Favourite sweet

  • The King of Carrot Flowers The so-called Slender Pony exists in the minds of most as a murderous beast. (Fluttershy-centric.) by ShadowBoxingKing 1,890 words · 1,733 views · 129 likes · 3 dislikes
  • Thou Goddess Scansion wakes up to find beautiful poems he doesn't remember writing. Is the lonely goddess of the night reaching out to him in the only way she can, or is he chasing shadows? by horizon 5,174 words · 3,450 views · 499 likes · 12 dislikes
  • Whom the Princesses Would Destroy... Behind the scenes of a perfectly normal visit to Canterlot lies chaos. Also, custard. by GhostOfHeraclitus 19,758 words · 28,944 views · 2,349 likes · 33 dislikes
  • The Best Night Ever Grand Galloping Gala meets Groundhog Day time-loop by Capn_Chryssalid 53,935 words · 44,323 views · 4,165 likes · 61 dislikes
  • Princess Celestia Hates Tea Seriously, a lot. by Skywriter 8,536 words · 45,038 views · 4,100 likes · 62 dislikes

Favorite savory

  • Eternal Princess Celestia and Twilight Sparkle's bond is tested by miscommunication and guilt. by device heretic 159,827 words · 28,563 views · 2,619 likes · 62 dislikes
  • Biblical Monsters "Put your boots on," Adams said. "There's a biblical monster in my house." by Horse Voice 10,946 words · 12,998 views · 1,548 likes · 152 dislikes
  • 'Destiny' and Other Lies Told to Foals Twilight wakes in the middle of the night, haunted by a terrifying dream—one that's not so hard to see coming true. by Sunchaser 10,644 words · 4,747 views · 583 likes · 20 dislikes
  • The Arbitrage of Moments When you have so little, and another has so much, it’s easy to justify theft. The more precious the commodity, the easier it is to tell yourself you need it more than they do. And what is more precious than time? by GaPJaxie 12,168 words · 2,618 views · 315 likes · 10 dislikes
  • Kaleidoscope Somepony struggles to remember their childhood. But something's wrong... by TheVulpineHero1 3,085 words · 1,659 views · 206 likes · 3 dislikes

Featured on Equestria Daily

  • Moving On Celestia has taken on a new private student, and Twilight must find something to be other than the Faithful Student. But how? by Bad Horse 9,259 words · 3,204 views · 435 likes · 24 dislikes
  • Sisters Stories about two sisters who are best friends, and rulers of Equestria by Bad Horse 6,514 words · 14,648 views · 1,359 likes · 20 dislikes
  • Mortality Report Celestia writes a report to her queen about what she's learned from living among mortals. by Bad Horse 4,322 words · 19,787 views · 1,566 likes · 30 dislikes
  • Long Distance It's a long way from Canterlot to Ponyville, even for magic. by Bad Horse 3,704 words · 3,046 views · 168 likes · 8 dislikes
  • The Saga of Dark Demon King Ravenblood Nightblade, Interior Design Alicorn Should the incredibly powerful new alicorn pursue his destiny as savior of Equestria, or his love of interior design? by Bad Horse 4,940 words · 11,131 views · 853 likes · 35 dislikes

Other stories I'm not entirely ashamed of

  • The Magician and the Detective Has Holmes met his match, in either sense, in the travelling showpony Trixie? by Bad Horse 14,788 words · 6,295 views · 347 likes · 10 dislikes
  • The Twilight Zone 20. It's a trap! And Twilight knows it. But her opponent knows that she knows it. But she knows that Twilight knows that she knows that Twilight knows it. by Bad Horse 15,114 words · 5,123 views · 503 likes · 22 dislikes
  • Friends, With Occasional Magic The magic of friendship is showing people the good in themselves. Sometimes, with ponies. by Bad Horse 2,857 words · 928 views · 84 likes · 8 dislikes
  • Fluttershy's Night Out Fluttershy would like to be a tree. But she doesn't want to be an animal. by Bad Horse 7,920 words · 12,832 views · 539 likes · 19 dislikes
  • Twenty Minutes Would you risk your life to save a stranger? What if you could only save her for twenty minutes? by Bad Horse 3,344 words · 3,449 views · 187 likes · 6 dislikes

Index librorum prohibitorum

  • T The Mailmare

    The Equestrian Postal Carrier's Hoofbook lists three circumstances under which mail service may be suspended. The end of the world is not one of them.  · Bad Horse
    11,959 words · 1,665 views  ·  255  ·  3
  • T Old friends

    Philomena is reborn after she dies. Ponies are reborn before they die. Kind of. A little. It's hard for a bird to understand.  · Bad Horse
    1,582 words · 2,025 views  ·  300  ·  9
  • T Ἐλπίς

    Equestria is gone. But Celestia still has work to do. The Road lies ahead of her, and at its end—the most difficult decision of her life. Again. 2nd place in the "History Repeats" write-off.  · Bad Horse
    2,566 words · 2,064 views  ·  249  ·  16 · gore
  • T Keepers

    Berry Punch made a mistake, and now she has a problem. A little problem that could grow into a big problem. But as her artist friend Happy shows her, not all mistakes need fixing.  · Bad Horse
    1,197 words · 791 views  ·  114  ·  3 · sex
  • T Bad Horse's Bedtime Stories for Impressionable Young Colts and Fillies

    Bad Horse retells bedtime stories to teach foals the real facts of life.  · Bad Horse
    6,006 words · 2,435 views  ·  366  ·  8
  • E Experience

    Celestia is thousands of years old, and has experienced almost everything the world has to offer. But there's one ordinary thing she's never experienced.  · Bad Horse
    1,289 words · 5,105 views  ·  746  ·  17
  • T Moments

    Practice makes perfect. And Princess Twilight wants everything to be perfect. Especially the end of the world.  · Bad Horse
    8,269 words · 3,341 views  ·  462  ·  26
  • E Happy Ending

    After seeing the destiny of the son he is to have with Rarity, Blueblood tries to change the future for the better.  · Bad Horse
    3,827 words · 3,193 views  ·  253  ·  23
  • T All the Pretty Pony Princesses

    ...or, "Magical Mystery Cure" if it had been written by Joss Whedon.  · Bad Horse
    1,926 words · 1,558 views  ·  80  ·  24 · sex
  • E Alicorn Cider

    Big Mac is a farmer, always has been a farmer, and always will be a farmer... right?  · Bad Horse
    2,246 words · 7,723 views  ·  369  ·  25
  • E Long Distance

    It's a long way from Canterlot to Ponyville, even for magic.  · Bad Horse
    3,704 words · 3,046 views  ·  168  ·  8
  • E Moving On

    Celestia has taken on a new private student, and Twilight must find something to be other than the Faithful Student. But how?  · Bad Horse
    9,259 words · 3,204 views  ·  435  ·  24
  • E The Corpse Bride

    Fluttershy's love has kept Equestria safe from Discord ... till death do them part. But what happens after that?  · Bad Horse
    2,765 words · 4,912 views  ·  264  ·  16
  • E Trust

    Celestia teaches Trixie a lesson about trust.  · Bad Horse
    1,435 words · 4,749 views  ·  297  ·  18
  • T Fluttershy's Night Out

    Fluttershy would like to be a tree. But she doesn't want to be an animal.  · Bad Horse
    7,920 words · 12,832 views  ·  539  ·  19 · sex

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#302 · 1d, 16h ago · · ·


The idea that our current times are more disorienting, violent, confusing, or disrupted than earlier times are ridiculous to anyone who knows history.

Agreed – however, the feeling that times are bad and getting worse is still there. The news media circuit is blaring and over sensationalizing whatever they can. As life goes on from high school to college to the workforce to whatever, it often gets more and more stressful. Societal pressures (and the tendency to only compare yourself with those you view as above you) go up and for those who care too much, learned helplessness can set in. So many people today overreact and get the same swath of emotion that they would have gotten in those earlier times under more intense stimuli – like they carry around a toolbox of emotions that aren't needed in today's world.

I think a simpler explanation is that post-apocalyptic stories came about once a non-eschatological apocalypse seemed likely.

Wow :pinkiegasp: that's a way to look at it. Once religious doctrine became less commonly believed, thinking outside of them could have just lead to the genre too. Around those times comes with the perceived first world, third world gap and the separating out of where people spend their time, which sort of transitions to why I like the genre.

The article takes a shotgun approach why people relate and enjoy the genre. As a melodramatic whore, I like the genre because I resonate with the position of the hero – between two worlds. Rapid changes one's in status, ability, communication, resources, ect are common in today's society. The mental commute from home to school to work to the grocery store to fimfic, ect gives dissonance, and the genre expands that – like sort of therapy for learned helplessness or cognitive dissonance.

Another take is the idea that the genre allows for an "escape from denial," but that's nonsense for the same reasons you outlined, but I think for some it's still felt.

#301 · 2d, 4h ago · 1 · ·

>>2046301 That was interesting. It makes a good story, but since not many of the audience of post-apocalyptic films are familiar with post-modern theory, this story requires post-modern theory to be, so to speak, true, in order to work. The difference between Westerns and post-apocalyptic films must reflect a real difference in the anxieties of people in the modern and post-modern ages. A person today must feel he's "trapped in a chaotic, crazy world that inflicts its senseless violence on him in many ways, large and small. His individual choice and agency seem to matter less and less. He feels de-centered -- a helplessly disengaged spectator on the world's important events, which flash across his television screen in a strobe-like phantasmagoria of images and sound-bites. The meta-narratives of legitimation that once quietly lent his life sense and direction no longer provide terra firma, and he finds himself wandering aimlessly through a vast, clamorous, discursive wasteland."

I find that hard to believe. The problem is that that description, I think, would apply more strongly to someone living anytime in the period 1100-1950 A. D. than to people living today. Those were much more confusing times, when people were literally subjected to chaos and senseless violence and a shrinking sense of individual importance, and the narratives of legitimation (of Aristotlian physics and astronomy, the 4000-year-old and 250,000-mile-wide universe, the Orthodox Church, the Great Chain of Being, the Catholic Church, neoclassic virtue, the 4 classes of society, king, nation, God, country, patriotism, etc.) were invalidated much more thoroughly and suddenly. The idea that our current times are more disorienting, violent, confusing, or disrupted than earlier times are ridiculous to anyone who knows history.

I think a simpler explanation is that post-apocalyptic stories came about once a non-eschatological apocalypse seemed likely.

#300 · 5d, 14h ago · · ·

We were in New Orleans at the Po-Boy Festival.  Virtually anything you could imagine, and a few things you couldn't, was being served up on a hoagie roll.

There was one sandwich I thought you'd have particularly enjoyed:

(Ham, roast pork, cheese, cornichons and It Puts The Mustard On Its Skin.)

#299 · 1w, 18h ago · · ·

>>2039822 That was Bob Ross

#298 · 1w, 4d ago · · ·

I read this analysis recently and it was insightful. REALLY insightful – like Bad Horse level. So I thought I'd share it :twistnerd:

Edit: Shit, linked wrong essay. Fixed now :derpytongue2:

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