Ponydora's "Que Sera, Sera" · 4:09am
I read it this morning, not remembering it was tagged as a sad fanfiction, and ultimately payed for it. Also I wish it had accents. It's bothering me.
That is the tl;dr version anyway
While the story in question (seriously are you clicking this? It's been top story in the feature box for like three days) is a great sucker punch of emotion that doesn't rely on simply "the premise" to deliver the sad, with an amazing cohesion of events and good scene changes that keep the information relevant and interesting, I will say that is still forever rushed. Much life Fires of Friendship, of which I hold one of the few dislikes of, and that one really weird thing about AJ being racist slightly, it is a one-shot that is simply rushed beyond all belief. Maybe it's an issue with Ponydora's writing. As you can see on my profile, I consider Flight of the Alicorn to be one of my favorite fics (if not tied with Blood is Thicker than Friendship), and I think the pacing in that story is even slower than it needs to be, somehow.
Now, the story in question is still amazing. I haven't felt my heart clench like that in a long time, and the lack of awareness of the genre (well, tagging I guess) didn't help. But... well, it isn't a spoiler to say so: when you have such a perfectly wrapped up time-line of events like this story, each step another possible "fanon" interpretation that is done so cleanly that it's believably canon, just because of how well it's presented, it's astonishing that I'm even concerned about the pacing when he fit all of the fic's information into a mere 15k words. I doubt I could write something like this in such a short order. It would turn into a 30k multi chapter epic.
It is a GREAT story; I cannot reiterate this enough. It sounds like I'm just spouting praise, but really, I am. I mean, I'm not just a Dr. Who fan because of the sci-fi nature of the show. The only other sci-fi I remotely cared about before Dr. Who was Stargate SG-1 (seriously that crossover needs to update sometime). No, I like it because of the themes of what are right and wrong, what is necessary or a pointless risk, that come up when you involve time travel. I really do love it. So in a way, the fic preys on my
But if there is something I take from this, it is that Ponydora, in my opinion, has one vital weakness, one that, should he shoot down, he could become one of the best writers in this fandom, without equal. One flaw that still doesn't detract from the spectacle or experience, but one that is nonetheless all too recognizable.
You don't gotta go fast, Ponydora Prancypants.