watching Lost has me thinking about whether introducing time loops to a story tends to make the plot revolve around time travel in a way that deflates anything else that might be going on. of course this effect can be used strategically but it seems like stories that try this end up going down similar meta rabbit holes and/or tend towards a familiar sort of virtual melodrama. i wonder whether this dynamic is partially responsible for the "people accidentally recreate homestuck" trope
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i guess an orthodox homestuckist response to this is that all authorship necessarily functions through "time loops" and plots differ only in how self-aware they are. i think i'm agnostic on that point. (agnostic... a-gnostic... hmm.)