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  • Wednesday
    Reviews! Round 65

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  • Monday
    Groups Post - May 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 (I don't write these ads myself), 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.

    Also, happy Star Wars Day! Only VII months to go before Episode VII releases.

    (It's like poetry, they rhyme)


    Thirty Minute Ponies began as a blog on Tumblr offering writers pony-based flash-fiction prompts. That blog has since shut down, but we're still here on FimFic keeping its legacy alive.

    Join us every Thursday for weekly thirty-minute prompts. It's great, no-pressure writing practice, and the mod-on-duty that week will make sure you get feedback.

    Come help us keep a three-year tradition going!


    The Poniverse Fimfiction Group will be hosting a new contest throughout the month of May, the "Poniverse Spring Has Sprung" contest.  Seeing as cutie marks seem to be a major theme in MLP this season, all entries must relate to cutie marks in some manner and can be no longer than 20,000 words (fics with multiple chapters will be accepted).  The contest will officially open Friday, May 8, entries can be submitted until May 31, and the winners will be announced the first week of June.  More details will be forthcoming, and if you have any questions, feel free to shoot a PM to Poniverse Fimfiction admin Batbrony, who will be running the contest.


    New Characters Welcome Wagon

    Welcome new comers of the pony world! This group is here to welcome all new characters introduced to the show and try and keep there from being a new group made for every character, though that's a futile effort I can still try. Simply put when new characters are introduced we'll have a little event here where a new temporary folder will be made for them to house all their fics before being deleted after a weeks time, but don't fret, there will be a main folder for all fics so none of your work will be lost.

    In addition a discussion thread will be made for each new character so you all can talk about how much you hate or love the new characters. The threads will be stickyed for as long as their related folders are up, afterwards they will be left up un-stickyed for those that wish to find them again.


    Hi! Welcome to the Monthly Contest Club!

    After a long hiatus, we are back!

    If you're tired of having to wait around for the next group contest, you can come here, where there will be a steady stream of contests. All contest winners will receive a spotlight on the group's front page and will have their story added to the Contest Winners folder. Afraid you might not win? That's okay, all contestants will have their stories added to the Contest Participants folder.

    Contest prompts will be posted on the first of each month, and entry will be closed on the last day of the month. Entries will be judged by admins as quickly as possible, and admins will be added as needed.

    Good luck and have fun!


    Equestrian Saiyans

    The first ever Dragon Ball Z group, for three years we've been providing fans their martial arts, Ki blasting, Super Saiyan, Dragon Ball wishing, and even Team Four Star related stories crossover with the My Little Pony franchise. Saiyans, Namaks, Majins, Hybrids, Ki using Humans and Ponies are all welcomed here! 300+ Stories of DBZ mixed with MLP for your enjoyment!


    Preening

    We’re a rather new group with the focus on one topic: Preening.

    Everything about the helpful and sometimes pleasing act of preening is our deal. It’s no matter if it contains the act alone, among friends, or even lovers.

    You can expect some competitions and collabs; plus help if you want to write your own story about the topic! All ideas and stories are welcome, as long as you’re friendly, keep an open mind, and can show respect for others and their work; then you will be welcome here!


    Equestrian Geography 101

    This is a group for coming up with a detailed consistent map of Equestria for the purposes of fiction. Basically a shared geography headcanon for Equestria. Why? Because it's cool if you're reading a story and it mentions a street name and you're like, "wait, wasn't that where Lyra kissed Bon Bon in that other story I read yesterday by an entirely different author?"


    Capitalism

    We are Capitalism a group dedicated to the support, the debate and understanding of the system that leads our lives.

    Created by Wolf-Baron we wish for out follower members on this site to come and be with friends. We also allow debates with its merits and even criticism. Be sure to spread the word to our friends. We await the answers and questions of you all. If you oppose traits or even the system be sure to make it be constructive and open for discussion. See you and remember what gave us MLP.


    Eiffel 65 Bronies

    Have you ever wanted to listen to music by other musicians? Then join Eiffel 65 Bronies. This group includes music by the Italian hip-hop group called Eiffel 65. Here we like to discuss our favorite songs by them & talk about what we like most, least, or in-between about them. There are 3 members. Jeffrey Jay, Maurizino Lobina, & Gabry Ponte. There are songs like Blue(Da Ba Dee)[1999], Move Your Body[1999], Too Much Of Heaven[1999], My Console[2000], One Goal[2000], Back In Time[2001], Lucky(In My Life)[2001], 80's Stars[2002], Losing You[2002],  DJ With The Fire[2002], King Of Lullaby[2002] Cosa resterà(In a song)[2002], Quelli che non hanno età[2003], Viaggia Insieme a Me[2003], Una notte e forse mai più[2003], Tu Credi[2004], & Voglia di Dance All Night[2004]. There are more songs in the 3 albums called Europop[1999], Contact[2001], & the 3rd album named after them[2003]. Look them up on Wikipedia.


    Celestia Gets Dominated

    "this group is for fics that include but not limited to any situation where character :trollestia: get's dominated , beaten , overpowered , corrupted , humiliated , controlled , or overall out matched in any way"


    It’s YOUNG BRONIES!

    Young Bronies is a group dedicated to the youthful part of the fandom. Here you can write any fanfic you want minus the clop. Any other story is allowed.

    Every week we host a live stream and you are welcome to join in on the fun. The group is still under construction, but you’re still free to join. You’re always free to join! Young Bronies is the group made for everyone under 18 years of age. Here, you can find editors, pre readers, and and even critics who are looking to share their talents in the fandom. Remember to have fun!


    Reach and Flexibility is a group dedicated to the topics relating to flexibility in the body and in ponies.  Yoga, stretching, and contortion and things related are all relevant topics.  

    The body is amazingly adaptable, with enough patience, practice, and dedication the body can move comfortably in ways many people think is impossible.  Here we explore the possibilities of flexibility, provide information dispelling myths about stretching and contortion, and even provide advice for aspiring contortionists.  The mission of the group is to inspire more fiction and art relating to the beautiful art of yoga and contortion, and to nurture a community for those curious and experienced.

    Come join and explore the limits of the body!


    The Goodfic Bin is a new story submission group, and it's main purpose is to find the hidden gems of FiMFiction that don't get the recognition they deserve. What's great about TGB is we dont have an upvote requirement—stories can be submitted regardless of their rating. We have a team of dedicated approvers that review both normal submissions and self submissions, so if you're looking for feedback on your work—this group will provide. Please read the front page for more information on how to submit.


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

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  • Saturday
    S5E6 - Appleloosa's Most Wanted

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    EFNW Writing Contest Winners

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    S5E5 - Tanks for the Memories

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    Newtaloo's "A Fragile Heart"

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    S5E4 - Bloom and Gloom

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    Site Downtime

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  • 3w, 1d
    PSA: Potential Story Thefts

    Hi guys. Quick announcement here that it's been discovered that an ebook website called Ebooks Tree has been caught selling peoples' fanfics without their knowledge or permission. This in the midst of a rash of other scandals involving fanfiction-stealing, which you can read more about here. Basically, the site's sent out some bots that harvested a bunch of stuff from popular Fanfiction venues, and they make money off of it via ad support and charging for access.

    Which is obviously not okay.

    Reddit's got a noncomprehensive pastebin up of known works that have been taken. You may want to check that, but it's not a complete list, so your stories might still have been stolen even if they aren't on there. It looks like the main victims are mostly stories posted up on the old Pony Fiction Vault site... but again, even if you didn't have stories in the Vault, you may want to do a quick check-around just to make sure. Better safe than sorry.

    Easy directions for filing a DMCA complaint so that you can get your stories pulled can be found here.

    Quick links to Ebooks Tree's DMCA page and Contact Page here.

    So, uh, probably best to just do a quick scan for any stories you might have written that are near and dear to your heart (or checking around for your author name). If you find anything, make sure to file the proper complaints, and that'll hopefully contribute to ending this withering storm.

    Have a nice day.

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  • 3w, 4d
    S5E3 - Castle Sweet Castle

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    Groups Post - April 2015

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    Pick the Community Choice Award for the EFNW 2015 Pre-Con Contest

    EDIT: Contest voting is now closed! Thank you all for participating and, hopefully, having a good time. Remember, if you haven't already, go leave comments and feedback for the stories you read. Authors love that sort of thing! We'll have an announcement of winners later this week.

    Good day folks,

    As many of you know we here on the Everfree Northwest Writing Track recently held a little writing contest. Well, we’ve completed the first round and vetted all the entries. But now that we know which fics can win, we need the Fan Fiction community to vote on their favorites for the Community Choice Award. Below you will find a semi-randomized list of the 73 accepted entries. If you are so inclined please select some at random to read (Please use random.org to randomly select a fic, just set the range on the right from 1 - 73). If you read something you like, post the number of the entry below. If you find multiple fics that you like, feel free to edit your post with the additional numbers. At the end of April 20th we will tabulate all the results and declare the winner of the Community Choice Award. Unless the judges agree with the community, in which case they will receive one of our 1st-3rd place awards and the runner up for the Community Choice Award will win instead.

    All fics are related to the topic of “Making New Friends” in some way (which seems apt considering the Season 5 Premiere).  All fics are between 1,000 and 3,000 words according to Google docs so they won’t take up much of your time either. All fics are either on FIMFiction or in Google Docs format.

    Lastly please be kind to the entrants. They are all brave for putting themselves forward like this. So if you liked a story, let them know and/or give them a thumbs up and remember to be friendly in the spirit of Season 5.

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    As always, keep up-to-date on the latest Everfree Northwest news by visiting our website, viewing our FIMFiction account and group, liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter and Tumblr.

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    S5E1-2 - Cutie Markless

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    Riptiders Comic

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    Featured Box Update FAQ (April Fools' Joke)

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    Reviews! Round Eleventy-Six

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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 · 156w, 5d ago · 4 · ·

Canon Pinkie is best Pinkie indeed.

#2 · 156w, 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 · 156w, 5d ago · · ·

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 · 156w, 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.

MnM
#5 · 156w, 5d ago · · ·

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

#6 · 156w, 5d ago · · ·

>>99391

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

#7 · 156w, 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 · 156w, 4d 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 · 156w, 4d 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 · 156w, 4d ago · · ·

Pinkie Cannon is best Cannon.

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

#11 · 156w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

>Cupcakes is overrated. Canon Pinkie is best Pinkie.

... I like this person.

MnM
#12 · 156w, 4d ago · · ·

>>99982 Same.

#13 · 156w, 4d ago · 1 · 2 ·

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 · 156w, 4d 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 · 156w, 4d ago · 1 · 2 ·

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

#16 · 156w, 4d ago · · ·

>>99797  This.  So much this.

#17 · 156w, 4d 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 · 156w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

>>99797

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

#19 · 156w, 4d ago · · ·

+1 to the final line.

#20 · 156w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

>>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 · 156w, 4d ago · · ·

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

#22 · 156w, 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 · 156w, 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 · 156w, 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 · 156w, 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 · 156w, 3d 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 · 156w, 3d ago · 2 · 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 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

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

#30 · 156w, 3d ago · · ·

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

Except for the tumblr part.

#31 · 156w, 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 · 156w, 3d ago · 1 · 2 ·

>>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 · 156w, 2d ago · 2 · 2 ·

>>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 · 156w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#35 · 156w, 2d ago · 1 · 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 · 156w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

>>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 · 156w, 2d 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 · 156w, 2d ago · 2 · 3 ·

>>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 · 156w, 2d 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 · 156w, 2d ago · · 2 ·

>>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 · 156w, 2d ago · 2 · ·

>>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 · 156w, 1d ago · 2 · 2 ·

>>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 · 156w, 1d 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 · 156w, 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 · 156w, 23h ago · 3 · 1 ·

>>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 · 156w, 3h ago · · ·

>>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 · 155w, 6d 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 · 125w, 6m ago · 7 · ·

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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