I will be the first to admit I enjoyed Homestuck. At the same time, I will be the first to admit there’s a reason “enjoyed” is in past tense. With the advent of Act 5, I found myself confused in the bizarre new direction it took. But, still, I came in for the trolls and by God I stayed throughout the trolls. I was impressed with the character dynamics, perplexed at how little this had to do with the plot, and ultimately saddened and disappointed by the bizarre direction it took.
I found it very curious that in actively attempting to defy genre, horrorstuck ended up trying a little TOO hard to break it’s own genre. What was the goal here? What was the point, even? When things took a turn for the nihilistic, it all stopped being fun. Reading Homestuck became a chore. I’d click to the next page and groan as if I was taking out the garbage or moving furniture. It wasn’t the story I was enjoying. It had a severe lack of adventure, excitement, or really anything besides teen angst followed by crippling Darkness Induced Audience Apathy. At the very least, I was getting apathetic.
So, at approximately the time the Doomed Timeline killed Sollux, Karkat, and fuck all everybody except Vriska (BUT LOL GUISE IT WAS JUST A TRICK), I quit. Ever since then, I’ve been reading my updates on the venerable Homestuck Wiki while vaguely checking the main page so I’d know to check the wiki. A difficult process, but at least I’d get my handwritten “Fuck you, <3 the Author” notes indirectly rather than slapped in my face.
So, with that in mind, I swore that, even though Act 5 was a disappointment, I’d trudge on into Act 6. So, when the End of Act flash was announced, I figured I’d watch it to see how things went on that end. Lots of moaning and rage from the fanbase over the month-long wait they’d been getting did nothing to increase my skepticism of it, because said skepticism was already at it’s excruciating peak.
That said, I watched it just an hour ago and holy shit I’m still shaking. It completely made up for everything he’d messed up so far. Indeed, if it ended then and there I’m afraid I’d be cool with it. It finally tied the utterly broken story so far together and left us with very few questions, yet a burning desire for more answers. And, what I liked best, was that it finally gave us a fucking glimmer of hope. Maybe he CAN be beaten. Maybe the world CAN be saved. Maybe everything CAN finally stop being miserable and depressing.
On a last note, Homestuck is a good example of what happens when you swap from a World of Darkness game into a game of Exalted without changing the characters themselves.