#... but he makes you feel good' made sense
kalin for the hc ask pls!!!
oh poggers ok I love this bastard man
A: I don't think it's too unrealistic for me to say he's gay lol. like. look at him ok. look at him. hi.
B: an unrealistic but funny headcanon is I think he's somewhat illiterate??? or rather he was when he was younger lmao I think he was a proper street rat and while martha will have gotten her kids (like yusei crow and jack) as much in the way of education as she could I think kalin was on his own and as a feral little kid just said fuck that I'm playing duel monsters instead. like he can read well enough to duel and that's good enough for him!!! I do think he'd really enjoy reading and writing if he found something that caught his attention though and I think he's stubborn enough to teach himself once he realised hey maybe I should be literate. he wants to be as much of a role model to nico and west as he can and that includes helping them with schoolwork even if he didn't go himself!!
C: god uh. this man has lots of problems and issues!! I think it's really tragic the situation he was put in as a kid and had to just Deal with. I just get real sad when I think about what it must have been like growing up like That y'know!!! especially since I believe he legit just has some underlying mental health issues that he was never able to deal with and all the stress of growing up in satellite would have just made it so much worse for him ;-; just give this guy a therapist and some healthy coping mechanisms please ;-; also more specifically I think he has issues with self-perception and impulse control like I feel one night post crash town he decided he was sick of his hair being longer and he cut it back to a style more similar to what he had as a kid and suddenly he wasn't himself anymore he could just see the dark signer version of him and it Freaked Him Out. I headcanon he has a lot of difficulties reconciling everything that's happened to him because it was so much in such a short period of time so he Blocks It Out so he doesn't have to think about it. trauma sucks, man.
D: fuck canon - I THINK KALIN AND CARLY SHOULD BE FRIENDS AND I AM RIGHT. they were both sidelined in season 2 (other than crash town) and I think they deserve to hang out while everyone else is busy. I feel like they'd get along pretty well together in general actually. also kalin would be there to help carly when she starts remembering stuff about the dark signers (I think her just completely forgetting forever is Bullshit) and carly can help kalin out with readjusting to just being a living person basically lol. they're mlm/wlw solidarity (carly's bi) and kalin helps act as carly's wingman when she goes after jack. also they talk about Gender together because I headcanon carly as a trans woman and kalin as (masc-alligned) non-binary!!! friends!!!!!!! I love them both so fucking much
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So cruising through the Stand tag (which I do sometimes, because I have no self control), I saw a post sympathizing with Harold, talking about some kind of attempted consolation from the Boulder crew that I can only assume happened in the latest episode that I haven't bothered to speedrun yet, and how they didn't deserve to try and comfort him. They were talking about how shallow Frannie was to suddenly want to care about Harold when she's never been interested in him, and only went with him in the beginning because everyone else was dead, even though honestly, if I were Frannie, I would have just gone on my own, like... Harold in this version is so much worse, I would not trust that guy to sleep next to me at night.
Anyway, I'm making this post to say that this is what happens, Boone, when you decide to center your shitty remake around a character that a) you decided was not a good person to begin with (the peeping, the obsessive behavior, the general 'nice guy' attitude with several unsubtle hints at violent tendancies) and b) by the end is so far corrupted (it was a short fall though) that he was completely willing to kill at least seven people just because a girl he liked snubbed him. This is what happens when you decide that you're going to take that asshole and make him a main, and give him the roster of (frankly overdone) 'feel sorry for this dick' tropes: 'mean and uncaring family,' 'emo lonely boi,' and 'but he was bullied!!!!!' in some misguided attempt to humanize him. Like seriously, what the fuuuck were you even thinking??? Was this what you wanted? And why???? I don't even have a witty remark anymore, just why????
Also, can I say that from what I remember of the book, and from the 94 series, the whole thing with Harold wasn't that he was a really bad guy (I say while cringing) to begin with, but that he fell to Flagg and gave in to that dark side of himself. He started his journey more or less in the middle, and kind of fell over the more things went on, because he wasn't willing to put in the work of being good.
But no, because Boone is a moron who obviously sees too much of himself in Harold, we get this utter mess of a setup that's ultimately going to crash and burn (jesus, I swear that was not an intentional connection) and collapse in on itself once he does the deed. Unless King's rewrite means that Harold won't blow up the meetinghouse, you've written yourself into yet another corner, locked yourself into a character direction that cannot happen, because unless you want to somehow make killing Nick out to be a good thing (and I swear to fucking god, that'd better not be your fucking angle), you cannot reconcile the two halves of Harold that you've created, or somehow redeem him after this. Partially because fuck you, but mostly because this is an act that isn't meant to be redeemed! You want to have your goddamn kin cake and eat it too, but congruency and character consistency are sticky plates, and if you try to take a piece off, it's going to have gluey shit on it and taste accordingly.
Look, Harold can either be your uwu sad boy who should be pitied, or he can be the way King wrote him. You cannot have both.
Tldr; Harold is not a character that was meant to be pitied, and Josh Boone is a worthless fuck
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