Anonymous asked: all the rude jade harley opinions, mercury. don't hold back.
Jade Harley is a perfect gem of determination and unexamined harsh expectations/self-loathing/buried resentments she tries to get past by being relentlessly cheerful and positive, but when she’s fed up she has no trouble shouting back and even being barbed and kind of nasty.
She’s not an airhead, she’s no one’s little sister or manic pixie dream girl, she doesn’t have all the personality of a sack of wet mice. She has a strong, sometimes forceful personality, she loves her friends but she holds grudges, she’s hardest on herself. Her grimbark ‘corruption’ is corruption in the sense of corrupted data, not corrupt politicians; she did nothing to deserve it and that she still sounds like herself while being cruel and angry doesn’t mean she was secretly evil all along, it means she’s a human being with negative traits that the Condesce’s mind control can exploit.
Large chunks of fandom would have everyone believe Jade is a soppy cottonball nothing of a girl, not the amazing girl with a personality every bit as strong as Karkat’s that she is.
like some kinda shitty humanstuck yearbook
in case anyone wanted the full set
Hussie actually legit just broke my heart.
Sweet Jade please come back to me.
WHAT THE FUCK HOW IS THIS SHIT JUST.
Oh my fucking god Jade and Roxy’s convo is so many levels of perfection I just
For fanfic and rp, as I’ve done both.
I’ve seen a lot of badly written Jade. She’s hands down my favourite character in Homestuck, so I often search out fic for her. Of the four kids, she definitely has the least amount of fic, and when she is in a fic, it’s often as an offhand mention. And then even if the fic actually focuses on her, she’s mostly not written very well. So here is a list of things that I think people forget about when they write Jade, and which might help people to write her better.
This is not an argument for any ship, but I will be mentioning pairings. And yes, I have my favourites, but I won’t be any kinder to them than the others.
1. Jade Harley is extremely self-reliant.
Hey, remember that scene with Jade and her Grandpa?
I’ve seen a number of people react to this moment with confusion. Why does Jade fight with her dead Grandpa? Was he so horrible to her that even now she hates him?
The answer is no. On the very next page Jade says that he was much easier to deal with when he was alive. What she’s doing here is displacement. Jade’s been alone since she was very young, and while Bec was there to protect her, he wasn’t able to raise her. She had to do that herself. So she started projecting onto her Grandpa. It was probably quite innocent at the beginning. She had to do something she didn’t want to do, and she told herself “If I don’t do this, Grandpa will be disappointed in me.” It became a way of motivating herself, and then turned into an elaborate roleplay, because Jade is fun and creative and enjoys doing that. But at her heart, she’s the one judging herself. She’s the one worrying about the size of her gun.
And notice, Jade is much harsher on herself than her Grandpa ever was. She holds herself to an incredibly high standard.
Jade does some amazingly brave things over the course of Homestuck. She sacrifices herself for John without a second thought. She’s not afraid of dying at all, she just wants to protect the people she loves. She’s also very kind to her friends. Look at her conversation with Rose, just before Rose goes Grimdark. She really tries to reassure Rose that Rose made the best possible choices and that she doesn’t need to feel guilty. Jade is very kind. But she never shows that kindness to herself.
When Jadesprite refuses to fight Jack, Jade explodes. Because her standards for herself are so high, she can’t bear that any version of herself is failing them.
Another thing to think about: Bec shoots people twice with her bullets. He shoots her Grandpa when she’s little, and Bec Noir shoots Dave. In both cases, Jade blames herself. And it would be really easy for her not to do that! She could blame Bec, or Tavros for the first one, or the Jack Noir part of Bec Noir for the second one. But she takes the responsibility on herself, both times. She has really, really high standards for herself.
What does this mean for writing Jade?
Well she doesn’t mind accepting help, but she hates to depend on other people. She expects herself to be competent in every situation. If you’re writing, say, hurt/comfort with Jade, and she’s sick, she’s not going to be curled up in bed, wanting to be waited upon. She’s going to be up working, ignoring the fact that she’s sick. If it’s a shippy fic (and it’s hurt/comfort, so of course it is), her partner will have to drag her to bed and probably tie her down to make her stay there, and she’ll keep insisting that she’s fine.
My favorite ladystuck getting a delicious meta. Thank you!