News Archive

  • Friday
    Rocket Lawn Chair's "Star-Crossed" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a tale of love written in the sky.


    Star-Crossed
    [Romance] [Slice of Life] • 2,968 words

    A thousand years ago he was turning Equestria into a hotbed of mayhem.
    Five years ago he was growing moss and lichen on his shoulders.
    Today he's asking Celestia out on a date.

    Celestia didn't know such a creature as Discord would be able to change so radically without it being part of some elaborate prank. But what's more unsettling, she didn't know she'd be able to change just as drastically. As she finds new feelings for the Master of Chaos, she begins to have doubts toward the integrity of her desires, and suspicions of her sister's possible involvement.

    Read More

    0 comments · 1,154 views
  • 2 weeks
    Fiddlebottoms' "Discord's Ant Farm" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    In today's story, take a trip into the future with one of My Little Pony's ant-agonists.


    Discord's Ant Farm
    [Sad] • 2,619 words

    That wacky Spirit of Chaos is at it again...

    Except, there's no ponies in the audience.

    There's nothing, really. Just an empty, post-apocalyptic expanse.

    Nothing, and some ants.

    Read More

    21 comments · 1,977 views
  • 3 weeks
    FrontSevens' "Fun in the Summit" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a foray into diplomatic impunity.


    Fun in the Summit
    [Comedy] [Slice of Life] • 7,774 words

    Trade negotiations. Board meetings. Formal garden parties. Not the definition of a fun weekend for Princess Celestia at all.

    However, Celestia has a plan. Rarity’s going to join her this year, and by their gossiping powers combined, they may be able to turn this upcoming convention into something a little more unconventional.

    Read More

    6 comments · 1,429 views
  • 4 weeks
    cursedchords' "The Legend of the Scorpion Queen" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story about Equestrian harvest legends will grow on you.


    The Legend of the Scorpion Queen
    [Romance] [Sad] • 16,226 words

    On the eve of the Day of Reaping, the start of the Equestrian Harvest, it is traditional that a legend be told over supper: the legend of how the traditions surrounding the Day of Reaping came to be. It is a story of love, ambition, and vengeance.

    Long before Equestria, a grand Unicorn King maintains a splendid garden. On one of his travels he brings a scorpion back to live within it. That scorpion, resentful of being removed from her home, sets out to have her revenge.

    Read More

    6 comments · 3,404 views
  • 5 weeks
    Pen Stroke's "Morsel of Truth" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Sink your teeth into today's spooky story.


    Morsel of Truth
    [Slice of Life] • 4,349 words

    There is a bit of truth to every legend, though the ravages of time can bury it deeply. Myths and lore become twisted, melded, and torn the longer they are around. One of Equestria’s oldest legends is that of Nightmare Moon. It is the core of Nightmare Night and the excuse for children to go out asking for candy with a single, common rhyme.

    Nightmare Night, what a fright. Give me something sweet to bite.

    Read More

    5 comments · 3,993 views
  • 6 weeks
    Hap's "The Donutier" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story will éclair-ify what it means to truly have friends.


    The Donutier
    [Slice of Life] • 13,097 words

    My name is Twilight Sprinkle, and my passion is donuts—from the delicate morsels I serve at elegant cocktail parties to the hearty pastries enjoyed by hard-working ponies who get up early. I don’t have friends, I don’t have books, and I sure as the sun don’t have any wings. I don’t care whether you’re here for revenge, for romance, or for a favor. My name is Twilight Sprinkle and I’m not who you think I am, so either buy a donut or get the hay out of my store!

    Read More

    76 comments · 4,479 views
  • 7 weeks
    JapaneseTeeth's "Octaves" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Take note of how today's story tips the scales of storytelling quality.


    Octaves
    [Slice of Life] • 15,097 words

    "I'm going to be famous!", "I'm going to be the next big thing!", "I'm going to be a superstar!" Octavia couldn't even count how many times she'd heard her roommate claim that she was headed for fame and fortune.

    But the worst part is, Vinyl might not be wrong. At least, not entirely.

    Read More

    5 comments · 3,705 views
  • 8 weeks
    very trustworthy rodent's "The Wealth of the World" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story has a richness you won't want to put down.


    The Wealth of the World
    [Dark] • 7,849 words

    In the 19th century of Princess Celestia's rule, Equestria experienced an acceleration of its progress and prosperity as the first westward expansion began. Yet there were some ponies who took this call to progress as a warrant for ever more radical reform. In 1858, 148 ponies left Equestria to realize that radical dream. This is their story.

    Read More

    2 comments · 3,611 views
  • 10 weeks
    The Cyan Recluse's "The Lighthouse and the Sea" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    VERY LATE NOTE: We'll be taking off the weekend of the 11th for Bronycon! We'll be back next week with more features!

    As a fairy-tale romance, today's story shines.


    The Lighthouse and the Sea
    [Romance] [Slice of Life] • 1,042 words

    A short tail of love and lighthouses, seas and sea ponies.

    Read More

    6 comments · 3,460 views
  • 11 weeks
    Tumbleweed's "The Prisoner of Zebra" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story will exceed your expectations, whether it wants to or not.


    The Prisoner of Zebra

    [Adventure] [Comedy] [Romance] • 22,964 words

    Flash Sentry: hero, heart breaker ... and self-admitted coward. For the first time, he details his own undeserved rise to heroism (as well as the trouble such a reputation brings him) in his own words.

    Read More

    10 comments · 3,887 views
Jul
21st
2017

Author Interview » wille179's "Unicorns Are Magical" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 12:29pm July 21st

Today's story will offer you exactly what you want to read in a horror fic.


Unicorns Are Magical
[Dark] [Alternate Universe] [Sad] [Tragedy] • 3,899 words

"Unicorns are wonderful!"
"Unicorns are fantastic!"
"Unicorns are marvelous!"
"Unicorns are glamorous!"
"Unicorns are enchanting!"
"Unicorns are terrific!"

They also like to twist words. What would happen if you asked what they really are, without the wordplay?

Unicorns provoke wonder. They create fantasies. They cause marvels. They project glamour. They weave enchantment. But most importantly, they spawn terror.

For you see, nopony said that unicorns were good.

FROM THE CURATORS: It's an excellent sign for a fanfic's quality when it gets lodged in your brain and refuses to leave.  "This fic is positively insidious," Soge said.  "It has been two weeks between when I read it and when I managed to sit down to write this, and the otherworldliness of Twilight's actions and how wrong everything feels simply hasn't left me."  Chris, who nominated it over a year after first reading it, felt similarly: "I think there's a lot to appreciate about the way this piece creates and maintains a particular, darkly enjoyable tone," he said.  "It's a pitch-perfect take on the alien other-ness which defines the Fair Folk in our own world's mythology, and the MLP setting draws out that other-ness well, with its familiar-but-equine trappings."

A major contributor to the story's excellence was its fine detail work.  "'The earth pony sighed', in the context of the opening scene of this story, is one of those rare single lines that shakes me to the core," Present Perfect said, while Soge praised the subtlety of its construction: "It is one of those stories that builds a lot of atmosphere not in what is says, but in the things it omits: Wings, horns, weather control, Cutie Marks, and even empathy."  That construction was thoughtful as well, creating impact even from its structure, as Chris noted: "The reverse-chronological order of the five characters' scenes is used to good effect."

But an unexpected strength was its work with familiar characters despite the massive departures of its alternate-universe setup.  "The author has boiled the main six down to their most basic traits, removing many things that the reader might have imagined would be important to their character and being," Present Perfect said.  "In doing so, they walk a fine line between familiar and alien, and twist that to ensure that the events happening in the story keep the reader guessing."  As disorienting as that sometimes was, it was ultimately the source of the fic's staying power, Chris said: "There may not be a clear line between some of the main six's lives and motivations in this fic and in the show (that is, not one that can be directly extrapolated from the AU's premise that unicorns are essentially malicious fey), but the larger themes of the story circle that idea so smoothly that I can't help but be impressed by the way the story grounds 'Twilight Sparkle' in such an unfamiliar creature."

Read on for our author interview, in which wille179 discusses robot puns, smile-ripping, and tea pettiness.


Give us the standard biography.

I’m a 21-year-old computer science major at Georgia Tech. I write in my spare time, and I’m currently working on a novel entitled Guts & Glory.

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

It’s not the most interesting story. Wille179 came from when I was originally setting up my email account. It was just after seeing the movie Wall-E, and I was making a pun with my name, Will. Thus, will.e. Gmail said that that name was already taken, and recommended the 179 bit, which I took. That name, with or without the period, ended up becoming my handle in a lot of places.

Who's your favorite pony?

Chrysalis.

What's your favorite episode?

I have absolutely no idea. Probably anything with Chrysalis in it.

What do you get from the show?

I used to enjoy it just for the sake of it, not really getting anything but entertainment from it. Personally, I like the fandom content even more than the actual show.

What do you want from life?

Career-wise, I want to score a job with Google — that would be my dream job — but any software or game development would be fun. As for more personal goals, I want to get my book published once it’s finished.

Why do you write?

Because video games get boring to me after a while, but stories never do. I often daydream, and sometimes I come up with interesting stories that are worth putting on paper.

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

Write more. Then write even more. And when you’re not writing, read. It’s all practice.

What inspired “Unicorns are Magical”?

The Fair Folk. Fairies. No, I don’t mean things like Tinkerbell, but the monstrous fae from European mythology — which includes the original changelings.

Why tell the story in reverse chronological order?

Two reasons: one, time is often portrayed as not moving the same for the Fair Folk (faster/slower/backwards), and two, fairies are petty. Even the slightest insult is enough to set them off, and I wanted to show that pettiness by showing the “punishment” Fairy-Twilight enacted on Fluttershy for the crime of not having tea.

Was it hard coming up with traditional “bad fairy” outcomes that fit each of the main characters so well?

Not really. It was a matter of twisting their desires, dreams, or personalities against themselves. Rainbow Dash had nobody left to be loyal to save for herself, and when she failed at even that, Fairy-Twilight turned it against her. Rarity clung onto her own sister, but it left her open to being exploited. Pinkie Pie was hurt by the loss of her friends; the need to smile made her vulnerable. Applejack was too honest, and trusted the honesty of her senses too much. Fluttershy’s kindness and naivete made her vulnerable to someone cruel and deceptive.

Talk a little about writing [Dark] stories in a Pony context.

First, strip away the cartoonishness from the world. Make it easy for people to get hurt, make it hard for them to recover, let bad things happen when it's inconvenient, and let people die. Add a dash of realism and nihilism, and stir. Then find ways to subvert expectations in the worst possible ways.

Of course, then you have to keep it from getting so dark that people get used to it being dark. That wasn’t really a concern for this story in particular, thanks to its short length, but it’s something to keep in mind. If you can give your reader a chance to smile, you can rip that smile away later.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I think anyone who can write a quality fanfic that gets people’s attention is good enough to write a novel of their own. Even if they never get it published, every fanfiction writer should attempt to write a novel at some point in their life.

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

Comments ( 7 )

It'd be more clever if that wordplay wasn't lifted directly from Terry Pratchett writing about Elves.

Pratchett, from Lords and Ladies:

Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning.
No one ever said elves are nice.
Elves are bad.

4608151
Was just about to say that.

You know, this somehow brings to mind both a story by Terry Pratchett and this one horror Labyrinth fanfic I read a while back.

4608151
Personally, that wordplay is what has me interested in reading a story where all the unicorns are actually evil in the first place.

4608190
That's intertextuality for you.
Nice one!
Although, I doubt iron will have the same effect on unicorns.
...
A frying pan to the head might, though...

Login or register to comment