This past week has been both enlightening and insanely disappointing. I used to have a lot of respect for the Homestuck Fandom as a whole. But apparently it was terribly, terribly misplaced.
I started this whole stupid argument unintentionally, but with the premise that most of the people…
I had one eye on one of the HSO mods’ Tumblr for awhile, and she straight-up admitted that she was not interested in having you participate in HSO or any future fests she modded. You specifically. And specifically because your opinions and attitudes
on shipping do not fall in line with hers.
Mods on the kink meme are also scouting out any excuse to just ban your ass as well, though they at least have the good decency to narrow their bloodhunt to meme-related behavior. I understand that your behavior there actually has been less than rule-compliant on a couple occasions, but what the hell.
This fandom is so full of grudgy, resentful cunts who purport to have the moral high ground while using underhanded tactics to get what they want.
On the Kinkmeme there have actually been two times I’ve been acting like a jackass.
The second time was when I noticed something about a prompt halfway through an enthusiastic response and my response turned less then enthusiastic as a result. In retrospect I should have just bailed out of responding entirely, but whatever. I was a bit prickly toward the mod that stepped in however, which was also just poor manners. This was right after that bullshit three weeks ago with the easily misinterpreted Eternal review and Meowgon was blatant in his (Edit: Wrong pronoun) dislike of me, essentially stating he would ban me if given the opportunity.
The first time was more reasonable however. Someone made a prompt that was just… just terrible. I don’t blame them for how terrible it was, not everyone can be a writer, but jeez.
The prompt WAS, “Alpha!John/Terezi, Beta!John/Dead!Vriska”.
Now I realize this may not seem too awful at a glance, but think about this for a second. What is the series of events which would have to come to play for this to become a thing?
1. Vriska interacts with John as she did in Canon.
2. Vriska confesses that she likes John and wants to d8 him.
3. John accepts the d8 and says he’d like to.
4. Vriska is murdered by Terezi, never receives John’s response.
5. Vriska is now dead. She hooks up, eventually with Beta!John who Terezi murdered, a version of John who never actually met her and knows nothing about her or the time they spent talking/interacting with one another. This is basically what canon is to the uninformed non-speculator and it hasn’t stopped being a shitty, sloppy pile of bullshit since the first Beta!John scene.
6. At some point in the future, Terezi hooks up with Alpha!John.
Conclusion: Vriska is now dead and from a narrative perspective she is in an utterly unsatisfying relationship. Terezi, who is the girl who murdered Vriska is now dating what is essentially the boy that Vriska had the hots for. John, who wanted to date Vriska is now dating her murderer.
I cannot possibly be anything but upset by how utterly miserable this prompt becomes with a little dissection. Vriska ends up in an insanely shitty situation. Terezi becomes the bitch of the highest order who murders her friends and steals their men and John becomes a completely unlikable fuck.
I am convinced that this prompt, if written would wound me somehow. Possibly my soul or whatever part of my brain is responsible for sadness.
My response was mostly disappointment. However, I did feel bad for responding negatively to the prompter (at least after the mods stepped in), and decided to figure out a way to make the prompt less then shitty and write something for it as a way to sort-of apologize. I didn’t say I was doing this because I had wanted it to be something of a surprise/joke but I really haven’t gotten all that much done for it, just an introduction really. My lack of progress really disappointed me.
The solution is actually surprisingly straight forward, just nick off the dead! from Vriska and swap the Johns. Alpha!John/Vriska and Beta!John/Terezi. Vriska gets the John she deserves while Terezi gets the one she was responsible for. Fits really nicely. I’ve even got a story planned out for this whole batch of nonsense but I still have to get around to writing it eventually. I’d rather not reveal the actual details because I would still like to write it sooner or later.