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So I have been talking to this guy I really like for about a month now, and I was at work one day and he surprises me, bearing my favorite Starbucks drink. I had lent him Looking For Alaska, because he said he never really enjoyed reading, and I told him this book would change that. So he told me he was done with it, and he took me home from work. We get in front of my house and he’s like “I want another book!” So I told him I’d run inside and get him Paper Towns. As I was getting out he grabs me and is like “wait! there’s this quote I wanted to show you on page… 123 I think. I like it a lot and I’m surprised you didn’t highlight it!” and so I turn to the page, and there is this post it note pointing to that sentence. 


I was asked out via a John Green book.

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This nerdfighter anniversary video is the BEST. They had such a nerdfightastic wedding. 

Nerdfighterlike makes me so happy. 

John & Hank - Let Me Tell You About Homestuck

Dear John and Hank Green,

I am writing to request that you both read - for lack of a better term - a webcomic called Homestuck. It’s 9000 pages long. Some of the pages have over 1000 words. It takes dedication to get to the end, but it’s worth it. I’ve never seen anything like this story in my life.

Here’s the thing, though. Don’t google Homestuck. Don’t glance at the wiki, or check out the Tumblr tag, or even go to the “new readers” section on MSPA. Avoid spoilers like the plague. It’s best to just go at this story, reading-comprehension-guns blazing, knowing as little as possible. I’ll talk a bit about the story in the next section, if you want to know what you’re in for, but if you want to skip this next part and read it blind, that’s actually great.

WHAT HOMESTUCK IS

Homestuck is based in a unique medium. It starts out as a mock old-fashioned-point-and-click computer game. As the story progresses, the unique medium that Homestuck is based in expands to include fantastic art, dialogue transcripts, interactive flash games, animations, music, narrative exposition, and breaks not only the fourth - but the fifth wall. You think the idea of a fifth wall is redundant? It’s not.

Homestuck, and it’s mother site, MS Paint Adventures, are both created by Andrew Hussie and began as an interaction between Hussie and his few thousand readers. As Hussie says, “MSPA stories are largely "reader-driven”, in the sense that most of the text commands were supplied by readers through a suggestion box. I would select a command from the list, and then illustrate the result of the command. “ That stopped happening when the readership got too large to handle, but Hussie still keeps a watchful eye trained on the fandom, taking hints from fan art and theories surrounding the story. Sometimes he’ll reach out to a few of us for help creating certain complex pages. A lot of the greatest parts of Homestuck exist because of Homestuck’s fans.

WHY I THINK YOU SHOULD READ IT

Homestuck takes the themes of purpose and reality head on, tearing them apart and putting them back together like a nerd with a computer and a screwdriver. Homestuck picks up life and flips it in the fourth dimension. This story makes you ask questions and consider ideas that, if they’ve occurred to you at all, hide deep within the craziest - and most interesting - part of your brain. Simply put, Homestuck can change the way you think about the world.

Homestuck is also just the kind of thing that both of you, Hank and John, would really enjoy reading. It’s got plot twists to untangle (in this case, four dimensional plot braids that span space and time), fascinating sci-fi tropes, adventure, great characters, and deep musings on the state of humanity and the world. Also, great art and music. French the Llama, it’s just really great. You’ll see.

I’ll be honest, though. Reading Homestuck is a time investment. The first time I read it, it took me three months. The thing is, this story is like Harry Potter, or, Minecraft, or Shakespeare: it’s something that you don’t want to miss. It’s something that my fellow Nerdfighters don’t want to miss, and if you guys read it, Nerdfighteria might check it out too.

I know there are a lot of things you don’t want to miss in this world, and that some things have to be missed. But when you’re choosing what to miss and what not to miss… I humbly ask that you consider choosing Homestuck.

I recently moved to across the country to attend graduate school. My boyfriend (who is a sports racer) knew that this was a very stressful and scary time for me. Even before my bed was delivered to my new apartment a package showed up from him – the pièce de résistance was this messenger bag, which he embroidered himself (which is what he does) to remind me of why I’m here.

As a PS, my research is about communities like Nerdfighteria <3

[submitted by whimsyandmayhem]

My boyfriend told me my outfit looked like a Pokemon Trainer. So this happened over text...
  • Him:You look so cute today! Like a Pokemon Trainer!
  • Me:That is seriously like the best compliment ever
  • Him:Boyfriend challenges you to a Pokemon Battle
  • Me:Pokemon Trainer accepts your challenge
  • Him:Boyfriend uses Charmander
  • Me:(being all flirty and disgusting) Pokemon Trainer uses Feminine Charm-izard (ha puns, get it?)
  • Him:Charmander falls in love. Charmander uses Swagger
  • Me:Feminine Charm-izard is flattered but blocks Swagger with Douchebag Repel. Swagger does no damage. It is suggested you try again with different tactics.
  • Him:Charmander attempts Leer, but can't make eye contact because of Love. It failed
  • Me:Feminine Charm-izard uses Second Glance. Attack is reflected and Feminine Charm-izard is affected by Crush.
  • Him:Charmander uses Hug.
  • Me:It was super effective!
  • Me:Feminine Charm-izard uses Kiss.
  • Him:It is super effective! Charmander fainted.
  • Him:Boyfriend is out of usable Pokemon. Boyfriend hands over $200 winning and would like to get lunch around 2:30.
  • Me:Pokemon Trainer thanks Boyfriend for the formidable battle and accepts the Lunch Date.