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I just submitted a new story, set shortly after the ending of School of Hard Knocks . Plum and Cinnamon go trick-or-treating! And, this being Plum and Cinnamon, naturally things get kind of weird.
I had meant for this story to be released before Halloween, but... well, life happens, and I didn't get as much time to work on this as I wanted to. Still, I'm hoping it will be enjoyable for fans of the first story.
You might have noticed a theme in the naming, tying it in with "School of Hard Knocks". This theme is going to continue with the next story in the series—"A Hard Knocks Life"—, which I'm starting to plot out right now. It will take place over the winter that follows this story. I've got no ETA on that, because my primary focus right now is to get back up to speed on Sunflower. I wouldn't expect to see it before spring of 2015.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the further misadventures of Plum and Cinnamon!
Here's the link:
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I'll try to make this post relatively spoiler-free, but I won't promise anything. If you are curious about the movie and don't want spoilers, here's a summary of my thoughts: If you saw the first Equestria Girls and enjoyed it, this one is better.
I have to say, first of all, that I was actually a little surprised by the first Equestria Girls movie. It had a few things I actually really liked: Twilight trying to sleep while unable to get comfortable with her wings, is one example. Twilight adjusting to be human (with all the awkwardness that came with that) was another. Yeah, mostly the stuff revolving around Twilight is what I enjoyed. I apologize for nothing!
My surprise was mostly because I expected the movie to be total, 100% awfulness, and... it wasn't. It wasn't great by any means, but it was... okay. And as long as I mentally separated out the idea that it was part of the Equestria canon, I was able to enjoy the movie for what it was. In my mind, I categorized the first movie as an ascended fanfiction of sorts, making it sort of its own canon.
When I watched Rainbow Rocks, I kept up that same mentality, pretending that Equestria Girls was its own, unrelated-to-MLP:FIM canon. Which is why I probably enjoyed this movie a lot more than the first one. Because, honestly, it was better than the first one by a solid mile.
The writing was tighter. The jokes were better. The animation was... Well, okay, the "humans" in this movie are still sorta creepy-looking and move kind of strangely at times, but everything else was really well done. And the music? It was pretty good, honestly.
There were a few cringe-worthy parts of the movie, but for the most part they were intentionally cringe-worthy. Your mileage may vary on cringe humor. I have a low tolerance for it, but some people love it. Fortunately, that wasn't the bulk of the movie.
Let's talk antagonists for a minute.
This is where the first movie really lacked substance, in my opinion. Sunset Shimmer as an antagonist had a pretty lame "evil plan", when you get right down to it. Her motivations for doing what she was doing were murky at best. Was it revenge? A quest for power? Just plain ego? I honestly can't recall, that's how "meh" her motivations were. Basically, her job was to be a snotty mean girl to the rest of the cast in order to generate conflict. And that... was unfortunate, in a series that has such great villains.
The antagonists in Rainbow Rocks, on the other hand, have very clear and reasonable motivations. They have a plan that makes sense, at least in-universe. And they were well done in the short time they had to develop them. My main complaint with them is that they played up Sonata's stupidity a little much, but that's forgivable in the grand scheme of things.
So. Good songs (your mileage may vary, but I enjoyed them a lot) and good antagonists. That's half of a decent movie right there! Couple that with a much more dramatic story, with what feels like real stakes on the line, and a few life lessons learned, and this definitely comes out better than the first movie. And the end? I won't deny it, I got shivers. It was pretty cool! Much better than the "We're friends so here's a rainbow and we win by default" ending of the first movie. There are similarities, sure... This is still MLP, after all. But the end was much more satisfying than the first movie.
And the shout-outs... So many shout-outs to the fans...
So, as a movie in its own right, Rainbow Rocks was... actually pretty good, in my opinion. I still don't accept it as full canon, though
Thanks for reading!
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I've been wanting to do some horror-themed stories for a while now. And, since it is October, with Halloween coming up, I've decided that now is as good a time as any. Here's the first of my attempts to write a creepy story, I hope you enjoy it!
Next up for spooky stories, Plum Pudding and Cinnamon Swirl head out for an unusual Nightmare Night. I'm having fun writing that one
Also, a new chapter of Sunflower: Harmony will be up in... Just a few minutes!
Thanks for reading!
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At long last, the final chapters of the CMAA are now published. I really hope you all like the ending! I struggled over that for quite a while.
For those that started reading this story when I first started publishing it, I apologize for how long it's taken me to finally finish this. It's not a very long story, after all. A year long hiatus in between two chapters didn't much help, either.
In any case, it's done, it's out there, and I will never, EVER have to write the name "Figgwaggle" ever again! Er... except for that last time.
Thanks for reading!