Homestuck is a webcomic that broke down conventional storytelling, tossed it in the cosmic trash can, and came up with something totally new. Even the medium it's told in is a never-before-seen mix of art, writing, animation, interactive game, meta-puzzle, and a sort of audience participation.
Though as a story and a fandom has only been in existence for three years, has grown to encompass nearly everything I like in a story. Honestly, it's become one of my absolute favorite stories. It has all the science-fantasy staples - aliens, AIs, apocalypses, reality-altering computer games, multiple universes, time travel, robots, ghosts, psychic powers, magic, wizards, dream shenanigans, vampires, Cthulhu-esque eldritch abominations - but under its surface of silliness and nearly insane complexity are actually deep themes of love, loyalty, and growing up. It's a coming-of-age story, a saving-the-world story, a survival story. Its plot is incredibly intricate and convoluted - what began as a story about four friends playing a computer game for the fate of the world has become so, so much more - but everything is coming together and nothing is done without a reason.
I especially love characters in Homestuck. Every one of them, even the side characters, are complex and relateable and feel so real. Everyone has problems to overcome; everyone has moments that make you love them, and moments that make you hate them, and even the characters that inflict the worst damage on the others you can't help but feel compassion for.
It's at times heartwarming, heart-wrenching, terrifying, awe-inspiring, stupidly silly, and wickedly funny.
I can honestly say that I have never seen anything remotely like it before.
I don't see why everyone loves it so much. My friends keep telling me to skip the first three acts but that goes against my strict code of always reading everything in order without skipping so I... more
One of my favorite parts of Homestuck is the flash animations throughout the whole comic. Flash was not playing well with my computer at the time I started reading, and so I missed out on a lot.... more