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  • Friday
    Einhander's "Royals" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a rarity: a rich romance between an unexpected pair.


    Royals
    [Romance] [Sad] [Slice of Life] • 14,210 words

    Rarity always wanted to be Lady Rarity. Over time, it became more clear it was not meant to be. But she's fine, she's got a successful business in Ponyville, her fashion line showing in Manehattan and she has her friends, even if most of them are moving on with their lives. A prince sweeping her off her hooves was just not meant to be.

    So how in Equestria did she end up on a date with the richest pony in town?

    Confusion, feelings and wine mix for a potentially explosive, heartwarming (or rending?) evening, along with a pinch of generosity.

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    2 comments · 770 views
  • 1 week
    brokenimage321's "Celestia XVII" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    The crowning achievement of today's story is a look at some royal growing pains.


    Celestia XVII
    [Drama] [Slice of Life] [Alternate Universe] • 56,413 words

    Being seventeen is hard — especially if you happen to be a Princess.

    I'm Princess Celestia, but everyone calls me Cece. My life has been crazier than normal lately — my big brother Blueblood is a selfish jerk, my best friend Twilight just moved away to Ponyville, and, oh yeah — Nightmare Moon turned out to be my long-lost somethingth-Great Aunt, Princess Luna. No biggie.

    But, no matter how my life is going, I'm still Princess. I've gotta keep it together. Somehow. I can make it at least until the Grand Galloping Gala in a month-and-a-half ... right?

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    8 comments · 2,050 views
  • 2 weeks
    Metool Bard's "The Truth Hurts" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    With today's story, idol hooves are the devil's workshop.


    The Truth Hurts
    [Dark] [Sad] [Slice of Life] • 4,914 words

    Lightning Dust has been in a bit of a rut ever since getting kicked out of the Wonderbolt Academy. Day after day, she's been sticking to a strict exercise regimen under the guidance of Cloudsdale's premier personal trainer, Haymaker. Her hope is that she'll unlock her true potential and show Haymaker how awesome she is, thus prompting him to use his connections to get her back into the Wonderbolts. No matter how many times Haymaker tells her it's impossible, Lightning simply refuses to listen.

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    11 comments · 1,471 views
  • 3 weeks
    Phaoray's "Complex Apartments" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story drives home the difficulties of odd roommate choices.


    Complex Apartments
    [Equestria Girls] [Drama] [Romance] [Sad] • 9,829 words

    Choosing an apartment to live in is important and requires good planning. Location, needs, cost, a lot must be taken into account when looking.

    One girl looks to her animals and peace, hoping to have a quiet, fun time with her friends as she goes through high school. For her, the apartment is cheap, comfortable, allows pets, and is close to school. Perfect!

    The other is looking to take over a high school, enslave everyone inside, and bring war to another dimension all in the name of proving her mentor wrong. A small, cheap apartment near the school to plan in is all she needs.

    Fluttershy really should have met the neighbors before signing her lease...

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    4 comments · 1,947 views
  • 4 weeks
    Minds Eye's "Extra Sprinkles" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Donut skip today's story.


    Extra Sprinkles
    [Slice of Life] • 2,801 words

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    4 comments · 1,674 views
  • 5 weeks
    AdmiralTigerclaw's "Arrow 18 Mission Logs: Lone Ranger" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story arrives from the past to look at the future.


    Arrow 18 Mission Logs: Lone Ranger
    [Adventure] [Sci-Fi] [Human] • 66,605 words

    The star system Omega Centauri was just another oddity on a map to scientists in the not too distant future. However when they found the star was orbiting an earth-sized, earth-like planet instead of a black hole as its motion had suggested, a mission was scrambled to investigate this most unusual of celestial behaviors.

    Hamstrung by politics, and nearly crippled before it began, the 'Lone Ranger' mission was reduced to just one crew member and left to his own devices.

    These are the logs of Arrow 18 and its lone commander. This information is classified TOP SECRET by the Global Space Agency.

    Do NOT tell the princess.

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    35 comments · 2,563 views
  • 6 weeks
    Cyrano's "Suns and Roses" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Put your hands in the air for today's story.


    Suns and Roses
    [Equestria Girls] [Romance] [Dark] [Tragedy] [Alternate Universe] • 10,907 words

    The Crystal Mirror brought Sunset Shimmer not to the steps of Canterlot High, but to another world all together. She meets Roseluck, a prisoner in her own home trapped beneath the authoritarian rule of her father, and the two embark on a journey of love and bank robbing as they search for somewhere they can truly be free.

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    8 comments · 1,207 views
  • 7 weeks
    Aldrigold's "The Quiescence of the Crystal Empire" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a blast from the past.


    The Quiescence of the Crystal Empire
    [Sad] • 2,569 words

    Before Twilight and her friends saved the Crystal Empire, its ruler had to watch it die. Long before she meets Shining Armor and Twilight, Cadence walks through her home for the last time.

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    1 comments · 1,353 views
  • 8 weeks
    alarajrogers' "Sleep While I Drive" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story drives its characters to extremes.


    Sleep While I Drive
    [Dark] [Adventure] [Sad] [Sci-Fi] • 12,791 words

    Celestia and Discord, as teens, flee their destroyed homeworld to a new world promised by a letter from Luna. But Discord can't escape his nature, nor Celestia her memories. Being a chaos mage on a starliner is a death sentence, and yet, Discord has to keep using his mind-control powers to take Celestia's emotions away, at her request, because otherwise she wants to die. And Gray Celestia, the discorded Celestia with no emotions but the drive to protect herself and Discord, will do anything that needs to be done to save them both.

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    15 comments · 2,014 views
  • 9 weeks
    R5h's "Partyquest" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    You don't have to travel to a magical land of ponies to see greatness in today's story.


    Partyquest
    [Adventure] [Comedy] • 11,594 words

    Pinkie has one month to throw a party that's out of this world. Which is exactly where she'll receive the training she needs.

    Can she brave the trials of artistic integrity, heavy rainfall, an actual literal gun, and thinking too hard about why she went to Equestria in the first place?

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    10 comments · 1,385 views
Jul
21st
2017

Author Interview » wille179's "Unicorns Are Magical" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 12:29pm Jul 21st, 2017

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.
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A frying pan to the head might, though...

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