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  • The Price of Grace As Luna is set to return, Celestia's thoughts go back to the one mistake that sealed their fate. by Sparkle 83,589 words · 8,935 views · 153 likes · 6 dislikes
  • Lunacy Luna struggles with the edges of sanity and feelings of depression after her time of lunar isolation by NTSTS 10,108 words · 10,222 views · 339 likes · 7 dislikes
  • The Colour You Bleed Blueblood is kidnapped, and dumped in an unfriendly neighboring country. by Kegisak 137,610 words · 5,743 views · 403 likes · 7 dislikes
  • Lacuna Visions of a dark future prompt one pony to seek help, but she cannot act alone. by Drakmire 121,366 words · 8,040 views · 204 likes · 11 dislikes
Aug
8th
2014

Disclaimer: This review is only relevant in the context of Adults watching MLP, not children. The show is great for its actual target audience.

I'm not exactly a stranger to reviewing MLP fics. Throughout the four years I've been here, I've left giant tl;dr-needing posts in comment sections, blogs, and Ponychan forum threads. I rarely publicize a review on a FIMFiction blog unless it's overwhelmingly positive, such as when I took a look at The Price of Grace and The Cellist of Saraneighvo. That said, I've decided to make like any random on /r/offmychest and shout my opinions. Not about a fic this time, though; instead, I'm going to talk about the show itself.

You might assume by the fact that I'm here means I must enjoy the show enough to be on this site. Let me give you a bit of context: I first learned about MLP:FiM from Ghost, the host of True Capitalist Radio, while listening to Radio Graffiti on his show in 2010 when a user played a recording from one of the original episodes. Being a dutiful soldier of the infinite internet armie, it was my responsibility to investigate and publish proof of fake and gay. So I found FiM, and with it, a budding pop culture movement that ended up exploding far past what people on 4chan would have thought back then. Fast forward through the life of the show, my watching was basically a feeling of obligation to see through what I start.

Now onto the actual review.

In the beginning, we meet the socially-awkward Twilight Sparkle whose characterization made having absolutely no friends throughout your entire life look like a real party. Seriously, it's obvious she was isolated, but is it realistic for someone to be that upbeat all the time, and even annoyed at the concept of having to interact with other people? It's beyond not having friends: it's as if Twilight had absolutely no concept of the social world whatsoever, like she didn't believe it existed. And without an ounce of lethargy? With minimal social contact, a human will regress and become depressed. A rat will commit suicide if it doesn't interact with another rat within about two days of being alone. Twilight seemed to be entirely pleased. Sure she had her brother and Spike, but hey, who needs peers with similar interests and conflicts. To say the least, it wasn't the best precursor to the type of writing that would come.

The other characters are also very flat. There's very little visible development. They all seemed particularly keen to welcome someone with zero social skills as the new leader of their makeshift group, so hey, what do they need for characterization anyways. Twilight Sparkle is the ultimate Mary Sue, and if the rest of the Mane Six are one-trick ponies. They learn many "lessons" (most of which are common sense to any adult watching the show) yet never actually change.

As far as conflicts go, the show again turns up short. While at least it's not recovering a lost tea set, pretty much everything that happens in FiM is very shallow and could be solved from the start with only one of the main characters asking "Do you guys really not get this shit?" There is never a conflict in MLP complex enough to have different viewpoints or grey areas as to who is right, who is wrong, and whether something is morally acceptable to change. Here's an example: in Luna Eclipsed, the Arch Princess of Shift Key whined on about how everyone was afraid of her. The episode could have gone like this and made a lot more sense:

Luna: Everyone is afraid of me!

Twilight: Well how about you stop fucking yelling at them?

With underdeveloped characters, inconsistent canon, and overwhelmingly petty, shallow plotlines, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic makes for a great children's show; that said, it is a terrible show for adults to watch. As far as even cartoons go, there are many more emotionally mature and more entertaining things out there. I truly don't understand how so many can be seriously attached and fascinated to these characters (they often annoy me).

The community makes for at least a halfway interesting pass-time. FIMFiction is the most hilarious website ever invented solely because the butthurt one inflicts can spread like fire and affect randoms exponentially. I wrote for this fandom simply because it gave me the means to write about the human element and be read by many people, even if I had to do it under the pretext of technicolor horses. You guys organize like locusts, and it makes for a great spot to put words—there will always be some people there to hear what you have to say as long as you coat it in a way they can relate to.

Enjoy what you enjoy, but don't be fooled into thinking something is exceptional just because some ironic people chuckled to themselves while telling you they liked it.

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#72 · 26w, 6d ago · · ·

Hope you're okay!

#71 · 72w, 1d ago · · ·

Huro there :P has a cookie!

#70 · 80w, 5d ago · · ·

Offline for: 15w 6d
Huh. Hope everything's alright...I hate it when great authors go missing in action.

#68 · 113w, 3d ago · · ·

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GET SLAMMED BOSTON, PRICE AND SUBBAN NOW OWN YOUR COLLECTIVE ANUSES

#64 · 159w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

Please help- I hear trumpets in the distance... :fluttershbad:

#63 · 161w, 5d ago · · ·

You should get on xat more often, haven't talked to you in a while. :$

#61 · 194w, 6d ago · 2 · ·

Hai! :) im Kaiya, i just signed up to this site and the first thing i see is your 'for every answered prayer' it was lovely to read so just wanted to say well done ! ^___^ :rainbowkiss::twilightsheepish:

#60 · 195w, 3d ago · · ·

Nice work with the EqD appointment, Luna. Very deserved.

... have you seen my car keys anywhere?

#59 · 195w, 4d ago · · ·

i can still remember, the words are what they meant,

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#57 · 197w, 6d ago · · ·

I... See... You...

#56 · 198w, 3d ago · · ·

Very impressive stories, and a great top 5 (some of which I haven't read in years, so it was a great reminder.) that completely agree with. Your stories are very well-written, and I look forward to whatever you write next. For that, you deserve a follow ^_^.

#55 · 198w, 4d ago · · ·

Omigosh! So much to catch up on!

#54 · 199w, 4d ago · · ·

Please tell me, are you that guy? (Or girl/drastically confused if applicable)

#53 · 201w, 2d ago · · ·

Thanks for the watch, mate! :pinkiehappy:

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