I was wondering if you have any random thoughts on Nepeta? She's easily my favorite character, and I like the stuff you've said about her so far, but it'd be cool to hear more. If you've got anything on The Disciple or Meulin that'd be awesome too, but that's probably unlikely. At any rate, really like how you see Homestuck, I probably shouldn't have gone through your entire blog in one day though, I'll probably need to reread some things later
@hellobeau had a post about sugar in Homestuck (x), talking about how sugary sodas are depicted as troll alcohol, how the alpha kids are hungover after interacting with the lollipop juju, and other things.
One thing not mentioned was Nepeta’s planet, which is completely covered in gigantic mounds of sugar cubes… and it confuses me. Because I don’t recall anything indicating Nepeta having an addiction narrative. Caliborn refers to her as “saccharine” (sugary/sweet) as a reference to her disposition (8772), so the connection to sugar is marked as somewhat relevant… but to what end, I really don’t know.
Is sugar the arsenic catnip? Something that gives immediate pleasure, instant gratification, but leads to a crash? The juju was compared to a star in Mario, something that circumvents challenges to true accomplishment… the idea of the lollipop being a shortcut to growing up is emphasized by a lollipop’s visual similarity to planets with completed houses.
There’s also the idea that the sugar cubes and tea make LOLCAT a tea party, and within Jane’s Alice in Wonderland framing, the Trickster Arc could be construed as a Mad Tea Party? So there’s another channel of reinforcement, but that still doesn’t tell me what it means about Nepeta…
Planets in SBURB seek to make their players afraid, so is Nepeta afraid of sugar and the narratives that come with it? Or does her username suggest she identifies with sugar? These are questions I don’t have good answers to.