Today we start a theme week. Or at least I hope it’ll last through the whole week. I need the motivation and easy posts to keep myself going. What is the theme? Not telling. You’ll just have to guess. Which is most likely futile because I can’t think of any way that it would be possible to guess the theme. At least not precisely. So you’ll just have to deal with reading my reactions to pony fan fiction as usual.
- Dawn by Titanium Dragon
- Pinkie’s First Cupcake by billymorph
- Diamond Eyes by Cerulean Voice
A contemplative piece. I enjoyed it, though would have liked a little more. Not a longer story. Just a bit denser. It was a slow thoughtful piece, and most of the time I like either faster pace or denser ideas. Still, this had a bit of worldbuilding, some character study, and a hat with a bell on it.
Good stories about the mane six when they are young are a joy to read. I would put this one in that category. Pinkie Pie in particular has so much potential to be explored. If you want a nice story about Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash’s first meeting, you should check this one out.
I enjoyed this story. My one nitpick is Princess Luna using magic that let her share her sight with Snowdrop. I feel that it weakens the idea of Snowdrop turning being blind as a strength. Or at least it makes no sense that Princess Luna has not at least offered to use the spell at some previous time. Other than that, this was a wonderful story. A bit of worldbuilding with a classical spurned god backstory. Not to mention an interesting way of looking at the monster’s ability. Oh, and I really liked that when the monster came out the Equestria soldiers subdued it instead of just killing it, den though they were convinced it was a danger enemy.
I do think that the story would have been stronger without the sight sharing spell. The first use is basically just Snowdrop refusing it because seeing isn’t that useful in a dark cave, which Princess Luna takes as some profound insight. Which struck me as silly. Of course being blind in a pitch dark cave isn’t a handicap, and trying to focus on a brand new sense is of course going to distract a person from the senses they are used to. Just felt like a forced moment.
As for the end when Snowdrop looms at the transformed monastery, I feel it would have been just as good to have it been the saed Zebra nuzzling her, letting Snowdrop feel Zebra nuzzle instead of snake scales, and reply in rhyme about her name. Which would inform us that she was a zebra originally, speaking as a Zebra should speak for the first time in forever. Maybe even have her start speaking normally, then stop a speak again in rhyme as if just remembering how.