Pony Stories 202

19 Aug

Another contest, another pile of entries to put into the big master review list. Which is so much easier using the Google spreadsheet. Anyway, had a horrifying idea. What if there was a contest where all the stories had to use the same title. It would be a utter mess of confusion to sort! Nobody would be able to remember who wrote which one without actually having the story open in another tab when talking about. Though that could be fun in another way. Everyone has to submit a story with the same title, but no author credit. Then you put out a list of stories and a list of authors and have people try to guess who wrote what.

Almost Beautiful by Donnys Boy

Nice shipping story. This story does a pretty good job giving us Rarity’s viewpoint. Not quite good enough to give Rarity her own distinctive voice, but at no point did I lose my sense of immersion that we were seeing things through Rarity’s eyes. It was also a good step by step through how Rarity could fall in love with Twilight Sparkle, and visa versa. Though we pretty much have to guess at Twilight Sparkle’s route by just one or two inferences. Highly recommended if you like shipping stories. Just generally recommended otherwise. Not a stellar example, but had some good bits in it that were worth reading.

The Star In Yellow by Blueshift

Hmm… This was not what I was expecting. Was hoping for a more lovecraftian vibe. Something like one of the SCP entries I have enjoyed. This was… Less dark and more misguided. Almost nothing really bad happens and by the end I didn’t really have any real feeling of the world-wide danger that was supposed to happen. I figured out the reveal at the end about halfway through, so that wasn’t a surprise. It was cool when I figured it out, but then nothing really came of it.

However, the story does touch on a few very interesting ideas. About authors and the characters they create and the reasons stories are written. In a way it reminded me a little of the anime Princess Tutu. Which, spoilers: We find out that the main villian of the show is actually just an author writing a story that everyone is just a character in (Sort of, it’s complicated) and he’s a evil villain because a story needs to have horrible things to happen to the characters in it to be a interesting story. See also: Stranger Than Fiction. I’m not sure if that counts as metafiction exactly or not.

I’d recommend this one. Just take the ‘Dark’ tag with a grain of salt, and be sure to read the author’s notes that make up the last chapter.

The Eagle Has Landed by Cyanblackstone

This was, well, bland. Niel Armstrong sets foot on the moon, sees Princess Luna. That’s it. I have now spoiled the entire story for you, you now don’t have to read it. Not bad, just bland as heck.


Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Books 2014, Ponies, Reviews


3 responses to “Pony Stories 202

  1. jbannick

    August 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

    You can be a seriously sick dude sometimes!

  2. bchandler2

    August 19, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Your idea reminds me of my own “Petunia Cycle”. Twelve stories, one for each genre tag, 10 of which (all but the comedy and random ones) are all called “A Wind in the Petunias”. Mind you, I need to write the last 5 stories. 😛

  3. Soge Loquy

    August 19, 2014 at 9:49 am

    That “multiple stories with the same titles” sounds like a neat idea. You could get a bunch of big names and make it a competition, and have prizes for most easily identified author, hardest to identify author, and whoever manages to get the most authors right.


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