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Skywriter is for all practical purposes Jeffrey Channing Wells, best known in Internet circles as the co-creator of the award-winning daily webcomic "Skin Horse," whose coincidentally equine name is just that.  He also writes non-pony fiction, which you should totally check out over at  He quite sensibly views winged ponies as having the best of both worlds, a point which is totally indisputable so don't even try.  To sum, up, Ms. Lovingcup Harshwhinny is best pony.  Thank you.

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(Sorry about the doublepost.  Accidentally published too early, and I didn't want comments coming in on the incomplete version before I had a chance to explain myself...)

So.  Just watched "Rainbow Rocks" again.

I actually really like this movie, and it makes me sad, because I keep on imagining what Ms. Faust must think of it, and what she would think of me, by proxy.

This is nothing new to me, of course, speaking as a Cadance fan.  It's well-known public record by now that the show's original developer never wanted more than two alicorns, and yet, here I am, devoting most of my creative energies in this fandom to the once-controversial third alicorn.  (Is Cadance drama even a thing anymore?)  When pressed on this topic, I will always fall back on the following conclusion:  Cadance is a Bad Thing, and we are making the most of it.

If I am being brutally honest with myself, however, I realize that I am saying this because I have the specter of a disapproving Lauren Faust watching me over my shoulder.  I like alicorns.  I like to have a selection of alicorns.  I like that there's a younger alicorn.  I like that I do not have to choose between "godlike, regal, and canon-perfect" and "struggles with inner darkness."  I like everything about the fact of Cadance...

...except for the fact that I feel like I'm stepping on someone's childhood imaginings by doing so.  Pity the professional artist, who frequently has to sell control of her childhood friends to a corporation who never knew them, and who will take them places you never wanted them to go.  Craig McCracken, Ms. Faust's husband, as much as confirmed that "Equestria Girls" was contrary to her original vision.  And I can see why, of course.

The original Equestria Girls was very much an honest "making the most of a Bad Thing" period for me.  That movie was a bit of a mess; I enjoyed bits of it and did not criticize it too harshly.  The fans and creators were both dealt a bad hand by management, and I liked the idea of us all sort of enduring it together.  But now we have a sequel, and while rough edges still exist, on the whole, it's a much more satisfying film experience.

Nothing about it being a satisfying film experience changes the fact that it's never going to be the direction this show, this franchise, was intended to go.

My entirely non-scientific surveys of the Ponynet suggest that people are generally pleased with "Rainbow Rocks."  I am... disheartened by the people who are unquenchably angry about the whole thing, the ones that point and say, functionally, Skywriter, you are the problem.  That you continue to consume this media spits on the thing Lauren Faust was trying to do with this show.  You, Skywriter, have participated in muddying this from something great into something merely okay.  One in particular has exhorted the general public as follows:  "Don't you dare forget what could have been!"

I wonder what this hypothetical show looks like in that fan's imaginings.

I wonder if I would like it as much as I like the show I'm currently watching.

I wonder if I am a worse person for liking what "could have been" greater.

I wonder if it's even true that it "could have been" greater at all.

I wonder what Lauren Faust thinks of me.

Ms. Faust, there is no chance that you are reading this, so I say this purely for myself:  I actually like what they did with the characters you thought of first this time, and I'm sorry if anything has been diminished because of what I do or don't like.

It's the best I can do.

Final non sequitur:  Why haven't I seen any crackfic stories where Cadance is actually the fourth siren of the coven, the only one redeemable by Star Swirl?  Get on it, fandom!

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#192 · 6d, 4h ago · · ·


Twi's cutie mark has five small stars surrounding one large starburst.  It is theorized that, even before conscious knowledge of them was attained, the forces of destiny intended this to represent Twilight surrounded by five faithful friends.  In "Magical Mystery Cure," though the mark on Twi's rump is unchanged, the blazing sky-image of her cutie mark that appears when she alicornificates has *six* peripheral stars, not five.  This is either an animation error, or, perhaps, destiny has foreseen another member of the inner friendship circle.  Sunset Shimmer joining as a full participant in a Group Rainbow Smackdown might possibly be the culmination of this.

#191 · 6d, 5h ago · · ·

and I for one gratefully welcome Sunny as the unexplained sixth peripheral star in "Magical Mystery Cure."

Sorry, but i gotta ask, what do you mean by that? or could you elaborate?

#190 · 1w, 2d ago · · ·


I wouldn't bet on it. How many times has Optimus Prime died at the end of a Transformers series, now? Though maybe Celestia will just take a sabbatical, or something.

#189 · 1w, 2d ago · · ·


Thank you!  And yes, I saw the film being greenlit.  It's good to see, but I hope they've learned their lesson from the old Transformers animated film and don't use the movie as an excuse to do The Death Of Celestia or something just to raise the stakes.  It's hard to know how desperate they're going to be for drama by 2017 and the fact that they're bringing in an unknown writer rather than using the existing pool is... concerning?  But yeah, these are really just piddly details compared to the fact that the senselessness of not having a pony movie will be resolved.  I just wonder what the fandom will even be in three years...

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