A dangerous pastime, I know.
What IS it that makes Homestuck so addicting to me? Why do I unashamedly love this stupid geeky webcomic? Why can I proclaim "I'M A HOMESTICKER!" without caring that people might judge me for it?
I think I've figured it out now. And there are three big reasons:
1) I WILL LIKE WHATEVER I WANT TO LIKE, DANGIT
no matter HOW bizarre it is. If people are bothered by it, that's THEIR problem
not mine. I happen to like stories that are "weird", because they dare to challenge the norm and think outside the box.
They stretch your imagination in new and exciting ways, even if it's uncomfortable, and that's something I embrace. Sometimes we need stories that stretch us like that.
We don't always have to decide we like
it, necessarily; but it's still good to try out and experience. And Homestuck is no exception to this.
2) To quote myself, "Homestuck is NOT a normal webcomic, and therefore should NOT be treated as one. What many newcomers don't realize is that Homestuck is just as much a puzzle as it is a story.
And that's what makes it so frustrating and so brilliant! The pieces are scattered, random, strange and seemingly pointless, and it isn't until you go through and put them all together that the big picture starts to form and the story becomes clear
and all the stupid stuff comes back to hit you smack in the face. HARD.
That's part of the thrill of it!"
3) It's one of those things where the bare bones of the comic itself may not offer much (at least, not at FIRST)
but the potential for your own depth and imagination is boundless. You can take the characters and breathe your own life into them. You can explore the crazy worlds and scenarios you're given and build your own parts of them; think through your own possibilities. You aren't spoon-fed anything; it's something that you AND the author have to create together, in a way.
And that's part of what makes it so unique and appealing to me
and probably to other fans, too.
So yes. I am a Homestuck. I have found room in my heart for this strange, ragtag crowd of characters and all the bizarre, beautiful worlds they belong to. I laugh at the quirks and inside jokes. I lovingly roll my eyes at the stupidity. I hold my breath as new mysteries unfold. I yearn for the heroes to win the cruel game they stumbled into.
And I will not stop reading until they do.
/pointless Homestuck rant
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