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  • Friday
    anonpencil's "Broken Bindings" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a real page-turner.


    Broken Bindings
    [Dark] [Horror] [Mystery] • 23,036 words

    Twilight has given you a new book to read. Well, she didn't exactly give it to you, you actually just found it in the back of the library. Behind a shelf. On the ground. It looks very old, downright ancient, and it smells like moss and rot. The binding is a little cracked, and there's no title on it. You can't help but wonder what might be inside, and the only way to find out is to keep reading.

    Just turn the page.

    You can do that much, can't you?

    Please?

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    20 comments · 854 views
  • 1 week
    wYvern's "Of Flies and Spiders" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story will ensnare you.


    Of Flies and Spiders
    [Romance] [Dark] [Tragedy] • 8,065 words

    Glitter was banished from her hive because she's different: instead of feeding on love, she feeds on anger, fear, and sadness. Ponies are easily fooled and more easily manipulated. Staying undetected and sustaining her dietary needs, she goes through life bringing misery to those around her. All changes, though, when he turns up, tearing down walls built throughout a lifetime.

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    7 comments · 929 views
  • 2 weeks
    Epic Yarn's "A Slice of (Cake) Life" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story bakes up some — PUMPKIN, PUT THAT DOWN.


    A Slice of (Cake) Life
    [Comedy] [Slice of Life] • 1,178 words

    Mrs. Cake’s life isn’t always a piece of cake. The bakery needs running, Pound and Pumpkin are always up to something, and babysitters aren’t always easy to come by.

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    5 comments · 1,121 views
  • 4 weeks
    Cerulean Voice's "Essenza di Amore" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    [Ed. Note: The Royal Canterlot Library will be taking next week off for Bronycon!]

    You'll grow to love today's story.


    Essenza di Amore
    [Adventure] [Drama] [Alternate Universe] • 53,665 words

    Orphaned as a filly, a young pegasus named Kaviyayu is raised by an adoptive Earth pony family in a secluded, peaceful village. When a strange unicorn drops by the village, Kaviyayu and the other foals are captivated by her tales of the world, as well as her various spells and illusions for their amusement. But there's something about the way she doesn't speak of her own family ... how she never removes her traveller's cloak ... how she seems to take a very strong interest in Kaviyayu ...

    Who is this mysterious mare, what does she seek, and just what is so special about that pendant she wears?

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    8 comments · 1,318 views
  • 5 weeks
    NaiadSagaIotaOar's "Who We Are in the Dark" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story, unlike its protagonist, doesn't have to cheat to win your heart.


    Who We Are in the Dark
    [Equestria Girls] [Romance] [Tragedy] • 11,505 words

    [Note: This story contains sexual themes.]

    Adagio, who everyone knows is an immortal sex goddess, is determined to give her girlfriend a perfect eighteenth birthday. If only she weren't secretly a virgin, it would be easy.

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    16 comments · 1,701 views
  • 6 weeks
    Mr V's "Sweet Little Lovely: A Gothic Romance" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story ticks along to a sweetly chilling conclusion.


    Sweet Little Lovely: A Gothic Romance
    [Romance] [Dark] • 14,993 words

    [Note: This story contains scenes of blood and gore.]

    Everyone in their sleepy little town knows that Marvelous, the clockmaker, has eyes for only one mare - the beautiful Little Lovely. Despite her mysterious illness and his amusingly obsessive nature, there's no question that they make a perfect couple.

    But when the truth of Little Lovely's affliction comes to light, Marvelous begins to realize that her true beauty is ... on the inside.

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    3 comments · 1,464 views
  • 7 weeks
    Chris' "Wyrmlysan" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    As the Royal Canterlot Library says farewell to Chris, we welcome RBDash47, creator of the original Pony Fiction Vault, to our fold!

    You're destined to like tonight's story.


    Wyrmlysan
    [Tragedy] • 3,322 words

    Prophecy is a dangerous game; meanings which are obvious can become obscure in an instant, and fates are laid bare only in hindsight.

    After the fall of Discord but before the rise of Nightmare Moon, a dragon breaks the peace between its race and ponykind, and Princess Luna flies to mete out justice.

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    8 comments · 1,729 views
  • 8 weeks
    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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    4 comments · 1,919 views
  • 9 weeks
    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 · 3,057 views
  • 10 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 · 2,094 views
May
11th
2018

Author Interview » Cyrano's "Suns and Roses" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 12:23pm May 11th

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.

FROM THE CURATORS: The My Little Pony fandom sometimes seems dedicated to proving that ponies can cross over with any genre — and often, as with this tale, the result elevates both sources.  "This is a high-speed fic about falling in love, seeking freedom, and getting into way too much trouble," Present Perfect said in his nomination.  "You've got bank robberies, tommy guns, gas that cost twenty cents a gallon, and going out in a hail of gunfire when the odds are stacked against you. Suffice to say, this story is entirely my aesthetic and I unabashedly love it."  He wasn't the only one: "I am a tremendous sucker for period pieces," FanOfMostEverything said.  "And apparently for lesbian Bonnie & Clyde stories set in the Roaring Twenties. And brief interludes with human Twilight working at a patent office. Sorry, bank. I meant bank."

And while its pitch-perfect genre elements endeared us to the story, those weren't the only things it got right.  "It's a gripping roller coaster of a story," FanOfMostEverything said, while Soge praised the characters: "Sunset and Roseluck worked out perfectly as a romantic pairing, with the kind of chemistry that would make me less harsh towards shipfics. The setting also works wonders in favor of the story, serving as a perfect way of framing this type of story as a pony fic."  Horizon appreciated the framing as well: "This melds its pony elements into its 1920s framework subtly and smoothly, and uses them to make the gut punch at the ending all the more poignant."

While this was breezing to an easy feature, at times our discussion sounded more like a book club than a literary critique.  "This was a fantastic tale of following a road paved with good intentions to its inevitable end," FanOfMostEverything said, causing Soge to respond: "I will certainly disagree with the idea that this is about a road paved with good intentions, given their impressive (and seemingly dispassionate) body count.  And I say that because it was probably my favourite aspect of this fic — the inherent tragedy to it all, of two teenagers broken by life finding their only escape to be through love, yes, but also murder. It feels very significant that, at the end of the day, they only lose when they take a more empathetic path."

Read on for our author interview, in which Cyrano discusses boardwalk empires, spring semesters, and a little more panache.


Give us the standard biography.

I’m very boring, really. I was a teenager when I joined the fandom, and now I’m not. I got a degree in doing computer things and I’m planning to attend law school this year. Oh, and I’m Canadian, so there’s that. Go Canada!

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

I think I might have the most boring answer to this question ever, but I unashamedly stole it from the titular character of Cyrano de Bergerac. He’s larger than life: a poet, a warrior, a person unafraid to stand up for their ideals; but despite all of that he’s hopelessly hamstrung by his perception of other people seeing him as ugly. I feel like we could all use a little more panache in our lives (especially my life), so when it came to picking an alias, the choice practically made itself.

Who's your favorite pony?

A couple years ago I would have said Applejack and that would have been that. These days it’s more difficult. I want to say Starlight, because I typically enjoy her episodes, especially those that deal with her friendship with Trixie, but it’s a hard choice.

What's your favorite episode?

That answer has changed a lot (and will almost certainly continue to change), but right now I’ll go with The Perfect Pear. What’s not to like? It’s got romance, forbidden love, heartbreak, redemption, and pear puns! Plus William Shatner as Grand Pear (also a pun)!

But seriously, The Perfect Pear is exactly the kind of heartwarming story that that I adore. It doesn’t prop itself up on characters acting silly or unfortunate misunderstandings — it’s a love story that fleshes out characters we’ve wondered about since season one. I hope we get more episodes like this in the future.

What do you get from the show?

It makes me happy and it sparks my imagination. There’s a lot of grim in the world these days, so it’s nice to imagine a world where good guys win not by beating their opposition into a pulp, but by confronting their own flaw and letting their virtues shine through.

What do you want from life?

Happiness and stability. I have no idea where I’ll end up or what I’ll be doing, but who does?

Why do you write?

I wish I could say that I write because it’s something I’m compelled to do, or that there are stories in my head that I can’t help but release through my keyboard, but that’s not true. In reality, writing is hard, and that’s part of why I do it. There are stories in my head, but rather than building up until I’m bursting at the seams with them, eventually an idea that isn’t written down simply fades away.

I enjoy telling stories, and even though it’s hard sometimes, I want to do it. That’s why I write.

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

Don’t be intimidated by the success of other authors. It’s so easy to pick up a book or look at a featured story and feel tiny. Sometimes I read a passage and I can’t help but despair, because I think how impossible it is for my awkward fingers to write something that moving. But you’ve got to keep writing. Someone else’s success is not your failure.

What inspired “Suns and Roses”?

I wrote "Suns and Roses" for Oroboro’s Sunset Shipping Contest. I threw around a bunch of bad ideas (Roseluck herself was a holdover from one of these), until I eventually decided upon a Bonnie-and-Clyde-style crime story. This may also have been a bad idea, but I was watching a lot of Boardwalk Empire at the time and was hooked on the era.

Why the 1930s style gangster setting?

Because it’s awesome! I love gangster movies, and the style of the ’30s is just so cool. It’s a setting I’d like to see more of in pretty much all media. It was also interesting to think about the reactions people of the time would have to a pair of young girls going on a crime spree across the country.

Do you find the “Equestria Girls” universe more inspiring than the regular MLP universe?

I suppose I do. Other than the obvious fact that Equestria Girls characters are human (which certainly makes things easier), I feel like there’s a lot of unexplored territory in the Equestria Girls universe that makes it interesting to think about. This whole story is essentially a ‘what if’ centered around the portal to Equestria leading to a different place and a different time! Plus high-school drama is always fun to write about — other fandoms have to create their own high-school Alternate Universes, and ours is built in!

Or maybe it’s just easier for me to relate to pastel people than pastel ponies.

Do you see Twilight keeping the money?

I’m tempted not to answer this question, but I suppose Death of the Author means that my response has no more weight to it than whatever the reader has already come up with, so what’s the harm? Obvious spoiler warning for those (like me, I’ll admit it) who sometimes read the whole interview before the story.

The theme of the Sunset Shipping Contest was “Changing Seasons”. What I’d attempted to do with the story was have Sunset and Roseluck’s story follow the arc of the seasons: they met in spring, fell in love and began their crime spree in summer, had things begin to fall apart in autumn, and winter... well, you know how that went. Anyway, the way I see it, Twilight’s story started in winter, and mentioning the possibility of her attending the spring semester was entirely deliberate. I hope that answers the question.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

This was a super fun story to write, and I’m glad to hear there are people out there who enjoyed reading it. Getting a story featured by the Royal Canterlot Library is a huge honor, and honestly something I never thought would happen to me. Thank you so, so much.

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

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Comments ( 8 )

Bah! You guys beat me to this one by about a month. I shake my fist at you!

But seriously, the story certainly deserves the attention.

R5h
R5h #2 · May 11th · · ·

Congrats, Cyrano! You definitely earned this.

equestria girls: mafia edition

:facehoof: congrats and all, but how do I stop get these news blogs? I'm not in to these type of fan ficts.

PresentPerfect
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If ignoring blog posts is more difficult than appreciating the time and effort that goes into both crafting and featuring high-quality fanfics, then just follow these easy steps!

1) Go to your feed, the place where new blog posts show up
2) Hit "Options"
3) Hit the selector for "Social Site Posts" so that it turns red. You will still receive important news related to the site, but your life will forever be free of recommendations for excellent fanfiction! :)

Why does sunset look so much like Izuru Kamakura in this picture XD

My personal pick for best story of the contest

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