I think the reason I actually enjoyed Homestuck right away the first time I started reading it, as opposed to just listlessly trudging through it to understand why it was so damn popular, is because I had little exposure to it prior. Aside from just a few pieces of fan art, all I really knew was the name. I had no idea what trolls were. I had no idea of the chaos that the story would eventually become. I literally thought it was just about a boy stuck in his house doing random stuff.
So unlike some first-time readers, I started off getting exactly what I expected. And from there it was all one gripping surprise after another. “A meteor? Oh shit.” “Hey look, a new character! She’s cute.” “Who’s this fellow in tattered rags?” “Huh, gray text. I wonder who that could be…” “Jack? Jack, no. Jack no DON’T PUT ON THAT RING.” “THIS IS SO MUCH MORE AWESOME THAN I EXPECTED.”
And that’s why I am so glad that I experienced the story before the fandom. Anyway, just some 4/13 retrospection.