Fluttershy agrees to help Rarity promote her new fashion line at the first annual Equestrian Fashion Forum in Canterlot. Alongside Fancy Pants' le petite amie, Fleur de Lis, Fluttershy stumbles onto a plot to ruin Rarity's career. Will they be able to save her, or will the fabulous fashionista be driven from high society once and for all?
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I just finished watching Rainbow Rocks, and I have to write down my immediate reaction.
That reaction is: I just watched Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny's kid sister movie. It was freaking amazing.
Actually, let me backtrack and bit and get the nitpicks out of the way. As much as I love the Mane Six, the story here almost seemed hampered by them having to be the stars. Sunset Shimmer was the heart of the film, and I think some of the screentime devoted to Pinkie Gags(tm) and Rainbow Dash being Rainbow Dash could have gone to her, and would have made the story stronger. She was the most compelling character on Team Good Guys by a long stretch; in an ideal world, the writers would have been free to focus on her while relegating the primary girls to a secondary role.
That said, the most compelling characters overall were indisputably the Sirens, who may have just unseated Diamond Tiara as Best Villain. Kazumi Evans turned in a great performance as Adagio, coupled with her constant, awesome, "everything is going to according to my evil plans" expressions and body language. Sonata was fun in the same way Brittany from Glee was (back when I could still stand that show); funny, oblivious, dumb as a rock and yet still kind of evil. Aria... well, okay, maybe they weren't all memorable and compelling. But I really liked her mane.
But the music! Especially the Sirens' songs. Holy crap. Maybe I'm just a sucker for female rock vocalists (one look at how my Pandora station has evolved will tell you that), but every time they started singing, they brought the house down. Dark, sinister, creepy, yet kinda sexy. (They're ancient succubi banished to an unsuspecting mortal realm by history's greatest wielder of the eldritch arts, so it's not weird to use that term. Right?)
I hope some intrepid writer's been giving some thought as to how the Sirens would have fit into the history of EQG-Earth. They'd have been around since the viking age, after all. I wonder what they got up to? I'm already picturing a musical montage set to "Sympathy For the Devil." (You can pick which version it is; I always preferred the Guns N' Roses cover; the Devil in that one sounds like he's having so much more fun.) "I rode a tank, held a general's rank, when the Blitzkrieg reigned and the bodies stank... "
And the ending? Well, that's what primarily drew my comparison to The Pick of Destiny. Because it was gloriously, goofily metal. It would have fit right in with Brutal Legend. I'm not sure that words can do justice to its glory, and so I'm not going to try.
Anyway. Done rambling now. If you've been on the fence about checking the film out, let me give you my hearty recommendation. They're showing it on the Hub Discovery Kids now, and it probably won't be long until it's out in retail form. It's also, undoubtedly, available from other sources. Go check it out!
I'll be checking back in in about a week with another announcement. See ya then, folks.
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7w, 1hClip takes sixth!5 comments · 76 views
I'm thrilled and honored and all-around just kinda happy to report that my submission to EQD's "Outside Insight" contest placed sixth, out of 109 entrants! And that means that someone with artistic talent and creative genius will have to draw a picture of a tentacled, amorphous mass of eyes and mouths getting a makeover from Rarity. Schadenfreude is a wonderful thing, isn't it?
I know there was some debate among the judges as to how literal the contest's prompt ("write a story about ponies from a non-pony's perspective") was to be interpreted. I'm very glad to have managed to rank in the top ten despite my (apparently) loose interpretation of the guidelines. Honestly, if I had taken it literally--had I written a story entirely about ponies, just told from a third party's perspective--I don't think I'd have even entered. The little zap of creativity that hit me when I came across the contest might not have sparked if I'd felt more constrained in what sort of story I was allowed to tell.
Thankfully, my Neutral Good alignment shaded my perception of reality, and so I sat down and wrote a story containing the line "because you're the harbinger of the apocalypse, sweetie," and people liked it! Hooray for loose interpretations of the rules!
Anyway, I'll probably go silent again for awhile until I can share with you all the undoubtedly awesome piece of artwork I'll be getting. Keep on ponying, folks!
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Yep, I'm alive. Please stop staring at me. It's getting uncomfortable.
So, yeah, this is the first time I've even logged into the site in over a year. What brought me back? Well, this. See, I've still been lurking about the fandom, keeping tabs and hugely enjoying Season 4. And something about this upcoming contest/writing prompt tickled my brain. They want an outsider's perspective on ponies? I can give 'em an outsider's perspective on ponies.
Long story short, I'm beginning work on a new story for EQD's contest. Hopefully, it'll get done. Hopefully, it won't suck. And maybe, maybe, it'll get me back on the fanfic writing horse. (A-heh.)
But enough about me! Let's talk about other people who have been hiding out in their wooded internet hermit shacks! Roy Hankins, the primary host of the Brony Bookclub, is booting the show back up, and he's got a trailer talkin' all about it. It's been my honor to appear on the show several times, and I'm proud to be considered among the podcast's roster of cohosts. A new episode will be coming soon! Stay tuned!
Anyway, I'm going to get to the writing. Pony on, my friends.
69w, 2dEquestria Girls!2 comments · 141 views
I've returned from seeing Equestria Girls, and I have written a review.
In short? It was actually pretty good. I know, right? I went in fully expecting it to suck. I really, truly did. It might not appeal to a non-bronies (or non-kids), though; half the fun for me was spotting all the little continuity gags and nods to the fandom.
Also, I kind of want to write a "Pinkie Watches Paint Dry"-style story about Trixie and the damned vending machine. She never leaves it. Perhaps it's the only thing that understands her.