I got reminded of the movie Transcendence over in the comment section of InquisitorM’s latest blogpost over on fimfiction. Augh. I don’t say this about maybe things, since I think it’s a fairly powerful word that shouldn’t be overused, but I hate that movie. I consider my religion to be Transhumanism (which is a whole topic in itself) so that movie was basically a two hour badly written insult to everything I believe in. I was mad at that movie for several days after seeing it in a theater, and was ranting at it for several hours that day. Two of the ‘best’ parts? The first was that taking out all computers and technology in the world results in basically a ‘eh, we are better off without it’ situation. Instead of, you know, the global anarchy and mass death tolls the collapse of civilization would cause. But that’s okay, because the movie opens with a quaint little California town where they use old keyboards as doorstops. The second was the movie, and this is literally in the movie, the big finale is when the ‘heroes’ inject someone with a virus and then have them infect the computer AI to defeat it. Yes, the movie literally doesn’t see any different in biologic viruses and computer viruses. They are treated interchangeable. The movie is not subtle at all. AI bad, simple living good. Everyone is a caricature, not a archetype, but a parody of cliche. Basically I agree with this review over on the Escapist website, except I think he was a little too soft on the movie.
No real reason for all that. Just needed to vent. Several short pony reviews below the break.
Story is pretty good. Rainbow Dash reading a story to a temporarily blind Twilight Sparkle. Most of it is actually the story Rainbow is reading, with just a few little asides around it for the actual events. Which is handled great, the author does a pretty good job expressing how Rainbow Dash would read the story. The best compliment I can give is that the story in the story feels very much like an actual Shel Silvertein work, and that’s a good thing. Granted, it’s been a while since I’ve read any of his work, but the feeling was the same as my memories. If to a lesser degree.
Ouch. This was actually painful for me to read. If you enjoy utterly nonsensically bad writing, you may want to give this a look. I’d recommend staying far away from it myself.
A fluffy piece. There really isn’t anything there. Could have been any two Pegasus foals. If you dislike empty slice-of-life stories, stay far away. I normally enjoy fairly light slice-of-life stuff and I found this pretty empty and fluff.
One of the most poorly rated stories on my to-read list. Now that I’ve read it, yeah, it’s kinda not good. Technically it’s not bad. Probably better with the grammar than I am. Just lacks a real theme and the ending just kinda happens with no real buildup or point. The story just kinda happened, and then it stopped happening.
This is a neat outline/summary of what could be a cool story. Had a really forced Lord of the Rings reference that made me laugh. It wasn’t a comedic reference. Plus the end is a little weak. So I’m not sure I’d recommend it, but it wasn’t a waste of time to read. I’d be interested to see the premise/plot actually written out as a novel-length proper story.