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  • 3w, 2d
    AlicornPriest's "Alicorn Time" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    The memories of today's story will stick with you.

    Alicorn Time

    [Sad] • 2,138 words

    Twilight, believing something has happened to her memory, seeks out Princess Celestia to see if she recognizes it and can offer a cure. But the answer lies far deeper in the root of her nature and her life as the Princess of Friendship than she would have ever expected.

    FROM THE CURATORS: It's not often that a short fic laser-focused on a single idea — especially an idea without direct roots in the show — makes us sit up and take notice.  "At the outset, this looks like a pretty typical 'bit of headcanon disguised as a story'," Chris said.  "That does, though, sell this fic short in one crucial respect: the author is able to deliver some truly heartwrenching moments in the back half of this.  Celestia gets a couple of absolute back-breaker lines, and the final sentence of the fic is heavy in just the right way."  Horizon agreed: "It's a headcanon fraught with emotional issues, and the author hits the right notes to effectively draw those out."

    That was due not only to the story's choice of topics, but also the choice of perspectives with which it approached the idea.  "I've had trouble with my memory my entire life ... so the idea of experiencing most of life only 'in the moment' doesn't seem that awful to me," AugieDog said.  "But AlicornPriest does a good job of conveying how devastating this is to Twilight and of following her through the stages of grief as she comes to realize how this is going to affect her and her friendships."  That was brought out further by strong secondary character work.  "The story also made an effective decision in Celestia's characterization," Horizon said.  "Her casual acceptance of the phenomenon just underscores how disturbing the situation is if you actually stop and think about it."

    Those made this work not just as an idea fic but also as a story.  "I've zoned out while working in the yard and 'lost' a half-hour or more before," Chris said.  "Alicorn Time is that feeling, writ large, and it achieved a poignancy as a result which few 'headcanon fics' can match."  And the fic's solid extrapolation of that phenomenon to immortality was what made it exemplary, Horizon said: "I think asking important questions about our own experiences through the lens of fantasy is one of the highest goals that a fanfic can reach."

    Read on for our author interview, in which AlicornPriest discusses tweening, Account Patterns, and zoned-out YouTube flickers.


    Give us the standard biography.

    Hi! I’m Alicorn Priest. I’m 24, I graduated from college about a year ago — English, as you might expect, though I also earned a BA in Chemistry. (Yes, there are Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry. Whodathunk?) I’ve been a brony since season 2 — I was there speculating when we were wondering what Discord was gonna look like, and I started reading “Background Pony” back when there were only two chapters out. My first fic (if you don’t count the terrible one I sent to the EqD reviewers) was posted up on ponyfictionarchive.net in March 2012. (It’s called “The Table at the End.” Go check it out.)

    How did you come up with your handle/penname?

    It’s kind of a funny story. When I made my first GMail account, I fancied myself a philosopher — really, I just liked to think about complex topics — so I named my first e-mail after my first name (which starts with an A), followed by “philos.” When I started making accounts on Reddit and such the like, I decided to make it easier for myself by making every account with the same pattern: a word starting with A, then a word starting with P. “Alicorn” seemed like the obvious A word, and “Priest” for P was the first word that seemed appropriate. I like the imagery it provides: one who worships and serves the princesses. One of my clients calls me Ali P, which I find adorable.

    Who's your favorite pony?

    Twilight Sparkle, almost certainly. I have the same personality as her: studious, awkward, friendly, and a little naive. Somehow, all of my fics seem to include her one way or another. Close behind are Rarity and Pinkie Pie — Pinkie’s my problematic fave, because while I really like her personality and background, I think her depiction in the show is done right only about half of the time. “When she was good, she was very good indeed, but when she was bad, she was horrid,” if you know the poem.

    What's your favorite episode?

    As much as I’m a season 1-season 2 fanboy, I’ve gotta give it to “Pinkie Pride.” Every song is spot-on, Weird Al’s guest appearance is perfect, and the thematics and character exploration are stellar. It’s the quintessential episode of the show.

    What do you get from the show?

    I remember when I first got into the show, I was stunned at the attitude and charm it had. The main character is an awkward student who throws snark at everyone she meets? Is that even allowed in kids’ shows? And it had such tension and drama in those opening episodes, I was immediately hooked. I suppose if I had to distill it down to one word, it’d be “relatable.” The characters have real problems, they struggle with their friends, and they overcome through conversation and apologies. The bright colors and poppy songs draw you in, but the relatability is what keeps you watching.

    What do you want from life?

    ... Wow, what a tough question. I suppose I could just point to Maslow’s Hierachy of Needs and say “that,” but I’d better explain a bit more. First of all, I want to be happy, but “happy” is such a poor word. It includes everything from the satisfaction of a job well done to the zoned-out flickers when a YouTube video is slightly more interesting than the previous one. Unfortunately, the latter is much easier to get than the former, so ... there’s that. Second, I want to feel as though I’m useful to the world somehow. I want to feel like I’m creating things people enjoy, or helping make people’s lives better — something that has value. I suppose in a venial way, I like getting praised for doing good work, so that’s part of it, too.

    Why do you write?

    I write because an idea gets lodged into my head, and I want to expand it out into a story. I get a vision of a scene, or a line of dialogue, or a source of conflict, and I want to see how it plays out. The hard part is all the little interactions to get from one major scene to the next — in animation, they’d be called “tweening,” right? Other than that, I write because I have some idea I want to share with the world, and either my blog posts or my fiction is the best way to do that. I come up with a story about how weatherponies came to be, or I want to share a connection between transactional analysis and character interaction, so I write a story about it or create a blog post discussing it. Recently, I’ve had people regularly commenting on my posts, which helps a ton. If I felt I was just spitting into the wind, I wouldn’t keep doing it. (Hence why I went dark a couple years ago.)

    What advice do you have for the authors out there?

    Network. Network, network, network. If you want to rise in the ranks, you need to take writing seriously. Part of that process is talking with the community here on FiMFiction and establishing yourself. Make friends, so that your friends will read your stories, and then they’ll recommend those stories to their friends, and so on. If you’re an introvert like me, this is really hard, I know, but you’ve gotta do it. As to writing advice, it’d be “write what’s important” and “character relationships give you more to work with than each character separately.” And the editor part of me wants to add, “Wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.” That’s Samuel Johnson, by the by.

    What inspired “Alicorn Time”?

    A couple of things. To a lesser extent, ruminating on what it would be like to be immortal, and how the passage of time would feel after long stretches. As Celestia explains in the fic, I felt the sort-of dissociative episodes would be a blessing, to save their minds from having to experience every single moment. (The science behind it is pretty circumspect, I’m aware.) Primarily, however, it’s based upon my own experiences of college and previous. I wasted so much time on books, video games, and the Internet that at this point, it all feels like a blur. I would have done no worse if I had simply blacked out at the start of it and coasted through unconsciously. So Twilight’s resolution to “make every picosecond count!” is my own desire, and Celestia’s response is my resignation at the impossibility of that.

    What elements would you consider essential in writing a successful “explainfic”?

    Hah! You used my terminology. You really did your research. The biggest danger to writing an explainfic is that the explanation, the caulking to fill the holes in the plot, is all you have going for the story. A good explainfic should also have strong character interactions, an arc as the characters grow and change, a central conflict that the explanation factors into ... you know, all the workings of any good story. So in “Alicorn Time,” as Twilight tries to cope with having this new condition, her attitude changes, and she struggles to decide what she’s going to do going forward. A bad explainfic will simply set up a condition for a character to ask, “Why does this thing happen,” a character explaining it, and then the first character saying, “Ah, that makes sense.” I’ll be the first to admit “Alicorn Time” is not a perfect fic, and one of its weaknesses is that the characters simply sit down and talk at each other. This is another weakness of explainfics, and the solution is to write a plot which can involve moving around and interacting with objects.

    Do you prefer planning your stories out ahead of time or letting them grow during the typing process?

    I love when little details appear mid-writing session, but I can’t rely on that to be the driver of my story. Sometimes personality quirks will change certain scenes, or the way I decide to execute a scene will create connections I hadn’t considered. For example, in a chapter of “Mother and Child” I’ve been working on, I discovered a place to put Cadance in the Beta timeline of Equestria which I hadn’t really planned when coming up with the chapter. I also noticed how the events Pinkie accidentally puts into motion will reflect a later scene where she does the same thing more intentionally. So that’s really neat. However, I’m not a seat-of-your-pants type writer, as much as I pretend to be. I find I get the best results when I can sit down (with a spiralbound notebook, not a Word document) and sketch out the chapter progressions, the character arcs, and the event timeline. Otherwise, I procrastinate because I don’t know what to write. Of course, even when I do plan, I procrastinate anyway, but eh. That’s how it goes with me, I suppose.

    Do you think Twilight will ever be comfortable enough in her alicornhood to unconsciously call Celestia by name?

    Heh. Twilight and I suffer from a pretty similar problem. When someone superior to us earns our respect, we tend to ... idolize them, just a little bit. I do it with all the amazing writers that frequent my blog, and Twilight does it with Princess Celestia. Talking with one of your idols isn’t quite the same as talking to one of your equals, even when your idol is your equal. (We’re all horsewords enthusiasts here, in the end. Even when one of my commenters has 17 times as many followers as I do.) So for me, that means putting them on a pedestal, and for Twilight, that means she can’t quite get over adding “Princess” to the front of Celestia’s name. I’m not sure it’s something she’ll ever get over, perhaps until she finds herself doing as much as Celestia does.

    Is there anything else you'd like to add?

    Hmm ... the shill in me wants to plug my new monetization strategy, but I’ll leave that for the readers to find on their own. What I will plug of mine, though, is my series of blog posts entitled “Writer’s Workshop.” Every so often, I share a particular trick that can help make your writing more interesting. I’ve used examples from South Park, the RPG Fate: Accelerated Edition, The Arrival of the Mail Train, and the psychological methodology of transactional analysis. I’ve also got a couple other stories people might like if they’re curious — my other smash hit would have to be “It’s Impossible!” (with the unofficial slogan, “The Ride Never Ends!”).

    Other than that, I want to thank all the readers out there. Thanks for reading this interview, thanks for making “Alicorn Time” as big as it has been, and thanks for checking out my other writings. Hope you enjoy. :)

    You can read Alicorn Time at FIMFiction.net. Read more interviews right here at the Royal Canterlot Library, or suggest stories for us to feature at our Fimfiction group.

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  • 5w, 4d
    Announcing EFNW Scribblefest 2017 Winners!

    After much deliberation, reading, rereading, and judging we finally have our winners for the Everfree Northwest Scribblefest 2017!

    I want to first congratulate all of you who submitted your hard written stories!  We had a field of 36 contestants, and that’s amazing!  Thank you so much for all your hard work that you do!  Now, without further ado, our finalist and their respective categories!

    Twilight Sparkle Award

    Ebon Quill with “Slouching Towards Canterlot”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/366340/slouching-towards-canterlot

    Twilight was a tough fight, and it got down to the wire in the end between the final four stories!  Excellent job, Ebon Quill, writing a story that showed you did the research and made sure everything was picture perfect!  Just like Twilight herself would love!

    Rarity Award

    Loganberry with “The Book of Ended Lives”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/365846/the-book-of-ended-lives

    This story was gorgeous, and it was a clean sweep with all 6 judges voting for it.  Both pieces in this category had beautiful, flowing prose, but ultimately the gorgeous flair that Loganberry had for his piece won him the prize!  Beautifully written, Loganberry!  

    Rainbow Dash Award

    Novel-Idea with “The Cycle of Flame”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/366378/the-cycle-of-flame

    To win in this category, the story had to be 200% cooler than all the rest, and Novel-Idea’s piece swept this category with all 6 finalists voting for it.  It was a tough decision, but his ability to write action, turmoil, and involve a side of Philomena that we don’t see in the show made for an amazing piece of fiction.  Way to be awesome, Novel-Idea!

    Pinkie Pie Award

    Posh with “The Next Best Thing”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/366330/the-next-best-thing

    We wanted to have a funny, snickering, hilarious story to win this category.  Posh actually manage to make us smile in this one as well.  His piece was equal parts funny, heartwarming, and sarcastic, just like we’d expect if Diamond Tiara were interacting with Spike and Starlight Glimmer.  Posh, you were nominated in 4 categories, and we all loved your story by degrees!  Excellent work!

    Applejack Award

    Apple Bottoms with “Nihtmer Niht”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/366417/nihtmer-niht

    The Applejack Award was one of the most contested categories we had for judging.  Ultimately, Nihtmer Niht ended up winning out in the end for being very true to the show.  The theme showed strongly throughout the story, and we loved the Aesop at the end, which really made this story win.  Hard work paid off in the end, didn’t it, Apple Bottoms?

    Fluttershy Award

    The Hat Man with “Freedom Flourishes”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/366521/freedom-flourishes

    The Fluttershy award has to be my personal favourite category, because I love heartwarming stories.  This story made all of us tear up at the end.  The Hat Man expertly blended past with present through a series of flashbacks in this heartwarming tail, that took all of the judges by surprise.  Freedom Flourishes was an extremely touching piece, The Hat Man.  Fluttershy would be proud.

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    SA Reviews #102

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  • 6w, 1d
    S7E1-2 - All Bottled Up / Celestial Advice

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May
14th
2017

Synopsis: When Rarity asks Applejack to be a judge in a fashion show, Applejack learns that an opinion, however honest, can still be hurtful.

Report knighty · 2,563 views · #season 7 #s7e9 #honest apple
#1 · 2w, 19h ago · 12 · 14 ·

I'm not looking forward to this. I can remember a Bobby's World that had the other idiot characters act like it was World War Three because the four year old boy thought 'tact' was the past tense of the verb 'to tack' and am not looking forward to Applejack being hit over the head with a moral lesson most of the audience already know. They might as well have had Rainbow Dash water ski over a damned shark.

#2 · 2w, 18h ago · · ·

Has it aired already? - This is a message that needed to be sent to Rex Reed based on his quote about Melissa McCarthy.

#3 · 2w, 18h ago · · ·

>>4532067 I...really don't see the similarity here :rainbowhuh:

Flo
#4 · 2w, 17h ago · 3 · ·

This moral lesson has been a long time coming. I've been wondering when they'd cover this since season two.

#5 · 2w, 16h ago · · 1 ·

>>4532067 It wasn't fair that more users despised you for your opinion.  After this episode comes and goes, it won't change anything on this site, that's for sure.  Honest opinions online still continue to bear nasty results to this day.

#6 · 2w, 16h ago · 3 · ·

They had a Franklin episode with practically the exact same lesson, "Franklin's Homemade Cookies".  Things worked out in that episode.  Sounds to me like no one's expecting anything to work out here.

#7 · 2w, 16h ago · 4 · 16 ·

Not looking forward to this episode, not because of the blatantly obvious moral, but because I know there'll be some shoehorned Rarijack moments, and their shippers will be out in full force.

#9 · 2w, 15h ago · 6 · 1 ·

>>4532151 >no water skis

>no Rainbow Dash

I’d say we’re in the clear, boys.:ajsmug:

#11 · 2w, 15h ago · 1 · ·

One episode having a early air date the day after another episode does the exact same thing? Hmm, something's fishy here...

#12 · 2w, 15h ago · 6 · ·

>>4532174

Blame Canada.

#13 · 2w, 15h ago · 2 · 1 ·

>>4532190

Always blame Canada.

#14 · 2w, 14h ago · · ·

>>4532192 Blame canada, you say?

Blame Canada, blame Canada

With all their beady little eyes

And flappin' heads so full of lies

:scootangel:

#15 · 2w, 14h ago · 2 · 2 ·

>>4532190 >>4532192

Freakin' Canadians and their early air dates. This is getting ridiculous.

YOU'RE TOO NICE FOR YOUR OWN GOOD! :flutterrage:

#17 · 2w, 14h ago · 3 · ·

Well, that was a fun episode.

#18 · 2w, 14h ago · 1 · 1 ·

It's always nice seeing new ponies introduced and old favorites coming back... but I feel like literally nothing interesting happened happened.

#19 · 2w, 14h ago · 10 · 2 ·

Not watching until it airs in the States. But I sincerely hope the writers realize that there's nothing wrong about a negative opinion as long as it's kind and constructive. If not, then this episode's doomed.

#20 · 2w, 13h ago · 7 · ·

Uhm... I'm not really feeling this one. Rarity and AJ felt like they had their common sense and tact tuned too far down to manufacture the conflict.

But on another note... Rarity's a closet rock guitarist. :rainbowderp: Commence the fanfics!

#21 · 2w, 13h ago · 2 · ·

I liked the basic moral of this, the new ponies, and Rarity shredding on a guitar. The setup for the conflict makes no sense in universe and obvious exists purely for that sake of the episode having conflict. That aside, not bad. Liked it a bit more than yesterday's Canadian episode since it didn't rely on cringe comedy.

#22 · 2w, 12h ago · 3 · 17 ·

Not enough Rarijacking.

No 2p Rarity vs Maud Guitar Heroing.

Opinions are buttholes.

Strawberry is best pony and must now be shipped with Applejack to one-up each other on getting the other to love their favorite fruits by munching on each other's fruity offerings.

Goth pony is my waifu of the week.

Dat construction pony got some nice kharma plus got one-upped by AJ's super strength. Woot.

Ending just creating a whole new generation of safe-space, self-entitled, snowflakers who'll now proceed to demand all buttholes that don't fit their own be censored to protect their feelings because everyone wins at life unless your butthole doesn't fit their tastes.

Now let the shipping wars begin a new.

Forgot to mention Stalker Spike confirmed. Spike totally not a creeper.

#23 · 2w, 12h ago · · ·

The ending left me with the distinct impression that Rarity chose AJ BECAUSE she'd be unable to decide after she got softened up. If so, Miss Fabulous pulled off a Xanatos Gambit.

#24 · 2w, 12h ago · 3 · ·

Congratulations, Spike - you're now the show's official Peeping Tom. Rarity plush no longer enough to satisfy him. :rainbowderp:

#25 · 2w, 11h ago · 2 · ·

What was that guitar moment? That was so unnecessary. Like that was jarringly unnecessary.

#27 · 2w, 11h ago · 5 · 1 ·

I find the comparison made in this episode unfair.

Applejack calls something ridiculous, and otherwise gives her honest opinion from a utilitarian standpoint, but is then later equated to that Strawberry lass actually insulting apples in front of Applejack. Had it simply been "I don't like apples", that woulda been the end of it, and she would've been on the same page as AJ, but she went beyond that... Could've at least tried to make it on the same level.

#29 · 2w, 10h ago · · ·

This wasn't a good episode for me. Applejack came off as way too harsh and tactless. It was cool how Rarity shredded on that guitar though. And it was nice to see Photo​ Finish and Hoity Toity again.

#30 · 2w, 10h ago · 2 · ·

>>4532412 when you make a statement in a realm of ignorance though, is another story.

applejaack did just that. a statement in the realm of ignorance. she does not undesrtand fashion or its point. she grew to respect it, yes, and learn more by the end, but she still does not understand it. but she learned about it.

of course in equestria it can be said that art is more alive there than our world. her points would be on the spot in our world XD. here though is about the expressive aspects of fashion. that is honestly a major emphasis that kinda sets the whole fashion girl girl stuff in the show apart. while aesthetics are emphasized, rarity is all about expressing the beauty of an individual, what makes them themselves, rather than to follow the crowd.

#31 · 2w, 10h ago · 6 · ·

Looks like Maud isn't the only one who can shred on guitar like nopony else.

We need a riff-off like the one in Scott Pilgrim.

#32 · 2w, 9h ago · 1 · ·

I can't seem to find this episode anywhere on Youtube. Weird. I guess I'll just have to wait until it airs in the US.

#33 · 2w, 9h ago · 5 · ·

Here's my 'honest' review of the episode: I thought it was good.  A moral we can all relate to, and great use of characters we haven't seen for a while along with the new additions. :raritystarry:

I was a tad confused at the ending, though: Why is Rarity making out it's all AJ's fault when she was only being what she was hired to do (be truthful) and had already confessed to a naivety of the fashion world above the practical? :rainbowhuh:

The fact she couldn't decide which contestant to declare the winner at the end adds weight to that criticism... what's the point in organising a competition when everypony ends up with a participation award? It might make all the entries feel better, but it hardly inspires much enthusiasm when the big show ends in a dead heat. :pinkiesmile:

Children need to learn at some point, believe it or not, that there are always winners and losers in life. When I was younger I was forced to take part in a game of musical chairs, where none of the chairs were taken away between rounds so as to not hurt any kid's feelings. We might have all gone home with a prize, but my guess is we all felt bored and unfulfilled after twenty wasted minutes, not enthused. :applejackconfused:

Anyway, just thought I'd share that all with ya. :scootangel:

#34 · 2w, 9h ago · 2 · ·

>>4532463

I actually haven't seen the episode yet. As a matter of fact, I haven't seen any of season 7. I guess I'm waiting for it to finish so I can binge watch.

#35 · 2w, 9h ago · · ·

>>4532510 We have seen that lesson many times before already. Way back in season 1 twilight sparkle won sixth place in that running of the leaves. The cmc did not win that talent show. Also the brotherhood social....... yeah XD.

Here they decided it was just a tie overall. And considering rarity's primary motivation was to introduce these ponies to the fashion world to begin with, it makes sense.

#36 · 2w, 9h ago · 3 · ·

>>4532504 Youtube is like, literally, the worst. Like, pbtpbtpbt, bleh, blah, I can't EVEN!

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5m8ug8

#37 · 2w, 9h ago · 5 · 2 ·

>>4532533 "Hey there, I want to apply for your job as head designer!"

"Great! What are your qualifications?"

"I finished first place alongside two others in a contest run by the famous fashionista Rarity!"

"Brilliant! So how many entrants were there?"

"Hmm... t-three..."

"Next."

#38 · 2w, 8h ago · 2 · ·

I haven't seen episode 9 yet, but judging by the comments here, I don't expect to enjoy it much.

Everybody knows something--but nobody knows everything. It would be as foolish to demand an opinion on clothing fashion from Applejack as it would be to demand an opinion from Rarity on which variety of apple tree to plant, to have fruit ready for a highly competitive market several years in the future.

(Different varieties of apples go in and out of fashion too, and there are thousands of varieties.)

#39 · 2w, 8h ago · 2 · ·

>>4532510

Only they didn't get "participation awards," the contest ended in a tie. Ties do happen sometimes, and while they might not be the most satisfying outcome (I know I hate when big boxing matches end that way), they don't invalidate the contest.

On another, similar note: One thing I hate about the whole everybody-gets-a-trophy debate is that people seem to forget that the participantion trophy ain't the same as the first place trophy. Also, kids aren't stupid. I played pop warner football as a kid, and trust me, when you're standing there holding that tiny thanks-for-showing-up trophy, you KNOW who won the contest and who lost :pinkiesad2:

#40 · 2w, 8h ago · 1 · ·

>>4532610 My point is that Applejack judged the outfits at the end not on their appearance, but on the amount of effort expended in their manufacture. As she repeatedly stressed throughout the episode, she's very ill-suited to judging fashion, which makes her deciding that everything should end in a tie a bit galling to the competitors, due to her obvious inexperience in the area.

#41 · 2w, 7h ago · · ·

>>4532197

That and you forget that Dan proves they are all half bears. Oh ... and what >>4532215 said as well.

#42 · 2w, 7h ago · · ·

>>4532616

Good point. But then, by your own logic, what's galling is not that the contest ended in a tie, but that AJ was allowed to participate at all. Since AJ is unqualified to judge, any outcome would have been unsatisfactory. Choosing a decisive winner would not have been preferable. In fact, one could argue that doing so would have been even more galling to the competitors, because then the losers would have gone home feeling cheated (and rightfully so).

#43 · 2w, 7h ago · 2 · ·

>>4532661 Meh. I was just linking it to one of my previous experiences of feeling unsatisfied after a contest. I know I would have unimpressed if I'd put a lot of hard graft into a project, only for it to be declared 'first place' with all of the other competitors. The situation with Aj would only add to my irritation.

Anyway, everypony seemed happy enough at the end... so who am I to complain? :raritywink:

#44 · 2w, 7h ago · · 7 ·

Do you think Applejack's behavior in this episode might result in an accusation fic of some sort?

#45 · 2w, 6h ago · 2 · ·

>>4532669

So, then, the question I'd ask next is : Why would you be unsatisfied if everyone was allowed to win the contest? If you think about, it is a completely illogical (and beautifully, tragically human) response. If your goal is to win the contest, then congratulations, you did it, you won! Everyone else did too, but that shouldn't matter, because the goal has been accomplished.

Proceeding logically then, now I must assume that your goal is NOT to win the contest, but to defeat your opponents. But why? Ask yourself this: Why do others need to fail in their goal so that you can accomplish yours? I think this is an element of competition we never ponder, especially in competition-ridden America, where there is a lot of pressure to be a winner and losers are practically labeled second-class citizens.

(For the record I'm playing devil's advocate here. I believe competition has more pros than cons, but I also think people don't ruminate on it as much as they should.)

#46 · 2w, 6h ago · 9 · 1 ·

>>4532707

Will you give it a break already?

Accusation fics are 99% terrible anyway.

#47 · 2w, 5h ago · · ·

I am Applejack in this episode, lmao. I hate fashion and think it's stupid as hell... Also AJ with the belts reminded me of Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada where the colors of blue are the same :rainbowlaugh:

#48 · 2w, 5h ago · · ·

Love the Rarity fashion episodes. Just something about them that makes sense.

#49 · 2w, 5h ago · 1 · ·

>>4532751 Oh sorry.

#50 · 2w, 4h ago · · ·

>>4532412 There's a difference between opinion and fact...

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