I want to begin this letter by telling you about the magic
of Brett Dier. He took a character – built
from the beginning with secrets and moral lapses – and made him so likable, so
funny, so sincere in all the right ways, that most of our writers’ room became #teammichael
by the end of the first season. And I
honestly don’t think I’ll ever love a moment on our show as much as I loved
Michael’s vows to Jane… Which is to say,
this was a devastating episode for us to write.
It was also a decision made very early on, when I thought
about our story as a whole. And even in
season one, I knew it would be a hard thing to actually do, which is why there
was a line (which many of you noticed) about how Michael would never stop loving
Jane. And the Narrator confirmed, “For
as long as Michael lived, until he drew his very last breath, he never did.” Honestly, I put that line into the script at
the last minute to hold our feet to the fire, to make sure we went through with
it. Because even back then, the writers
could all see the magic of Jane and Michael together. Not to mention Rogelio and Michael!
The other reason I put that line in the script was to
prepare you… a little. If the writers
and actors loved Michael so much, then I knew it would be devastating for the
fans. So then, the only surprise we had
left, was when…
And again – that goes back to the magic of Brett Dier. Originally, I thought Michael would die earlier. But Brett is such an incredible actor – he
gave us such great comedy and drama and first-rate exposition delivery (!),
often all in one scene. And he and Gina…
well, there’s that word again – magic. So, we changed some things in the writers’
room. Jane and Michael got married. They had sex.
They moved into their first home.
And I’m so glad we did that and
I’m so glad all those firsts for Jane were with Michael. But this is a telenovela, as we so frequently
remind you. And we are only at our midpoint.
You’ll recall, back in the pilot, Jane was on a path. Things were mapped out. And then she was accidentally artificially
inseminated and everything changed. Well
now, everything is changing again. How
does our romance-loving hero move on, how does she get back the light and the
Well, it’s certainly not quick. And that’s why we’re now three years later in
our story. We’ll be flashing back to
those three years and filling in gaps, but mining emotions realistically is
something we work hard on and we knew the immediate pain of that loss would
overwhelm our storytelling. After
talking to grief counselors, this felt like the right time to reenter Jane’s
journey. She’ll always feel Michael’s absence
(and trust me, we will too), but it opens up our storytelling in new and
exciting ways, while allowing for the light and bright Jane world that we love
Which brings me to something I feel really badly about.The
timing. I’ve had so many tweets lately about
how Jane is a bright spot these days.
And I know you just watched a gut punch of an episode. So, I just wanted to reassure you that Jane’s
optimism will rise up.
Thank you guys so much for watching the show, for caring so
passionately, and for going on our journey.
And thank you so much to Brett.
For his talent. His passion. His humor on set. Michael will be missed in Jane’s world, just
as Brett is already missed in ours.
Blessed are the readers, for theirs is the archive.
Blessed are the betas: for they help us write the stories we see in our hearts. Blessed are they that kudo, for they reassure us that someone likes what we’ve done. Blessed are the rebloggers and reccers, for they help the readers find our work. Blessed are they which leave comments on a WIP that say something other than “write more please”: for they comfort us when we feel taken for granted. Blessed are the commenters; for their words bring us joy. Blessed are the loyal fans, for they keep the fandom alive. Blessed are the fan artists, for they bring our worlds to life before our eyes. Blessed are they which read an entire long fic and comment each chapter, for the string of comment notifications fills the writer’s heart with delight. Blessed are ye, who rec our fics in public and tag us, for seeing that we made somebody squee is the light in our days. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in fandom.
This time zone difference has me so confused lol but I guess that’s the good thing because then he can celebrate it again “tomorrow” with us fans on the other side of the world right? ^^ Anyways Happy Birthday to the world’s cutest, fluffiest, and kindest rapper £2 Love you to the moon & back 😘 😘 Please stay healthy & always be happy!! Let’s celebrate again next year!! ♥♥♥
WOW so many announcements today!! ٩(๑˃́ꇴ˂̀๑)۶ the concert was Amazing and p3dan + p5dan + pq2!!!! i can’t believe p3 actually got a dance spinoff im so excited to hear the remixes and see everyone is HD!! and pq2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
so here’s to hoping atlus shows our girl ham some love!
I started learning how to draw persona style back around p4dan so I could fake some p3dan art, and now min has an official one and here I am doing it for ham again!! I’ve improved a lot with it since then, so im super happy!!!
another question on my mind: will miku be returning to persona?
just kidding :P but lol srsly i wonder if we’ll end up seeing miku again…
please do NOT re-upload / edit my art (both above) or remove my caption, thanks!!
characterization, filters, and characterization to be found in the lack of filters
Talking about Jane earlier got me thinking, you know, Jane is not at all the only character that uses this device to show off the less desirable traits lurking in the psyche of all these damaged teens. Like. So many characters have these lurking deep seated issues that stay hidden deep down because the characters are pretty good at projecting a less damaged and more together version of themselves.
If that sounds familiar it’s because it’s a fucking outrageously relatable quality and part of what makes the Homestuck characters RESONATE so much. Why they feel like they have all this dimension and depth that makes us grab on to them and never want to let go.
I’m just going to run through some examples here while I’m thinking about it. The first OBVIOUSLY since thinking about her is what got me going on this – Jane. Crockertier Jane removing the layers of self-imposed filter on Jane’s festering insecurity, entitlement issues, jealousy and so on. I’ve already talked enough about that today.
Grimbark Jade! You notice Jade says what she’s thinking WAY more easily while she’s mind controlled, and she still sounds like herself – she sounds kinda like she does when she’s owning Karkat repeatedly, doesn’t she? Because angry Jade has that same effect of pushing her nice girl filter aside and letting the angry witch (not a cutesy slur, her literal witch class) within fly free. Grimbark Jade tells us that behind that nice girl front Jade Harley actually thinks some pretty uncharitable thoughts sometimes, she just keeps a tight fucking lid on it because – well, don’t most people? Relatable as fuck.
Jadesprite! Since we’re talking about Jade anyway. Jade likes to think she has everything together, that her visions from Skaia and her scientific prowess and the tools her Grandpa left her are more than enough to handle everything that comes her way, she’s independent, she’s capable, she’s certainly never LONELY oh no of course not certainly never CRUSHINGLY OVERWHELMED by the responsibility of her own existence nah those are weak feelings for weak girls who aren’t as awesome as Jade! And then – Jadesprite. Why do you think Jade got SO ANGRY at Jadesprite? Because she was being confronted with something she knew deep down was a reflection of weaknesses in herself (totally normal ones that her later arc reinforced were a mistake to pretend weren’t there – Loneliness and fear and regret are all tied in with Jade’s character progression and learning how to deal with those things is where I imagine her arc would have gone if Homstuck’s ending hadn’t been the literary equivalent of chopping off a limb and cauterizing the wound.) Jadesprite is Jade without the filter of implacable strength Jade imposes on herself to fuckin cope with living on a hell island with the stuffed corpse of her grandpa who she grew up thinking literally killed himself at BEST. god damn
Davesprite. Dave Strider with a slow long agonizing depressing arc wherein he realizes his coolkid persona won’t make anyone think of him as their best friend anymore, and in the absence of the security that persona afforded him when he was The Real Dave he has no idea what to do with himself. He’s lost, he feels aimless, untethered, incapable of being happy – and yes, Davesprite is his own character, but you can still infer a lot from Dave’s character about him – for instance, how he completely ties his self worth up in how useful he is to his friends or how worthwhile they find him and has no idea how to even BEGIN the hard journey of looking within for worth instead of relying eternally on changeable external sources. Davesprite is Dave not WITHOUT a filter but certainly with a VERY DIFFERENT one.
Homestuck does this with almost every single damn character on its roster at some point. Shows a version of them with a different or lesser or completely missing filter to highlight flaws and issues and internal struggles of all kinds.
Homestuck is a damn deep dive into an exercise about analyzing nature vs nurture and what we’re predisposed to do and what comes from within and what is put upon us by forces out of our control, and how that line is blurry and messy and everyone has the potential to be either the worst or best version of themselves. Even Caliborn was given a choice. Hussie-The-Character explained it to him at great painstaking length.
There are so many other examples. Jasprose is Rose without a filter, and the way Jasprose goes around gleefully calling every hot girl she sees hot and delighting smugly in knowing more than just about anyone else and lording over the information and playing smarter-than-thou games – that tells us a LOT about Rose! A LOT about what sort of urges Rose tamps down on every day in an effort to just be fucking cool!
I bet you have things like this with yourself, right? Doesn’t everyone?
Tricksters! Look at how they act. They’re not themselves but there is plenty to glean from them. Jane immediately goes for Jake, the object of her desire, to pursue an exaggerated version of her idealized future. Trickster Jake is a passive fucking ragdoll who immediately acquiesces to everything everyone demands of him because their happiness becomes his happiness – Jake hates confrontation, so Trickster Jake is just a fucking doormat. Roxy goes for Jake AND Dirk because divorced from the guilt she normally feels for harboring desire toward either one of them she knows exactly what she wants! ETC ETC. Of course they would never do any of this shit if they weren’t high as balls and incapable of understanding the meaning of the word “consequence.” That’s the point. Seeing what they do in this situation is an interesting window in!
Brain Ghost Dirk is a version of Jake (yes, of Jake, not Dirk) without a specific filter Jake runs his own personality through before he’s comfortable presenting it to others, and you’ll notice, it’s EXTREMELY biting and critical sometimes. Jake knows what he’s about. He just buries it most of the time because that’s easier than dealing with it.
I could seriously keep going.
Homestuck loves to show us what our favorites do and say and ARE when basic filters go out the window. Those filters that most of us employ to make other people believe we don’t all have intrusive thoughts or bad desires or just plain old weaknesses we’re ashamed of and want to keep hidding at costs – or that we occasionally think things or think about doing things we would never ever ever do in real life are demolished or changed or temporarily suspended.
It’s brilliant tbh. It lets us see facets of characters that would normally never really get full spotlight reveals by their very nature, especially with protagonists.
Vriska vs (Vriska) – (Vriska) is just Vriska with some more self awareness and more willingness to let down her self-imposed filter and actually examine the shit she wants and why because watching Aranea fuck the timeline over out of motivations eerily similar to her own
hardcore shook her enough to develop in that direction.
(which makes sense since HER original motivations are copying Mindfang who IS alt-aranea lmao I love Homestuck) (Vriska) is still Vriska, it’s just a very very different lens through which to view her character.
blah blah blah blah etc there are so many examples
anyway I love Homestuck and good character writing what up
Caroline is not an early riser, to wake her up is like moving mountains, and only Klaus Mikaelson is really capable - because he had to move, mountains, to have a date with the beautiful blonde.
He has an arsenal: kissing, her neck, or in the hollow of her ankle (because her foot always leaves the warmth of the bed in the middle of the night), and he follows a trail up, gently, to taste the skin, here and there.
Or coffee, food, especially those famous croissants with Nutella inside (even if according to him, it’s a crime).
He loves to wake her up, especially now, because he knows the technique, and more importantly, he knows her, his Caroline. He loves listening to her little moans, seeing her rub her sleepy eyes, and her smile when she looks at him - “Hello,” she groans.
He puts the tray filled to the brim on her lap, with a breakfast too opulent; a cup of coffee with milk and sugar, pancakes, orange juice, and a red rose, perhaps a little too cliché, in a glass of water.
“Hello, sweetheart,” he kisses her forehead, as he does every morning, before putting a blond strand of hair behind her ear.
“You know how to treat women,” Caroline tries to compliment, a huge piece of pancake in her mouth, “your mistresses must be glad. ”
“They are, don’t worry about them,” he answers, a smirk on his face, a smile she sees every day and she loves to hate.
She punches his shoulder, pulling a laugh out of him, “it’s not funny,” Caroline says.
Klaus keeps laughing, and he bends to leave a kiss on her neck, “Caroline Forbes is a jealous woman. ”
“Yes, I am,” she lets her hand slide around his neck, pulling on the hair here.
He kisses her naked shoulder, leaving a lick before kissing her again. Caroline puts the tray on the floor, next to the bed, and spreads her legs, Klaus immediately presses against her.
He licks the wave of her collarbone, slowly, “Remember when you were talking incessantly about Henry Cavill in Superman? I didn’t like it that much.”
“He’s hot. And British. Clearly, I have a type. “Caroline kisses him with a smile on her lips.
let’s sit on the floor of my room and pull the strings from our chest and place them in each other’s hands and say, “i love you. is this enough to show how much i love you?”
let’s lay on our backs and look at the sky and wish we were birds instead of humans because birds don’t get their hearts broken, they just fly side by side until they can’t fly anymore.
let’s walk for miles with no direction and get lost in each other, because lately i seem to know you too well and i miss being surprised by you.
let’s kiss under a blanket of stars and the rising sun and the ceiling of my room so that everyone and everything knows that i love you more than anything i’ve ever loved before.
let’s scream at each other at the tops of our lungs and break each other’s hearts again and again, only to fall back together in the end because we both know we’re better together than apart.
let’s love each other in the moment, and the rest will fall into place.
The writers knew Nina was leaving TVD early season 6, if they really wanted to build Stelena to be endgame they could’ve done it when Elena got Alaric to compel her memories away and Damon was trapped in the prison world (while simultaneously building Bamon. 😒). So that interview where they said that Stelena could’ve been endgame but wasn’t because Nina left sounds like bullshit to me and I don’t believe it for a minute. Don’t blame the actress for your bad writing and planning.