homestuck is actually like. everything i want in a narrative, really.
it’s really funny but also has a lot of actual drama and serious stuff and is usually good at balancing the two, it is complex and sprawling and experimental without taking itself too seriously. it has lots of amazingly entertaining and three-dimensional characters with interesting and varied dynamics. it has a great aesthetic that’s totally its own, lots of great simple designs that make the characters both recognizable and customizable in a way that encourages so much of great fanart! it’s unabashedly weird and constantly plays with audience expectations and tons of tropes, there are lots of twists and they hardly ever feel cheap. the story is ridiculously huge and ambitious but so far hussie has always had an impressively strong handle on all the plot threads he leaves dangling in the air, there’s always a sense that even as he improvises nothing is introduced without some idea of where it’ll end up and how it’ll get there. the story is ridiculously quotable, the use of language is just really colorful (haha) and fun, there are so many great and distinct voices. the use of repeated phrases and images and even poses creates this great internal vocabulary of associations that i really enjoy. i like that it’s such a modern take on the coming of age, kids becoming heroes in a fantasy world story, with internet friends and internal memes and the way the whole tone of the story revolves around that very casual internet chat style dialogue, which is not only funny but helps to humanize the characters and the story as a whole. i appreciate that it’s better at representation than a lot of similar adventure stories tend to be, especially in terms of having lots of major female and/or not-straight characters. there’s fantastic worldbuilding (i was just thinking earlier today about how my enjoyment of the title system is actually similar to my love of bionicle as a kid, and the mixing and matching of elemental and mask powers, just as you can mix and match classes and aspects). the story rewards close examination in a number of areas - plot, character, worldbuilding - and i’m always noticing new things, or new ways to look at things. also i love comics (web or otherwise) and i love comics that experiment with the medium, and homestuck is obviously great at that (and not so obviously - there’s the incorporation of gif and flash animation and games, sure, but i’ve written before about how hussie can do some great stuff just with still panels).
also i love this fandom! obviously it has its problems but overall they don’t strike me as problems much worse than any large internet fandom inevitably has (young fans being obnoxious, widespread misinterpretations, various unexamined prejudices, harassment, entitlement) (those are just problems with the internet/humans in general, really). but i just love the creative output of this fandom, which tends to border on the ridiculous - i’ve been on the internet for a while and i’ve never seen such a constant stream of incredible fanart, not to mention lots of great cosplay, fanfic, meta, and all the other ways fans show their appreciation for what they love and share it with each other. the fandom overall has always seemed pretty welcoming and fun, there aren’t huge conflicts really. i would love homestuck even if i didn’t want to touch the fandom with a ten foot pole, but the people i’ve met here and the general sense of excitement and creativity have made me want to spend more time thinking and talking about it, just because it’s fun to participate! the fandom makes me want to be a part of it. not every part of the fandom, but, yknow. a decent amount of it.