"Equestria Girls" and Canon · 1:50pm
So, I assume you've all seen that trailer by now.
There have been lots of opinions flying around regarding Equestria Girls's quality, or lack thereof. But I'm more interested in its effect on canon. The way I see it, there are two possibilities.
1) The show makes no reference to the film. If you're writing fan fiction, this would mean that you could decide for yourself whether it's canon, or just a "what if?" story. Dragonball Z is an example of this.
2) The show references the film; it's canon, whether we like it or not.
Obviously, the first possibility gives the fanfic writer more flexibility. I for one am a big proponent of not-crap Human stories, and would like to continue writing them, unimpeded.
One of the unique aspects of the Human genre, is the strong sense of "otherness"--that thrill of discovery as the ponies meet an alien, or mythical creature, or species they thought was extinct, or whatever. If ponies know about humans, then the era of First Contact stories in fan fiction may be nearing its end.
And I think that would be a shame. It's true most of these stories are rubbish, but misuse of a thing does not abrogate its proper use. With canonical humans in Equestria, "Biblical Monsters" simply could not have happened. Nor could Anthropology. And I'm sure you can name a few.
So, if any of you fine readers have original ideas for Human stories, you had better hustle, because this sucker comes out in June.
(Note: that this point, the author begins to talk about his plans for future stories. By all means, skip it if you're uninterested.)
Why-oh-why couldn't I have written faster?
Luckily, I've already used my best ideas for Human stories. Four usable ones remain: a short story, a novella, a clopfic, and a full novel. The clopfic and novel take place in the same alternate universe as "The Savage Way" (yes, seriously) so they're alright in any case. The short story bears many resemblances to one of those I've already written, so it's no huge loss if it no longer works.
That leaves just the novella. The story I've been working on will have to wait until that novella is done, because next month may be the final deadline. Sorry, folks, but you'll have to wait a bit longer for the latest from the Horse House of Horror.