Daphne has tried to live her life as any normal teenage girl would, focusing on school and the intricacies of adolescent life in an effort to forget her more imaginative childhood. Now, however, her kid sister has been kidnapped by forces she cannot understand, and she is forced to give chase into a land she had once thought only make-believe. Cast adrift in a strange and magical world, Daphne must reunite with her long-lost friend and embark on a journey of discovery that will take her to worlds she could only dream of.
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Just saw this Saturday, and I have to say, I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Not really a great story, I'll admit, but they told it well and it engaged me throughout.
If there's any flaw, I have to say that the beginning of the film really leaves you cold. You haven't the slightest damned idea of what's going on, who's on the screen, why they're doing anything... and you know what? It all works out. Guardians of the Galaxy takes the rather ballsy step of completely eschewing exposition for the vast majority of the story up until a few points near the end. It lets you figure out what's going and who is who by exposure, and it actually rather works.
For the most part, it's a pretty straightforward action comedy, where none of the action is that amazing and none of the comedy is that incredible (aside from a few lines which really cracked me up), but it's all consistently good with a few minor hiccups, and that's hard enough to pull off. There's even some bits that I find myself appreciating more as time goes on (unlike Prometheus, which I grew to hate with greater passion with each passing day.)
For instance, there is a character who treads the line between antagonistic and allied with the protagonists, a sort of pirate chief, and at first you don't really see what the big deal about him is. He looks kinda silly and is pretty minor. But there's little touches that build him up throughout the film until the end where you really end up liking this character. One aspect of this which simultaneously shows how the film understands gradual buildup and how to make a non-focal character engaging is his weapon.
The first time you see it, you have no idea what it is. He's being challenged by a crewmember and he pulls his coat back and the shot focuses on it. What is it, you wonder? Some gold stick thing. It could be a gun. Could be anything.
Each time he brings it out, though, you start getting an appreciation for just how dangerous it is, but he never really gives away just how dangerous it is... not until one of his last scenes where he unleashes its full force and it's an awesome payoff.
I definitely took notes about that. How to build something up in a patient, seemingly casual way over the course of a story. Not bad at all.
So yeah, entertaining film, few major flaws, go see it.
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So those of you who have read Through the Well of Pirene may notice one very large question that went unanswered throughout the fic. In Chapter 10: The Chase, Amelia and Wire come upon the Cutie Mark Crusaders in the Everfree Forest, finding them by following the light of their lanterns in the dead of night as they just about finish disposing of something which they are inordinately embarrassed of – to the point of dousing the grave in lighter fluid and setting it ablaze when Amelia makes herself known, then dumping dirt on it to cover the evidence.
So the question that goes completely unanswered throughout the Well of Pirene and was meant to be answered in a followup story was: what in the world were they doing there?
Well! Essentially, this was a planned story that will sadly go unwritten. Its genesis began in another story of mine, A Mile in Her Shoes, and migrated to Pirene when I abandoned the former story in later of the latter. In that fic, the Mane 6 swap races, and it was intended that, throughout the fic, the CMC would be running around in the background collecting strange items and making odd requests.
The upshot of this was that I was going to write a standalone (but related) sidefic to first A Mile and then Pirene in the fashion of a black comedy, where the Crusaders essentially found an ancient tome that described the terrible magical process of grafting organic parts to other living beings. A little bit of Young Frankenstein and the like, with the Crusaders being charmingly blase about their work. Eventually, after some madcap antics, they manage to barely cover up their activities, destroy their lab in a heroic battle, and dispose of the book and the evidence just in time for Amelia to come upon them. In the original A Mile version, they were going to come to the Mane 6 after (most of them) they had turned back bearing one another's relevant racial parts, to better match their sisters.
Quite possibly, Diamond Tiara and a few other foals would have been involved as well, but I never got to finish planning. Ah well! It's nice to get that one off my chest in any event.
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So in just a few days I'm going to be posting the Epilogue (which will be a two-parter as I suspected it would be) which will really, truly, finally mark the end of the tale, and I've come to thinking about what comes after...
To a large degree, I need to start working on projects which will have an actual return on investment (beyond the love and affection that you dear people have given me.) That means I won't really have huge amounts of time to work on Pony stuff, though I'm sure something will occur to me. The era of writing huge pony novels, though, is basically over.
I'm not "quitting" the fandom (I'm not that kind of prima donna), and I still plan to be involved with my groups and with my friends and read other people's stories, but I do need to move on with my life and work.
What does that mean for Pirene, though? It's a big setting that, as anyone who has read it can tell, has potential in both its future and its past. This story may be over, but what about all the other stories that might be told? I don't want to see them go unsaid, but I also won't have the time to do them justice.
And that's where I go somewhere I wasn't expecting to go at first. A few people have approached me in the past with interest in doing additional Pirene stories, and, after consulting with some of my close friends and editors, I've decided to go ahead and give my blessing.
To that end, I've spent some time trying to collect my various notes, behind-the-scenes information, and thoughts on the setting into a coherent document (Hah!). If someone out there wants to write a story set in Pirene's future or past (or concurrent to the original tale!) drop me a line and I'd be happy to discuss possibilities. If you have an idea and want to see what I think about it or if you're interested in cooking something up, I'll at least entertain it.
Pirene Group Pirene Bible (WARNING MASSIVE SPOILERS)
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