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Cat in a Hat


Sorry, this seat is taken. Yeah no, that one too. All of them. I'm occupying all of the seats, go sit somewhere else.

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A human happens in Equestria, and Twilight can't convince anypony that it's a big deal.

I don't know what this is. Well, I do, it's a My Little Pony fanfic. In a fanfic website. But beyond that, I'm not really sure what this is. Read at your own risk.

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Comments ( 9 )

Yeah, you nailed the writing fanfiction experience. Lol. This is pretty genius, and incredibly well done for the "thing" it is. Excellent work!

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Thank you for your kind words. :)

“Short for anonymous, I think?” said Spike, who had two cigarettes now

wow, just when i thought he couldn't get any cooler!

wonderful little metadisaster you got here. brings a tear of pride to my eye

11119951
You shoulda seen the original script. He had a skateboard with japanese swords attached to it. Unfortunately, budget cuts meant we couldn't get it.

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see, this is what senseless spending cuts to the arts is doing to our culture
we coulda had samurai skateboarding in equestria, and really, what more can you ask for in this world?

driel #6 · 1 week ago · · ·

That was good for a quick laugh, nicely done. I'm pretty sure you broke the rules of n dimensional space there somewhere though. I hope no thing crawls through.

I have to admit, as someone who generally likes human-in-Equestria fics, you've definitely pointed out some things that annoy me about them.

Tropes aren't bad, of course. Sometimes things are done a lot because we like them. I can eat pizza twice a week every week and still enjoy it. But sometimes writers repeat what's been done before not because it's good, but because they can't be bothered to create something new, resulting in Small Reference Pools. Even the show itself is not immune to this. Consider Starswirl the Bearded. He was originally introduced as such an obscure historical figure that the only pony who recognized Twilight's costume was the mare who'd been banished for a thousand years. It was a clever joke, and it told us something about Twilight.

But once that reference became avaialable then suddenly other writers drew on him and he became a household name with his own national holiday, spoiling the joke in the process.

There was a period early in the fandom where about one in every three fics involved a human --> arriving in the Everfree forest --> encountering a manticore --> running into poison joke ---> meeting Fluttershy --> proceeding to Ponyville --> meeting Twilight --> getting clothes from Rarity --> getting a job at Sweet Apple Acres. There was a while when any time the CMC appeared in a fic, you could immediately predict that they were going to be attacked by either a timberwolf or a manticore or occasionally a hydra, and the human was going to save them. To this day, I still sometimes see fics that are so formulaic that before I've finished the first chapter I already know what's going to happen in the next few chapters, even if they haven't been written yet.

Interestingly, sometimes this utterly predictable formulaic quality even springs from things that were once original. To this day, any time both Lyra and a human appear in the same fic you can safely make certain assumptions for example, and an OC alicorn like Nyx would not be nearly as popular if she were introduced today rather than in 2012. But at one time these were new ideas.

Until they were admitted into the reference pool, and thousand of people copied them.

But, again, tropes themselves are not bad. Journey of the Hero is formulaic, and has been done countless thousands of times, but sometimes things are repeated because they resonate with us deeply. Or because, like pizza, we like them.

But sometimes an author simply regurgitates what they've seen because it's all they know. For these, what can we do but respond with parody? :twilightsmile:

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This is a wonderful comment. I really liked reading it. When I first saw your several paragraphs long reply to my silly shitpost I wrote in one to go today and edited like ten times after it was published, I was a bit worried, but it was an interesting and enlightening read. I really appreciate the links too, TVTropes is great. To be honest, fanfiction is still something new to me and I'm not nearly as well versed with the fandom or even the genre and tropes I'm parodying here. This was just catharsis writing for me, making something lightweight without a lot of deep thought put into it, more a stream of consciousnesses meta-joking with whatever came to mind at the time. I'm glad you found something relatable enough in it to be fuel for insight. Thank you for being so thoughtful and sharing your experience here.

The meta and parody is strong with this story. I like it:twilightsmile:

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