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  • Friday
    Muramasa's "The Thief and the Princess" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Don't let today's story slip past you unnoticed.


    The Thief and the Princess
    [Slice of Life][Thriller] • 3,252 words

    In the dead of night, a thief breaks into the royal palace in Canterlot to steal Celestia's crown. She successfully sneaks through the palace and enters the room where this prize possession is kept, with not a soul the wiser.

    Well, save for a certain Princess.

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    2 comments · 930 views
  • 1 week
    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 · 860 views
  • 2 weeks
    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 · 1,640 views
  • 4 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  ·  245  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 · 2,416 views
  • 5 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 · 2,114 views
  • 6 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 · 1,024 views
  • 7 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 · 2,455 views
  • 8 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 · 2,622 views
  • 9 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 · 2,820 views
  • 10 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 · 1,680 views
Sep
28th
2018

Author Interview » Lost + Found Features: "Conversations with Eternity" / "Chuckling Over My Cheery-O's" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 12:57pm September 28th

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.

Prodded by a little whimsical intuition, Princess Luna finds herself walking those winding streets of her ancient past, and holding conference with the enigmatic Steward of the Well...

FROM THE CURATORS: Some premises — such as modern Luna coming to grips with her past — have been covered so thoroughly that it's difficult to make a story about them stand out. This, however, turned our heads with its rich and rewarding details.  "The prose is marvelous, dense yet economical," Present Perfect said.  "The actual conversation, pep talk if you will, is fantastic, putting this leaps and bounds ahead of numerous other 'Luna dealing with having been Nightmare Moon' stories."  Former curator Chris' nomination lauded the care which went into its construction: "The fic shows us her emotional reactions, leaving us to place their sources for ourselves.  A quick, inattentive reading here might result in the reader thinking Luna's actions are abrupt and unbelievable, but in fact those actions are hints that paint a much larger picture of both her, and the world at large."  It quickly qualified for a feature amid reactions like AugieDog's: "It's always nice to see visions of Celestia and Luna's lives before they came to Equestria, and this one's very nicely realized."

It wasn't just the character work singled out for praise.  "Sunchaser does a commendable job with the setting, too," Chris said, prompting Present Perfect to agree: "Gallopfree is rendered in full detail, not just in terms of imagery, but also history."  And the themes added a great deal of power, too: "I quite like the idea that breaking just allows for a stronger reassembly," AugieDog said.  "It give the last line all kinds of weight."



Chuckling Over My Cheery-O's
By chrumsum
[Comedy] • 4,419 words

Pinkie Pie's simple morning ritual threatens to shatter her very perception of reality, life, and choice in breakfast cereal.

FROM THE CURATORS: It's very rare for love-it-or-hate-it stories to make it through our voting process — so when they do, it's a sign that they get the most crucial things right.  "This story contains everything anyone could ever want from a 'Pinkie has an existential crisis' fic and even more," AugieDog said in his nomination.  "Unlike any other Pinkie Angst story I can think of, this one pulls other ponies into the miasma, and seeing Rainbow Dash succumb to the atmosphere of uncertain dread that Pinkie is exuding is a pleasure in and of itself."  The entire cast was repeatedly complimented: "Something about the characters kind of hearkens back to the 'good old days' of the early seasons for me," RBDash47 said, while FanOfMostEverything quipped: "It's delightful seeing Pinkie spiral deep into her own navel, or possibly the aftertaste-ridden grainy ring of a Cheery-o ... there's excellent use of every character involved, and a great way to come up for breath at the end."

What divided us was the contrast between tone and content.  "It is incredibly overwritten, to the point of being distracting," Soge said, spurring several spirited defenses such as Horizon's: "To me that artificial melodrama enhances the absurdity, giving it the edge it needs to be genuinely funny."  RBDash47 agreed: "A couple lines, like 'Tears blossomed along her cheeks. “It’s only as evil as we are,” she whispered', made me laugh out loud."  In the end, it was that comedy which put it over the top: "This was a great little romp," Horizon said, "too over-the-top to take seriously and yet too serious to feel unmoored."

[Note: Present Perfect recused himself from nomination and voting for this story.]

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

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Comments ( 9 )

Ah yes, Conversations With Eternity. I once suggested it to Seattle's Angels and it's been on the top of my favourites list for ages... it has aged well, one of a kind.

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I need to reread it. I think it was reviewed by one of the big reviewers a while ago, because I found and read it, but don’t remember almost anything about it.

I'll add both these to my RiL list, I think, though the second one seems a very Marmite* fic -- it wouldn't surprise me if I loved it, but it also wouldn't startle me too much if I ended up taking Soge's view. I shall (eventually) see! As for Conversations with Eternity, I'm going to find "Gallopfree" a bit of a weird choice if there isn't some sort of Doctor Who vibe going on. Again, though. I shall see.

* This stuff. It's generally considered the classic "love it or hate it" food in Britain. (I like it.)

One of the last RCL posts lead me astray- I hated the story on it and thought it was shite. These look good though.

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Ah. I felt less strongly about it than I thought I did, but I still didn't like it very much and didn't think it really deserved/earned an RCL.
It was Twilight Sparkle Was Shot.

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As you can see from this post, not even the six of us all agree on our features! That’s why we put the voting/scoring system in place that we use — different stories work for different people for different reasons, and fall flat for different audiences, so we use that consensus process to present a wide range of features whose quality works for the most people possible. Sometimes, that means we feature things against your tastes (or ours!), but we hope we’re doing a good job on the whole. :twilightsheepish:

Feel free to drop by our recommendation thread and offer us suggestions if you’d like to see more stories to your tastes! Historically, about a quarter of our features have started with recommendations.

I'm glad you suggested these. I read them both and liked them, each for different reasons.

You couldn't get a response from Sunchaser?

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