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  • Friday
    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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    7 comments · 1,381 views
  • 1 week
    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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    10 comments · 1,154 views
  • 2 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 · 1,800 views
  • 3 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 · 1,581 views
  • 4 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 · 2,470 views
  • 5 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 · 1,114 views
  • 6 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 · 1,275 views
  • 7 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 · 1,937 views
  • 8 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 · 1,362 views
  • 9 weeks
    Dromicosuchus' "The Rise and Fall of the Dark Lord Sassaflash" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    There is much Love in the craft of today's story.


    The Rise and Fall of the Dark Lord Sassaflash
    [Dark] [Adventure] [Crossover] • 116,239 words

    Wanted: Porter, assistant, jack-of-all-trades, minion. Applicants should be strong, loyal, pain tolerant, cold tolerant, unambitious. Must be capable of following simple instructions. Ideal applicant should be of low to average intelligence and mildly deformed, but exceptions will be made for extraordinary candidates, with extraordinariness to be determined by employer. Must be willing to begin work immediately.

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    9 comments · 1,513 views
Dec
22nd
2017

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

IT'S ALIVE!

IT'S ALIIIIIIIVE!

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


...sniff

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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