Read 2014

homestuck fan tiers
  • read in 2017: how are you here?
  • read in 2016: you're 14/15 years old
  • read in 2015: a mere fandom toddler
  • read in 2014: the gigapause generation
  • read in 2013: seasoned veteran
  • read in 2012: donated to the kickstarter, still twiddling thumbs
  • read in 2011: [remembers Cascade] I WAS THERE, GANDALF
  • read in 2010: on par with horrorterrors in age and wisdom
  • read in 2009: G O D T I E R

@phil-the-stone can we consider this one as a “holding hands”?

By hit count on Ao3, here are the

FIFTY MOST READ LOUIS & HARRY FICS OF 2014

  1. You’ll Breathe Me In (You Won’t Release) by LoadedGunn
  2. Young & Beautiful by Velvetoscar
  3. Fading by tothemoonmydear
  4. We’ll Play Hide And Seek To Turn This Around (Give Me Love Like Never Before) by Wankerville
  5. Your Name Is Tattooed On My Heart by mcpofife
  6. Baby Heaven’s In Your Eyes by theboyfriendstagram
  7. Love Is A Rebellious Bird by 100percentsassy, gloria_andrews
  8. Wear It Like A Crown by zarah5
  9. Have You Coming Back Again by whoknows
  10. Switch Out The Batteries by istajmaal, LoadedGunn
  11. Touch by kotabear24
  12. Just Me, You, And This Box Of Matches by tomlinsunshine
  13. Hoping This Cold Blue Water Scrubs Me Clean And Spits Me Out Again by phantasmagoria (aphrodeity)
  14. You Are The Blood by sarcasticfluentry
  15. It’s My Pleasure To Introduce You by LoadedGunn
  16. Empty Skies by green_feelings
  17. From Eight Until Late, I Think About You by supernope
  18. Let’s Talk About Making Love by istajmaal
  19. The Finish Line (Is A Good Place For Us To Start) by LoadedGunn
  20. Into The Blue by zarah5
  21. Feel The Chemicals Burn In My Bloodstream by togetherwecouldbealright
  22. Cause All That You Are Is All That I’ll Ever Need by Wankerville
  23. Give Me Truths by iwillpaintasongforlou
  24. With Nothing But Your T-Shirt On by crybaby
  25. Some Things Take Root by navigator, quitter
  26. Jump Before We Fall by green_feelings
  27. This House No Longer Feels Like Home by hilourry
  28. Nicotine by KrisStylinson
  29. Put The Stars In Our Eyes by crybaby
  30. My Heart Is Breathing For This Moment In Time by usedtothebeach
  31. Perfect Little Family by smuttythings
  32. But I’ll Still Take You Home by LoadedGunn
  33. Allies In Heaven, Comrades in Hell by rockinaintnowalkinthepark
  34. Reeling Through The Fall by zarah5
  35. Ain’t Had None Like You In A While by istajmaal
  36. All Too Human by Gotthisniallthang
  37. It Ain’t Trickin’ If Ya Got It by sarcasticfluentry
  38. Know You Got That Thing (That I Like) by lightseep
  39. I Need Home (Our Tangled Bones) by togetherwecouldbealright
  40. My English Love Affair by isthatyoularry
  41. Counting The Steps Between Us by zarah5
  42. All You Can Eat by harrysprostate
  43. You Can’t Keep Your Hands Off Me, I Can’t Keep My Hands Off You by harrysprostate
  44. Core ‘ngrato by Velvetoscar
  45. Don’t Make This Easy (I Want You To Mean It) by wildestdreams
  46. Pretty Boy by iwillpaintasongforlou
  47. I Would Name The Stars For You (I Would Take You There) by impetuous
  48. So Keep My Candle Bright by whisperdlullaby
  49. Up To No Good by whoknows
  50. With Love Comes Strange Currencies by mediaville

Part 3/? of the Louis & Harry Fic History series

Most popular fics of 2014

✔ subjectively sorted by Hits || alphabetically listed || as of 2017.07


special ▶ C

  1. (series) It Started in the Shower by @chickenlivesinpumpkin [124k, 9 works]
  2. (Bound by) Clandestine Addiction by Shiguresan [267k]
  3. (The Piece) I was Missing All Along by @heaven-is-my-hell [30k]
  4. An Act of Kindness for One Harry Potter by a Sympathetic Draco Malfoy by 0idontknow0 [15k]
  5. All Must Draw Near by @natasha-stawarski-does-stuff [61k]
  6. All Our Secrets Laid Bare by @firethesound [149k]
  7. And I Know the Spark by @firethesound [15k]
  8. Another Mask Behind You by @letteredlettered [116k]
  9. The Art of Our Necessities by dcfg21 [52k]
  10. At the Crossroads There We’ll Meet by @firethesound [24k]
  11. Aural Gratification by birdsofshore [10k]
  12. Baby It’s You by @firethesound [23k]
  13. Beggars Would Ride by @eidheann [37k]
  14. Blood of the Enemy, Forcibly Taken by Zakaira [94k]
  15. Bond by AnnaFugazzi [173k]
  16. Brevem Conspectum by @heaven-is-my-hell [11k] 
  17. The Care and Management of Volatile Veelas by @dracogotgame [12k]
  18. Catfished by @natasha-stawarski-does-stuff [32k]
  19. Chase the Wind by @natasha-stawarski-does-stuff [10k] 
  20. check this hand ‘cause I’m marvelous by @lqtraintracks [7k]
  21. Checking out the Opposition by birdsofshore [6k]
  22. A Choice of Wings by Lomonaaeren [18k]
  23. Color Meme - Harry and Draco, #15 by @pukingpastilles [art]
  24. The Conquering of Harry Potter(’s Virginity) by FantasyFiend09 [8k]
  25. The Critiquer by @dysonrules​ [24k]

D ▶ K

  1. Dangerous by @faith2wood [6k]
  2. The Darklist by @dysonrules​ [87k]
  3. Dawning Affliction by Shiguresan [339k]
  4. The Fall of the Veils by @letteredlettered [60k]
  5. For the Price of a Soul by @silvercookiedust [410k]
  6. A Fox’s Bargain by @raitala [6k]
  7. A Free Night by TheMightyFlynn [1k]
  8. Future Imperfect by Ladycat [2k] 
  9. The Gentlewizard Club by @sophiefrench77 [28k] 
  10. Going Beyond the Impossible by hyde1403 [107k]
  11. Good to Me (And I’d Be So Good to You) by @teddylacroix​​ [8k] 
  12. The Greyest Eyes by @sophiefrench77 [88k]
  13. Happy Birthday, Draco by @pukingpastilles [art] 
  14. Harry Potter and the Malfoy Male Pregnancy Curse by Zakaira [115k]
  15. Harry Potter is a Dirty Exhibitionist by @eidheann [13k]
  16. Hold My Hand by @bafflinghaze [3k]
  17. House Style for Gryffindors by @femmequixotic​​​ & @noeeon [11k]
  18. How I Met Your Father by @dracogotgame [95k]
  19. How To Claim Your Oblivious Omega by dragontara [6k]
  20. in the electricity of your touch by @tryslora [24k]
  21. In the Interest of Interhouse Cooperation by @firethesound​ [11k]
  22. In Which Harry is Magnetic North and Draco Is An Idiot by bryoneybrynn [13k]
  23. The Invisible Man by @faith2wood [9k]
  24. An Issue of Consequence by @faith2wood [20k]
  25. Keep This Wolf by Lomonaaeren [83k]

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Sum up of Homestuck fandom after [S] Cascade.

(2011) Homestuck as a general phenomenon was very active and developed at a very swift pace from the time it was published (2009) onwards, especially in 2012-2013, including and past the first years of the Homestuck Kickstarter Project, a.k.a Hiveswap.

Between 2009 and 2012, Homestuck as a webcomic was infamous for updating daily, constantly, multiple times a day, at all hours, for years. There was a remarkable cold calculated average that Homestuck updated 5.5 pages per day, dropping entire bundles of updates of character interaction and plot reveals frame by frame, posted as fast as Hussie could write it. Though it wasn’t immediately obvious, this pace was literally sleeplessly breakneck, Hussie allegedly didn’t do anything but live, breathe and dream Homestuck for at least four years straight. I’m serious when I say updates came at all hours. I would wake up 2am on a week night and idly check MSPA to see if there was a new update, sort of like a trained parrot. Then in five minutes I’d tab back over to the Homestuck tab and refresh, just in case. 

This lead to an phenomenon appropriately dubbed “upd8 culture,” which became the basis of the sheer evangelical furor people still associate with the Homestuck fandom. Quick history: MSPA fans originated and migrated over from the Penny Arcade forums, Reddit, and 4chan to nestle permanently within the bowels of 2011 - 2013 tumblr, and were best described from a distance as ‘zealous.’ Even remembering it now almost feels remembering a distant riot. If you didn’t cosplay, write up a detailed theory post, or scribble up a crazy level of appropriately detailed fanart within 10 or so minutes any given upd8, you were buried under the force of post overload and were officially late to the party. Even after years of this, fans had some idea of just how dedicated it came off of, which spurred on fandom and made Homestuck into the most meme filled in-joke community you could possibly imagine. 

What’s frustrating about describing Homestuck and Homestuck fandom is they both heavily affected each other and were both unique phenomenons within themselves, which makes actually trying to get across the atmosphere and of the early 2010s a really a wordy process. I could tell you Homestuck heyday updates regularly crashed tumblr servers, which became an actual funny fake rss way of seeing how much the plot progressed that day, or could have been because tumblr servers even in 2011-2013 were not very robustly programmed. I could tell you Homestuck dominated tumblr to the point it had a virulent hatedom of people who had never even read it and constantly saw it and never understood what was happening in it, and everyone else couldn’t stop themselves from chattering about it all the time. One thing that has to be noted is all this continual bickering and movement and development and competitive content production was honestly fun as hell. 

Popular fan theories had multiple fanfictions written on them just to better explain what might happen, and reoccurring fanart traits and fanfictions were constantly being corrected, updated, and replaced by a deluge of new information and characters to pore over every single detail with a fandom magnifying glass. Canon and fanon both directly pulled from each other, especially in the small details. I don’t know how many hyper ambitious fandom projects, games, animations, multi media fanstories were abandoned for new starts JUST because the information they were working off became too outdated. There were always running projects of painstaking collaboration of organizers, voice actors, programmers, artists, writers, etc. I think some fanventures are still doing that to this day, and back in 2012 there was the  exciting happenstance of the Homestuck Shipping Olympics, which was overwhelmed with applications for the years it ran.

As even a casual reader, you just read the upd8 and threw everything you had out there for scrutiny until it was kind of clear what could be scoured from the newest upd8, for your own rigorously interpreted and analyzed theory and making posts about it. What constant updates to canon meant in conjunction with Hussie’s oddly accurate tabs on fandom theory was you had to do whatever you were doing fast, or you would be outdated, wrong, inaccurate, or irrelevant at some undisclosed unspecific time, very soon. As the fandom grew bigger and younger Hussie seemed to shade more politic in his fandom communication, but it still always felt like an “open channel” call and response between fandom and comic, at every second.

Another aspect feeding upd8 culture was in the actual writing and content of Homestuck. One thing Homestuck didn’t lack for was constant barely solvable mystery. Part of my extreme willingness to take part in Homestuck fandom was that Homestuck was so crammed to the brim with open ended creative potential, just the cool ideas and plot mechanics and vivid characters presented with actually innovative framing that had really good ideas and existed literally nowhere else, and I say that as a huge sci-fi fan. Time travel in Homestuck was excellent. It was an ambitious story and I really do think it pulled it off. 

There were also factors of style, innovation and novelty that I think affected the diversity of fan output. Even small things like the definition of a “page,” or even a “webcomic” became malleable within Homestuck. A page could range from single static scribble gif image to a 3 hr fully programmed rpg or 18 minute asset heavy style swapping animation, or most commonly, sprite art followed by several hundred words of dialogue and character interaction. Pages came by different artists, different styles, different mediums, different paces and focuses, but with a breadth-spanning understanding of the internet. Homestuck was once described as the fossilized excrement of someone’s personal creative experiments, and I can’t help but think that’s a good way of putting it. Innovation and excitement teemed off the page, and straight into a staggeringly wide variety of fanfiction and art, in style, content, theme, and pov. 

Lastly, Hussie had a tendency to canonize fan content and hire fanartists and fananimators if their output was solid enough with a gentle horse kiss of approval and a naturally internet-transparent hiring process and the assumption people understood internet courtesy, like a forum. This was a purposely fostered atmosphere in the spirit of experimental adventure, and was just fucking nuts. Fans never wrote the story, but they did heavily influence aspects of how it was told and where it went (by design, fans were pretty much involved in making the comic) and even get to actually flesh out the details, like the main character’s names, memes, romances, character, and scope. Everything from canon sprite art to Caliborn’s character to Calliope’s art skill to music and trickster arcs were all originally based on years of fan jokes and fanon. Homestuck was definitely Hussie’s sole property and precious baby, but it was always kind of built on top of the assumption of freeform rap battle with the fandom. It added an extra layer of galvanizing egging on to fandom purpose. I don’t know how else to explain everything that came of it. Fandom was like a roiling morass of bullshit activity, we were like a freaking breaking news bullpen, there was so much energy sparking off of all facets of fandom because it was just so fun. Fan output was borderline insane in 2010-2013.

Hussie said fandom grew exponentially at the introduction of the Trolls in Act 5 in mid 2010, but I can honestly say I think fandom really started treating Homestuck like a hidden gem worth prosetelyzing right after the events of [S] Cascade at the end of 2011. Before then, Homestuck was tenuously good, and had a rep on tumblr for having weirdly ubiquitous fans and over- detailed fancontent, but [S] Cascade was the moment every single gamble asked of the reader in the story actually paid off. A puzzle clicking into place. In fact, Homestuck’s plot was generally constructed to climax at [S] Cascade, as was apparent from the big explosion of fan reaction after the fact. 

THE KICKSTARTER (2012)

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WAIT… I knew bts was covering a song by seo taiji, but I didn’t know that the song was COME BACK HOME!?? That song is so important cause it’s about runaway kids, based on taiji’s own personal experience, since he ran away from home when he was younger, and I read that it had such a GREAT effect on youth when it was released, that the runaway kids in the country decided to come back home after listening to the song. So bts covering this song of all songs is so important cause they have written multiple times about topics such as social issues and the fact that seo taiji, an iconic artist, had seen that and decided to ask bts to cover one of his most legendary songs means just so much to me?)