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Homestuck Spoilers

I’m going into this mostly blind, and want to be as spoiler free as possible, but I’ve still picked up some things about the story here and there. Mostly it’s a lot of out of context details with no real significance to me:

  • I kinda know what trolls are. Like a lot of people, my first exposure to Homestuck was seeing roving bands of troll cosplayers with unsealed gray body paint. I know that they’re genderless, but that’s about it. 
  • I read the first few dozen pages of Homestuck once a couple years ago, so I know who John is, but that’s about all I remember. I never got out of John’s house, so I don’t think I really got into the meat of the story at all.
  • I’ve seen people call Homestuck a modern creation myth, so I know there are some rather expansive themes to the overall story.
  • I heard that the ending disappointed a lot of people.
  • I can describe what a lot of characters look like based on fan art, but I don’t know who any of them are:
    • There are the black and white wolf people with swords
    • There’s a girl with dog ears
    • There’s a guy with a blue shirt and a hammer
    • There are two guys who wear awesome sunglasses and a lot of red
    • There are a whole bunch of characters with a billiard ball theme
    • One of the trolls has sunglasses and a walking stick, so I’m assuming they’re blind.

That’s just about all of the things I can be sure of. I picked up a lot of random tidbits on tumblr, but I have no idea what is and isn’t canon. Like I know Dave/Karkat is a popular ship (or at least it’s popular among the homestuckers I follow), but I don’t know who either of them are in the story, or if they actually have a romantic relationship.

Or with the trolls. If you showed me a police lineup of a bunch of troll characters, I couldn’t possibly tell you which ones were canon, and which ones were fan-made. Except for the one with the walking stick. I’ve seen a lot of fan art of that one, so I’m pretty sure she’s a real character.

On the update

Okay, I’ve had enough time to think for me to properly articulate my feelings.

I went into this update with the same thought I had when I began reading Homestuck. “If this started as a fan-submission-type comic, then the ending is going to be vague. It’ll still relate to Hussie’s original intent, but he’ll have to guide the comic and the fan submissions in the right direction first.“ Which is exactly what he did. In the end, (and I’ll stay vague too to avoid completely spoiling anyone who hasn’t seen it) we received an ending that had the widest margin, that appealed in all the right ways to still achieve that grand theme Hussie was going for all along. He said it in the news feed, and even said it before he started writing Homestuck: It’s a creation myth about kids in houses.

To me, this story is deserving of the title “meta-epic,” for containing all the necessary ingredients to be dubbed an epic, but also for expanding and above and beyond that medium of literature in ways that have never been done before, ever. Hussie made the audience a part of the story. We were practically integral to it’s development. The story thrived off of the fan base, and the fans thrived off of it; Homestuck became a part of us. (He did much more than pull us in, of course, but I’ll leave that for others to elaborate on since I’m still reeling from the update.) In the end, though, it’s still just an epic. A myth. A grand tale of a boy, his friends, and a game they play together to create a new universe. And yet, it’s so much more. Homestuck is arguably the most important epic of the 21st century, and I doubt anything will compare for a very long time. 

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While on the topic of how mildly interesting and postmodern the concept of Homestuck and its storytelling are, it is really relevant to address its own, not to say downfall, but I guess, extreme slowdown. Andrew Hussie began making passes at the fandom using the comic, and the overall problems definitely began before that, but time went on, and at this point a huge percentage of the people initially related to the creation of Homestuck are now disinterested or have moved on completely. A lot of the remaining people at this point seem to be die hard fans, and good for you, I guess. 

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