Oh, I figured out why I’ve been so interested in Homestuck in general and right this second:

it’s not a work “about” YA-style tweens

it’s a book about not being willing nor able to leave behind that 13-year-old mentality.

It resonates because I am in a place in my life where I am and will be reckoning to losing almost ten years to dysphoria

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I’ve been thinking a lot about it ever since I started Homestuck Made This World [1] and read this interview with Hussie:

polygon.com/features/22674181/

where they do in fact sound like a tween in the immature and somewhat alarming way they do not seem to separate the idea of insular, rabid fandom from the idea of anger for racial injustice.

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