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"The woods are lovely, dark and deep.

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep."

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

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Nov
28th
2015

(Spoilers for Season  5 Finale)

With the end of this season, I thought I might write about what I think about the state of the show in general and my feelings towards it. But I'm going to start this thing by first giving an explanation of my situation and why I haven't made progress on Night's Favoured Child. First off, after a year of health, social and academic trouble, I've had little motivation and opportunity to focus on NFC, or any fiction for that matter. Now it's compounded by financial troubles that mean I have even less incentive or opportunity to put effort into the hobby of writing fanfiction for MLP:FiM. Now I could do what others are doing and try and put up a Patreon so I have additional incentive to write MLP fiction and the blow to opportunity costs would help, but I'm not sure how effective or warranted it is. I'll still be writing even without Patreon, but I think it'll probably be a slow, slow affair.

Now for my thoughts on the show:

For the most part, I'm bored, annoyed or frustrated by it. It used to be fun and interesting, but now it's weighed down by gimmicks, one-note characters and stupid ideas and boring episodes. For the past season I've skipped most of the episodes, either reading their synopses online or skimming through the episodes on YouTube, and in the season for that I did the same for a fair few episodes.

But the silver lining is that I'm still interested in writing stories for the show on here. The trouble is in the pandering to fans it's filled in the gaps, and it's filled the gaps in with stupid, uninteresting ideas too. Their ongoing quest for redemption of villains sucks the life out of interesting characters and the constant addition of random one-note characters every other episode weighs down the show like a sack filled with lots of rocks. The focus it seems has become on the "friend of the week", that has a problem and a cardboard cutout personality and that's immensely  boring for me. It doesn't help much now that we've got a new character yet again thrust into a central role or protagonist role

The show-makers made a terrible mistake of ending Twilight's role as the lead who needs to learn about friendship all too soon; her becoming an alicorn princess and ending her apprenticeship and studies under Celestia at the end of Season 3. After that we began to see more and more of the "friend of the week" that's become the go-to thing for the writers when they've run out of ideas. I can't bring myself to care about their random minor characters that show up for an episode just like I never cared about the "Monster of the Week" in urban fantasy shows or "Alien Race of the Week" in sci-fi shows. The over-reliance on the gimmick has made the show uninteresting and even irritating at times, and has been especially apparent in Season 5.

There were a few times that I found introducing a one-note character worked, like in "Rarity Investigates!", "Amending Fences", "Maud Pie", "Pinkie Pride" and , since the new characters found here weren't based on stupid ideas, contributed something to a major character and/or were funny or interesting. The strength of the show relies on the development and relationships between the core characters; the main seven characters and the side characters like the CMC. When it moves focus into random, cliché or bland characters that show up for an episode to hammer in an anvilicious point or attempt to develop the characters in a way that either doesn't work or rehashes development from earlier into the series, it takes away from the core aspect of the show.

The especially jarring thing is how they now insist on going back to where they started with making Starlight Glimmer Twilight's student in friendship, after taking Twilight out of her original role. Starlight's the replacement for it. It shows just how much of a mistake they made at the end of Season 3. What further saps the show is their need to stick to the evangelising of the message of friendship, love and whatever, which is now what the CMC apparently must do ever since they got their hideous cutie marks with an idiotic and dubious shared talent.

It seems that interesting characters, plot and conflict must be sacrificed on the altar of the message if the need be, and the need be is far too often. That is the show's key failing. Reforming villain after villain and continuously handing down the apostolic mission is a fucking bore.

So I should clarify that in my stories there will never be anything with a reformed Sunset Shimmer or Starlight Glimmer, or if there are they will have extremely minor roles. They're bland, they're stupid, they're hackish attempts to fill in the role Twilight previously filled in perfectly.

I hope the show forgets about Starlight like they forgot about Babs Seed, but I'm not holding my breath. At least they may relegate her to a minor role.

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#93 · 11w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

Hopefully you'll come back and finish what is one of the best stories on this site...

#92 · 37w, 6d ago · · ·

>>2241702

Or at least he could just give us the summary, if it's not too much trouble

#91 · 41w, 5d ago · · ·

Are you going to update Nights favorite child please it is getting very interesting to read keep up a good work update soon :fluttercry::twilightsmile:

#90 · 42w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

Needless to say I do hope you can find the motivation to finish your story. It is by far one of the best stories I have read on this site.

#89 · 45w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Hey you logged in six days ago :pinkiegasp:

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Nov
28th
2015

(Spoilers for Season  5 Finale)

With the end of this season, I thought I might write about what I think about the state of the show in general and my feelings towards it. But I'm going to start this thing by first giving an explanation of my situation and why I haven't made progress on Night's Favoured Child. First off, after a year of health, social and academic trouble, I've had little motivation and opportunity to focus on NFC, or any fiction for that matter. Now it's compounded by financial troubles that mean I have even less incentive or opportunity to put effort into the hobby of writing fanfiction for MLP:FiM. Now I could do what others are doing and try and put up a Patreon so I have additional incentive to write MLP fiction and the blow to opportunity costs would help, but I'm not sure how effective or warranted it is. I'll still be writing even without Patreon, but I think it'll probably be a slow, slow affair.

Now for my thoughts on the show:

For the most part, I'm bored, annoyed or frustrated by it. It used to be fun and interesting, but now it's weighed down by gimmicks, one-note characters and stupid ideas and boring episodes. For the past season I've skipped most of the episodes, either reading their synopses online or skimming through the episodes on YouTube, and in the season for that I did the same for a fair few episodes.

But the silver lining is that I'm still interested in writing stories for the show on here. The trouble is in the pandering to fans it's filled in the gaps, and it's filled the gaps in with stupid, uninteresting ideas too. Their ongoing quest for redemption of villains sucks the life out of interesting characters and the constant addition of random one-note characters every other episode weighs down the show like a sack filled with lots of rocks. The focus it seems has become on the "friend of the week", that has a problem and a cardboard cutout personality and that's immensely  boring for me. It doesn't help much now that we've got a new character yet again thrust into a central role or protagonist role

The show-makers made a terrible mistake of ending Twilight's role as the lead who needs to learn about friendship all too soon; her becoming an alicorn princess and ending her apprenticeship and studies under Celestia at the end of Season 3. After that we began to see more and more of the "friend of the week" that's become the go-to thing for the writers when they've run out of ideas. I can't bring myself to care about their random minor characters that show up for an episode just like I never cared about the "Monster of the Week" in urban fantasy shows or "Alien Race of the Week" in sci-fi shows. The over-reliance on the gimmick has made the show uninteresting and even irritating at times, and has been especially apparent in Season 5.

There were a few times that I found introducing a one-note character worked, like in "Rarity Investigates!", "Amending Fences", "Maud Pie", "Pinkie Pride" and , since the new characters found here weren't based on stupid ideas, contributed something to a major character and/or were funny or interesting. The strength of the show relies on the development and relationships between the core characters; the main seven characters and the side characters like the CMC. When it moves focus into random, cliché or bland characters that show up for an episode to hammer in an anvilicious point or attempt to develop the characters in a way that either doesn't work or rehashes development from earlier into the series, it takes away from the core aspect of the show.

The especially jarring thing is how they now insist on going back to where they started with making Starlight Glimmer Twilight's student in friendship, after taking Twilight out of her original role. Starlight's the replacement for it. It shows just how much of a mistake they made at the end of Season 3. What further saps the show is their need to stick to the evangelising of the message of friendship, love and whatever, which is now what the CMC apparently must do ever since they got their hideous cutie marks with an idiotic and dubious shared talent.

It seems that interesting characters, plot and conflict must be sacrificed on the altar of the message if the need be, and the need be is far too often. That is the show's key failing. Reforming villain after villain and continuously handing down the apostolic mission is a fucking bore.

So I should clarify that in my stories there will never be anything with a reformed Sunset Shimmer or Starlight Glimmer, or if there are they will have extremely minor roles. They're bland, they're stupid, they're hackish attempts to fill in the role Twilight previously filled in perfectly.

I hope the show forgets about Starlight like they forgot about Babs Seed, but I'm not holding my breath. At least they may relegate her to a minor role.

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