Well, we all have our limits as writers, right? Some of them are straightforward, and others tend to be more related to personal taste. Sometimes the two go hand-in-hand, true. But overall, we all do have some kinds of stories, for any series, or our own original works, that we just won't do. Be it a genre, a storyline, a theme, a pairing, and so forth. For whatever reason, we just don't write them and don't really read them, since they're just not for us.
So, I'm going to talk to you guys a little bit about what I will never write. At least mostly in terms of MLP fanfics, considering this site. XD In some cases, they might be general things I would never write, but I'll also be focusing on MLP-related things I just won't do. So, if you want a little future reference of what I won't write for the series, here you go.
Now, there IS a chance, for some, that MIGHT change over time. This doesn't mean I'm making promises. But it does mean that sometimes, opinions change and sometimes I may actually get a good idea and want to do it. But that's very rare, and I don't count on that happening. Still, I felt it worth mentioning in case it ever does happen.
But for now, as it stands at this moment, here are some MLP fics I will never do.
~G1, G2, or G3 (or any of the direct to video films): This is kind of straightforward in the fact that I have never seen any of the previous generations. Nor do I even really plan to. I'm not being elitist, I just really have no interest in doing so. That's all it is. So because of that, I will not be writing any crossovers or references to previous generations. I know this site is for Friendship is Magic, no doubt, but you get my point. It's just not something I'm going to do anytime soon.
~Gore Fests: I watch horror movies. Some movies I love are horror movies, or at least related to the horror genre. And some bad horror movies of today tend to have a little something I can't stand. Gore fests. Over the top gore that isn't even scary, but SICK. A lot of fanfics of any series, this one included, do have fanfics consisting of gore fests. I really, really can't stand gore. Especially when it's so excessive, that it just isn't scary. And don't even get me started on the craze of torture porn. Now, I know a bit of a gore element can work really well for a scene or add atmosphere to the horrific environment. The right levels of it can really add something, or even just done in a way that isn't distracting and takes you out of the story/movie/game.
~The Next Cupcakes/Rainbow Factory/Sweet Apple Massacre, ect: So many people do these kinds of stories. They all want to be the "next" of these and others that followed Cupcakes. But here's the thing. Pretty much anyone who has fandom experience, or at least experience in this particular fandom, are used to these now. There are so many horror-related MLP fanfics on here, related to any of those or not. The shock value has REALLY worn off, and it's difficult to do anything that would catch such a huge following. Not to say that some of the works related to them, or horror-oriented aren't good, of course. They are! But when they try too hard to be like them, it just shows. But overall, this is not something I'm about to do. Not because I don't like these stories, but because they are just not my thing. If I am going to write something horror-related, I would try to do something that isn't that. Parody, MAYBE.
Plus, I also won't reference these fics in-universe, again, unless it's meant to be a parody story. That kind of thing is just so out of place and really annoying, just trying to cash in on it and make the readers go "Aha!" for no reason. However, so far, I did actually find ONE exception to that rule. In "Silent Ponyville", part of the horrors that Pinkie encounters is the form of Pinkie from Cupcakes. Played up for the horrific, psychological element of the idea. It was done in a way that made perfect sense and worked so well for the story. In that, fans of Cupcakes would have a little nod to it that they recognize, but readers who haven't read Cupcakes won't feel lost or confused, because that form ADDS to the story and the horror. That's an example of it being done RIGHT.
And, the closest thing I will EVER do in relation, is something a friend and I plan to do in the future. It's a different take on Rainbow Factory elements...with a sprinkle of FlutterDash. :P XD We'll see how that goes.
~Something New for no reason: This is also in the way some people like to tell others to do this and that to try something new. Yeah, no. It doesn't work like that, folks. Trying something new just for the sake of trying something new is the worst thing you can do. Especially when you're doing it for that reason alone. It shows, it clearly shows one big attention-grabbing spectacle that says "LOOK! I'M DOING SOMETHING NEW, GUYS!!!!", which is obnoxious. Now, if I DID want to try something new that I never tried before, whatever it was, I would do it when I'm ready and have the inspiration for it. I would do that when I'm certain that I'm ready to try. Only then would I do so. But beyond that, I'm not about to try something new just to make something new. That would be absurd.
~Human in Equestria stories: Yeah, this is not something I would do. I have outgrown the whole "Fan ends up in the world of their favourite series" plotline AGES ago, and right now I just really don't care for it. I really wouldn't do well in writing myself (face it people, 90% of HiE stories are self-inserts) in Equestria and interacting with the characters. I just wouldn't be able to do it right. And I wouldn't feel comfortable doing that. If you yourself like to write those, good for you. More power to you. But I am not into that kind of story anymore. Maybe when I was a young teen and having fun with my friends, I would have been. But now? No, it's just not something I have an interest in writing.
~Second Person stories: Again, kind of general, but here, it works too. I cannot write these kind of stories, and I barely understand them. Every one of these "You" stories make one mistake. They give the character backstory and personality. That's not how second person works. You're supposed to be able to fill in the blanks and really feel like you ARE that person. And honestly? That doesn't work for me. When I read a story, I don't want it to be me or about me. I want to read about the characters in the story, I want to go on that journey with them. Like I'm going right alongside them. And no, before you come at me with "Well, don't YOU want to be romantic, friendly, or sexy with your favourite pony?", because the answer is no. I do not ship myself with any characters whatsoever. I have not done that since I was a teenager. I've outgrown that kind of thing.
And I am not going to write your fantasies for you. Write your own. The only reason I would ever do Second Person stories would be for parody purposes and mocking that kind of story.
~Homophobic Applejack/Apple Family/Main Six: Let me say it now. If there is one thing about ANY shipping fanfic that I can't stand, it's when they make one of the Main Six a homophobic bitch who hates her friends for being together. Especially Applejack. Not only is that severely uncomfortable to read, out of character, but it's also pandering to a stereotype. You know, because they're southern and farmers, they MUST be hating the gays and are bigots. If you want me to stop reading a story, you put this in your story, and I will never look at it again. Just don't do that. Even some FlutterDash fanfics have done this.
Souldin, in a way, got away with it. While he was originally planning to do that to play it up for laughs (not funny), he took a much better approach in taking it seriously. Magnetism featured Applejack being uncomfortable with it, but in a way that it was because she didn't really understand it, and didn't want to go against Granny Smith's wishes. At least, in some way, that's a bit more realistic and done in a much more tasteful way. I could still have done without it, but, it worked a lot better, and I'm glad he treated it with respect.
~My Little Dashie Sequel/Prequel/Spinoff/Concept: Nah, no thanks. I don't really want to do that kind of story, either.
~Pointless Character Death(s): I know this is more of an element than anything, but it is something I just won't do. Believe it or not, character deaths can make or break a story. When done well, it adds to the drama, makes for a good tragedy, and can help the plot very well. In some cases, yes, it can be shocking, but in a way that works. When a character death is done right, that's when it does well. But when it's there purely for shock value, or to piss off fans of a character, then that's just ridiculous. It adds nothing, is pointlessly cruel, and is annoying. Not to mention the "everyone dies" kind of thing, where that just doesn't work and goes way too far. I know the concept of "anyone can die" and that DOES work in the hands of good writing. Now I know in parodies, there are the character deaths, and I can't really argue against that. Not my kind of humour, but it has its place.
But anyway, the point is that I wouldn't do a character death just for the sake of character death or for some kind of shock value. And, hey, who is to say that stories where no one dies can't be good? Sometimes it just works.
And that's about it! It's what I can think of at the moment. If I think of any more, I'll make a follow-up list.
Oh, I bet some of you are wondering...
"Will you EVER write Rainbow and Fluttershy paired with anyone else but each other?"
Unless it's friendshipping... Nope! If you don't like that, well, I'm afraid that's not my problem. ^^ They're always canon in my works. :P I will, of course, write other shippings I like, whether or not these two are mentioned.