Pony Stories 326

26 Jan

So many reviews backed up. Think I am going to start double-posting. The day’s normal scheduled post, then a review post in the afternoon. Nah, review post in the morning and normal schedule post after so it’s on top. Then the day’s R4 post on FimFiction can point to the review post. At least for days without reviews in the schedule anyway. On a complete different subject I had an epiphany about Cadance. I realized a reason why Cadance is so disliked. She’s the princess of love. She’s got the authority to make ships canon or non-canon! She can destroy any fandom work she wants at will! Nopony should have that much control over ships. She must be stopped.

Today’s stories covered below the break:

  • Friends, With Occasional Magic by Bad Horse
  • The Name Game by Brony Tom
  • The Perfect Night Sky by Twilight_Crow
  • Two Beats by Nicknack
  • Everypony Dies by a3V
  • Good Ponies Don’t… Do They? by bookplayer
  • Princess Rarity by Invisible Cadance
  • Twilight Sparkle Earns the Feature-Box by Skywriter
  • Rolling With the Punches by bats
  • Rise by Lapis-Lazuli and Inky J

Friends, With Occasional Magic by Bad Horse

This one got me. I really liked it. A slice of life with no literal ponies in it, but plenty of friendship as magic. Has me all sentimental. Not about anything in particular, just a contemplative warm bittersweet feeling when I finished it.

The Name Game by Brony Tom

That was depressing. Dark, in the fashion of slow crushing inevitability. I’ve seen the concept in comedies, epic adventures, even philosophical pieced, but I think this is the first time I’ve encountered in such a bleak matter of fact fashion. Good if you like that sort of thing, but not excellent. Just now that going in it’s a very low key depressing story.

The Perfect Night Sky by Twilight_Crow

Couldn’t finish this one. The writing was just too rough. Half the time in dialogue I wasn’t sure who was saying what, and most of the rest of the story was far too tell-y, even for my tastes.

Two Beats by Nicknack

Not a bad story, a little cliche perhaps. Right on the edge between cliche and dealing with a common theme. Yet there is no pony in it. It would take no editing to make it original fiction. There was one place name to change (stalliongrad), but I’m not sure there was any mention of hooves or other equine traits. Nothing in it that says it can’t be pony, could go either way. Which just means it’s fairly generic. The stuff I like about MLP can’t really be found in that kind of story.

Everypony Dies by a3V

Fun, if a bit predictable. The ending was a bit disappointing. That’s about it for things to say about it.

Good Ponies Don’t… Do They? by bookplayer

Fun shipping story. Look at relationships and sex, both casual and waiting to do it. Worth a quick read, but probably going to forget it soon. Nothing there really sticks in my head as special or deep.

Princess Rarity by Invisible Cadance

Eh, this was uninspiring. Halfway decent idea, but the story itself is just functional. Needed more descriptions I think. Something to really paint the scene and make the village come alive. Maybe the party drawn out more. The author should have lingered on the details of everything more. Or gone with even more concise prose and given the whole thing more context by having it expand before and after.

Twilight Sparkle Earns the Feature-Box by Skywriter

Shallow, crude, and hilarious. The second chapter was my favorite when Spike is talking to the Equestria Daily pre-readers. If you like silly fandom metafiction type stuff, give this a try. I enjoyed it as the silly fluff it is.

Rolling With the Punches by bats

Fun shipping story. I could see Applejack and Twilight starting a relationship like this. Though I’d want a bit more buildup and a nice gradual building of romantic feelings if it was a longer story.

Rise by Lapis-Lazuli and Inky J

Very enjoyable adventure story. Could have used a bit more space to breathe, but avoided feeling incomplete. Certainly one of my favorite Trixie redemption stories and has me interested in the author’s other stories in this particular version of mlp.


Posted by on January 26, 2015 in Ponies, Reading 2015, Reviews


7 responses to “Pony Stories 326

  1. Logan

    January 26, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I keep thinking about reading Twilight Sparkle Earns the Feature-Box, but I have mixed feelings about it. The identity of the author reassures me that it will be well written and several people as well as you have told me that it’s a genuinely funny fic. On the other hand, meta is specifically banned in the Fimf submission guidelines and I’ve never been a big fan of rules that have an unwritten “…unless we feel like allowing it” component. (At least, not on major sites; personal blogs are quite different!) So that kinda rubs me up the wrong way, as does the fact that the feature box itself is frequently something of a cesspit. 😛

    • Griffin

      January 26, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Well, there is all that. Though it was written quite a while ago. Might even predate the ban. I’m pretty sure they didn’t delete any of the stories, since I’ve found a couple through direct links. Kind of odd it’s shown up where I could notice it though. It’s funny, but a fairly shallow funny. Though the part near the end about the EqD pre-readers is amusing in it’s own right. But don’t feel like you are missing something if you skip it. I mean, unless you were desperate to read every ponyfic Skywriter puts out.

    • Anonymous

      January 26, 2015 at 11:55 pm

      Just to set the record straight: Feature Box and its attendant fallout are actually the reason meta fics were banned in the first place, so it didn’t break any rules when it was posted (that I know of).

      That said, it was still just too shallow and one-note for me.

      • Griffin

        January 27, 2015 at 1:12 am

        Can’t argue with that second part. Just was a single note I found hilarious. Certainly not a re-read, unless I want something mindless.

      • Logan

        January 27, 2015 at 7:41 pm

        Ah, fair enough then. And at least the link to it from the submission guidelines still works; at least one other example of “what not to do” is no longer there at all! 😛

    • Present Perfect

      January 27, 2015 at 6:46 am

      Anon up there is right: this story (and “Meta” by Argembarger) was the straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of allowing metafics on Fimfiction.

    • baddhorse

      March 9, 2015 at 11:08 am

      The ban (which IMHO is extremely stupid) was made in response to that story. Like most of these bans, it was made not because a kind of story was bad, but because people /liked/ it.


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