I’m such a nerd. I got some art commissioned and found a place online that does custom calendars. So for 2016 I’ve got a personalized pony calendar with pony holiday names and pony fanart each month. In other money for ponies news, the physical books for Life and Times of Winning Pony are getting close to being ready for orders. I’m thinking about actually getting a copy. It wasn’t my favorite ponyfic, but there was cool stuff and I did enjoy reading it. Plus, as I keep saying each time it comes up, the Changeling attack in the second half is the best integration of fan fiction and show events I’ve run across.
Long-ish review today. As always, this doesn’t mean I put more effort into cleaning it up and raising the quality. Just means I had a lot of thoughts I wanted to get down and think through during and right after reading the story.
- Odrsjot by Imploding Colon
Well, that was a kick in the gut. This one had moments that were fairly rough emotionally speaking. Including one huge one. So consider it a warning for emotional gut punches. 95% of this story was quite good. Wrapped up the whole mess of stories two, three, and four in a satisfying fashion.
Spoilers after this point.
Not big ones, but still worth commenting on.
Including spoiling one event in Project Horizons. Huh. I bet this was written before PH was een started. The beginning of the series for sure.
The first thing is cool that the Changelings make an appearance. My first reaction was that it made no sense that Rainbow Dash didn’t know what they were. Then I remembered that Austeroth’s point of AU divergence is the start of season two and the Changelings were at the end of season two. Which also puts into perspective just how long these stories have been running.
Onto the big point of frustration.
I can’t decide if the ending is a good one or a bad one. On one hand it delivered a huge emotional moment and wrapped by the major villain of three of the four books of the series. On the other hand it feels like it was dark and depressing and despair for no good reason. Not to mention tainting the entire series from here going forward.
The story gave us a hard earned happy ending. Characters making hard emotional choices all around. Goodbyes said and journeys ended, resolved reborn, and a home and family created. Then to have that all utterly destroyed for no reason except for the emotional devastation. Huh.
Not that the bad events didn’t have a good cause. Even had some foreshadowing. Or at least there was foreshadowing that something bad would happen. Yet it was so terrible and had such cruelty, right after an emotional high point and natural ending point, that it just seemed forced despite being a natural extension of plot and character elements in the story. Even the second story of the series that I disliked the constant downward negativity wasn’t as bad as this.
As for ruining the rest of the story from this point on, now I can’t trust and happiness. Which might be somewhat realistic and/or dramatic, but I’ve almost entirely lost interest in reading further when I know that any bright point, any happy resolution, any satisfying moment can be torn down and burned to ash. As much as I like dark and/or depressing stories I like them because they provide a sharper contrast for hope and optimism. I don’t require a story to have a happy ending. What I want is that there is hope for a happy ending, or that the character is satisfied with their part, or some indication that the darkness of suffering has brought the chance of better times at some point in the future. The ending of this story has removed that as a possibility. Or more correctly removed my faith in that possibility. I no longer can believe that the flow of the story with push through the darkness towards optimism. Or even more precisely, that every time the story does present something good I can’t trust that it won’t just be doing just it to drop from a greater height.
I mean, hell, I’m feeling more charitable towards Project Horizons at the moment, and that has a scene where the main character is crucified and while her legs are nailed to the floor she is brutally raped for hours. At least she got cool cybernetic legs after that. With thumbs!
So, now I’ve got to decide if I even want to read past this point. I’m having flashbacks to the moment in Code Geass that made me stop watching and not come back until two years later.
Still, it was an effective emotional moment and I bet it accomplished exactly what the author intended. So I can’t honest!y say it was a bad ending.