in spades You told me that I should have stayed Took me out, in your pointy shades (what?) The world moves on, another night, things gettin’ dicey, dicey 8ut not for me, not for me, justice sure is gettin’ pricey And then the world moves on, 8ut one thing’s for sure May8e I got mine, 8ut you’ll all get yours
Bridge [the person making the video would attempt to find fanart of vriska standing on alternate vriskas. failing that, they’d probably put that rainbow filter on her talksprite or have a weird rotating apple telling viewers to just skip it a la karkalicious]:
I don’t trust no8ody and no8ody trusts me I’ll be the actress starring in your 8ad dreams x4
“I’m sorry, Tavros can’t come to the phone right now.” “Why?” “Oh, ‘cause he’s de8d!” (ohh!)
[Chorus, with more stolen fanart of vriska killing people] x2