Fanfiction Reading Update #158 · 6:34am
Surprisingly, I'm not dead although Regent kind of is. Haven't read many fanfics as of late due to a combination of the next semester of college, an adjusted sleeping schedule, and family related activities.
I burn through The Itch's most recent chapters as Twilight has stepped up her fantasy torture porn to involving the Mane Five. It's still a fantasy, but only time will tell whether reality begins to make inroads. Probability of [Grimdark] ending: 30%.
I read through The Lunar Rebellion's remaining chapters as the first major battle of the war occurs and future NMM related plots are established. Also, I'm still bemused by the pegasi—they seem to be even more Klingon than the actual Klingons are. Take a drink every time one of them mentions “honor.”
Her Mother's Daughter sadly gets unfavorited due to the author abandoning the story. Quite a shame as it had an interesting AU setting and some developing Twiluna.
Solitary Locust updates with Twilight's rapidly deteriorating situation causing unreliable narrator to kick into full effect. Much to my delight. Probability of [Grimdark] ending: 50%.
Shattered continues to lose my interest as it starts revving up the Law and Order deus ex machina shenanigans. It's a sad state of things when the best fanfic justice system fic on Fimfiction has a case where the star witness has memory lapses, the evidence is shaky at best, the prosecutor doesn't have a license to practice law, and the whole case relies on a deus ex machina to get a guilty verdict because of how bad the prosecution is. At least the soap opera abortion debate didn't rear its head.
Bad Future Crusaders updates with the CMC continuing their breakdown and the author threatening character death. We'll see how accurate those threats are. Probability of [Grimdark] ending: 55%.
Night's Favoured Child shocks the world with an update and continues its trademarked Glacial Pacing®. We'll be lucky if the solar rebels show up by the time Gen 6 begins. We'll be even luckier to get the resolution to the cliffhanger by the time S5 ends.
Mare Do Well: Downfall is downvoted for being another shitty MMDW fix fic that sets aside plot and characterization in favor of the author ramming his opinion into the story.
She Said No is upvoted solely due to the fact the second chapter trolls the first chapter's anti-Celestia circlejerk and caused a literal, serious “downvoted and unfollowed” comment.
While a good AU fic, Splinterwood gets cut for being too blunt of a Nazi expy story. I prefer my inspiration-based stories to be a little more subtle.
I've been reading fanfics for a long time—since 2006 at least. I've read many stories that left me with that nasty grimdark aftertaste. From Rainbow Factory, to Biblical Monsters, over to the old days of Lion King fics with their cub killing and rape. But Faithful takes the cake for the most disturbing fanfic I have ever read. It also marks the first time I have ever downvoted a fic and then favorited it for the purpose of continuing to read it. My revulsion is only surpassed by my curiosity.
Memories of Shadows provides for a nice, fairly standard ends justify the means mindrape story. Reminded me of the “Cadance screws over Apple Bloom” story from a while back.
Reality is Stranger Than Fiction is downvoted for being the horrifying combination of foalcon and a mouthpiece fic. I think I hate fics with an agenda more than I do foalcon.
And that's all I read for the daymonth.
# of story updates remaining: 345.
# of “Read Later” stories remaining: 990.