89w, 3dThe Case For Twilicorn3 comments · 317 views
Twilight Sparkle has always been special.
If it weren't for her heroic desire to do something about the return of Nightmare Moon, the mane six would have never come together. In general, she has always had a disporportionate role in moving the stories forwards.
In order to prevent her from becoming a Wesley Crusher-esque "Canon Sue", the writers have worked hard at giving her personality flaws and rough edges that make her an entertaining and sympathetic character despite her special role in the Mane Six. Over time, highlighting these issues is going to make this role increasingly problematic.
Making her become an alicorn Princess gives her room to grow, a role in the world of Equestria that reflects the role she already has among her friends. It allows her to have her foibles while making it obvious that she is special.
Princess Cadence (yes, I know her name is "Cadance", but that spelling looks stupid) may be a bland character, but she's a nice kind of bland, a reassurance that alicorns need not be unapproachable goddesses. I suspect Princess Sparkle will be much more like her than Celestia or Luna.
I'll miss plain old unicorn Twilight, but I don't think that becoming a Princess will cause her to leave her friends behind. If anything, it will reinforce why her friendship with the rest of the Mane Six is so important.
Now, let's see what kind of curveballs the writers are going to throw. I'm very much looking forward to this...
97w, 16hWriting Is Hard3 comments · 228 views
Updates to my two most recent stories are, in fact, coming soon, Hope you like them!
While I'm procrastinating, I thought about the reasons I try to write, and what I hope to accomplish. I was briefly considering pillorying some common advice people give new writers. There are plenty of counter-examples to most of the rules, and it would be funny to illustrate how divorced from reality many of them are.
Because people being snarky on the Internet never gets old.
Thing is, this would just be fluffing up one concept that actually matters, and can be expressed succintly:
There are no bad ideas.
Fans tend to read all kinds of esoteric life-lessons into the show "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic". I think it is an excellent example of the above statement. It really is just a platform for promoting plastic pony toys of highly variable quality to little girls, but it's done with love and care. It's well executed, and from my observations, the creators seem to keep their cute pony stories fun and engaging by following these principles:
Keep the story moving.
Show how the characters feel about and react to situations rather than telling the audience how they should feel.
Exposition should be kept to a bare minimum, and establish any required background knowledge in an open-ended, evocative manner.
Cute is as cute does. The ponies are cute because they are playful.
If a new concept is introduced, it should make the ponies' world larger and more colorful, and not exclude possible alternate interpretations of what has come before.
As descriptions of successful story-telling go, I see a lot to admire here. When I write, I try to tell stories that are like this.
And yeah, that includes the clop. The emphasis on showing what characters feel and their relationships to one another naturally lends itself to erotica, erotica that feels very different than mainstream commodity pornography. No, you're not weird for liking it.
Something else I notice is that the way FIMFiction is structured creates a selection pressure that doesn't necessarily seem to promote these qualities. It's a pity, but in lieu of complaining about it, I'd like to suggest that authors shamelessly plug their stories on other pony sites. That seems to be the work-around for stories falling into oblivion.
I should get back to writing. I may do another one of these later, and try to refine some of the ideas I brought up.