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  • Friday
    OnionPie's "What is Left" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is an addicting read.

    What is Left
    [Dark] [Sad] [Thriller] [Tragedy] • 24,301 words

    Five years of cheap thrills in the big city have left Sweetie Belle in bad debt with dangerous ponies. Forced to pay up, she returns to Ponyville to seek money from an estranged sister she loathes with a passion.

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    9 comments · 785 views
  • 1 week
    AndrewRogue's "The Destiny Trap" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Enjoying today's story is in the cards.

    The Destiny Trap
    [Adventure] • 7,746 words

    Returning from a trip to Manehattan, Trixie has a brand new magic trick that she's all too eager to share with Starlight.

    Unfortunately, when things don't work quite as expected, Trixie and Starlight are forced to go on a journey across Equestria to find the pony that gave her the trick and make things right once more.

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    2 comments · 1,883 views
  • 2 weeks
    Norm De Plume's "As Horns and Halos Surround You" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    (Ed. Note: This week, we say farewell to Chris, who has been with the Royal Canterlot Library since its inception, and give a big hello to FanOfMostEverything, who has some formidable horseshoes to fill!)

    Give in to the temptation of reading today's story.

    As Horns and Halos Surround You
    [Slice of Life] • 4,809 words

    Rarity’s little Temptation ends up on pins and needles. Literally.

    With her shoulder-devil out of commission, other Temptations pop into her life to pick up the slack from their fallen sister.

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    10 comments · 2,507 views
  • 3 weeks
    Mitch H's "A Requiem For Lost Libraries" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's tale has its roots in an unusual ghost story.

    A Requiem For Lost Libraries
    [Mystery] • 2,655 words

    There is a ghost haunting the corridors of Ponyville's newest dwelling, the princess's Castle of Friendship. It is a ghost without voice, or hoof, or spectral limb to cast strange shadows upon crystalline walls.

    But it's not the ghost of a pony. It's not a person at all.

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    5 comments · 2,503 views
  • 4 weeks
    Redric Carrun's "Sleeping Habits" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    If you're procrastinating on reading today's story: You snooze, you lose.

    Sleeping Habits
    [Slice of Life] • 8,504 words

    Rainbow Dash has rather a poor reputation when it comes to her workload. Everypony always thinks of her as the pony who takes three naps during daylight hours, and four on weekends, and always seems to be looking for something to do to pass the time. All of this is true, of course. But ponies seem to think this means that she must not ever get very much work done.

    Can the weather captain for all of Ponyville really be as lazy as she seems? Is that the only explanation for Rainbow Dash's free time and constant napping?

    The weather is a full-time job. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. And the worst weather happens at night.

    So weather ponies have strange sleeping habits.

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    4 comments · 2,726 views
  • 5 weeks
    JoeShogun's "Nine Days Down" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a hell of a tale.

    Nine Days Down
    [Dark] [Adventure] • 136,069 words

    Sometimes it's fun to play the damsel in distress. Princess Celestia knows this better than most. Usually it works out fine. Really, she could have escaped at any time, but Twilight and her friends have been so effective in the past that this time, Celestia may have let things get out of hoof. It was all fun and games until she got unceremoniously tossed into Tartarus. Even then, it wouldn't have been so bad; she's a goddess, after all. But alas, Tartarus is not Equestria, and Celestia is not all she could be when trapped there. Even worse, it appears that she didn't get thrown into The Pit alone. 

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    11 comments · 3,111 views
  • 6 weeks
    Kkat's "Origin Story" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Explore today's story to find a hidden treasure.

    Origin Story
    [Adventure] • 24,563 words

    In the last months of the great war, Daring Do is called to once again brave the jungles of the Tenochtitlan Basin on a vital mission. While deep in enemy territory, she begins work on a final book: a prequel. A story that will never be completed.

    Here are the recovered fragments of that lost, unfinished Daring Do novel.

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    24 comments · 4,536 views
  • 7 weeks
    DwarvishPony's "Tracks in the Sand" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story examines a young woman hoping that someday her prints will come.

    Tracks in the Sand
    [Equestria Girls] [Drama] [Alternate Universe] • 9,590 words

    Scavenging isn't just a hobby, it's a means of survival in the ruins of the old world. When you go scavenging, though, you'll never know what you'll find.

    Pinkie Pie is about to find more than she bargained for.

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    4 comments · 3,258 views
  • 8 weeks
    Monochromatic's "The Choices We Make" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    You won't regret choosing today's story.

    The Choices We Make
    [Equestria Girls] • 5,146 words

    Every Friday, from five in the afternoon to eleven at night, Pinkie Pie does volunteer work. She doesn't have to do it, the world won't stop if she doesn't, but she chooses to do it anyway. Even if it's doing seemingly insignificant little things.

    After all, the best ways to help aren't always with grand gestures, but with the little things in life.

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    21 comments · 4,942 views
  • 9 weeks
    Ringcaat's "The Pony Who Lived Upstairs" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story brings a little magic home.

    The Pony Who Lived Upstairs
    [Drama] [Slice of Life] [Human] • 184,740 words

    [Note: This story contains sexual themes.]

    What would you do if a pony moved into the apartment upstairs? Would you make an effort to meet her? What would you talk about? And what kind of pony leaves Equestria for Earth in the first place?

    This is a series of slice-of-life episodes about a young man who meets a pony in New Jersey. Equestria has made contact with Earth; creations and creators have been sorting things out for a couple of years, and a smattering of ponies are gradually starting to move to Earth. Told though human eyes, here's the story of one of them.

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    6 comments · 3,980 views

Author Interview » Lost + Found Features: "Let's Pretend"/"Let Me Tell You About the Hole in My Face" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 8:22pm Dec 22nd, 2017

'Tis the season for holiday stress — and for the RCL to be pushing through almost 700,000 words of longfics in our reading queue. That dual crunch has slowed us down, and we're currently working with our pending featured authors on their interviews.  But don't worry — we've got you covered!

We keep track of stories which have passed through our approval process, but whose authors were unresponsive to us despite repeated effort.  We'd like to see these great stories get their time in the spotlight too, so we're presenting a pair of RCL-approved tales for your reading pleasure.

(Note: We will not be posting next week -- this week on our website -- due to the holiday. Happy holidays from the Royal Canterlot Library!)

Let's Pretend
By Pen Mightier
[Adventure] [Comedy] • 7,484 words

'Let's Pretend' is my favourite game. Someponies play it for fun. Someponies play it for life. When four little fillies and their trusty companion go on an epic adventure through black liquorice jungles and dark chocolate swamps to uncover the Lost City of El Chimichanga and the endless fountain of chocolate within, they find that some games can be played for Love.

FROM THE CURATORS: This story was easy to sum up — "The Pie sisters play make-believe, as narrated by Boulder," Present Perfect said — and just as easy for us to appreciate.  "It's a story that exemplifies the best kind of sweethearted goofiness, and builds up its characters so well (though no-stakes shenanigans, no less) that the climax of the piece made me want to cheer for Maud," Chris said in his nomination.  AugieDog's praise was multilayered: "Kids being kids is always a good basis for storytelling since it lets an author play around with levels of fantasy and reality," he said.  "Add to that the way each Pie sister comes through with a distinct individual voice, and then give us Boulder as a completely believable narrator at no extra charge? I was right on board."

We hardly needed to be sold on it beyond that, but the character work was also an exemplary match for the quality of the rest of the story.  "This is a marvelous Maud Pie piece, as it ends up being her coming-of-age by the end," Present Perfect said. "Between irascible Marble, irrepressible Pinkie, and disconsolate Limestone, Maud sticks out like a sore rock. She’s incapable of approaching the world on anything but a flat, rational level, and this holds her back from bonding with her sisters, as well as stepping to the fore when she’s most needed."  And the craft also shone through in general.  "The descriptions are a perfect match for the tone, vacillating with the mood of the moment but holding an internal consistency that makes the whole story feel cohesive," Chris said.  "In all, this was a real pleasure to read."

Let Me Tell You About the Hole in My Face
By Slavoj Zizek
[Dark] • 1,187 words

Applejack tells you her only secret.

It is about a hole.

The breathing, living hole in her face.

FROM THE CURATORS: This is certainly a piece that lives up to its title.  "It hits me right in the Kafka bone, as nice a piece of surrealism as I've read in quite some time," AugieDog said in his nomination. And that wasn't the only hitting the story did — as we saw in PresentPerfect's only response being "Jesus," and a vote toward a feature.  Former curator JohnPerry was similarly struck: "I can honestly say that it's been a very long time since a piece of ponyfic has evoked such a visceral reaction from me," he said. "Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to curl into a ball on the floor and remain there for a while."

But we're about literary merit, not shock value, and what sealed the deal on the feature was the use to which this story put its strong imagery.  "I was pleased to find it one of the relatively small number of fics to use a direct address to the reader to good effect," Chris said, while JohnPerry complimented it on its tone: "It's got that dream-like mixture of surreal and horrifyingly vivid."  And Chris further appreciated the character work.  "I think it's a story that fits Applejack to a tee; it's not exactly a stretch to read her as a character who both fears and loathes as weakness the thought of exposing herself meaningfully to others," he said.  "The idea of this being her internalization of her own guilt over the death of her parents feels real."

Read more features right here at the Royal Canterlot Library, or suggest stories for us to feature at our Fimfiction group.

Comments ( 5 )

Hole in my face is crazy. Worth a read and a re read and once more.

Majin Syeekoh
Story Approver



All of my being forever hopes that Slavoj Zizek really did write pony fanfiction for a short period of time.


It's about time the Hole in My Face got the recognition it deserves.

These were...both honestly amazing. Let's Pretend was adorable and uplifting, and then I got to Hole in my Face and.....
*stares at Applejack plush all night*.....

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