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  • Friday
    SirTruffles' "Three Left Turns" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story turns out right.


    Three Left Turns
    [Dark] • 2,478 words

    Equestria's last night is nigh. Next evening it will be ash. Twilight slips off with but the past to bargain with. Can she buy a future?

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    3 comments · 1,092 views
  • 2 weeks
    Petrichord's "Paper Butterflies" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Watch some delicate emotions fold together in today's story.


    Paper Butterflies
    [Sad] [Slice of Life] • 3,756 words

    Discord hasn't been feeling himself lately. Rarity thinks that it might be a good idea to get his mind off of things by having him assist her with upcoming work for the Summer Sun Celebration. Being the good sport that he is, Big Mac helps Discord out.

    As it turns out, the project is surprisingly fun.  It's also more than a little painful.

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    10 comments · 2,668 views
  • 3 weeks
    MaxKodan's "Dappled Shores" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story warns about the hidden dangers of "shows, don't tell".


    Dappled Shores
    [Romance] [Comedy] [Drama] [Equestria Girls] [Slice of Life] • 4,640 words

    Rarity and Sunset are having their third weekly Dappled Shores marathon.

    And then Sunset ruins everything.

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    6 comments · 3,181 views
  • 4 weeks
    WishyWish's "Sugarcube in the Corner" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    An unlikely crossover source mashes up with pony in today's story.


    Sugarcube in the Corner
    [Drama] [Sad] [Slice of Life] [Tragedy] • 8,069 words

    Enter Painless — a young resident physician at Manehattan East Side Memorial Hospital who drew the short lot, and ended up working through Hearth's Warming. With the city caught in the grips of a blizzard that weatherponies are still trying to get under control, the night is boring, the decorations contrived, and the coffee is as bitter as his sensibilities.

    Tonight, Painless has a single, pointless task assigned to him — to keep the company of a lonesome, unconscious stallion who is essentially already dead. In so doing, a young doctor will learn that medicine is about more than scalpels and technique.

    It's also about mending broken hearts.

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    5 comments · 4,670 views
  • 6 weeks
    The Albinocorn's "Firebird Dahlia" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    An explosive sibling rivalry is at the center of today's story.


    Firebird Dahlia
    [Drama] [Slice of Life] • 48,819 words

    Life is looking up for Sunset Shimmer.

    With her grandstanding at the Battle of the Bands, Canterlot High has taken a new approach to her. Amends have been made, friendships have been restored, and Sunset is on the fast track to becoming a better person.

    But even now, there are still apologies that have to be said.

    For her Spring Break, Sunset returns to Equestria to make up with her estranged family: the parents that raised and provided for her, and the sister she left behind. But a lot has changed since then, and some wounds won't heal by just saying 'I'm sorry.'

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    13 comments · 4,602 views
  • 7 weeks
    forbloodysummer's "Why Are You Here, Your Majesty?" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is here for a very good reason.


    Why Are You Here, Your Majesty?
    [Drama] • 8,405 words

    Immortals are few and far between in Equestria, and they are all known to each other. Two of them are about to get to know each other a little better. Because one has just turned up uninvited in another’s private chambers. Maybe it’s time they had a chat?

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    8 comments · 4,990 views
  • 8 weeks
    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.

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    0 comments · 4,606 views
  • 10 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.

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    21 comments · 5,259 views
  • 11 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.

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    6 comments · 4,385 views
  • 12 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.

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    6 comments · 5,205 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...

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