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What the **** is Homestuck?
Yes I did just refer to a bad meme, live with it

If you're in this section, chances are you're looking to know if you should read Homestuck or not. Ah who am I kidding, you've already read it and are looking for confirmation that others share your opinion. But I'll just pretend you're doing the former.

So, what is Homestuck? Is it any good? And most importantly, should you read it? Well, the answer to the first question isn't exactly simple. As I'm sure you've heard, Homestuck kind of defies definitions of genre and even the media it's presented in. At it's core, Homestuck is a partially interactive epic, using everything from simple pictures and words to flash animations to fully interactive gameplay to tell its story. And what a story it is. Is Homestuck any good? Well, that depends on who you ask, but from a strictly literary and qualitative standpoint, yes it's good. But it isn't exactly for everyone, and not everyone will really enjoy reading it. For starters, it takes its time about things, and has pretty unusual pacing. It starts out pretty slow, so if you do read it make sure you at least get to the third act before quitting on it. Trust me, things start picking up around then. It also is quite wordy in parts, and is not recommended for those who aren't very good at or simply don't like doing lots of reading. Most important to remember though is that this is not a casual read/view/play. If you're going to indulge in Homestuck, you had better be ready. This thing is deep, convoluted, complex and HEAVY. It will require and outright demand your attention for hours at a time, and will twist your brain into pretzels as you try to understand it. The cast is enormous, the plot convoluted and massive, the universe complex and intense. If you're looking for a light little ditty to distract you for 15 minutes, it's not for you. But if you're willing to make the commitment, Homestuck will suck you in and swallow you whole, and will never let you go.

A few more notes. If you like following just one core group of characters, you're in for a shock come the fifth act and then again in the sixth. Let's just say the cast expands a bit and you'll have to leave your old friends behind for a while. Ultimately though, I think it's worth it. One thing is for sure; there's nothing quite like Homestuck.
I think you nailed it with the warnings. Good job!
comment #15398 Medinoc 16th Jul 12
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