Non-Homestuck peeps who are interested in going on the adventure, I've taken the liberty to skip past the tutorial stuff and start right at the actual story: [link]
Also, Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff, Dave's comic series which is heavily referenced by the characters: [link]
Well, this is a nice explanation. Personally, I never really got into Homestuck. I wasn't in the right community for it at the time, and that "Zoosmell Pooplord" joke didn't grab my interest. But now, I kind of wish I had gotten into it, because I just saw a three and a half hour summary of Homestuck that was actually pretty interesting. And now, I'm in the middle of... Act 2. Yeah, I've got a lot of catching up to do...
Another problem is the publics impression of the fandom though. Everyone says it's really horrible, but it's honestly not! There are a ton of kind, talented people in it. The main problem I think is people tend to focus on the bad rather than the good, and a few horror stories later, their impression of the entire fandom is that it's a rude, opinion hating, bucket throwing grey mass. When the truth is a lot of us fans hate those parts! Their misinterpretation of characters and uneeded rudeness are definitely not welcome.
These days I've moreover migrated to the intermission fandom (I do love me some well dressed leprechaun mobsters), but I still very much do enjoy the main stories characters and such. Still, it's such a horrible shame that people let a few bad examples get in the way of a possibly enjoyable experience!! Especially when those special cases really don't represent the vast majority.
Argh sorry for the long comment, but again you did a very nice job with this explanation and hopefully some people will consider reading it! uou
Really, the 'twist' you refer to in the comic is not really even the twist, given how common the "video games come to life" plot is nowadays. The real twist(s) come in the form of what is done with the idea.
Personally, I enjoy it because the writer can effortlessly switch between incredibly bizarre humor and intensely dramatic moments, seemingly make the most ridiculous character concepts work as actual characters, and has a way of constructing incredibly complex jigsaw-puzzle plots that reward paying attention to everything done and said in-story. Given all that, I can see why people might not "get it".
But some of the greatest people I've met have been through homestuck. I have met so many great convention friends and online friends who are very dear to me through this webcomic. The crazy fans you hear about are just as horrible to us too. All they do is horribly misinterpret the characters, act like assholes, and perpetuate the idea that the Homestuck fandom is horrific and should be avoided. But that is certainly not the majority.
It's filled with plenty of kind talented people, and it's a shame that side is hardly recognized from outside the fandom. Now whether you read it or not is up to you, I highly suggest it (cough and his other works, particularly problem sleuth) because it is a truly interesting and fun read with lots of great characters and mysteries that all comes together beautifully in my opinion. But you shouldn't let the undesirable parts of the fandom turn you away from what could possibly be a very enjoyable experience (or horrible one, you never know).
Ehehe, I apologize for the long reply, but it's a little disheartening to see some people believe that's the majority due to a few horror stories. I do completely understand if you lack the time though, it is quite the long read!! (Also another personal opinion, I feel as if deviantart is the breeding grounds for some of the worst fans honestly, so if you see them more often here, yeahhhhh)
Ahhh hehe, like I said I getcha if time's also an issue! It's a real long read so it's totally understandable! uvu Oh gosh, thank you! I've honestly moved to a smaller section of the fandom, but I still do like to take the time to defend my main fandom friends! uou