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    Well, that was fun

    So now that things have calmed down a bit and the dust has settled, let’s talk about what just happened here.

    I’ve been teasing the idea of doing some sort of second-person HiE clop trollfic for a while now, and it’s mainly because of the Suffer series. After reading so much clop on the feature box, grumbling over its tired clichés and tropes, and idly wondering what gets into the box and why, the allure of trying it for myself became irresistible. Just for a moment, I would cast aside any pretenses of quality or respectability and shamelessly embody “The Player” that I had spoken of.

    I mean, come on. If I’m gonna keep talking about this stuff, I might as well try it for myself, right? Plus there was just the fun of poking fun at all these easily mockable tropes. Good times!

    When I posted the fic, there were three things I was hoping for:

    1) Get on the feature box. Check. (Though this was mainly so that I could…)

    2) ”Suffer” my own story. Check. (This was the most important one to me. When all is said and done, I have a feeling that the crowning achievement of the Suffer series will have been the excuse to utter the phrase “The Feature Box Suffers John Perry.”)

    3) And finally: Force RainbowBob to suffer my story. Ch– Oh. Hmm.

    Well, two out of three ain’t bad! There were also a couple of things to come out of this story that I hadn’t expected, but that I loved: one was finding out that Sethisto had read it, and the other was seeing this fic get more downvotes than the rest of my stories combined.

    Actually, let’s talk about those downvotes for a moment. I have literally never seen a worse upvote/downvote ratio in the feature box than my fic. I’ve been told 1 to 1 has happened in the past, and I believe it, but the worse I had personally witnessed was in the ballpark of 2 to 1 (2 upvotes to 1 downvote). When my fic was in the box, it was around 1.8 to 1. (As of writing, it’s dropped down to around 1.4 to 1.)

    And I love it. While it doesn’t exactly speak well to the mechanisms of the feature box that such a poorly received fic managed to remain in the box, I can’t help but take heart in the fact that so many people saw this premise and immediately went “NO.” Which isn’t to say that everyone who downvoted it did so without reading it; there were plenty of people who went in expecting clop and were disappointed to be reading a trollfic, or who were put off by the overt crudeness of the fic (fair enough; it definitely isn’t for everyone). But there were undoubtedly a lot of people who downvoted on sight, probably without realizing what this thing was.

    And to be fair, it looks like a clopfic from the cover. Most people on FIMFiction wouldn’t recognize my name, and if you don’t know any of my other work (namely the Suffer series) there’s probably no way you could have known that it was meant in jest.

    So kudos to those who tried their darndest to keep this blatant piece of feature bait off the feature box. But I think what we’ve learned is that downvoting en masse is a terrible way to try to keep something off the box. It might be more effective to just ignore it and hope it falls off the box due to lack of “heat”.

    So now that that’s over with, I return to my normal suffering of the feature box. I’ve had my fun, and now I’m at least one step closer to understanding the strange mistress that is the feature box.

    A big thank you to all you guys for indulging me in my insanity. Kudos all around!

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Inspired by a recent reading of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,

I bring you this story and if you like rhymes you'll love this!

And though it has none of the brilliance of the great Dr. Seuss,

I hope you like this tale of a snob who dishes out verbal abuse.

First Published
20th Dec 2011
Last Modified
20th Dec 2011
#1 · 149w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

Well now, I must say this was a delight, reading the tale of this snobbish playwright.  From fits over food to the odd bout of rage, I can see why howls of laughter met him on stage!  The story likewise I greeted with laughter, starting with the first sentence (plus all the ones after).  The text was well-scripted with ideal word choices and you properly wrote all the characters' voices.  I commend you, good sir, for taking the time to write 2,000-plus words and to make it all rhyme!  :pinkiehappy:

#2 · 149w, 4d ago · · ·

BRAVO! BRAVO! ENCORE! ENCORE!

Rhyming meter isn't perfect, but I'd be astonished if it was and insist you stop making silly fanfictions and start making money with your poems. Regardless of perceived quality, this was one of the best fanfictions I've ever read. You didn't simply copy the Grinch, you made your own story even though you followed the original poem's plot (character hates something, gets idea, implements idea, idea backfires, "puzzles and puzzles" over it, then the Big Revelation).

ENCORE! ENCORE! BRAVO! BRAVO!

#3 · 149w, 4d ago · · ·

And once again the day is saved!

Thanks to The Ponyville Crew!

Dun dun dun dun dun duuun...

#4 · 148w, 4d ago · · ·

haha nice. Kinda like my story. :rainbowwild:

Still, i love it. Nice job bro

#5 · 148w, 4d ago · · ·

Dr. Seuss would be proud:twilightsmile:

#6 · 148w, 4d ago · · ·

>>89281 Heh, true that - though I assure you I didn't read your story until after I posted this. :raritywink: Besides, the rhyming in yours was much better.

#7 · 148w, 4d ago · · ·

>>89509 But don't court yourself short. you did a wonderful job, and i can tell you from experience that it's not easy :raritywink:

#8 · 148w, 4d ago · · ·

Happy to read your story

#9 · 147w, 4d ago · · ·

A fantastic story indeed! Alot better than practicing greed. Now I go on, and read fanfics of Pokemon. Now I congradulate you, you great author. My cupcakes to you, with love and more!!!:pinkiehappy: :heart:

#10 · 147w, 10h ago · · ·

Very nice, especially getting everything to rhyme. I ended up reading the whole thing out loud to myself, and while some of the rhymes were a little off, it still flowed well.

#11 · 144w, 6d ago · · ·

A fic like this is like a rare bird! Truly the funniest thing i have heard! I must admit, the style was uncouth. But it made me laugh, to tell you the truth. My mind was in heaven, from me, not a boo. And for this wonderful fic, i give a "thank you".

#12 · 124w, 4d ago · · ·

Hey, it's late perhaps but I would like to let a comment! ^^

I liked your story a lot. Especially for the choice of characters. :derpyderp2:

This fic is wonderful, well-written and original. The snob is interesting with his evolution.

Perhaps one thing to say : I would it have to be longer but it's already nice.

Congrats and good luck for your future projects! :twilightsmile:

#13 · 70w, 4d ago · · ·

Hey, boost for rhymes.

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