I started maybe...eight pages after the first Act 6 intermission? My friend/girlfriend kept telling me to read it and after about four months, I did. I read Act 1 by myself, then her and I formed a small group made up of our friends and voiced it up until...er. I think we got up Sober!Gamzee. Then shit happened and I read it on me own. All in all it took about a month, month and a half?
It took me a while to actually like it, but I did love John pretty quickly.
I started some time last May after some of my old friends from a Nintendo forum I visited on-and-off told me about it. I read a few pages a day, and ended up finishing the first two acts by the end of June. (Which is REALLY slow paced looking back on it.) After [S] Dave: Ascend to the Highest Point of the Building and [S] WV: Ascend, I got hooked, and spent the next week reading Acts 3, The Intermission, and 4 in one day each. I finished Hivebent sometime in August, and Act 5-2 in September... the day Hussie posted the last update before Cascade. (AH: Close Tome) So I pretty much finished Homestuck right in time to wait two months for EOA5.
I never understood how people would skip over the Pesterlogs and stuff; really all I skipped was the Act 4 walkaround because it slowed my computer way way down, and I even ended up watching that on Youtube anyway.
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I first found Homestuck through TVTropes, when it was given as an example of a trope I'd made an article for ("Theme Table"). I checked out the beginnings of Jailbreak and Homestuck to see if it fitted, but didn't get into them. I also didn't get up to where that trope appeared. (Homestuck is, in fact, a really good example of that trope. Also, it uses it very well and plays it straight.)
Later an online friend recommended it and said it got better in Act Two, so I gave it another go, got up to where that trope first appeared, and soon afterwards got into the comic.
For a while I archive read. I don't remember exactly how long it took, but it was somewhere between a few weeks and a month or two. School work, exam preparation, and other things I also wanted to do like gardening and playing computer games kept me from reading it all at once. I had time to speculate as I went along- one of my theories was that SBurb was actually made by the forces of darkness to produce bridges from their kingdom to Skaia.
To begin with I only read some of the pesterlogs all through, skimming others. I stopped doing that eventually, and reread some of the pesterlogs I'd skimmed. I also didn't check the non-sequence hyperlinked things like A WAYWARD VAGABOND records a stuttering step in the sun-bleached dust., because I was slightly paranoid about viruses at that time. I also didn't read the walkthroughs. And didn't listen to the music- I read with the sound on my computer turned off. I did, however, read the Midnight Crew intermission.
I don't remember exactly when I caught up to end of the archives. It was between [S] Past Karkat: Wake up and [S]Jade: Wake up.
After that, I continued reading it, and also started to read through Problem Sleuth. Once Ace Dick met the completely sane man, I, after following the hyperlink, started reading Jailbreak at the same time (I was still taking breaks from my archive reading- I read each adventure when I felt like it). Once I finished Jailbreak, I started on Bard Quest, however didn't finish it because I didn't like it at all. I stopped reading it before I finished Problem Sleuth.
The first flash I listened to with sound on was the one where the Land Of Frost And Frogs was revealed. After that, I listened to the sound on a few other flashes.
I checked the MSPA forums a few times after that. I remember stuff I read there just after Karkat's talk about giving the human universe cancer, but I also remember only getting to the fora after getting there from Archive Of Our Own, which I thought I only got into Homestuck fic on just before the pre-[S]Cascade period.
Anyway, at some point I got into the fandom. And then, later still, after the beginning of A6A3, I listened to all the flashes I'd previously only watched (which was most of them, and I also listened to the rest again) and looked at the early things like A WAYWARD VAGABOND records a stuttering step in the sun-bleached dust. (I'd been checking such things after I finished archive reading, but only in new updates).
You write with a lot of mistakes that you catch only after you press the Enter button. Your interests include TECHNOLOGY and ART.Your wield the whipKind specibus and have combined your HELLO KITTY UMBRELLA with your WHIP and TAZER to create your awesome weapon. The consorts of your land are HYPERACTIVE LAVENDER CROCODILES who like pranks.
...and paint the wicked pictures with your motherfuckin blood. FROM YOUR VEINS WILL DRIP MY MIRACLES your crushed bones will make my special stardust.
I ran into in a few times on TV Tropes, I'm not sure what finally made me start reading, I think it might have been because I thought Rose sounded like a good character. Anyway I caught up roundabout the same time the 5x showdown flash turned up, and been lurking around ever since!
I was introduced years ago, when it first started,
but I didn't get the jokes and couldn't see the point, so I stopped reading.
Then I saw all this fan art of the godtiers and trolls on deviantart years later,
and I was also a member of the adventure time fandom at that point, and it see like a lot of people who were in that fandom were also in the homestuck fandom,
so I gave it another try.
I later found out that I had started reading just as Cascade came out, thus the fan art explosion.
Well, I was still having trouble with act 1, having never read Problem Sleuth or SBHJ, but I skimmed it.
I didn't skip any pesterlogs or anything, but I kind of rushed through everything...even hivebent!
I never focused on any particular details in the story or individual characters. I had a lot of trouble differentiating between the trolls, but i figured they weren't important and continued to zoom through. I just wanted to see those godtiers I'd heard so much about! I'd sort of fallen in love with them after seeing the beautiful interpretations from fans.
So, I got to the part where Gamzee was killing everyone and it was terrifying and funny and suspenseful all at once, and the time loops and interactive games and animations had convinced me that this was the best comic ever made, but now the emotional whiplash was convincing me that this was the best comic that probably ever would be created.
Anyway, I finish it just as Jane is introduced, and suddenly I want people to talk to about my feels, but I hadn't even VISITED tumblr at that point and I hadn't roleplayed since middleschool, so where can i go? I visited the mspa forum, and kind of figured out in only a couple of posts that I was out of my league and knew less about homestuck than I thought I did,
So this time i reread it and paid attention.
and now I've made a great literate and funny roleplay with it's own fan art, fanimations, and fangame that no one but the players themselves have heard of, but you should absolutely pm me about it.
Last edited by Ranter; 06-04-2012 at 03:04 PM.
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Technically it's okay to shout "fire" in a theater, if someone lights a fire a minute later. I'M TALKING TO YOU HUSSIE. MAKE THIS THING WE'RE DOING OKAY!"
I was reading through a webcomic recommendation thread on another forum, and saw Homestuck among the posted ones. Since I vaguely remembered hearing good things about it I decided to check it out, and then proceeded to read through the entire thing in a week or so; I caught up during the Terezi/Aranea dreambubble sequence in act 6 intermission 2.
I then fairly immediately reread everything up to that point, since I realized that there were a lot of plot points that I hadn't really understood (not to mention that I kind of skipped many of the early pesterlogs before I had really gotten into the story). And since then I have done two more rereads (the second one while skimming the comic discussion threads alongside it) as well as reading Problem Sleuth thrice. Yes, I am a rather fast reader. :V
My best friend recommended it to me in December 2011.
I caught up by early January 2012 (Somewhere in A6A2, I think?), and have been reading serially ever since. When I went through, I read everything, although I didn't go into much detail in the walkarounds, and managed to confuse the names Eridan and Equius.
That feel when you realize there's no next page, and you have to wait for the next update.
(I read Jailbreak sometime in Feburary(?), and never started Bard Quest. I don't do well with branching storylines. I read PS in 3/4 hours in early May, as a result of being harshly judged at TCAF )
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I ship JohnxVriska as a human. Human has aspects of troll and troll, in that a serious bf/gf (or spouse) not only loves their partner in the sense, but also genuinely cares about them, and wants to keep them safe and calm, in a sense. I think it would be harder for a human to split their needs in a quadrant than it would be for a troll to have the same person in two quadrants.
Disclaimer: I have no fucking idea about human romance. Any comments I make on the subject are more than likely wrong, and should be summarily ignored.
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Re: So how did you read Homestuck?
Large ammounts at a time, I read a bit past the first act at first, took a break for a few weeks, read some more, and kept doing that until I made it to the update point, which was around the end of the summer.