One of my biggest hesitations on beginning Homestuck originated with the polarized views I’d seen on the internet. It seems people either love Homestuck, or they believe it’s utter smut – there’s very little grey area there. Now that I’ve spent more time on it, it seems like most of the hate for Homestuck is actually just impatience or irritation, which is understandable, considering how big/long it is.
This is not an explanation or summary of Homestuck. It’s also not a persuasion piece on why you should read Homestuck. These are the reasons that I think Homestuck needs to be taken seriously.
First of all, you must acknowledge that Andrew Hussie (creator of Homestuck) uses pretty much every possible facet of the internet. He uses sound; gifs; full-on animated shorts (more like “longs”, am I right? Cascade, anybody?); basically anything you could imagine doing, given the possibilities of an internet comic. Much of the series dialogue comes in chat-room format, which is very unique. This style makes it really easy to differentiate between characters because of font colors and typing quirks. Hussie give each character a really clear voice, a task that is difficult to do in that format.
Another cool thing about Homestuck is that it’s really one of (if not the) first of its kind. What I mean is, there are thousands of written works out there – on the internet and otherwise – and Hussie has managed to create something entirely new. He didn’t just create his own worlds, he also mastered a new way of exploring these worlds and sharing them with the reader. He mixed and matched different ways of telling stories and slam dunked them all together to create something incredible. And long. Have I mentioned how long it is?
According to this site, Homestuck is really, really, really big. It took me at least a month to read all the way through, and that was when I had a lot of free time. Coming from someone who can barely finish writing a novel, I have a lot of respect for someone who can write about the same thing for so long and continually dish out quality work. Clearly, Hussie knows how to engage readers. And that brings me to my next point.
Homestuck is brilliant. That’s it. That’s the entire point.
Nothing is wasted in Homestuck. That is to say, any little, tiny bit of information will almost certainly come back around later and tie everything together. The entire story is riddled with jokes and references to itself. There are stories within stories within stories (All of the stories. All of them.), and eventually you’re sitting there, staring at your screen in disbelief, because you cannot believe he brought it all together.
I realize a lot of this seems like it’s just my opinion. I didn’t provide actual scientific proof that Homestuck is brilliant, I just said it a few times, which probably means nothing to you. So, I guess the only real option you have now is to go and read all of Homestuck (mspaintadventures.com) and make your own definitive decision. I highly recommend you do this, but I will warn you, it is a wild ride. Just watch out for those stairs, and make sure you don’t have too many irons in the fire.