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  • 6d, 12h

    I try to keep a pretty open mind when I'm reading, and I do like to read a lot--at the last sci-fi convention I went to I wound up with over 30 new books--but there's one subset of the fantasy genre that consistently fails to work for me.

    I call it antifantasy, although I'm sure it has a more technical name somewhere. It's the fantasy equivalent of cyberpunk, except it lost a lot of the heart that cyberpunk had. Antifantasy stories are stories about how fantasy sucks. How magic is just a cheap shortcut that can't compare to building with your own hands. How superpowers can't help you solve any of the real problems in the world, like famine, bigotry, or the destruction of the world's ecosystems. How the dwarves are drunkards and the elves are vain and the vampires and werewolves are just pathetic sad-sacks begging to be put out of their misery.

    I don't understand these stories. If I'm picking up a fantasy story, I think it can be assumed that I like fantasy tropes. Why would I want to read 300 pages about how much fantasy is just cheap escapism for folks who can't handle the real world? Who, exactly, is the audience?

    The thing that brought this to mind was I stumbled across another review of "The Magicians", by Lev Grossman. Now, I've seen a lot of reviews for this book, and they're almost unanimously positive. And they all have pretty much the same summary: "The Magicians is about a guy who feels that his life lacks meaning, so he goes to magic school. And at first he's happy thinking that he'll become a great wizard who performs amazing heroics and saves the world. But then he realizes that wanting to be a great wizard is a pathetic, childish fantasy, and that the right thing to do is to give up on his dreams of being a hero and get used to dragging himself to a boring job he hates for the rest of his life. In the end, he learns that a real 'hero' is a happy, content cog in the machine. Only the vainglorious and the immature dream of anything more." And so the result is that every positive, glowing review of this book that I read makes me increasingly less inclined to read it.

    I mean, why would I? I like a lot of tropes associated with magic schools. I like reading about how ordinary people adapt to obtaining new powers, how they learn to use them, what setbacks they have, how they resist temptations to misuse them (or don't). I like reading about people who were once weak gaining powers and becoming more capable of defending themselves and those they care about. I like seeing the nerdy characters geek out at learning magical spell theory, and the athletic characters screaming in exhilaration as they learn to ride broomsticks. Ultimately, I like reading about the nascent heroes who become folks like Gandalf, Harry Dresden, and Harry Potter. If I didn't like those things, I wouldn't read books set in those environments. So why would I pick up a book about how Gandalf and the Harries are just immature tossers, and so am I, for daring to be entertained by them? Why would I want a book which says that the real hero of Harry Potter was Vernon Dursley, because while everyone else was gallivanting about and waving wands at each other, he dutifully attended to his job and didn't dare let himself feel even a hint of wonder or imagination?

    (Disclaimer: in case it's not obvious from the above paragraph, I have not read The Magicians. I'm just talking about the reviews of it that I read, since those reviews convinced me to never, ever get anywhere near this book. I suppose it's possible that all the reviews could be wrong. That said, unless someone I trust actually reads the book and tells me otherwise, I'm not going to pick it up. After all, there's loads of books out there with premises I don't dislike on principle).

    There's other examples too, and by some otherwise really good authors. I'm usually a huge fan of Carrie Vaughn, for instance. Her Kitty Norville series is spectacular, as are her YA works "Steel" and "Voices of Dragons." She's even one of two authors for whom I get up early on the day her books come out so I can buy them before I go into work and read them over lunch. (The other is Jim Butcher, if anyone cares). But she wrote an antifantasy duology set in a superhero universe, and--in my opinion--it was almost unreadable. The first book is called "After the Golden Age", and the title's an apt description. The protagonist is the daughter of the world's two greatest superheroes, but the only tangible result of that is that she's taken hostage a lot. She's estranged from her family, because all the superpowers in the world can't mend real issues like familial rifts. Yes, in this story, the golden age is indeed over, superheroes have lost their luster, and our protagonist just tries to muddle through her days without dealing with any superheroes, villains, or powers of any kind. (Suffice to say I haven't picked up the sequel.)

    "Hero", by Perry Moore, is another good example. The protagonist is the son of Batman (with a slightly different name to avoid copyright). But Batman was disgraced, because a mission went wrong and people died, and now he's a lowly factory worker who can only reminisce about the glory days and maim the occasional burglar. Meanwhile, the son also develops powers, but they won't help him deal with bigotry (he's gay), or redeem his family name, or anything else he really cares about. I got about 1/5 of the way into this one before giving up. Again, if I'm reading about superpowers, I want to read about superpowers being used for something, not about how superpowers are useless for anything that really matters. (I'm aware that this story was critically acclaimed and even won a Lambda award, but I just could not get into it.)

    And, for a more recent example, Sofia Somatar's "Selkie Stories are for Losers." It's a story about selkies, which means that it's calling the reader a loser right in the title. Smooth. And the story is pretty much just about how awful selkies are, how they leave broken families and shattered lives behind them, and how anyone who would ever want to hear about selkies must be out of their mind. Just what I want to hear when I sit down to read a story about selkies.

    (For those not up on your mythology: selkies are creatures that can change shape between a human and a seal body. They change shape by taking off or putting on their sealskin. Selkie stories usually feature a human stealing the skin and trapping the selkie in human form; the selkie then marries the human and raises a family with them, until one day they recover their skin. They then flee into the ocean, leaving the family behind. So yeah, out of the box they're pretty depressing, but interesting things can be done with them. They're not just for losers.)

    If I had to describe antifantasy in one word, it would be 'tired.' Because these stories always feel that way. They are stories that seem weary and beaten down, laden with cynicism, bitterly contemptuous of the idea that magic and whimsey could possibly affect anything real. They're stories that laugh at the reader for daring to seek enjoyment from them. They laugh, and then they lean in close to the reader and murmur that, while elves and werewolves and Kryptonians are all fine fantasies for a child, the reader is now an adult and should know that real problems can't be solved with a magical wand. They chide the reader for trying to enjoy genre fiction, ignoring that they themselves are genre fiction, and sigh that all the innumerable fantasy stories are just petty escapism, useless for anything except as diversions for fools who don't care to deal with reality.

    And, just speaking for myself, but when I go to read a genre story, I'd rather read one that doesn't insult me for it.

    That's about all I've got. Has anyone read books like this? Anyone know if there's a real term for it besides antifantasy? Any ideas as to why someone might like these?

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  • 6w, 1d
    You Can Call Me...

    Dr. GrassAndClouds2.

    I.e., the PhD thesis defense went well. :-)

    18 comments · 77 views
  • 7w, 1d
    Rejected Video Game Titles

    Five Nights with Fluttershy

    Rainbow Dash Six

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Sparkle Princess

    Amnesia: A Machine for Pinkies


    Luna: The Blue-ish Star


    Dragon: The Bruce Cheerilee Story

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  • 16w, 5d
    Afterlife With Archie

    ...continues to be awesome.

    That is all.

    (Oh, and really looking forward to the forthcoming "Betty: RIP" arc!)

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  • 19w, 23h
    JULP Update

    After review by the Lunaverse Quorum, Just Us Little Ponies has been approved for Lunaverse-canon status! Woohoo!

    Thanks once again to everyone, including RDD, Emeral, and Fizzy for reviewing it, and Talon for being an incredibly helpful and supportive beta. :-)

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  • ...

Cherilee takes the foals in her class on a trip to Canterlot. Unfortunately, several of them are soon split off from the group and begin wandering around the castle! How will the guards, staff, nobles, and even princess react to the antics of the Ponyville foals? Lunaverse story.

First Published
30th Nov 2012
Last Modified
1st Dec 2012
#1 · 103w, 20h ago · · · Separation ·

Here's that story I wrote a while ago, substantially reworked but still funny! (I hope).

This takes place sometime in the first season of the Lunaverse, between 'Carrot Top Season' and 'Foalish Misadventures.' I see it as a webisode or tie-in, not a full episode.

#4 · 103w, 19h ago · · · Separation ·

Oh, god... *Punches Blueblood in the face* Anyone objecting to that bit of ultra-violence? :pinkiecrazy:

Anyway, really funny. :D I love this. Poor, poor Cheerilee. And even poorer Heavy Roller when Cheerilee and Applejack get through with him! :twilightoops:

#5 · 103w, 19h ago · · · Separation ·


#6 · 103w, 19h ago · · · Separation ·

:ajbemused: Ah Blueblood. You always get the short end of the characterization stick, don't you?

#7 · 103w, 18h ago · · · Separation ·

Tailor should have thrown Blueblood out of the room.

#8 · 103w, 18h ago · · · Separation ·

At the current rate, they will become the first tour group to be chained together, along with their teachers and guides, before being dragged out of the castle.  And *still* they're going to lose one before they get outside.

Are you sure Discord has not returned, only in 20 little bodies?  :pinkiehappy:

#9 · 103w, 18h ago · · · Separation ·

>>1709457 That's not ultra violence. *revs chainsaw* Now this, this is ultra violence.:pinkiecrazy:

Rule number 1 around me: Don't. Hurt. Children.


Are you kidding? Blueblood is probably one of only three ponies in all of Canterlot who actually wears clothes on a regular basis.


I don't know, most of those ponies in Sweet and Elite seemed to be well dressed all the time.

>>1709865: Heh. Sure seems like it sometimes.

>>1709727: But he has money! The tailor likes money! It can be exchanged for goods and services! :-)

>>1710186: Well, of course. A pony like him must have the most stylish duds. (Seeing as how he himself is something of a dud).

Good start! :rainbowlaugh:

FINALLY! I've been waiting for this story ever since I heard of it!

Ad Heavy Roller, is that anyway to show you're a good stallion? For shame.

>>1710300: Heh. He got distracted with his joke. Anyone could get absorbed in a joke!

And no one, I'm sure, can stop Scootaloo when she's determined to cause some mischief. I think that's her special talent. :-)


She gets that from her mother.


I object!

You didn't hit him hard enough. :trollestia:


Hold on, let me get him into the bear-trap first.

Special Messes Team of the Canterlot Castle janitorial staff
now there's an interesting spin off for the cable networks :rainbowhuh: the bit with the bakers was hilarious.

This is promising. I think it could work as a full episode if you work Cheerilee's characterisation enough.

I think fitting the opening song after the foals barge in on Blueblood would work perfectly.

Also it's 'aquarium' not acquarium.

>>1710862: Glad you liked it!

I imagine the Special Messes Team has a lot of entertaining stories to tell. Most of them relating either to foal shenanigans or noble shenanigans. They'd be entertaining to follow around sometime. :-)

I don't know if there's enough material here for a full episode, but I'll see how it plays out.

And I'll make that edit. Thanks!

...Well, this was the laugh I needed.

No, seriously, this was hilarious. Blueblood being a narcissistic moron? Cake catastrophes? Not to mention the foals blatantly abusing their family relations to get where they want. I think I see a breakdown in Cheerilee's future...

Keep up the good work. :raritywink:

it was well written Cheerilee's imagination was amusing and I desperately want to hurt Blueblood or I at least hope that tailor sticks him full of pins, like a vodoo doll.

But I smell a "GGs great" story coming on :trixieshiftleft: that and I've just never been much for foal episodes same for CMC, this has nothing to do with your writing though, that's just me.

that or it'll have Luna in which case it will almost certainly be awosume and or cute, though be careful not to make whom ever finds the kids do so because of plot convenience. or not it's your story.

Don't worry, Cheerilee! No matter how badly this goes, it can't be as bad as the school trip was in canon.

This is really cute. I have a lot of admiration for authors who can actually write foals convincingly, because I really can't. I look forward to seeing just how much trouble they get into!

#24 · 103w, 7h ago · · · Separation ·

>>1711477. IAH isn't complaining, but actually loves a story? :fluttershbad:  It's the end of the world! Everybunny run around screaming in circles!

#25 · 103w, 6h ago · · · Separation ·

Watch this; they get home and Rarity chastises them for daring to talk back to that dreamy Viscount that her blubber-skulled clinginess helped drive away.

#27 · 103w, 3h ago · · · Separation ·


:rainbowhuh: I actually like quite a few Lunaverse stories. Why do you think I hang around here to begin with? :twilightsmile:


Only been here a little bit, mind you, but would I be correct in guessing you enjoy the more slice-of-life stories, and less the darker Night Court scheming and Tyrant Sun rising stuff? Correct me if I'm wrong on that, but even so, I think it speaks wonders about a  universe that people with wildly different tastes in stories can enjoy, and if there's no disagreement in a collaborative community, then there's no real collaboration. The devil needs his advocate to make sure things don't get out of hand and turn into a circle-jerk, so try not to get too down on yourself :twilightsmile:

#29 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Separation ·

>>1713195 Well every review I've read has been almost entirely negative and filled with disdain.

#30 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Separation ·

>>1714788: No fighting here, please. There's threads on the board and stuff for this.

#31 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Separation ·


Sorry, bossman. :fluttercry: But seriously, I can't wait for the next chapter. :twilightsmile:

#32 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Separation ·

>>1714798 I was just fooling around.:twilightblush:

#33 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Separation ·

One thing I didn't mention that I wish I did: I love the fact that you had Scootaloo asking about her mom. That just seems

I really hope she runs into someone who actually does know Nocturne.

#34 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Dispersion ·

>>1715469: :-) I tried to work something like that into the latest chapter a bit, let me know what you think.

#35 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Dispersion ·

Next time: Will Scootaloo succeed in sneaking onto the Night Guard training course her mom designed? If so, will she survive it? Will Sweetie Belle be banished into space? Will Dinky discover what mud-based villainy Greengrass is up to? All this and more in the thrilling conclusion!

#36 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Dispersion ·


I'm guessing 'yes' to all those questions. :pinkiehappy:

#37 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Dispersion ·


Loved it.

Now all we need is the night guards to give Heavy Roller some crap.

#38 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Dispersion ·

I am just loving this story so far. Oh, you adorable miniature equines and your propensity for wacky hijinks! :pinkiehappy: Seriously, this is one of the funnest stories in the Lunaverse in a good while. Each of the stories has its own dash of cutesy hilarity, and the imagine spots have all been great. My favorite so far is Greengrass' plan to hold all of Equestria's mud so he can prevent ponies from getting facials. (Wonder what his real plan is...)

Keep going, my good man!




Oh, and how dare you bring up L!Twilight again and why is Greengrass here and blah blah blah insert endless whining here.

#39 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Dispersion ·

I just realized Scootaloo was the voice of reason at the beginning of the chapter there.


#40 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Dispersion ·

Ooh...plot hooks galore.

I wonder what Luna needed the dress for...obviously the mud in Greengrass' office, on the other hand, was meant to go to his secret hideout.

#41 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Separation ·


That's not ultraviolence either, that's a jpg.:ajbemused:

#42 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Dispersion ·

>>1717248: Hideout supplies probably wouldn't be sent directly to the hideout; Greengrass wouldn't want random delivery folks to know there's anything more to that spot than a disused building. But they would be sent to a drop off point much closer to the hideout than the castle, which is a fair distance across the city from it. That way, the Duke doesn't need to lug it as far, and there's less chance of someone seeing the Duke with a big box and getting suspicious.

#43 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Dispersion ·


It's a group of Space Marines armed with bolters and power weapons.

They are about to CAUSE ultraviolence.

#44 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Dispersion ·

And Twilight's stupidity (and Trixie's default loutishness) keeps on paying dividends; that's because the younger generation think that her whole blistering family wants to kill them.

#45 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Dispersion ·


I know. I guess nearly killing your teacher on accident really grows a pony up. :twilightsmile:


Ultraviolence? Pah! NIGHTMARE! is where it's at!

#46 · 102w, 6d ago · 1 · · Dispersion ·

Luna loves foals! Luna loves foals! We all need to think that very loud so that Luna remembers.

Seriously, this is adorable. I truly love the idea of Scootaloo getting picked up by some Night Guard who worked with her mother. It has the potential to be awesome and tragic and heartwarming and all those good things.

So Luna actually owns dresses? She's doing better than Celestia, in that case.

I think this will be our opportunity to see that although Greengrass is a manipulative, scheming and self-centered politician, he's not actually a dreadful pony. That should be pretty cool. Either that, or he's going to put Dinky into an easily escapable deathtrap involving an overly elaborate death, watched over by a single inept guard. I'm up for either.

#47 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Dispersion ·

Not a bad chapter, overall I liked Luna's introduction, though Dinky's flashback seemed off, and yeah blah blah don't wanna see GG, Sorry.

I can't decide whether I like crazyleee or not (that's cheerilee and crazy combined) :raritywink:

#48 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Dispersion ·

I'm curious about what Greengrass is up to with this mud. Maybe it's for his garden, who knows? Or maybe he really is planning to steal all the mud. :pinkiecrazy:

Either way, this story is great so far, and I can't wait to see the thrilling conclusion! :rainbowlaugh:

#49 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Dispersion ·

The Great Mud Conspiracy is going to be one for the history books.

I'm really loving this. Poor, hilariously unfortunate Heavy Roller.

#50 · 102w, 6d ago · · · Dispersion ·

right behind it was a stunning dress with diamonds and pearls studded in a deep blue dress
Uh :unsuresweetie:


And even if he is a bastard, "See, I found the missing foals! Here they are, safe and sound, and I definitely didn't try to pry any juicy gossip out of them, no sir!" still seems like the right move.

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