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Oroboro


Employed layabout with not enough free time to write about horses.

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Two magical prodigies cast in Twilight's shadow stumble about in somepony else's story and try to find meaning in their lives.

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An affectionate parody of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Which is in itself an absurdist and existentialist parody of Hamlet.

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Oh, hey. I remember this one.

I enjoyed it when I read it back in the writeoff, and now that you've gone over it, I can finally say I liked it even more. I can't say I'm a huge fan of open ended stories, but it's better than the subversion of the first version.

G'job. :pinkiesmile:

Getting this out of my system before I read:
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I had to duck out of this Writeoff; too much on my plate that week. As such, I'm very happy to see this make the leap to Fimfiction. I'm a sucker for good metafiction, and this is certainly good metafiction. Thank you for it.

Ohhhh man, that wad one of the funniest things i've read in a long while. I loved R&GrD, and you captured the hunor of it pretty soundly. Great work!

I will definitely read this.

So did anyone actually think about whether this mirror transforms what comers through, or makes a duplicate? :)

I always enjoyed Rodencrantz and Gildenstern are dead. A nice homage.

And then Starlight goes around with Trixie while they play Questions.

Oroboro, you cheater. Please stop playing to all of my interests. I will never be able to give you any useful feedback if the part of me that should be reading critically is making small "eeeee!" noises.

Recursion makes everything funnier.

What's the first thing that you remember? :derpyderp2:

Dang, this is pretty on-point, as far as homages to the original play goes. I really enjoyed reading this! (also while I feel bad for Lyra and Bon Bon, I'm glad Starlight and Sunset make it out ok, the ending of the play always broke my heart)

7463829 Depends on what demands more energy. I would reckon that making a duplicate takes more energy than connecting to the new place. And the information has to be transferred anyhow so the connection should already be in place.

Then again, we're never sure about Teleportation, are we?

Good callout with the inception spinning top expy.

7464539 It's actually from "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead".

Literally, the coin flip is taken straight from that. The original play (and the film adaptation) also build the story using a character flipping a coin and improbably having it come up heads each time.

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Oh damn that means Inception plagiarized from the play! :twilightoops:

There was a prince, and an uncle, and some insanity… looked a bit meta at parts. And then everypony died at the end.

I feel like I should recognize this, but for the life of me I can't tell how.

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Pretty sure it is Hamlet.

7464942 Sort of not really? In the play, it's used as an example of finding patterns out of nowhere, etc. etc., that don't actually 'mean' anything. (Welcome to absurdism).

In Inception it's in service of the larger story and the question of dream-or-not-dream.

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Unless it's impossible to transfer matter between worlds at all, but information goes freely. :)

“‘Tis not a handsome fellow that melts my heart, but the candy of the sweetest Bon Bons. Or as her family would have her known, Sweetie Drops. Our love burns far brighter than the eternal union between sun and moon. But our wicked families have long despised one another, and they work tirelessly to keep us apart and block our hearts at every turn. I know not what is left for me to do.”

Man. Now I remember why I hated Shakespeare so much. And loved Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

A fun read!

This was...a unique read.

That was... existential. I've heard of the original thing (as well as at least one other fandom's adaptation of it) but had never bothered to read it before. As this one has Sunset in it, that made this a priority to read though. Liked how determined Sunset was throughout the whole thing (we'll make ourselves important to the world!). Weird, but appreciate its not too bitter of an ending.

Starlight laughed bitterly and rolled her eyes. “Do I ever feel like something’s wrong? Come on, Sunset. Look at us. We’re two magical prodigies with similar names who got a taste of power and used it to control and hurt other ponies. And yet we were both forgiven, only to be granted the chance to bask in the tutelage of the ever present and looming shadow of our magnificent Princess Twilight Sparkle. I feel like something is wrong every single day. I can never tell if it’s a dream or a nightmare, but I know someday I’m going to wake up.”

I really liked this part, by the way. It really expresses the sheer sort-of-depressing weirdness of their living situations.

Admittedly, it's probably the only part I actually like. The rest was just this pretentious artsy meta crud for its own sake. Classy feature bait, but still feature bait.

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It's The Lion King. :trollestia:

Would you believe I just saw the movie yesterday?

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You know author, this is what I imagined my previous requested story would be, an intresting meta fiction, but alas, it is not, and yours are miles better! Something which I can learn from!
it was called Sunny Side of Crystal Prep, features another cardboard cutout of a character named Sunny Flare

Good grief, 'boro. I don't know what I was expecting, but damn. I'd have upvoted the hell out of this on my queue.

Someone's not a fan of Romeo and Juliet. :ajsmug:

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Or as some like to call it, Hamlet: The Musical. :pinkiehappy:

Bob Bon drew the gleaming blade and leapt into the fray.

All hail the mighty Bob Bon. :pinkiecrazy:

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead was a great read, it was trippy revisiting the concept with fresh new faces. BTW I read umineko as per your suggestion awhile back, it was a fantastic read, one of the best stories ever and an amazing soundtrack. The end of this story reminds me of the fragments in umineko's lore pretty heavily!

Nice. Good homage, too.

Are they waiting for pony Godot?

I'm not sure what I was expecting when I clicked on this, but that wasn't it.

What I do know is that was an odd, if enjoyable story worthy of a upvote any day of the week.

That was really entertaining, good job.

When did it all begin?
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I really want to see this story continue.. maybe seeing them interact with other stories! This could turn into a VERY interesting story should you choose to let it continue dear fellow author!!

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I need to go actually read the original.

Pretty clever. I laughed pretty hard. Take that, Romeo and Juliet!

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Fuck, that was awesome. :D

Well, that was humblingly brilliant. :scootangel:

Impressive. Most impressive.

Bravo! That story made this the best lunch break I've had in ages! :twilightsmile:

I like Starlight Glimmer in this story. She has more personality than in the show.

Interesting piece! I never read this during the writeoff, but think I would've voted it up a bit if I had. The original Stoppard play has always been a favorite of mine, and you did a great job here aping that, while still showing a definitive pony flair.

Interesting! Usually I'm not one for the weird philosophical/existential stories, but this was pretty well done! I love how they decided against appearing in Hamlet at the end, that's a nice touch.

I noticed you made their magic green. Is there a significance to this?

Hmm, I haven't read the original, but I really liked this one. Good job.

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