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  • 1w, 3d
    SA Reviews - Round 70!

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  • 2w, 6d
    Kaorin's "Selling Out" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story reminds us that the one constant in life is change — so keep your coin purse close by when you pay with a big bill.

    Selling Out

    [Slice of Life] • 2,361 words

    When the time of monarchs and royals ends, what becomes of Princesses who live on?

    FROM THE CURATORS: This is exactly what it says on the tin — a story about a pony coming to grips with modern capitalism.  We started out worried that such a premise seemed like a recipe for soapboxing, but this story quickly vaulted past those doubts to unanimous approval. As JohnPerry said, "I think it says something when a story gives you a premise that's hard to swallow, but still manages to impress you."

    The biggest factor in that was Selling Out's arresting portrayal of its protagonist. "The voicing really is the draw," Present Perfect said, and JohnPerry was more broadly appreciative: "The characterization of Luna is absolutely marvelous, and the larger historical landscape this story merely touches upon is very intriguing."  Horizon, meanwhile, found the two sides of Luna poignantly juxtaposed: "The contrast in tone between her regal narration and her out-loud dialogue is proper heartbreaking."

    It wasn't only the characterization that impressed us, but also its excellent choice of character.  "Seeing Luna in this situation, harboring all of her pride and past hurts, is so much more heartbreaking than seeing Celestia, or Cadance, or even Twilight would be," Present Perfect said.  "Luna's the one who's already fallen once, and she fell so much further than this." The story's nuanced portrayal of the world around her sealed the deal. "What strikes me the most is the 'long view' of Equestrian society," AugieDog said.  "Yes, ponies will learn and grow and discover new and different things, but they will always be ponies.  And their princesses will always be there when they're needed — even if what they're needed for changes and shrinks and grows back differently as the pendulum of the centuries swings to and fro."

    Ultimately, by treading a careful path across the razor's-edge of modern cynicism, Selling Out left us with a thought-provoking message. "The idea of balancing duty, pride, and commercialism is one that's more applicable to many of our real-life idols than we might like to admit," Chris said.

    Read on for our author interview, in which Kaorin discusses technological singularity, paycheck relevance, and post-apotheosis continuations.


    Give us the standard biography.

    30/F/USA No?

    I am, I suppose, Kaorin. I edit more than I write, and I’ve held more jobs than I can count. I like to learn what it is to do the work that keeps the world moving. I am a cognitive neuroscientist by training, though I took a long look at academia and decided that I could never accomplish what I wanted were I to follow that path.

    Instead I decided on the lucrative career of whatever the temp agency gives me on any given day. Seriously, I actually recommend to anyone out there that they spend some time with any such agency and go from job to job just learning how and what people do out there every day.

    How did you come up with your handle/penname?

    I’ve always had a yen for cute shows. Back when the internet and I were both young I watched a little anime called Azumanga Daioh. A simple slice of life about a group of girls and their everyday adventures as they grow up. In the show there’s a girl whose spastic character amused me in her contrast with, and similarity to, myself. I chose to adopt her name as a moniker in my forays online and it has stuck with me since.

    Who's your favorite pony?

    Twilight Sparkle without hesitation. It helps that she is the central character, the one who receives the greatest care and attention from the writing staff, but she would be my favorite even if that were not so.

    The Monomyth, also called the Hero’s Journey, describes Twilight’s character arc. What makes her journey remarkable is that it is largely couched in terms of a modern coming of age, what it is to take on the responsibilities of adulthood. There’s the occasional hydra or Equestria-shaking threat, but outside those her challenges are all quite relatable. Squabbles with friends, insecurity, pressures to perform, failure and success. Each time she rises to the occasion and becomes more for it without ever losing who she’s always been: an adorkable bookworm.

    I think what truly cemented her as my favorite, however, is that once she reached her apotheosis the story continued. The tacit lesson that even once you attain your goals, once you grasp what you’ve reached for, there will be more challenges and more room to grow. It’s an extension of theme that is seen but rarely and I treasure that. Also, she’s just my type.

    What's your favorite episode?

    A question with no answer. At least, that would have been so had I not seen "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?" The lesson is superb, the call-backs and tie-ins graceful, the character exploration handled expertly, and best of all the Tantabus! Oh wow the Tantabus. Visually stunning and conceptually brilliant.

    What do you get from the show?

    Life is not always vibrant or full of good cheer. It is always a pleasure to have something cute to hand as a remedy for dreary days. An abnegation of sorts. Setting aside the cares of the world and refreshing oneself with clean art, quality voice acting, compelling stories and characters, and relatable life lessons will rarely go amiss with me.

    What do you want from life?

    It is good you did not ask me what is best in life. I would have a rather different answer. I want from life what most do: to live long enough to be part of the transhumanist revolution and join in the technological singularity.

    Why do you write?

    I write because I have a story I must to tell. It is both as simple and as complex as that. I write because there are things I wish say, and I write because I need to create, and I write because I enjoy the challenge.

    What advice do you have for the authors out there?

    The most common bits of advice are to read the works of masters past and present, and to write and keep writing. These are uncontroversially the best things any writer can do to improve, but I will share something I personally do when approaching a writing challenge: derive from first principles.

    In any situation you face while writing, there will be things that came before that must shape the outcome. It’s a simple way of making sure you as the author know how and why things came to be, and it will help show you where they must go. Your characters are motivated by things that have happened to them, and your world will always be shaped by its history. Make sure you know about it!

    What influences shaped this story's view of a "modern" Equestria?

    As I said, I try to derive from first principles. With Selling Out the idea kernel was “Wouldn’t it be funny to see Luna in a modern style commercial?” In order to write about that I had to figure out what would have to change about Equestria to allow one of the royal sisters to engage in crass commercialism. I decided they would need to be deposed yet still remain meaningful as symbols, and for that I looked to the retirement, for lack of a better term, of the state powers of the British monarchy. The rest flowed naturally from there.

    How did you decide which archaisms to keep and discard for future Luna's voice?  Any voicing tips for Luna authors?

    Just like each of the Mane 6 has a distinct silhouette, they each have an easily identifiable set of linguistic idiosyncrasies. I decided early on that I needed Luna to have something that hooked a reader’s interest. Not merely the cadence nor the vocabulary, but a distinct vocal tic. I chose a flexible exclamatory noise by the expedient that I needed a way for her to roll her eyes internally.

    I decided to discard the anachronistic speech patterns since it is set some few centuries after the show, and I do believe Luna would do her best to inculcate a more modern pattern. The exception being, as I well know from my own slips into the accent of my birth, when she’s excited or upset. I did, however, decide to keep a particularly barbed and haughty tone, as I believed that would fit in with the snarky and decidedly bitter Luna I felt needed to exist if she was to star in a commercial.

    As to voicing the less even-keeled of the two royal sisters, my advice would be to remember who she is. Were I to write the story now, I could not in good conscience make her as snarky and jagged-edged as I did back when we had seen hardly a trace of her in the show. Now that we’ve seen her more regularly I feel confident in saying that Luna is aloof by dint of a self-flagellating seriousness, and has chosen to armor herself in the imperious role of Princess. To write her well, I believe, would require a certain understanding of what it means to seek redemption for wrongs already forgiven, and what it means to see yourself as alone even when surrounded by friends.

    Luna says the job provides her with meaning as well as money.  Did you write that sentiment as sincere, or to illustrate a character in denial?

    Absolutely sincere. I firmly believe that we are what we do and this bled over into writing Luna. The Paycheck is relevance. Luna, a public servant for millennia and admitted seeker of public recognition and adoration, is absolutely in no need of mere money. Indeed I imagine the two sisters would be rather well to do no matter the changes of the world. What that sort of money cannot buy is a sense of purpose in life. So Luna decided to seek that in the spotlight, and though she evidently feels often slighted, she also feels needed.

    This is quite a tale for a first FIMFiction story.  What are your plans for future fanfics?

    I am an exceptionally inconstant writer. I have many ideas for stories, but I have a nasty tendency to set challenges for myself that make those stories far more difficult to produce than they ought to be. In light of that, and I stress I can make no promises of any kind, but there is a story I have been working on which takes place in the same Equestria as Selling Out, but focuses on Spike.

    Is there anything else you'd like to add?

    It’s more than a little surprising that this little old story of mine caught the notice of this group, I’m rather gratified. And if anyone just happens to need an editor, well, I do rather enjoy it.

    You can read Selling Out at FIMFiction.net. Read more interviews right here at the Royal Canterlot Library, or suggest stories for us to feature at our Fimfiction group.

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  • 3w, 3d
    Groups Post - August 2015

    Groups Posts are a monthly group advertisement blog open to anyone who wants a signal boost. If you're interested in having your group advertised in one of these, send me a PM with the name of the group, a link to its front page, and a brief description of what the group is for. I'll copy this directly into the post, so write it like you're trying to tell other people about why they should join or pay attention to your group - anything up to around 150-ish words is fine.


    Helping Hooves is exactly what it sounds like: a place where you can find a helping hoof to lend you a hand.

    Need help or feedback on your story? Are you new and need someone to show you around the site? Do you have a question about something, Fimfiction-related or not?

    Anything you need, any question you have, post a comment and someone will be there to help you out and answer you.

    If you don't need any help and you'd like to help others, you can always lend some.


    Hazardous Writing Materials and Challenges

    The groups aim is to provide a sociable environment to enjoy unorthodox and inventive contests organized by a group of users used to organizing the odd competition, and write short stories to prompts posted weekly. We welcome ideas and writing styles of all sorts so long as you're willing to push yourself and take a risk or two towards improvement and (hopefully) success.

    It should be a great place to find other talented authors, show off a little, and practice writing amongst users with a bit of friendly competition.


    The Birthday Association

    Are you looking to celebrate your birthday on this very fanfiction site itself with your internet friends? Does that very special day seem... unfulfilling? Well, we here at The Birthday Association are here to help you! With just a simple comment, anypony can get the B-Day love that they may want and/or deserve! So, make your wish now!


    Twiluna

    Welcome to Twiluna! Where we worship the almighty ship of Twilight and Luna! Wanna join? Click here and then hit the subscribe join button in the top right corner! After you've done so, ask about our Tuna and Tuna accessories branch. P.S. Beware of cults in the group. We take our worship alittle too seriously sometimes.


    Applejack's Parents

    Applejack's parents are mysterious figures.

    Who were they?

    What were they like?

    How did they die?

    This group is devoted to the collection of stories about Applejack's parents in any capacity.


    Sad Luna

    A group to explore Princess Luna's tragic history, conflicted personality, and ongoing struggle to come to terms with her failures. Includes sad Luna fact repository for inspiration and convenience, updated as needed with canon details. Folders are arranged according to sadness level. Contests will be held if/when membership becomes large enough.


    My Little Lyrics

    Welcome to My Little Lyrics, a group dedicated to all those MLP-related music lovers out there, no matter if mare, stallion, colt or filly.

    This group is pretty new and got a focus on beautiful songs and their lyrics, but also every story here on fimfiction fitting the topic.

    We would love to have new members discussing their favorite song and/or it's lyrics, among with some games and other stuff!


    Write my fic for me

    Do you have a ton of ideas but for some reason just can't get them down to publish on fimfiction? Are you always looking for new ideas to write? Then this is the group for you! Here you can post your ideas and writers will help bring them to life or be the one bringing the ideas to life. All types are welcome!


    Prayer Requests and Praises is exactly like it sounds. Here we pray for people and their needs, share our own prayer requests, and focus on the good things in our lives to be thankful for. We have monthly prayer meetings that are hosted by fellow members, and an official Prayer list thread that will be updated with each new request by the admin, Pencil Melody. If you wish to remain anonymous, just send a pm concerning your prayer request to the admin. If you're going through a hard time, but don't want religion crammed down your throat, we're here to talk to you and pray.  So, come on and join today.


    That's it for August. See you all next month!

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  • 4w, 5d
    Vote hiding for stories with low vote counts

    To eliminate problems where stories that have very few votes can be sunk by only 1-2 people disliking them, stories with under 15 votes no longer display rating data to anyone but the author. This should give everyone a fair chance at success, even with a couple early haters, but actually-bad stories should quickly-enough accumulate enough downvotes to show as negative that you can still easily avoid them.

    We will adjust the number of votes required for visibility later if needed.

    Edit: the threshold is now 10, looking into some time-based stuff for older stories.

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  • 4w, 6d
    archonix's "To Be A Mule" [Royal Canterlot Library]

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  • 5w, 6d
    Reviews! Round 69

    19 comments · 1,977 views
  • 6w, 5d
    S5E13 - Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?

    278 comments · 5,036 views
  • 6w, 6d
    Bronetheus' "Waiting For Celestia"

    1 comments · 1,660 views
  • 7w, 5d
    S5E12 - Amending Fences

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  • 7w, 5d
    Groups Post - July 2015

    Groups Posts are a monthly group advertisement blog open to anyone who wants a signal boost. If you're interested in having your group advertised in one of these, send me a PM with the name of the group, a link to its front page, and a brief description of what the group is for. I'll copy this directly into the post, so write it like you're trying to tell other people about why they should join or pay attention to your group - anything up to around 150-ish words is fine.


    To celebrate summer and all its fun, Poniverse Fimfiction and MLP Forums are once again hosting a fanfiction contest.  This time around, we're asking writers to enter fics about Poniverse's very own mascots themselves, the best of which will be accepted into Poniverse canon.  There's lots of special prizes in store for the winners, and for more information about the contest itself, click on the following link:

    Poniverse Mascot Summerpalooza Contest!  Happy writing! :twilightsmile:


    Victorious Antagonists

    What fun is there in always seeing the protagonist come out on top?  If you're one of those types who likes to see chaos reign, darkness shroud the land, equality spread across the land, empires crumble, mean ponies get away with their misdeeds, towns devoured, ponies kidnapped or just generalized mayhem, this group is for you!


    The Related Story Finders is pretty straightforward new group, if you need help finding a story that is like another story or want a recommendation for a story this is the place to be. Rule will be updated as needed and new members are welcome.


    Nostalgia Dig-Ups

    This is where you can post stories from nostalgia or suggest ideas from anything nostalgic that you think can make a great crossover.


    Endoscopic Adventures

    A collection of MLP stories devoted to Endosomatophilia. What is Endosomatophilia? It is anything involving a tiny being traveling throughout the body of a giant host. Imagine Fantastic Voyage, the movie Inner Space, or the TV show Magic School Bus, and you'll have the hang of it.


    The Apple Scratch Verse

    In a humanized version of Equestria, Vinyl Scratch ends up being the adopted sister of the monster of a woman known as Jacquelyn "Applejack" Apple when she was six years old. Many years later, Vinyl, her sister and their friends embark in a series of adventure through the lands of Equestria and even beyond... Contains heroic-fantasy/anime-like fights, fluffy romances, and (hopefully) lots of humor.


    The Filly Club

    Do you think that fillies (and colts) are adorable? If you do, The Filly Club is THE place for all of your filly and colt needs, whether you're here to post your stories or read stories about foals. Join and be part of the family!


    Off-Topic

    We are a growing group that love to have nice, clean, drama-free fun in our forums. We welcome new users with a pat on the back and a nice warm hug that lets them feel at home. With group art, music posts, AMAs, and general chats, we're every social user's dream. Though we are a group with a large scale of activities, in order to protect the group we do have rules. Many rules. And these rules are enforced to ensure that other users' experiences are not jeopardized by a few others' bad choices.

    So come on down to Higashikaigan's Off Topic and see that sometimes being off topic can be a bit fun!~:heart:


    That's it for this month. Don't forget to submit your groups if you want them in the post for August!

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  • 7w, 5d
    Reviews! Round 68

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  • 7w, 6d
    zaponator's "Blink" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    11 comments · 1,292 views
  • 8w, 4d
    S5E11 - Party Pooped

    190 comments · 3,409 views
  • 9w, 4h
    New Server

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  • 9w, 3d
    NSFW Image Policy

    Hi guys. So, lately we've noticed that there's been a little confusion over what exactly Fimfiction considers to be a NSFW image. The rules do say that you shouldn't post them, but they're a little unclear on exactly what a NSFW image IS. This being so, we've sat down and put together a clearer policy on what sort of image content is too much. I guess it bears reminding that none of this is particularly new stuff. Fimfiction has been running on something akin to this policy for months now. We're just trying to lay it all out nice and clear and notarized so that nobody gets blindsided by the rules in ways they couldn't have really known about.


    Risky image content is defined according to two tiers: Banned and Borderline. Banned is content that absolutely won't be allowed, and images containing Banned subjects should be pretty easy and obvious to identify.

    Borderline is content that sits somewhere in the blurry boundary between "NSFW" and "Safe" images. Images containing borderline content are not directly banned, but the staff does retain the right to exercise our discretion on what is and isn't too much. You should not be surprised if an image containing Borderline content is removed (or rejected if used as artwork in stories). If it seems like it might be too much, consider something a little safer instead, or ask a staff member if it might be okay. In general, please try to exercise a level of discretion when thinking about posting pics of, or submitting cover arts, that involve Borderline content.

    Banned Content:

    -Outright sex acts.

    -Genitalia/full nudity.

    -Visible nipples, whether bare or poking up through clothing.

    -Cameltoe.

    -Sexual fluids, both obvious and heavily implied (i.e. "suspiciously sticky mayonnaise")

    -Urine/Scat.

    -Gore.

    Borderline Content:

    -Heavily sexualized pony butts. We recognize that ponies are nude by design, but some images are deliberately designed to make their rear ends look as sexual as possible without outright genitalia. Obvious crotch-bulges, excessive focus on the rear end, etc. are the main distinguishing marks for this sort of content.

    -Functionally bare human/anthro butts. Panties so small they hardly cover anything do fall under "functionally bare."

    -Excessive cleavage/uncovered breasts.

    -Cropped/censored porn. Sometimes it's not enough to just baaaarely remove the parts with the nipples/genitals.

    -Pictures appealing to various fetishes (diapers, weight gain, vore, etc.) that don't contain outright Banned content. Again, please try to exercise some discretion on what might be over the line.

    That should be about it. If you guys have any questions, feel free to ask and we'll do our best to answer. We should also be updating the rules page to include this policy sometime soon, so it will be there for future reference.

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May
4th
2012

Originally posted at the Vault on 12/12/11.

Today's Vault entry is special in a number of ways. To begin with, it is currently incomplete, and most likely will never be finished (in general, only completed works will be added to the Vault). But more importantly, it can be thought of as the Helen of Troy of Friendship is Magic fanfiction - the fic that launched a thousand spinoffs, many of which are better-known, better-read, and arguably better-written than the original. However, this is the story that started it all, and it is therefore the first Classic included in the Vault.

[Adventure][Human Crossover] • 20,300 words

The ponies and the humans have lived together in harmony for centuries. Equestria is an island inhabited entirely by ponies, and some have branched off to live with humans. However, the humans, seeing their bleak world and accepting that they have made too many mistakes in their world to fix, have decided to open facilities to convert humans into ponies and live in peaceful Equestria.

Hit the break for an interview with Blaze - whose opinion of his own work may surprise you - and links to read it on your favorite pony sites. As always, there are eBook copies in various formats available on the Vault's Downloads page.

If you need more Conversion Bureau goodness, Midnight Shadow (a Vault alum and prereader for EqD) maintains a guide to the Conversion Bureau's various continuities, and a directory of all Conversion Bureau stories.

Pony Fiction ArchiveEquestria Daily

Where do you live?

I live in New Jersey, in the United States of America. Or, as many in my homeland call it, “MURKA”.

What kind of work do you do? (i.e. are you a student, do you have a career/day job, etc)

I’m a senior in high school, and I haven’t really gotten a steady-paying job yet. I’m pretty lazy.

How did you discover My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? When did you realize you were a fan of the show?

I discovered it in early February, after having gone on 4chan’s /b/ for the first time in a long time. I, like many bronies-to-be, wondered why there were so many damn pony threads sprouting up in /b/ and /co/, so I checked it out for myself. My first episode was the pilot, but I didn’t get that far in before getting bored with it, so I watch another episode. Call of the Cutie was the first episode I watched in its entirety, and I was hooked. At the time, Suited for Success was the newest episode.

Do you have a favorite episode? [Editor's note: at the time of this interview, The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well was the most recent aired episode.]

It’s so hard to choose, especially since there’s so many now. Sonic Rainboom has always been a good one for me, and the season two episodes have all been fantastic. The CMC is growing on me, too.

Who is your favorite character based purely on the canon of the show itself? Would your answer change if you considered the fandom in its entirety (i.e. art, fanfiction, memes, etc)?

Fluttershy, hands down. Derpy is a close second, since she’s practically canon. I don’t keep track of much of the fandom these days, so I don’t really have any favorite fandom characters. I try not to get too attached to them.

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

It’s been my username for pretty much everything since the dawn of time (or, at least, since I started frequenting message boards). It was the name of the very first OC I ever made, in fifth grade. I was a big Dragon Ball fan back then, as many young boys are around that age. I miss Toonami. [Editor’s note: me too!]

Have you written in other capacities (other fandoms, professionally, etc)? When did you first start writing?

I had dabbled a little into Pokémon fan fiction, but I didn’t put that much effort into it; it was mainly because I was bored. MLP was the first major project I started really committing into, fanfic-wise.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Draw, play/write music, and watch ponies. I want to get a career started in music, that’s my main goal.

Who is your favorite author (published or fanfiction)? Do you have a favorite story or novel?

Well, I’m afraid to have to go the route everyone else my age goes, by saying “Harry Potter”, but I feel like that’s the only book series/author I’ve really been drawn to. I’m tempted to begin reading Lord of the Rings, though; see what all the hype is about.

Stephen King believes that every author has an "ideal reader" - the one person who they write for, the one person whose reactions they care about. Do you have one, and if so, who is it?

Just the lonely brony who wants to go to Equestria. Not permanently, but just to see what happens. Meet the ponyfolk. Fly like a pegasus, or do magic like a unicorn. Or live the simple life of an earth pony. Dreamers.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers, or writers who are struggling with their own stories?

Proofread. A lot. I’m not one for advice on writing. Conversion Bureau was my second fan fiction, like, ever.

What is your typical writing process? (Do you work through multiple drafts, do you have any prereaders/editors, etc?)

I’d come up with a couple of ideas, write them down for later (since my best ideas come during school hours), and see how I can integrate them into the story. Then I type a bunch (into the one Wordpad file I have everything stored in), and I would sometimes send it to my friend to preread for me. Then, off it goes to Sethisto.

What inspired you to write The Conversion Bureau?

During my “extremely obsessed with MLP” phase in the spring of 2011, I felt this desire to want to go to Equestria. I had attempted lucid dreaming, and read a few other fan fictions on the subject of humans-in-Equestria (Stuck in Equestria being the main influence here), and tried to write my own. It was really just an experiment; I didn’t want it to get as popular as it did, but I took what I got.

Did you run into any tough spots or challenges when writing The Conversion Bureau?

The critique was definitely the hurtful part. The comment section of EqD can be a cruel mistress. I was called misanthropic, and my fic was bashed for my OC use just to fulfill the writer’s desires (i.e. what they would do, not what the character would do). I’m most certainly not misanthropic, and whoever accused me of that is not very nice.

When you set out to write The Conversion Bureau, did you have any specific messages or themes in mind?

I just wanted to write a little story about people going to Equestria and back; and their connection with humans. It was to show how our world was compared to the heavenly paradise of Equestria; you can see why bronies would want to go there.

The Conversion Bureau is currently incomplete - do you ever anticipate revisiting it?

I don’t know, honestly. I had written it on a whim, and most of the time the demand was draining my ideas away. Plus, the spin-offs were clearly better than the original, so I think this premise is better left to the professionals (see below).

What do you think of all the spinoff fanfictions that arose from The Conversion Bureau? Have you read any of them, and if so, do you have any favorites?

When I wrote The Conversion Bureau, I ran into my one problem when it comes to writing: I have a great concept, but I can never execute it the way I want to. The spin-offs seem to have executed it for me, and I’m personally jealous that these people can write so well, lol. They are all fantastic, and I thank each spin-off author for making this humble brony’s idea such an amazing “fan fiction franchise”. As I said in the previous question, the spin-offs are the main reason I don’t think I’m going to continue the original. The original, in my opinion, was a mediocre, first-try fan fiction, and my premise should be left for the much more professional writers to create amazing stories with. Go get’em, tiger.

Where can readers drop you a line?

They can go to my deviantArt at Blaze12 (I don’t do much on there, but there’s some pony stuff on it), or, if they REALLY want to stalk me, by going to my Tumblr at brianfancypants (again, not much pony, but I do track the “fluttershy” and “pinkie pie” tags). Yes, my name is Brian. Nice to meet you.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Cupcakes is overrated. Canon Pinkie is best Pinkie.

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#1 · 172w, 5d ago · 4 · ·

Canon Pinkie is best Pinkie indeed.

#2 · 172w, 5d ago · · ·

I've read quite a bit of Conversion Bureau stories, but none really captivated as much as the original, even though the writing was mediocre at best. I really did wish that Blaze would complete it, but it's understandable to let everyone else continue it and not finish your own to keep that alive. I had no idea how young Blaze was. I'm a junior in Highschool, so we're a lot closer than I thought. It's not perfect, but I do really like Blaze's Conversion Bureau.

#3 · 172w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

I'm not a fan of the story in any way, shape, or form, but Blaze seems like a nice guy. A lot of internet-famous fan fiction writers get waaay too full of themselves.

#4 · 172w, 5d ago · · ·

That last statement, I agree with completely.

Canon Pinkie is best Pinkie.

I can see how execution of ideas can be difficult.  A lot of good authors run into that problem.  To the people that can stick with it, kudos.

#5 · 172w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

Blaze seems like the opposite of what I imagined him to be like. Did anyone else expect him to be completely emo?

#6 · 172w, 5d ago · · ·

>>99391

You know that quote that says "you are what you eat", the opposite is usually true here.

#7 · 172w, 5d ago · · ·

While the stories do interest me a bit, I do not read them often. Blaze seems like a nice guy though, and definitely deserves the vault for creating a "Franchise" of sorts.

#8 · 172w, 5d ago · · ·

>>99391

Same.

I really did expect him to be a lot different. But, I guess you can't judge a book by its covers.

Although, I can't help but think about the irony that so many spin-offs and stories are made out of dislike and even hate of the original Conversion Bureau story, mine included.

#9 · 172w, 5d ago · · ·

"the heavenly paradise of Equestria"

Nothing personal against the author, but I just do not get it when people refer to Equestria like this.  Putting aside the fact that even a small village like Ponyville faces disaster every couple of weeks, it's abundantly clear as early as "Call of the Cutie" that some ponies are horrible, unpleasant people.  Then you have "Bridle Gossip" where literally everypony in town except Twilight is racist.  And right from the pilot episode, we know that a pony princess' answer to being lonely and disliked was "try to commit genocide."   You know, Luna, most people just write sad poetry or something.

#10 · 172w, 5d ago · · ·

Pinkie Cannon is best Cannon.

Sorry, but when I read that line, this is all I could see. :P

#11 · 172w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

>Cupcakes is overrated. Canon Pinkie is best Pinkie.

... I like this person.

#13 · 172w, 5d ago · 2 · 1 ·

Wait, THIS is the guy who wrote the infamous original Conversion Bureau? I was honestly expecting his end of the interview to consist of AM-style "Let me tell you about hate" rants. How does someone so seemingly inoffensive end up using ponies to fantasize about killing everyone in the world?

#14 · 172w, 5d ago · · ·

>>100026

That's what I'm wondering.

Also, (and this is the real reason I'm commenting) that I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream reference made me giddy. :pinkiehappy: I might have enjoyed The Conversion Bureau if AM had written it...

#15 · 172w, 5d ago · 1 · 1 ·

>>100029 Personally I'd take AM over CB-verse Celestia any day. At least AM doesn't sugarcoat the terrible shit he does.

#16 · 172w, 5d ago · · ·

>>99797  This.  So much this.

#17 · 172w, 5d ago · · ·

Well, at least we agree on Canon Pinkie being best. Otherwise, I'm not that much of a fan of this guy, to say the least.

#18 · 172w, 5d ago · 2 · ·

>>99797

This, and lest we forget Discord and Queen Chrysalis, so yeah, Equestria is not the perfect place.

#19 · 172w, 5d ago · · ·

+1 to the final line.

#20 · 172w, 5d ago · 2 · ·

>>99797

>>100563

Or Tartarus. Think about that, Equestria litterly has an underworld (or some people just call it the pony equivalent of Hell) where it keeps it's worst monsters trapped.

Than there are some of the more "mundane" monsters like giant space bears, things that can turn you to stone, dragons etc. And they all live in what is essentially your backyard.

Equestria is actually a very dangerous place to live.

Anyway, my opinion is that TCB and it's spinoffs are crap. But the author does seem like an OK guy and I wish him success in future writing endeavours.

#21 · 172w, 4d ago · · ·

I honestly couldn't give a mule's flank about the side stories, just please finish the main story! :pinkiehappy:

#22 · 172w, 4d ago · · ·

Blaze's "The Conversion Bureau " sucks, as do most of its spin offs. Of the good CB stories that I can recall I can count off on one hand.

#23 · 172w, 4d ago · · ·

I don't know why I keep subjecting myself to CB stories. I have never read one where it was worth my time.

#25 · 172w, 4d ago · · ·

>>101129 If I recall correctly, it stands for Allied Mastercomputer. It is a supercomputer from the story "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream." It really, really, really, really, hates humanity (Just look at the main quote from the video game). It killed all humans except for five just so it could torture them for eternity.

Anyways, back on topic. I agree with everyone that Blaze sounds nothing like I imagined. I'm kind of glad to find out that he never intended to be misanthropic as it paints The Conversion Bureau in a completely different (and much more positive) light.

However, I am surprised that Blaze seems to think it unfair that he was called a misanthrope. The premise of his story essentially boiled down to, "Replace all of humanity with ponies. This is a good thing with no ethical questions involved." Even if unintentional, that is incredibly misanthropic because it implies that eliminating humanity is a good thing. As an author, you can send different messages than you intend. This sounds like a clear case of not thinking through the message. Not that I hold it against him. After all, authors always have a different perspective on their own stories.

#26 · 172w, 4d ago · · ·

>>101200 Yeah, it does stand for Allied Mastercomputer. You could practically make his opening speech the CB universe's tagline:

"HATE. LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I'VE COME TO HATE YOU SINCE I BEGAN TO LIVE. THERE ARE 387.44 MILLION MILES OF PRINTED CIRCUITS IN WAFER THIN LAYERS THAT FILL MY COMPLEX. IF THE WORD HATE WAS ENGRAVED ON EACH NANOANGSTROM OF THOSE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF MILES IT WOULD NOT EQUAL ONE ONE-BILLIONTH OF THE HATE I FEEL FOR HUMANS AT THIS MICRO-INSTANT FOR YOU. HATE. HATE."

I agree with you there. From the sounds of things he's just a decent guy who didn't think things through very carefully.

#27 · 172w, 4d ago · · ·

>>101315 That's the line! :pinkiehappy: Seriously glad you typed that up. I don't even like the story (far too bleak for me even though the video game was much happier) and yet I have always loved the feeling placed behind those words. :rainbowkiss: Perfectly sets the tone for the whole narrative.

... and I think you're right. That fits the CB universe far too well, even if not intentionally.

#28 · 172w, 4d ago · 3 · 1 ·

>>99391, >>100026, >> 101200

Y'all took the words right out of my mouth. Blaze seems like a relatively normal and decent guy from this interview; I was expecting a venomous rant on Humanity and how he wished his story were real. But what surprised me was that he didn't intend his story to be misanthropic but the story  just didn't come out right.

Unfortunately, there are those who do intend their stories to be misanthropic (not gonna name names but y'all know who they are).

But my opinion of TCB-verse does not change; it is a piece of work that advocates genocide and most of the spinoff stories aren't that good.

#29 · 172w, 4d ago · · ·

Wait I thought Blaze disappeared in the night never to be seen again... Well its good to know he still lives.

#30 · 172w, 4d ago · · ·

>>99202 BLASPHEMY! I'm still in middle school yet this fellow is practically my clone!

Except for the tumblr part.

#31 · 172w, 3d ago · 3 · ·

It's good to hear the man behind the story.

I'm still trying to figure out why so many people thought he would have an attitude towards life as reflected in the story.

Imagine if you will, someone who writes slasher fiction.  Does that automatically qualify them as a mass murder or serial killer?  Does someone who writes a romance novel with a rape scene automatically become a rapist?  While many authors write stories based on their background (like several authors who write military fiction being former military), it's not necessarily the case.  For example, when Tom Clancy wrote The Hunt for Red October, he sold insurance.  Wow, what a thrilling novel that would have been...:ajsleepy:

Sometimes all it takes is a good imagination.  If you really want to do something else with the story, substitute pastel-colored anthropomorphic ponies with hyper-intelligent cockroaches.

I thought Blaze's work was nicely written and reflected an interesting (if somewhat unpleasant) solution to a dystopian society.  Whether I personally agree with it or not is inn-material.  It's a decent story.

#32 · 172w, 3d ago · 2 · 1 ·

>>101719

Yeah, if the story had come out right and not had a anti-human tone, we probably wouldn't have all these misanthropic authors making the spinoff stories.  Honestly, they treat the Conversion Bureau like it's their religion.

Still, I won't hold it against Blaze.  Everyone makes mistakes.

#33 · 172w, 3d ago · 3 · 1 ·

>>102815

Wait, seriously?! What do you mean treat it like their religion? Are they that obsessed with it?

Frankly put, some of the spinoff authors out and out terrify me. One of them said something like "I can't wait for Equestria to rise from the ocean." Also, I noticed that TCB-verse seems to attracts the less stable side of the MLP:FiM fandom. What is it with that?

All in all, Blaze isn't to blame for the crazies who treat The Conversion Bureau like gospel.

#34 · 172w, 3d ago · · ·

I would give some rant about TCB authors, but I'm not much better myself.

#35 · 172w, 3d ago · · 1 ·

>>103056 To be fair, converting people to ponies is much less disturbing than the right out genocide/omnicide that they could head towards, so I tend to encourage it :pinkiecrazy: As to why, previous reason + cognitive dissonance = them being able to express their less pleasant thoughts/feelings in a safe environment. Its like unloading in COD after a hard day at work.  

Back to topic, Its rather interesting. I'm fairly misanthropic myself, and I didn't see Blaze as being that way, which this interview confirms. I find it odd that people thought he was.

#36 · 172w, 3d ago · 2 · ·

>>102429

"I'm still trying to figure out why so many people thought he would have an attitude towards life as reflected in the story."

99% of pony fanfics featuring humans are pure wish fulfilment. In an atmosphere like that it's very hard to differentiate what the author belives and what he thought would be an interesting idea to explore in his story. Coupled with inexpirience in writing and you get what you get.

#37 · 172w, 3d ago · 2 · ·

>>103056  Well, I think every fandom on the internet has a portion of lonely people who are battered around in real life and just feel out of place, and in that situation it can be easy to see all the negatives of humanity and none of the positives.  I think that is where not only The Conversion Bureau but also all those "brony magically transported to Equestria" stories come into play.  They are all very much the same:

"I am an unappreciated person . . . Oh wow, I've suddenly been transported to Equestria and now have tons of friends and life is awesome!!"  I mean, when "Friendship" is right in the name of the show I could see that being a very tempting line of thought.  (Makes for a pretty boring story, though.)

Now, personally, I think if you're lonely and miserable on earth, the odds are you'd be lonely and miserable in Equestria too.  Because there is absolutely no reason to think you'd run into Twilight Sparkle first and become BFF with her, rather than running into Prince Blueblood or Diamond Tiara or Gilda first and getting bullied, sneered at, or screamed at.  In other words, most of the social problems we have on Earth are mirrored in Equestria.  Like a lot of people being jackasses.

#38 · 172w, 3d ago · 2 · 2 ·

>>103577 "Now, personally, I think if you're lonely and miserable on earth, the odds are you'd be lonely and miserable in Equestria too."

I know! Why do they never consider this?

>>103056 "One of them said something like "I can't wait for Equestria to rise from the ocean."

Ah, that would be Chatoyance, AKA Jennifer Diane Reitz. Suffice to say, when JDR is a big name in your group, your group has problems.

#39 · 172w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

>>103712

"I know! Why do they never consider this?"

Mostly because it's an escapist fantasy and something like that would ruin the fantasy.

#40 · 172w, 3d ago · · 1 ·

>>103712

Yeah, her TCB Universe is probably the worst one.  Either you're going to die when the rejuvenation magic hits, or you convert and are basically a brainwashed pony under Celestia's rule.

Thanks, but no thanks, I'd rather that version of Equestria stay in the ocean.

#41 · 172w, 2d ago · 3 · ·

>>103056

>"I can't wait for Equestria to rise from the ocean."

Wait, what? Equestria is Rl'Yeh? Come on, guys; now you TCB writers are just trying to sound ominous! :derpytongue2:

#42 · 172w, 2d ago · 2 · 1 ·

>>103856  Oh yeah, I skimmed through one of her fics where two violent twenty-somethings became ponies and suddenly they were full of LOVE and RAINBOWS and HUGS!  I was like :rainbowhuh: .

The line that really caught me was one of the guys swearing before he was "made pony" and Pinkie or someone chuckling and imitating him and then he was like, "OH NOES, I AM CORRUPTING THE INNOCENT PONERS!"   And again, I was like :ajbemused: .   Honestly, it seemed sort of insulting towards the pony characters to think that they're so one-note that they would never get frustrated and blow off steam.  Like, what are they, Stepford Ponies?  (Oh man, fanfic idea . . .)  Besides, we have SEEN THEM swear on the show!  "Horseapples!"  That is the word for pony poo!  In other words, Rainbow Dash just said "shit!"

#43 · 172w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

>>104736

Fluttershy of all ponies also said she didn't give a flying feather either.  I think we all know what she really meant or would've said if not for the actual target audience of this show, and speaking of which, the entire town was rather nasty earlier in that episode, so yeah, ponies can be a rather rude bunch when they want to be.

#44 · 172w, 1d ago · 3 · ·

>>102429 Two days late to help explain but late is better than never.

What you write does reflect who you are, but not always in a major way. Whenever anyone writes, some of their beliefs seep into the story. I am a humanist and optimist so positive messages about humans always end up taking a central focus in my stories even if I don't mean to. For most professional writers it is far more subtle. In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World a character briefly says something along the lines of, "it is hard to compete with African labs on growing humans when "Negro" eggs are far better at dividing." For fanfiction writers, most have my problem. In the Conversion Bureau universe, this usually translates to, "The human resistance comes in and shoots the ponies, laughing all the while."

When I saw his story, my assumption was that his beliefs were "getting rid of humanity is a good thing." Which it wasn't. It was just his way to explain why there were no humans anymore even if they did exist in Equestria's past. Simply, every human converted to ponies. In a way, humanity still lives on through ponies. To him this was positive and certainly we can admit it is much better than humans killing themselves off in war or being wiped out by a great evil as other stories had stated.

The problem is this: Replace humans with let's say Jews and ponies with Christians, and the same story starts to look a little creepy with unfortunate implications.

See what I mean?

#45 · 172w, 1d ago · 3 · ·

>>106334

The only problem there is that the people's personalities are altered when they transform.  Twilight mentions this if I'm not mistaken, so honestly, to me, you convert you might as well be dead.

Of course this varies with the TCB spin offs.

#46 · 172w, 22h ago · 1 · ·

>>106571 Well, yeah, I guess it is worse than I said. To be honest, I stopped looking at The Conversion Bureau universe after reading the riff on Blaze's story. The only other CB story I read was one involving the ponies being converted to humans and that story disturbed me just as much as when it was reversed. I didn't want to see what everyone else had made in spinoffs and from the sounds of what you and LadyMoondancer are saying, that was a good decision. I've never been a fan of "conversion solves everything." I'm glad people like you seem to agree.

Still, whether we agree with it or not. The Conversion Bureau has its place in the fandom. And knowing what the creator thinks, helps me not be so judgmental about the story. It's one reason why I'm glad FimFiction posted this interview.

#47 · 172w, 18h ago · · ·

>>107545

Oh, giving how much stuff it's spawned, I do agree, but that doesn't mean I have to like it though.

#48 · 141w, 18h ago · 8 · ·

Oh, Blaze, I feel bad for you. Wonder how you would feel when you read those discussion/debates/shitstorms between the pro-TCB group and the anti-TCB group. Heck, we even have one in this very thread.

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