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  • 6 days
    Cherax's "Sundowner Season" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    It's always a good season to read today's story.


    Sundowner Season
    [Drama] [Sad] • 21,493 words

    With a heavy heart and an empty journal, Rarity heads north.

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    2 comments · 692 views
  • 1 week
    Summer Dancer's "Sandbox" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story doesn't play around when it comes to adorable-yet-poignant pony portrayals.


    Sandbox
    [Slice of Life] • 3,045 words

    When trying to focus on her studies, Sunset Shimmer is stuck watching an annoying little filly who just won't let her study.

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    10 comments · 1,516 views
  • 2 weeks
    Lost + Found Features: "Conversations with Eternity" / "Chuckling Over My Cheery-O's" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Occasionally, exemplary stories earn our approval for a feature — but the author opts out of our interview, or we're unable to complete the interview process despite repeated effort.  We'd like to see these great stories get their time in the spotlight too, so today we're presenting a pair of RCL-approved tales for your reading pleasure.


    Conversations with Eternity
    By Sunchaser
    [Adventure] [Alternate Universe] • 6,078 words

    Far off to the west of Equestria lay The Eternal Lands, an immense expanse of desert that holds at its heart a precious jewel: the city of Gallopfree, sprung up around a peculiar bit of water known as the Well of Eternity.

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    9 comments · 1,653 views
  • 3 weeks
    ChibiRenamon's "Conquering is Easy, Being Conquered is Hard" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Royal Canterlot Library

    It wasn't hard to let today's story conquer our hearts.


    Conquering is Easy, Being Conquered is Hard

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    Rarity has conquered Equestria, but she is unsure how to deal with a cult led by Fluttershy and the cult's second-in-command, Twilight Sparkle, who seems to have plans of her own...
    ChibiRenamon · 27k words  ·  244  16 · 1.8k views

    [Romance] [Comedy] [Drama] [Alternate Universe] • 26,653 words

    Rarity's quest for love led her from Tartarus to Canterlot. Now, wielding powers beyond comprehension, she rules over Equestria.

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    8 comments · 2,336 views
  • 4 weeks
    Coyote de La Mancha's "Twilight Sparkle Was Shot" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story starts with a bang.

    Twilight Sparkle Was Shot
    [Adventure] [Equestria Girls] [Alternate Universe] • 9,173 words

    After the reformation of Sunset Shimmer, the Mane Six united their powers against all manner of threats. Then, Twilight Sparkle joined their number, and over time the bonds between the Mane Seven have become stronger than ever.

    They have called upon their power to aid their friends, to protect the innocent, and even to defend their world.

    Never have they called upon their power out of anger, or to seek revenge.

    Until now.

    FROM THE CURATORS: Vengeance isn't a goal typically associated with a hero, especially a hero in the My Little Pony franchise. And yet in this week's feature, the drive for vengeance that binds together our protagonist and antagonist in a yin and yang of pain feels almost breathtakingly real.

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    12 comments · 2,048 views
  • 5 weeks
    Jack of a Few Trades' "Without Another Word" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    We'd like to give you a good word about today's story.


    Without Another Word
    [Drama] [Sad] • 11,912 words

    Seven years have passed since Grand Pear moved to Vanhoover, and time has dulled the pain of leaving Pear Butter behind. Though the scars remain, life for the Pear family has done its best to return to normal.

    But one day, a letter from Ponyville comes in the mail.

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    3 comments · 964 views
  • 6 weeks
    Flutterpriest's "Feathers" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Fall into today's story for some gripping drama.


    Feathers
    [Dark] [Drama] • 2,466 words

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    7 comments · 2,393 views
  • 7 weeks
    fourths' "You and Her" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story aches.


    You and Her
    [Romance] [Sad] • 7,335 words

    [Note: This story contains sexual themes.]

    You told me that a young designer from out of town would be coming to stay with us for a few days while she discussed business plans with you. I told you that would be fine, that I wouldn't mind.

    I lied.

    FROM THE CURATORS: Relationships are rarely easy. Feelings wax and wane, ebb and flow, and even at their easiest and most effortless, relationships take effort. But maybe you don't want to put that effort in any more. Maybe it takes less effort to start something new than to maintain something you've had for years. Maybe your partner won't catch on. Maybe they will.

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    13 comments · 2,611 views
  • 8 weeks
    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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    22 comments · 2,812 views
  • 9 weeks
    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 · 1,670 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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