THE  CONVERSION  BUREAU

Group 22. The First. The Best. The One True and Original Conversion Bureau Group.

The very best and brightest stories from the Conversion Bureau mythos are gathered here. Good, solid, well written stories that show the true breadth and depth of what is easily one of the most original, vital, and intelligent creations on the whole of Fimfiction. Here you will find only the finest works, all collected in one place.

What    IS  a

CONVERSION   BUREAU

Story?

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The Conversion Bureau is a fantastic, exciting, and marvelous genre, but what truly defines it? What really IS a Conversion Bureau story?

Conversion Bureau stories are transformation fiction. They are stories of ordinary humans offered the most extraordinary of experiences - that of becoming an entirely new species. Bureau stories examine the nature of identity and existence at a fundamental level.

Primary to any true Conversion Bureau story is a deep love of ponies, Equestria, Celestia and Luna, and all the most wonderful things about My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The Bureau genre began as simple wish fulfillment, as the dream of a science fictional means to become ponies and live in their universe as one of them. But it has grown far beyond that humble and simple origin.

Conversion Bureau authors love and expand upon the joy and innocence that My Little Pony represents, and juxtapose the often harsh and cruel real world of Earth beside that of Equestria. Through some means the two realms are brought together, and humans are offered the gift of becoming Equestrian themselves.

In a Bureau story, humans may react to this opportunity in any number of ways. They may embrace it, or fear it, resign themselves to it or even oppose it - but the transformation is usually inevitable, and humankind is forced to confront the issue of what it means to become the Other.

This ancient literary technique - as old as man - offers the Bureau author a wonderful way to explore both what is good, and what is terrible, about humanity, while presenting human ideals in contrast, painted in pony form.

The most common Conversion Bureau story places humanity in a state of catastrophe, when suddenly the alien universe that is Equestria collides with our own cosmos. Time is limited, and the dying earth will be destroyed before its already inevitable end. Ponies, being generous, offer Man a lifeboat, an escape - but it is a salvation that comes with a price. The price is that to enter Equestria - a world of magic and utterly different physical laws - Homo sapiens must become Equus Sapiens.

With their back against the wall, and time running out, humanity must decide whether to live as ponies, or die as men. Complicating this decision is that Equestria is a paradisaical fairyland, and the change to pony body is not merely physical - the brain is changed too, so that only the best of a person remains, and their evil is lost.

What truly is the self? What defines a person? Is evil necessary, or a burden? Is an individual their thoughts and memories, or are they the meat, the substrate they are made of? Is the value of humankind in their thumbs... or in their hearts? These are the questions that the Conversion Bureau explores.

There are many Bureau universes, and many Bureau authors. Not all agree on how the two universes collide, or why, or how the process of ponification occurs. But all true Conversion Bureau authors agree on some basic principles: My Little Pony is a wonderful show, ponies themselves are awesome and good, and we all could learn to be better people, by emulating the ponies we love so much.

In the Conversion Bureau, we can see what it would be like to actually become the thing we love so much. But apart from the simple joy of that dream fulfilled, the Conversion Bureau also allows us to compare and contrast what our real lives are like when examined beside the magical wonderland of Equestria. While this basic concept is as old as humanity, the 'My Little Pony Meets Blade Runner' science fictional take on the transformation genre is like nothing else. It is unique, exciting, emotional and challenging.

Come along and become a pony too, and see the world through fresh and fascinating eyes!

Welcome to the Conversion Bureau!

What new desire are these?

I long to pace o'er flowery meadows

and to feed on grass!

Her stooping body on her hands is borne,

Her hands are turned to hoofs, and shod in horn.

Her yellow tresses ruffle in a mane,

And in a flowing tail she frisks her train.

The mare was finished in her voice and look,

and a new name from the new figure took.

- Ocyrhoe's Transformation, Ovid, 23 BC


The Three Rules Of The Conversion Bureau Genre

1. Conversion Bureau stories are transformation fiction. They are stories of ordinary humans offered the most extraordinary of experiences - that of becoming an entirely new species. Bureau stories examine the nature of identity and existence at a fundamental level.

2. Primary to any true Conversion Bureau story is a deep love of ponies, Equestria, Celestia and Luna, and all the most wonderful things about My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Conversion Bureau stories expand upon the joy and innocence that My Little Pony represents, and juxtapose the often harsh and cruel real world of Earth beside that of Equestria. Through some means the two realms are brought together, and humans are offered the gift of becoming Equestrian themselves.

3. In a Conversion Bureau story, humans may react to this opportunity in any number of ways. They may embrace it, or fear it, resign themselves to it or even oppose it - but the transformation is usually inevitable, and humankind is forced to confront the issue of what it means to become the Other.

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#63 · 3d, 8h ago · · ·

>>397948 Well... neverland that.

I mean nevermind.

I got enough OCs now...

Unless I ask one OC from you that is an HLF offical.

#62 · 3d, 8h ago · · ·

>>397210

I'm not exactly sure what you are asking me.

But, Chatoyance, request permission to get human characters for my mass-OC'd TCB?

Are you asking me if you can use characters from my stories? Or are you asking me to make up characters for you? I just don't understand. I am sorry.

#61 · 1w, 2d ago · · ·

I don't exactly remember why there were two comments of me deleted...

But, Chatoyance, request permission to get human characters for my mass-OC'd TCB?

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#56 · 5w, 12h ago · 4 · 6 ·

>>394327

>>393452

You misunderstand.

In a true Bureau story, there is nothing like you mean. You are describing Anti-Bureau stories, a form of hate-literature written from a place of ignorance of the genre itself. In true Bureau stories, Humans win when they are saved from extinction by ponification. Please learn the genre rules:

The Three Rules Of The Conversion Bureau Genre

1. Conversion Bureau stories are transformation fiction. They are stories of ordinary humans offered the most extraordinary of experiences - that of becoming an entirely new species. Bureau stories examine the nature of identity and existence at a fundamental level.

2. Primary to any true Conversion Bureau story is a deep love of ponies, Equestria, Celestia and Luna, and all the most wonderful things about My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Conversion Bureau stories expand upon the joy and innocence that My Little Pony represents, and juxtapose the often harsh and cruel real world of Earth beside that of Equestria. Through some means the two realms are brought together, and humans are offered the gift of becoming Equestrian themselves.

3. In a Conversion Bureau story, humans may react to this opportunity in any number of ways. They may embrace it, or fear it, resign themselves to it or even oppose it - but the transformation is usually inevitable, and humankind is forced to confront the issue of what it means to become the Other.


If a story does not conform to these three rules, then it cannot be a Conversion Bureau story, and does not belong in this group.

#55 · 6w, 5d ago · 3 · 1 ·

>>393452 Yes of course, go to HaS or HaB, there's likely tons of them. In fact, I'm actually writing one. Though it isn't quite TCB.

#54 · 8w, 7h ago · 1 · 1 ·

Hey guys, can I ask something?

I'm gonna make a TCB scenario for Plague Inc.: Evolved, and will give have three paths, for signifying three famous TCB stories (The Other Side of the Spectrum, Blaze's original unfinished and similar stories, and Dying Earth path)

If you guys got Steam, please help. PM me to know.

Now, back to topic with fimficitons...

Has anyone written a TCB story with the humans actually winning?

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#52 · 16w, 3h ago · 1 · 1 ·

I always try to delve into a subject as much as I can before I pass a judgment about it. It's one of my mantras and this time it's no different. This is the reason why I join this group. While I absolutely hate the premise of this universe and thus to an extend do not like the person that Chatoyance is (this is based on both your userpage, your bibliography and your videos). I do try to ignore my prejudices and give this universe a fair shot, as it is a noticeble part of Fimfiction.

#51 · 27w, 6d ago · 1 · 2 ·

Whelp, If I'm gonna hang around in these here threads, I may as well be polite enough to introduce myself, don't-cha think?

So, I'll give you my name, first and foremostio. I'm ThatWeatherstormChap, a rather lemony lass who's fresh as a daisy to this particular group, so I'll apologise to any of y'all who are newcomers in advance, 'cos I'll likely have no ruddy clue what I'm rattling on about (I'm kind of a tourist here.) If you have any problems, heck, there's more experienced people to talk to than lil' ol' me, but I'll try to help in any way I can. I'll also apologise in advance if I natter on about something slightly unrelated, because hey, I'm like that. I'll talk yer ears off, and all that jazz. I try to be as active as possible and talk to as many people as I can, so look forward to (or roll your eyes at) seeing me slinking around in the threads, stealing from trashcans and whatnot.

And that's me in a nutshell. Not that you could fit me in a nutshell. It would be kinda cramped, and whatnot.

See you around, space cowboy(s).

beannacht,

TWC

#50 · 39w, 3d ago · 3 · 1 ·

>>371691 Wow, what a nice discussion

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No. :ajbemused:

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#48 · 57w, 3d ago · 2 · 4 ·

Goddammit, an entirely uninvited character just invaded the story I'm writing.  Not even a background character I could write out if I wanted to do that.  A character who terrifies even Celestia.  

I guess I'm going to have to deal with it.  At least this character isn't interested in doing anything other than sitting around looking scary.  I still have to write around this Monstrous Presence.

#47 · 57w, 6d ago · 1 · 2 ·

I have an idea for a conversion bureau story, but how should I go about it? The basic idea is that an alien creature has come to Equestria, and is preparing for a full-scale invasion. He eats ponies, and converts them into more aliens too.

Here the first chapter:http://www.fimfiction.net/story/182887/conversion-bureau-purple-rain

The password is Armok.

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#45 · 67w, 2d ago · 5 · 5 ·

I never thought I would ever write FiM Fiction. Then I read these stories.

Now I have an account. Soon there will be stories. One particular aspect I haven't seen treated at much length are the very early days, before Equestria appeared and soon after. How did it come about, really? These questions soon to be answered, assuming I'm capable of producing work of sufficient quality that it ends up here one day.

(musical transition, fade to black)

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