My Favorite Piece Of Fiction: What C&H Means To MeSop Now, this is an incredibly personal post. Also, this is not objectively the best piece of fiction. Honestly, there's no way to determine such a title, and if there were, it wouldn't be Calvin and Hobbes. It's got its flaws. But this is what this strip means to me as a person.
It all started when I was five years old. I was a loner as a child. I didn't have friends in the traditional sense until about sixth grade. Although I sometimes hang out with this kid I knew from kindergarten (not much anymore, as he turned out to be a furry who writes Sonic fan fiction. Makes me shudder). Anyway, my mom is a teacher for elementary school students, and I was hanging out in her classroom during the beginning of summer when she was packing things up. In the corner of my eye, there was a book entitled The Indispensable Calvin And Hobbes. I picked it up and started reading, and was immediately drawn in. The strip is funny to a small child, and the humor holds up well even today as a cynical, music-loving teenager with hopeless romantic problems. I still have this book, and I revisited it a couple of weeks ago. And that's when it hit me. I liked this series because to an extent, I was Calvin.
I have friends now, and I frequently hang out with them. I'm also decently well-liked within my grade at school. But back then? You wouldn't be able to tell Calvin and I apart if you had never seen either character. I was mischievous, loved nature, can never pay attention, construct elaborate fantasies that wouldn't make bad movies, and had an emotional attachment to a stuffed animal. It was a large stuffed Pikachu that my second cousin gave me for Christmas. I still have it; it's large enough to be a rather stylish pillow. I liked Calvin and sympathized with him because of how similar I am to him.
All in all, I love Calvin and Hobbes. If you haven't read any of it, check out gocomics.com. They have the entire series online and ready to be read. Also, after you read it, check out this r/writingprompts response. It's definitely a way I'd like to spend my final moments.
Dude, I got a stuffed Pikachu for Christmas too! - TwilightKitsune