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I haven't written in this thing in years. I was getting home from work today and I saw this thing lying under a stack of paperwork. I guess I used to like writing in it when I was a kid, so a figured I'd give it another try. Jesus, there's a lot of catching up to do. Where to start?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: 25 Years Later (Also known as simply 25 Years Later) is a semi-serious Diary of a Wimpy Kid fanfic (or as the subreddit calls them, L.L.B.s (Looks Like Books)) originally made by Reddit user u/jugdeggrogs for the subreddit r/LodedDiper. As the name suggests, the story follows Greg Heffley as he comes to terms with his unresolved trauma and personal shortcomings in the year 2032. You can start reading it here.

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Tropes seen in 25 Years Later include:

  • Adaptational Sexuality: Greg is revealed as bisexual in this story.
  • Big Applesauce: Manny moves to New York, seemingly as soon as he could get the money.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In the end, Greg survives his suicide attempt. A one-year Time Skip reveals that Greg has taken huge steps in bettering himself (such as taking therapy and no longer writing all of his emotions in his diary) and deciding to take charge of his own life without his past shackling him down. However, Greg's relationship with his family and friends remains unknown (it's even implied that they have no idea that he's even still alive) and Greg is now bounded in a wheelchair due to his Bungled Suicide. Despite that, Greg remains hopeful of his future.
  • Black Sheep: Manny has moved to moving to New York, leaving the rest of the family behind. They're not happy about it. Later, Greg gets into trouble for failing to reveal Meemaw's egg in time to possibly save his father.
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  • Bungled Suicide: The final part of the story reveals that Greg's suicide attempt wasn't successful.
  • Call-Back: Meemaw's diamond ring from Hard Luck makes a reappearance, and Greg finally decides to pawn it. If only he had remembered it before Frank passed.
  • Cerebus Retcon:
    • The reveal that Greg is bi puts Frank's treatment of him for not being "manly" enough in a much darker light.
    • Fregley explains that his eccentric behaviour was his way to cope with an abusive father and his parents' divorce.
  • Darker and Edgier: When compared to the original series.
  • Distant Sequel: As the name states, the story's set two and half decades after its parent work. A considerable amount of things happened in the intervening time, including Manny ditching his family to move to New York and Rodrick getting married.
  • Evolving Title Screen: The comic's title is changed to: "26 Years Later", as it deals with the aftermath of Greg's Bungled Suicide and the apparent one-year Time Skip.
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  • Faking the Dead: Greg, accidentally.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Rodrick. In the original series, he's a Big Brother Bully Emo Teen who wants to leave home and become a rock star. He ends up Happily Married and financially stable with his new wife. In addition, his quote in the newspaper article shows that he genuinely cared about Greg.
  • Funny Background Event: Part 9 shows that Rowley has a Joshie poster on his house. Either he's kept an old one for years, or Joshie is still around and Rowley still likes his music.
  • Happily Married: Rodrick with his wife.
  • Heel Realization:
    • Rodrick appears to have had one prior to the events of the fic; he is a much better guy now.
    • After sleeping with Bryce, Greg realizes that he's no better than Manny or his father — he's lied and manipulated people to get his way all his life.
    • The newspaper clip in part 19 reveals that Rowley is very remorseful after Greg jumped off of a building and expresses regret in completely shutting him off from his life.
  • Series Fauxnale: Part 18.
  • Time Skip: To 2032, to be exact. And an additional year in the finale.

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