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writing dave is really fun for me because dave is extremely unfiltered. so i basically just chase down every weird thought tangent i have. if i’m in the middle of writing a sentence from dave’s POV and it reminds me of a pop culture reference or something, i can just have dave think about that for like the next five lines.
actually when i was in creative writing courses in college someone once told me that my similes were “distracting,” so i deeply enjoy writing dave POV because i can write the most convoluted and ridiculous similes ever.
one of dave’s major character traits is that he’s really passive. he’ll always take the path of least resistance, unless he really hits a breaking point. (see: dave just ignoring the weird troll stuff he was uncomfortable with in his relationship with terezi until he hit a breaking point, which was quadrants, and then he just stepped out of the way instead of trying to assert himself over it.) he’s avoidant and uncomfortable with conflict. so if you put him in a conflict he’ll try to find the fastest way out of it without emotionally engaging at all.
that said, i think dave is a lot more well-adjusted than most people think, especially once he’s out from bro’s influence. he’s most definitely more well-adjusted than dirk, for example. dave generally understands people and knows how to relate to them pretty well. and he likes people and is a super extrovert. he’d probably rather hang out with gamzee than be alone for 24 hours.
I think it’s just really important to me that Homestuck doesn’t have a straight man.
There’s no one in Homestuck whose role is to snark about how wacky everyone else is, to be the reader-insert character aloof from the shenanigans around them. And every time anyone tries to take on that role, it’s shown to be a self-destructive facade. Rose, Dave, Karkat, Equius, Eridan, Jane, Dirk… all of them attempt to be the “serious one”, but their character growth comes when they begin to move past their instinct to make fun of their friends (and, ultimately, themselves) for emotionally engaging with the world around them.
Homestuck has always been a comic about laughing with its characters, not at them. Where the conventionally unusual is celebrated, not derided. And that’s a worldview that is worth celebrating and defending.
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