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May. 27th, 2012

Fic Rec #17: So. Much. Pony. Edition

A lot of my brony friends are going through pony withdrawal since Season 2 ended, so here’s my attempt to rectify the situation. Every single fic on this list is MLP. If you don’t like ponies, though, next month we’ll be back to your regularly scheduled multi-fandom rec.


Oneshots/Twoshots

Naked Singularity
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Crack
Rating: PG-13

Twilight Sparkle is a really good student, and is usually very good at writing. But, like all writers, she finds it hard to write things that she is unfamiliar with. Romance is one of those things. So when she tries to write a romance novel, it doesn’t go very well, and Rarity tells her that she should write from something she’s used to, in an attempt to get her to stop writing cheesy, embarrassing romance novels. Instead, Twilight takes it as something else… time to write romance novel in the same format as a scientific paper. You can probably guess where this is going.

This fic is meant to be cringeworthy humor, a genre I can’t usually enjoy because I end up cringing more than laughing, but this one pulls it off without making the reader too uncomfortable to continue, although it might end that way for Twilight Sparkle.

Two Peas In a Pod
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13

This entire story is really just a set-up for a really corny joke, but it’s still funny enough that it gets a place on this list. From the season finale, Twilight sings the song about her BBBFF, with the line “like two peas in a pod, we did everything together.” What if that wasn’t exactly a metaphor? What if Twilight actually was a pea?


The F-Bomb
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen, crack
Rating: R

There’s something inherently funny about the word “fuck.” I don’t know why, there just is. It’s even funnier when little kids hear it somewhere and decide to harness their new knowledge and share it with their friends, who then let it slip in front of the adults. I know I did something like that, most of my friends did something like that when they were growing up… and now, the Cutie Mark Crusaders do it! Rainbow Dash accidentally drops the F-bomb in front of Scootaloo, who then looks it up in the dictionary with her friends. Hilarity ensues.

Although the story has a high rating, it’s really only because of the abundance of the F-word. If it wasn’t for that, it could probably even be rated PG.

Multi-Chapter Fics

On a Cross and Arrow
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Het
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 12 chapters, complete, sequel in progress

I know I probably say things like this all the time, but this story is seriously one of the best things I’ve ever read, and that includes published fiction. It is very rare that one comes across a story in any medium that so deftly blends characterization with humor and plot, drawing the reader into the story, leaving them with no choice but to continue turning the pages (or scrolling down the page, as the case may be). I am not kidding when I say I’ve read this story about ten times, and when I was looking back through my recs, I was shocked to see that I hadn’t recced this one before. So now I am. Twilight Sparkle screws up a spell and accidentally teleports herself and her friends to a different dimension, which is exactly the same as their own, but with one significant difference- all the mares are now stallions, and vice-versa. Anything else I say to describe this fic will just not do it justice, so I’m not even going to try, other than to tell you to go read this fic right the fuck now.

Apple Bloom’s Family
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen, het
Rating: PG-13
Completion Status: 10 chapters, complete, sequel in progress
Notes: some discussion of domestic violence

Ever notice that how we’ve seen Rarity, Twilight’s, and Pinkie Pie’s parents, but not Applejack’s? Even though we’ve seen everypony else in the Apple family? This story explores that, that maybe Apple Bloom isn’t Applejack and Big Macintosh’s sister- what if one of them is her mother or father? The Cutie Mark Crusaders decide to research into Apple Bloom’s true parentage, and come up with two theories- Sweetie Belle thinks Applejack is Apple Bloom’s mom, and Scootaloo thinks Big Macintosh is her dad, the father/mother being different ponies that there was proof the two interacted with. This fic is one of the most heartbreakingly sweet things I’ve ever read, although the conclusion is very unsatisfactory. However, there’s going to be two sequels to it, one of which is in progress at the moment.

Discordant Feelings
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Category: Gen
Rating: PG
Completion Status: 26 chapters, in progress

Ever read one of those fics that give you ALL THE FEELS? If you haven’t, here you go. Twilight Sparkle feels bad about what happened to Discord, getting re-encased in stone, and the guilt is strongly affecting her. Eventually she gets a second chance to make things right, but things don’t necessarily go as planned. This one is really hard to put a description for without spoiling it, but suffice to say that this story is heart-wrenching, funny, depressing, and cute all at the same time.

May. 22nd, 2012

Well then.

So this particular video has been showing up in my Youtube video recommendation feed for a few months now, so I decided to check it out. It's called Teens React To My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and it's pretty much exactly what it says on the tin.


(No full video transcript, because they talk very fast and I have trouble deciphering some of what they say, at least enough to type it up. Basically, everyone other than Devin thinks the whole brony thing is weird, Adam thinks they're all trolls, Isaac and Jourdan think bronies aren't manly. None of the girls want to date a brony).

So, clearly, they don't think too much of bronies. Well, the bronies don't think too much of them, either.


(Again, no transcript, but suffice to say that the bronies are not impressed, although they welcome Devin to the herd)

I dunno, I just thought the juxtaposition was funny- teens don't like bronies? Well, bronies don't like teens either.

May. 1st, 2012

We Are Amused

Most of you know by now that I live with my parents. It has its advantages: I no longer have to live in the dorms, I can eat what I want, I'm a lot healthier than I was when I lived at university, and my migraine problems are almost completely gone. I have a job, something I wouldn't have been able to have if I was still living on campus. Unfortunately, it also comes with a few downsides- namely, that my parents know pretty much everything I do and like to lecture me on it, despite the fact that I'm a grown-ass adult and can make my own decisions. Case in point- in December I went to visit a friend in the next city over, and while I was there, my car broke down, something I didn't realize until it was around 2:00 AM. Considering that my parents were probably asleep by then, and that businesses were closed, I decided to just crash in my friend's living room until the next morning. What ended up happening was that my dad woke up to go to work, realized I wasn't at home, and promptly freaked out. Cue the frantic phone calls- “KABOOM! WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOU!?” Yeah. That was... interesting.

But anyway, that's not the point today- seems like even when I'm typing things up I can get off track. Another disadvantage to living with my parents is that they know when I'm home and will tell me to run errands for them when they don't feel like doing it. This happened a few days ago- my mother had to take my younger brother to some after-school thing (I don't know what it was, probably some sports thing, he seems to do every freaking sport the high school offers). She basically yells for me to get downstairs, and shoves some money into my hands, telling me I had to go to Wal-Mart and buy some stuff for her.

When she gets like that, it's a lot easier for everyone if you just do what she says, so I agreed, and headed out to Wal-Mart. I was wearing my MLP shirt with Pinkie Pie on it. Why am I telling you this- why does it matter what I wore to Wal-Mart?

Well, when I'd gotten all the stuff I needed and was standing in the checkout line, a little girl whose mother was ahead of me noticed my shirt and got so excited. “Mommy! Mommy! That lady knows Pinkie Pie!”” She asked me if I liked ponies too, and who my favorite pony was. It was hilarious, and really made my trip to Wal-Mart a lot more entertaining than it would have been otherwise.

Feb. 25th, 2012

This Time, It's Personal

If you know anything about the brony community, you're already aware of Derpygate. If you're not part of the brony community, you probably don't know about Derpygate, but that's OK. The whole debacle is really only tangentially connected to what I have to say today. However, if you are really curious, go head over to Equestria Daily or FIMFiction, everyone there will gladly tell you about it.

FOR THE LOVE OF FUCK, IF YOU'RE NEUROTYPICAL, DON'T TELL THE MENTALLY ILL AND/OR THE DISABLED WHAT THEY SHOULD THINK ABOUT STUFF THAT YOU PERSONALLY FIND OFFENSIVE. WE FIND THAT SHIT MORE OFFENSIVE THAN WHAT YOU FOUND OFFENSIVE IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Seriously, people, I might have head issues, but believe it or not, I actually do have cognitive reasoning skills. I can ascertain what is offensive to me just as well as you can. And I think I can ascertain what is offensive to me personally, much better than you can ascertain what is offensive to me personally, yourself. Don't even try it, you're just going to piss me off.

And yes, I know no one made me the Grand High Poobah of the mentally ill, and I really have no right to say this, but really? Do you honestly think that anyone really likes it when someone else tells them exactly how to think? That's some 1984 shit right there. What's next, is someone coming to arrest me because I don't fall in lockstep with what they think people like me should think?

I've ranted about this before, but this time it really hit home, thanks to Derpygate. Seems like a lot of these “well-meaning” individuals really do think that the people they think they're “protecting” are dumber than a box of goddamn rocks. And to be honest with you? It feels like shit.

So, if you're neurotypical? Sit down and shut the fuck up, and think before you try to pin thoughts and feelings on the non-neurotypical. Maybe actually try talking to one of us before you decide, “nope, that's offensive and anyone else who doesn't think that is either an offensive asshole or has internalized ableism.”

Oct. 14th, 2011

Bleh

It's midterm exam time, and I have the flu. Wonderful.

So yeah, once again posts are going to be sporadic until I'm well again and midterms are done. While you're waiting, have nine and a half hours of pony, courtesy of XyroTR1 on Youtube.


Sep. 2nd, 2011

The secret phrase is "love and toleration"

This has been on my mind ever since I decided that I was going to try to participate in NaPoWriMo (National Pony Writing Month, held in September this year and basically along the same lines as NaNoWriMo). I clicked on a website I occasionally visit for information on MLP: FiM, and I was greeted by a screed longer than my last research paper about how bronies are ruining My Little Pony, and how unfair it is that there are guys in fandom! Apparently the bronies are responsible for everything that's wrong in the world from the DC earthquake to the ebola virus (and yes, that's hyperbole, but you get my drift.) And the bronies are the reason that what was supposed to be a television program for young girls is now hostile to women/girls.

And I just have to say- really? The bronies I've interacted with have been some of the nicest people and the best writers I've ever seen. And so have the majority of the female fans. I mean, come on, this is a series that promotes the magic of friendship, and the majority of fans are quite pleasant. Which, if you been in fandom for a while, will come as a nice, refreshing treat, without all the shipwars and nastiness that can sometimes accompany being fannish. Don't get me wrong, I love fandom, but you have to admit, sometimes it can be... less than pleasant.

Unfortunately, there always has to be a few people that fuck everything up. Now, I like My Little Pony. What I do not like is shipping of the ponies, whether it be het or slash or femslash. It's nothing personal, I just can't get past the fact that they're ponies. Even if they're brightly-colored, magically-talking ponies, they're still ponies. And that's kind of weird, at least to me. I'm pretty “live and let live” when it comes to shipping, and this is no exception, just... don't ask me to write it, OK? But apparently that wasn't enough for one poster, who decided that I was homophobic and a misogynist because I didn't want to write or read about Applejack sleeping with Rainbow Dash. I find it creepy, not because they're both female, but because they are ponies. And here we are right back at square one.

But doing my duty as a pegasis, I decided to love and tolerate the shit out of this person, despite the fact that they were clearly unpleasant and irrational. Fortunately they decided to leave me alone, and proceeded to go after a poster who said they wanted to see more of Princess Luna and Big Macintosh in the next season. This person's crime? Because they wanted an episode about Big Macintosh they were obviously trying to take the focus away from the female main characters of the show and turn the series hostile towards young girls. And that's practically a verbatim quote.

I guess a lot of this feels to me like “DUDES? In FANDOM? GTFO!” And that's not cool. Fandom for me was a place where I could go and feel welcome, and write what I wanted, and just generally have a good time. Trying to close that off to anyone is kind of a dick move, sorry to say, and if you want to do that, then you're free to go make your own community where you can exclude people who don't fit your 9001 item long criteria. You don't want guys or people who don't ship in your community? Fine. Just go make your own, don't try to hijack someone else's.

I actually have conflicting feelings writing this up, because it doesn't really feel like my place to say “hey, let the boys in.” But it is a disturbing trend to me. Fandom is meant to be fun. It's not meant to be as high pressure as work or school or... really, real life in general. At least as far as I'm concerned, if you want to enjoy yourself and have fun and squee with everyone else, come on in and have a soda. But if you're coming in just to cause problems and divisiveness and this gender war bullshit? Well, read the title of my blog: GET OFF MY LAWN!

Aug. 14th, 2011

BAHAHAHAHAHAHA

No, I'm not dead, I've just been busy and haven't had a ton of time for blogging.

Anyway, I bring you... MY LITTLE PONY/DR. HORRIBLE CROSSOVER SONG!


With the Shadow Bolts as the Bad Horse Chorus, Rainbow Dash as Dr. Horrible, and Night Mare Moon as Bad Horse him(her?)self! I'm so glad no one else was home when I saw this because I cracked the fuck up and I didn't really need my family barging in on me asking if I'd taken my meds today.