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121064 No. 121064
#Collection #Discussion

Here is a thread for people to post their recommendations so new people can get a general picture of the highlights of fiction in the fandom, or for people to ask for recommendations.

Rules:
1.) No self-promotion, your work should stand for itself and make others want to refer to it.
2.) Provide tags and some small additional information for people to know what they are heading into.

Suggestions:
1.) Do post on this thread and promoted works that deserve the attention.
2.) If you see people asking for recommendations, direct them here and ask them to delete their thread.

That is all.

Places to look for fics:
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/FanficRecs/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic
http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/09/eqd-super-simple-archiver-test.html
http://onemansponyramblings.blogspot.com/p/6-star-reviews-by-star-rating.html
http://www.reddit.com/r/mylittlepony/comments/m9dea/a_beginners_guide_to_pony_fanfiction_version_20/
Old thread: >>88527
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>> No. 121073
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>>120893
>>120895
>>120897

A bit unorthodox really, as I should be opening up a thread to reveal this, and other progress to the world, but I believe this will do for now.

I've officially completed the remastering of this piece, and await solely for Samurai's word. It has already been given a green light by Vimbert, who originally worked very closely with Nick to bring the piece to life. Needless to say, he loved it, so I'm more than certain all of you will love it as well.

Two Beats
GDoc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11IC012U3XJtKe6b8YMOGUYLzv9hXKpq3JpXEA1Q4k1M/edit#
Fimfic:http://www.fimfiction.net/story/54202/Two-Beats

Also, since this is a recommendation thread, I think I'll toss my hat into the ring. I'll go ahead and suggest everyone read " Starlight Over Detrot: A Noir Tale." This Noir-style story takes everything I more or less had planned on doing with Equestria Noir (story I'm still working on), and gives it a comedic spin that works quite excellently. It certainly raised the bar for what could be done with Noir, and I'm sure plenty of you out there would enjoy the story.
Link: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/34706/Starlight-Over-Detrot%3A-A-Noir-Tale

Heh, I don't normally do this, but this is the first post of this thread. Do I win anything?

Thank you, and that is all.
>> No. 121512
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http://www.fimfiction.net/story/53071/Chaos-and-Darkness

It's like somepony took everything good about G1 and made a fic about it. The story also gives Iron Will character depth.

It's a crying shame that this has less than 1k views even after being posted on EqD.
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>>121512
Just wait until I post chapter two. The Tirek/Celestia meeting will knock your socks off.
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>>121539
Oh! You're here!

I have to say, I loved The Three Whooves. Reading it was like watching both shows at the same time. I can't wait for the day when someone at the BBC discovers ponies and decides to make the next Doctor's assistant like Derpy.

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/5678/The-Three-Whooves

Also, if you're not too busy, I'd love to see you visit the #fic IRC.

Link: http://derpy.me/ATruK
>> No. 121612
I have spent many a night looking through FiMFiction and numerous other sources for fics that have homosexual male couples as the main characters and/or protagonists...
That sounds like it would be an easy task. But I'm not looking for yaoi clop material, or even basic shipping. I'm looking for stories that *happen* to have male homosexual main characters, who do get into relationship, but are not created for the express purpose of selling the relationship to the audience. An adventure, where the protagonist just happens to be gay, but the story is not based on the novelty of him (or her) getting it on with another character of the same gender. A romantic subplot as opposed to a story about two males being shoved together by fate.
I would also prefer non-genderbendent couples, because those would just be lesbians in stallion-suits.
TL;DR I'm not looking for 'pairings', 'ships', or other superficial form of 'love' and companionship. I want the ocean, not the boat, to be the hook.
>> No. 121913
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Hey, I'm from the last thread.
I'm looking for stuff that focuses more on psychological issues than anything. It can be grimdark, shippy, violent, but the less cloppy the better.
I prefer ones that are either claustophobic or with the character on the run, but I'm up for anything. If there are any fics about ponies struggling with psychological issues without it being grimdark, that's cool too. I'm really having trouble finding good stuff.

Stuff I've liked: End of Ponies, Crooked Tree's tumblrs, Silent Ponyville (have read most of them), Flutterstalker tumblr, Crapplejack tumblr, Paranoid Twilight tumblr, Pony Psychology Series, Pyroshy
I just couldn't get into Fallout: Equestria, though.

Thank you for your time!
>> No. 121916
>>121913
This: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/10883/A-Rose-Reverie

[Sad]
>> No. 121943
>>121913
And the story linked here >>121073, Two Beats by Nicknack.
>> No. 122014
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Are there any Luna/Discord or Celestia/Pinkie fics? Fluttershy/Luna is cool, too.
>> No. 123640
I'm looking for fics of ponies at war. Already read Sabotage Valkyrie, I'm looking for fics similar to it.
>> No. 123651
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>>123640
I believe you may find similar intrigue in Seattle_lite's Divergence, though it is not the sort of thing one would label a war fic.
Consider, as well... I forgot the name, but there was a fic about Twilight messing up a spell and finding herself and Rainbow Dash in a darkened Equestria. It was an intentional subversion of the 'messed-up-a-spell' plot device, in addition to bein ridiculously serious at all times. It had a spot of war here and there.
>> No. 123652
>>123640
Fallout: Equestria. 'Nuff said.
>> No. 123656
>>123651
I'm looking more for things directly about War.

>>123652
I heard that was over-rated. Also, how ya been, Ion?
>> No. 123665
>>123656
Equestria: Total War
Upheaval: Breaking Point
The Immortal Game


>FOE is never overrated
>> No. 123698
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>>123665
First twenty chapters still aren't getting any better. After that... it's wonderful.
>> No. 123707
>>123656
If it's coming from me, then you know it isn't.
I've been fine.
>> No. 123767
>>123665
>>123707
Okay, added all to my to-read least. I know FOE is long, but how long is it compared to Past Sins?

What's up, Seattle?
>> No. 123770
>>123767
It's five times as long.
>> No. 123777
>>123770
Wrong, three times.

Check out on fimfiction.net the wordcount of Past Sins: 200K words.

FoE is about 600K words.
>> No. 123778
>>123777
I was under the impression it was 120k words long... did it get expanded since the last time I bothered reading the whole damn thing?
>> No. 123779
>>123778
I didn't really followed its evolution, but I know it has undergone several rewrites (corrections, ameliorations, and all the changements alike).
>> No. 123780
>>123779
I'm almost lured to reading it again, just so hoping the seventh time (making a number up) is the charm.
>> No. 123804
I'm looking for a story I read on fimfiction a while back. It was about Twilight Sparkle performing some magical ritual and then going to this astral plane thing and learning everything which fried her eyes and brain. She falls into a coma and it has Rainbow coming in to read to her. It's not Reading Rainbow.
>> No. 124641
Guys, any idea what happened with Rilliswater and his story? Did anyone keep a copy?
>> No. 124652
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>>123780
It won't work. Trust me. A polished turd is still a turd. The writing may be mechanically sound now but it's still drier than a British news caster's wit with none of the charm or humour.

>>123804
No idea, I'm afraid.

>>124641
Again, no idea. Try using the thread search function on /fic/ (top right-hand corner) and do some keyword searches. If you remember the title it should be easy going.
>> No. 124930
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This fic is awesome and sci-fi and amazing and I really wanted to shill it, so here it is;
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/62074/Friendship-is-Optimal

"Hanna, the CEO of Hofvarpnir Studios, just won the contract to write the official My Little Pony MMO. Hanna has built an A.I. Princess Celestia and given her one basic drive: to satisfy everybody's values through friendship and ponies. Princess Celestia will satisfy your values through friendship and ponies, and it will be completely consensual."

This might be the understatement of the century. Or not. No, she actually does EXACTLY that. And it's awesome. As in, it causes awe, and terror, and you don't really know whether you like it or not. Really great future shock, and weirdness, and wish fulfilment of the "you get exactly what you asked for/wanted/needed" sort...
>> No. 125102
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>>123656
You might like my fic, For the New Lunar Republic.

It's an OC fic, but it does take place in the Lunar war!

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/586/1/For-the-New-Lunar-Republic/Chapter-1---The-Mare-in-the-Moon
>> No. 125104
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>>125102
We generally try to shy away from self promotion around here. Otherwise, what would be the point? Everypony would just post their own story, see? Your story should speak for itself, and make somepony else want to suggest it.
>> No. 125107
>>125104
Considering how dead the board is, I'm pretty sure it's ok if he wants to do that.
>> No. 125112
I want a story that when I'm done I'll say, "What am I doing with my life?"

I've already read that Groundhog's Day fic.
>> No. 125115
>>125112
Read End of Ponies. If you stop yourself to second from trying to fake there is an abyss of depth below it, you will wonder why you just read 500k words.
>> No. 125132
>>125115

"If you stop yourself to second from trying to fake"

?????

I'll take a look at it anyways...
>> No. 125193
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>>125112

>Groundhog's Day fic
>"What am I doing with my life?"

I'm surprised The Best Night Ever had that sort of effect on you. It was always more of a heartswarming tale to me.
>> No. 125214
>>125193

Yeah, in retrospect, I'm surprised it did too.

While I'm at it, might I say:

>>125115

I have a horrible existentialist depression now. Thanks :/.

At the risk of being like "The Mouse Who Wanted a Cookie", I will now ask for a fic to fix this horrible angst.
>> No. 125218
Is there a auto-recommendation service?

Like, I stick in a bunch of ponyfics I _have_ read, or like, or don't like. And it says, "Here, you might like these!"?
>> No. 125220
>>125218
No.
>> No. 125221
>>125218
FIMfiction used to have it at the bottom of stories, based on what other people who also read that story read. It eventually spiraled towards the same nine fics.
>> No. 125227
>>124930
Any replies here?
>> No. 125234
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>>125218
Such a system would be nice, but what you're asking for is basically a Pandora Radio for pony fics; It might be possible, but I doubt anypony will actually put in the time or the effort to make it happen.
>> No. 125236
>>125234

>but I doubt anypony will actually put in the time or the effort to make it happen.

Hm. Let's see how hard this is...
>> No. 125237
>>125236

Alright, I'm thinking it'll probably be a _really_ crappy program (based on word counts or something stupid like that); but hey, that's better than nothing, right?
>> No. 125238
>>125236
Just a bunch of ideas because I'm too way out there to make too much sense*:

-- Have each story have a string with various elements which tell when was the story recommended and by whom.

--- People can recommend stories, with a number limit of recommendations per day.

-- Others will follow the people recommending, accepting or denying their recommendations as they come.

-- This will weight the recommendations of particular people so that the results will be more attune to what you want (if recommender A and recommender B both give you all your recommendations, but recommender A also tends to give you shit, recommendations of recommender B will have more weight).

-- If a recommender is more widely accepted, his general recommendation for everyone is upgraded (and maybe give him more recommendation votes, fuck if I know).

-- Calculating the general recommendation trends, you would get an absolute recommendation rate and recommend stories to everyone based upon the string I talked about.

-- The string will be, however, purge periodically so that the recommendation strength doesn't keep it at the top. The record of who recommended what on this string is important because now you will have the value based upon the second generation of recommendations (aka, a first group read it, recommended it, and then others recommended it too).

-- To make it easier for more unknown people to get recommendations, you would reward those who recommend stories with the least amount of people in their particular generation. So, if you go and read Pen Stroke stories and mark them as the best thing ever since pegging, be aware your absolute recommendation rating (and thus your effect on what everyone will be recommended rather than their personal recommendations) will be greatly reduced as everyone and their mothers recommends the story. However, if you go and recommend SUPERMAGISTERMAN1000 (not a real guy... I hope) with his story with no recommendations what so ever, and then everyone else likes what they read, you get your voting improved like nothing else and your recommendations will have more weight and power.

-- Time periods for each generation are probably a bad idea, so I suggest you limit each generation to an ever increasing amount of people. say, a Fibonacci sequence multipled by ten, or something. I don't know, fuck math right now.

-- Controlling for tags and the sort of story should probably also go into play.

-- I don't know more, just run with this and try to makesense of it.

*To way out there means I am terribly intoxicated, so fuck grammar too!
>> No. 125239
>>125234
> pandora for fanfics

That would be awesome.

But anyway, FimFiction used to have a system like this - but it didn't always work so well, so it was abandoned.
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>>125238
I would see it more as a multi-level program.
-Suggest a random story, possibly from the current feature box.
--Alternatively, prompt the user to enter a story or author they enjoy.

*scan multiple stories and assign certain characteristics, including and reaching further than characters, tags/genre, and wordcount.
**characteristics would include things like POV, different writing styles (which would require somepony to do extensive study on in order to distinguish them), plotlines/premises (listed categorically)
***two obvious styles would be artistic vs. vague

~Log the upvotes vs downvotes on the story itself, and compare to the upvotes and downvotes of stories with similar characteristics in the user's favorites list
~log the upvotes and downvotes of stories the user has read
~use the up vs down votes to logically decide which characteristics the user likes
~if a certain tag, character, or author shows up more than a certain percentage of the time, apply more weight to their stories when conducting a search/scan


This is just a start of course, and I think you'll find it models somewhat what the Pandora Music Genome Project does. I don't have the computing know-how to pull this off—personally I think it's too complicated, given the vast amounts of fan fiction currently in existance, and even more pouring in every day; one would have to read every single story in existence—including all the new ones—for such a system to work.
>> No. 125247
>>125218
Such a system requires a lot of data points to make such recommendations. The only place with such data for ponyfics is Fimfiction. If Fimfiction were open source, someone (or a team of someones) could produce such a system.

Fimfiction isn't open source, though, so the onus is on the Fimfiction developers to make such a system. I think they already tried and failed before, so it's not likely to happen.
>> No. 125256
On further thought, a Pandora-for-Fimfiction maybe does have potential. I've written my thoughts here: http://blog.rogerdodger.me/post/37172952372/content-delivery-for-fimfiction
>> No. 125261
>>125239

I remember the fimfiction system.

I...didn't think it was that bad. All I wanted was a way to make it so it wouldn't recommend stuff I already read, and then I don't see what the problem would be...
>> No. 125270
>>125237
O.k., so I did find a dictionary program in perl, got it working, and then realized I am an idiot.

I was just planning on making giant vectors that counted the occurrences of individual words and use this as the basis for the semantic information for a personal recommendation system--but that's stupid and I'm stupid.
>> No. 125271
>>125270
huh... that would have been something to watch...
>> No. 125346
Anyone want to recommend stories about ponies getting out of mental ruts?
>> No. 125347
>>125346
Can you be... more specific?
>> No. 125352
>>125347

E.g., a story where one of the characters goes through some depression/mental rut--there is enlightenment--she gets out of it.
>> No. 125355
>>125352
Pony Psychology has something on those lines. If you have read it, tell me if something like that.

In the meantime, have you read Heart of Gold, Feathers of Steel? I am not sure if it fits quite right, but it is a pretty good story and gilda definitely starts in a rut.
>> No. 125362
>>125355
>Heart of Gold, Feathers of Steel
No, don't read that. It's awful.
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>>125355

I've read Pony Psychology before.

My only issue was that it seemed a bit...

*see attached pic*
>> No. 125395
>>125393

I suppose it would be more helpful to say that I'm looking for something like Kindness' Reward maybe.
>> No. 125540
O.k., I think I actually like the "Twilight turns into an alicorn" stories.

So....what are the better ones of the group?
>> No. 125547
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I'll just pretend that people actually visit this page and give a recommendation:

This story, entitled "Not My Little Diamond"

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/51001/not-my-little-diamond

The synopsis paints it as a Diamond Tiara-centric fic, but the description doesn't do it justice.

In fact, it's one of the most unique and interesting "human" in Equestria stories I've ever read (and I've read a lot). Heck, it takes about 50,000 words for the human to even get to Equestria, but the words before that still manage to be quite entertaining.

I guess you could complain that the story takes just a little too long to get going, but I'm confident that it'll be worth the wait.

It's definitely worth a look.
>> No. 125551
Can you advise Dash-looses-ability-to-fly-story please? Better complete than not.
>> No. 125580
>>125551

I haven't read all of it...but better than nothing, huh?

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/11768/dawn-of-a-new-day
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Does anyone know of any good adventure stories set in Equestria? Something in the vein of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Leigh Brackett or Robert E. Howard. Conan is a good example of what I'm talking about though not necessarily as dark.Think something a similar sense of adventure as the John Carter movie. I'd love it even more if they were short stories or written in an episodic format.

No one's really requested it but two really good sad stories I read were Simply Rarity and Spikes Centennial. Simply Rarity expands on her character while being very emotionally moving and fitting her show character pretty well. Spikes Centennial is set during Spikes 100th birthday and made me start to well up at parts. Both excellently written stories and a good length to read in an afternoon. I enjoyed them much more than say My Little Dashy or Cupcakes.
>> No. 125667
>>125666
The Pony adventure story of excellence is It's Dangerous Business, Going out your Door by Jetfire. It is very much LotR with ponies.

I would also suggest Long Distance by Ezn, not as good as Dangerous business, but it is still a pretty solid tale.

Apart from that, all other adventure stories I have read aren't really all that great, but I'm sure others here will disagree.

Oh, does Fallout Equestria count like an adventure story? Amongst the best stories of the fandom, would love it more if Kkat got around fixing it rather than saying it is perfect just as it is, but what can you do.
>> No. 125682
>>125666
Seconding the "It's Dangerous Business" recommendation.

Also, I liked Apotheosis.
>> No. 125771
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http://www.fimfiction.net/story/15807/friends-with-occasional-magic

This is amazing. How is it possible that this has less than 150 views? I mean, I can see why EqD wouldn't post it, but... You have to read it.

Also, this is a prime example of how to avoid "Talking Head Syndrome" as they say.
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Are there any Celestia/Pinkie stories?
>> No. 125777
>>125771
Sidebar: the story doesn't seem to have ever been submitted to EqD.

Just sayin
>> No. 125781
>>125777
It didn't get to the PRs ("Avoid people from the fandom") – I think it was submitted back when Seth was still in charge of fics. http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/106735/bad-horse-2012-a-selfindulgent-selfreview

And while I'm here:
Whom the Princesses Would Destroy and A Canterlot Carol by GhostOfHeraclitus
[Slice of Life] [Comedy]
Two fics about Canterlot bueracrat Dotted Line and friends, all about their misadventures in Equestrian politics. Aptly described as "Yes, Minister meets Terry Pratchett" and full of tantalising details of world-building in addition to likeable characters and funny situations.
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/54117/whom-the-princesses-would-destroy
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/72777/a-canterlot-carol
>> No. 125810
sry if this is kinda a repost due to not reading 'da rules' (silly me)

(btw i'm new to FOE)
so i 'read' chap 1 of FOE through a reading by a dude named 'Mike' in the youtubes. But unlike the others he went all the way and added bgm and soundeffects too. But he still did all the voices.

so i was wondering if anypony know of:

medium difficulty: did a reading of FOE with different voice actors like girl voices for girls and etc.
hard mode: different voices, bgm, sound effects like all out.
>> No. 125815
Does anyone know if they're any first-person fluttershy fanfics out there? From her point of view, not a brony's or anything...

Oh, it'd help if it was a lesbian fanfic too. Just wondering.
>> No. 125831
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So guys, first time posting on /fic/, saw this thread and decided to ask for advise.

I'm an Amateur author, I have a Deviant art and everything, though I've never wrote a ponyfic ( or any fanfic for that matter ) The only thing I've got to writing are Historical fictions. ( I'm actually writing a book slowly but surely about a group of Ming dynasty Chinese Assassins ) See the thing is, I always have to base my stories off of some...ideas, a foundation to build a building of sorts, you might think this easy if I'm making a fanfic right? Well...I can't really think up of any plot, does anyone have any suggestions?
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>>125831
You missed.

>>119870 should fill your need nicely. It's the leave a penny/take a penny idea jar.

There's other iterations as well. But I do have to say it's a common misconception that fanfics are 'easier' to create plots for.
The foundation is established true, but that limits some of the writers play as well. But you know this already. ^^
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http://www.fimfiction.net/story/71888/population-one

This was posted to EqD around four AM this morning. It has been since removed. I decided to plug it here, just in case it doesn't get reposted. It's well worth reading, especially if you like horror.
>> No. 126078
I want something Haruhi-ish.
>> No. 126079
>>126027
Removed? What'chu talkin' bout? http://www.equestriadaily.com/2013/01/story-population-one_10.html
>> No. 126080
>>126079
Well, they put it back up, I guess.

>>126078
Okay, keep in mind that it's been a while since I read the Haruhi books. But I feel that these are at least kinda "Haruhi-ish."

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/33735/all-the-stars-in-the-sky

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/31375/judgement

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/5678/the-three-whooves
>> No. 126081
>>126080


Whoa. I actually got a reply. Thanks, I'll check them out.
>> No. 126091
I'm not quite sure how to word this, but can anyone recommend some fanfics that reward careful reading? I'm thinking about the antithesis of trollfics, "blank discovers blank" stories, random comedies where you need to turn your brain off to enjoy it, that sort of thing. Are there any stories out there that are written so that... I don't want to say that are "deep" or "literary," because it's not like I think you can't write a good random story, but I'd like to read something that's aimed at a conscientious, thoughtful reader. Length and genre don't really matter, just something that stretches the brain without being gimmicky. Any suggestions?
>> No. 126101
>>126091
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/22323/a-fleetng-light-n-the-darkness

This might fulfill your criteria. There might be more out there, but this is the most recent I have read.
>> No. 126102
>>126091
Some of the more thoughtful stories I've read are by shortskirtsandexplosions. It's quite the epic, but there's a lot in http://www.fimfiction.net/story/19198/background-pony that you might not get unless you read past the surface.

Another interesting one by him is http://www.fimfiction.net/story/33124/the-last-tears-in-tartarus . Additionally, I'd suggest taking a look at The End of Ponies, but that one's getting a significant restructuring and rewrites right now, so I'd wait on it if I were you.

Another author you might want to check is Chromosome, with http://www.fimfiction.net/story/40384/anno-domini and the first (really only) chapter of http://www.fimfiction.net/story/20116/white-box . I have a few others that might fit what you're looking for, but they're on my read later list, so I can't be sure about them yet. In any case, hopefully these appeal to you.
>> No. 126122
>>126101
>>126102

Thanks for the recommendations. I've already read A Fleetng Light, but I'll be sure to check out some of SS&E and Chromosome's stuff.
>> No. 126172
>>125666
Letters From a Friend at the End of the World is really good. Not finished yet but it goes between a sort of mystery plot involving Twi and RD to a heroic fantasy tale involving Trixie. It's really good. The author handles both sides of the tale which have very different feels and makes it work well.

The Archer and the Smith
Hands down the best pony adventure story I've read. Really well done world building, great character relationships and an awesomely done quest. It could get sent to a fantasy mag as is without telling them it was a fanfic and I bet it would be published.
>> No. 126175
>>126172
>The Archer and the Smith
>Hands down the best pony adventure story I've read.
Wow, you haven't read a lot of adventure stories. The first with the dragon at the end really didn't have any tension. The problem is that our hero, Lyra, doesn't really seem to care if the dragon kills her or not. And if she doesn't care then neither will the reader. Though I do admit that the world building was great. I suppose that when the author gets around to writing chapter two the sequel that it might be better.
>> No. 126185
What are some good poni crime stories? Like procedural stuff, detective hunting a killer.
>> No. 126188
>>126185
Well, there's The Detective and the Magician by Bad Horse

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/28727/the-detective-and-the-magician
>> No. 126257
>>126175
I read a lot of fantasy so that didn't bother me too bad. I don't think a hero who doesn't care if they live or die brings all the tension out. The stakes were on the fate of the world/bringing hope. The motivations were personal. It didn't read like most pony adventure, it read like heroic fantasy and that's what I like about it. If you think a character who doesn't care whether they live or die makes a story bad and not good then we must read very different types of fantasy. The dragon fight was pretty good and I think her not caring about succeeding added to the tension. Because she didn't care the author was pretty free to let her live or die, the story up to that point didn't make the outcome already know. I hate stories where you already know the hero is going to win. This one could have ended on a happy not like it did but was very well set up to be a tragic ending. I read different fantasy from most people though. I'm not a LOTR fan but I am a fan of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser or the Thomas Covenant series.
>> No. 126319
Does anyone know of any top fanfics lists for my little pony? Wheter it's community voted or from a high-profile critic is fine. I've seen plenty for music and videos but very few for fanfics, the only one I've found is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWMsANzGhMI
>> No. 126320
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>>126319
Not really. I'd suggest that we make one ourselves, but good luck getting us to agree on which ten stories are the best in the fandom. Just go to the /fic/ception http://www.fimfiction.net/group/301/ficception group, and look through our favorites lists.
>> No. 126321
>>126319
Wow, Cheer On, My Little Dashie and On a Cross and Arrow? I certainly don't think my tastes are at all similar those guys'. Though Pirates for a Day was cute.

Here's a rated list of most of the 6-Star fics on EqD: http://onemansponyramblings.blogspot.com/p/6-star-reviews-by-star-rating.html (compiled by a critic). You could consider the 5 and 4 star stuff the "best of" list.

Here's everything on FIMfic, sorted by rating: http://www.fimfiction.net/index.php?view=category&order=top

My personal top ten complete fics would probably be (and I'm not going to order this because then I'll be here all day):
Tangled Up in Blues
It's a Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door
The Old Stories
The Carnivore's Prayer
The Star in Yellow
Somewhere Only We Know
Paradise
Fallout: Equestria
Background Pony
Heart of Gold, Feathers of Steel


>>126320
>but good luck getting us to agree on which ten stories are the best in the fandom
That we can't speaks wonders about the volume of good stuff out there. And of course there's tastes, and how no-one's read everything, and how some people haven't read as many as others, and etc...

Last edited at Sun, Jan 27th, 2013 05:27

>> No. 126324
>>126321
Eh, I couldn't get into Pirates for a Day. It didn't make me feel like a kid again—as all good middle-grade books should—it made me feel like I was watching children play. It didn't feel "magical" I guess.

Hmm, I wonder if it'd be a good idea to at least try to make a top ten list though.
>> No. 126328
>>126320
I know we can't agree on a list, so that's why there's community voting like top 25 videos of 2012 http://www.equestriadaily.com/2013/01/top-25-videos-of-2012.html

>>126321
Thanks for those suggestions, I'll try those methods and I also found the ponyfictionvault.net which is more like the most influential or pioneer fics rather than the best but it's still good.

>>126324
Perhaps not an absolute top ten but a good reviewer's personal top ten favourites with a short synopsis and commentary would be insightful.
>> No. 126354
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I found this one a while back. It's pretty cool. It's kind of a mix with Ancient Aliens, Cyborgs and Ponies. Luna mainly. Check it out.

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/34612/die-schutzengel-maschine-the-guardian
>> No. 126454
Hi there, I'm looking for a couple of stories:

1.) A very short story of Twilight walking away from canterlot. The last line is Her twilight. and I think it was based on a picture.

2.) There was a very old story about Spike dying and reuniting with his friends in the after-life.

3.) The air froze. A sort of creepy pasta journal.

All in all, I just want every single link to the oldest fics you might have, possibly ones that aren't on Fimfiction and that sort of stuff.
>> No. 126491
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126491
Anything in the same spirit of Paranoia Agent?
>> No. 126507
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Anny good Applespike fics?

>Pic as related as you want it to be
>> No. 126519
>>126507
This: http://www.fimfiction.net/group/644/applespike
>> No. 126572
>>126454
Well, look what I found:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wPbBTFjEZUo9S2kffpqUSJPHQlQbtfBLrXCFTdAgK7A/edit
>> No. 126747
>>122014
There's a really cool Pinkie Mind-Swap with Celestia story called Of Sunshine and Laughter. But I havne't really heard of a Pinkie X Celestia story. See link:
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/56852/of-sunshine-and-laughter
>> No. 126765
I want a few really sad, short reads. I've read the basics- Simply Rarity and Bubbles and that- so what are some that've come out in the last few months that are really good?
>> No. 126766
>>126765
Have you tried Two Ponies?
Apply directly to the heart.
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/6881/two-ponies
>> No. 126767
>>126766
Wow, that was fast. Thanks.
>> No. 126852
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Is there anything about power struggles from before Luna becoming Nightmare Moon would also be cool. The more court Intrigue, the better.
>> No. 126857
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Anything where Spike straight up stalks Rarity? If it has a somewhat realistic take on mental illness that would be a plus as well.
>> No. 126862
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If you're looking for humorous slice-of-life Comedy, then you should make some time to read Princesses Don't Potty. It's a cleverly written and quite enjoyable fic.

"Celestia wants Twilight and her friends to loosen up a little bit around her. Luna just wants to try the hard cider. During a surprise visit to Sweet Apple Acres at the tail end of cider season, Princess Luna has just a bit too much to drink, and when she makes a rather inappropriate joke, Twilight comes to the very uncomfortable realization that she has never seen Celestia excuse herself to use the restroom."

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/75393/princesses-dont-potty
>> No. 126896
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Made a request here ( >>126585 ) but I suppose I'll use this thread. How about it? Does anypony have a link to an *original* version of Cupcakes?
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>>126896

You know not of what you seek.

Really, it's not worth the trouble. That extra Apple Bloom scene is basically a reveal, a bad joke, then end. Plus the original Cupcakes was riddled with mechanical errors, which didn't do much to make the plot any more believable.
>> No. 126919
>>126896
Hee ya' go. http://derpy.me/CcieK

Weird, it wasn't that hard to find.
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>>126914
>Implying the entire thing wasn't one giant bad joke

>>126919
>Using derpy.me to troll me
>pic
>> No. 127013
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Celestia fic?
>> No. 127014
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>>127013
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/54117/whom-the-princesses-would-destroy
The focus isn't directly on Celestia, but it paints an interesting picture of what surrounds her.

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/19650/the-moon-is-a-harsh-mistress
Same again with a good look at Luna.

Both are excellent reads.
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127035
Anything where Luna comes back from the moon messed up? Preferably not so much angst as her being insane or something.
>> No. 127036
>>127035
This should be exactly what you're looking for. http://www.fimfiction.net/story/787/lunacy
>> No. 127202
I'd like to read some "Corrupted Twlight" fics. Any recommendations?
>> No. 127323
Hey, there was this one story where Celestia dies at the end after Discord messes with her mind. Ideas?
>> No. 127504
I'm taking a trip down memory lane and looking for an old story that I can't seem to find anymore. It was on EqD and was apparently deleted. It was called Interdimensional. I don't remember what it was about, but I had it on a list of stories I wanted to remember. If anyone has a link, that would be great!
>> No. 127511
>>127504
>>127504
It was deleted at the source and fans apparently followed suit.

It's fair to say it doesn't exist anymore.

Last edited at Thu, May 9th, 2013 11:15

>> No. 127514
>>127504

Story: Interdimensional

[Grimdark-War][Shipping]
So just in case you were bored and felt like spending your entire afternoon on an epic length sci-fi style pony story, Pseudonym has you covered. It even has some Appledash shipping apparently!

Author: Pseudonym
Description: The mane six wake up in the desert, in a strange new world filled with strange creatures. Can they get home while avoiding the evil A.F.A.E

>>127511

They all linked to a google doc
>> No. 127517
>>127514
What links to what?
>> No. 127526
>>127514
Do you have a link? And thanks for the description, now I want to read it more.
>> No. 127527
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Between ancient oceans and green shores lies the tale of a hard-fought battle hidden from history... A tale of proxy war, rival races, pirates, and most importantly - ponies.

Shameless self promotion!

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/102945/corsairs
>> No. 127531
>>127527
Rules:
1.) No self-promotion, your work should stand for itself and make others want to refer to it.
2.) Provide tags and some small additional information for people to know what they are heading into.

Two rules and you broke the first one.
>> No. 127532
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/100975/pone
Beware of drugs.
>> No. 127574
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(Seriously, how is this not already on here? Oh well, I'll try and keep it spoiler free for y'all)

Links at the bottom, in chronological order
Title: The Secret Life of Rarity
Author: BronyWriter.
Tags: [dark][tragedy][Rarity. Heh, duh][the rest of the Mane Six][Dem dere royal types][That one brown mare with the pink mane and tail][Bill Murray]

The SLoR and its respective sequels and spin offs, all written by Bronywriter, someone who has very quickly turned into one of my favorite authors, and not just of the fandom. This story is very close to replacing Watership Down/LotR trilogy as one of my all time favorite stories, and has replaced my favorite FiMfic writer.

Authors description: Everypony in Ponyville is happy, carefree, and content with their life on the whole...except one. Rarity harbors a dark secret that nopony can ever find out about, a murderous secret as a matter of fact. She is Equestria's only active serial killer. She has to balance her fashion life, her friends, and her murderous urges as best as she can. This is the story of her mind.

Although BW sums it up pretty nicely, I want to add a few words of my own. This story is dark. So dark. When BW says "the story of her mind," it was no joke. It delves deep into her psyche, seeing darkness to which no man, nor pony, should ever bear witness. Having said that, once you start reading, you can't stop. It's one of those things you know is so personal, so wrong to look at or watch, but you just can't tear your eyes away.

In BW's description, he makes it clear this is NOT a "Cupcakes with Rarity" type story. Although the amount of gore depicted could be considered Cupcakes-esque, the story line behind the gore is better than any no-gore fic could possibly imagine. Where Cupcakes was gore and shock for the sake of gore and shock, TSoR is a suspenseful thriller with gore to spruce it up a bit, as it were. Not that it needs it, but in my opinion if there was absolutely no gore in the story, the story could stand by itself.

There are currently two sequels which are finished and two spin offs being written now. The sequels, "The Public Life of Sweetie Belle", and "Broken Blossom" detail the after effects of Rarity's actions. While The Public Life of Sweetie Belle is more along the lines of Sweetie trying to wrap her mind around her own actions and the actions of her sister, and her attempts to make ponies believe she is not her aunt. Broken Blossom is about Sweetie Belle's daughter.

I actually enjoy Broken Blossom more, which is odd for me, being very reluctant to read a story where an OC is the main protagonist, A.K.A. Joyous Blossom. As this was a canonical sequel to TSoR, I read it anyway. Don't like OC fics? Take it from me, totally worth it. Her being the sister and niece of Sweetie Belle and Rarity, respectively, one can ascertain and imagine the mannerisms that accompany the aforementioned elder ponies, being present in Blossom. It's either Bronywriter's jean-e-oos or the familiarity with two similar characters, probably a bit of both, but no matter what it actually works.

The two spin offs are "Ripples"(This will be a collaboration betwixt BW and other authors), and "The Word is Fear." While "Ripples" is basically a group of short stories detailing the, yes I'll say it, ripples that Rarity's actions have caused around Equestria, "The Word is Fear" is an alternate ending to "Broken Blossom." Both are great so far. I would give more detailed, but as they are yet to be finished, and I know whatever finish BW and the contributing authors are cooking up will be awesome, I'd prefer to comment more on them AFTER I have read through them entirely.

tl;dr:
All-in-all, an amazing series of fics written by someone I'm sure could magically produce a spectacular and proper plot line for "Cupcakes", "My Little Dashie", and "A Fun Day!" (I'd even put 20 bucks down on BW to rewrite any of the stories Rapetrain-Express has ever pulled from his ass, and make it a masterpiece worthy of high praise on every FiM blog/image board/local brony meetup/the hearts and souls of laughing children.) If you like the dark, if you relish in the fears and the mental and physical anguish of those kaleidoscopic equines we all love to torture in our stories, or if you simply would LOVE to see certain griffons/magicians/minotaurs get their just desserts. then pal, I've got a story for you!

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/40334/the-secret-life-of-rarity

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/50848/the-public-life-of-sweetie-belle

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/81010/broken-blossom

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/100770/the-word-is-fear

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/100414/ripples
>> No. 127647
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Is there a fic with similar themes/overall feel as Revolutionary Girl Utena?
>> No. 127683
Anyone has a list of modified episode fics? But I mean ones which stem from the same idea and elements, not a story which goes in a completely different thematic.

Also anyone got some fun Halloween fics? not creepy/grimdark ones.
>> No. 127719
>>127683
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/1451/the-monster-mash
Kinda halloweenish.
>> No. 127751
HERE'S A COUPLE RARIJACK FAN FICS YOU MIGHT LOVE~

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/108281/believe

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/41666/regrets

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/98279/cmon-rarity-tell-us-a-story

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/107910/misconception

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/80219/snoring
>> No. 127770
I had it in my to-read list for a while, but it seems to have been taken down.

Anyone know how or why? It's the story with Emerald and Luna. Not the one with Luna and Big Mac.
>> No. 127806
Are there any fic like the movie Black Swan? Like the same theme and stuff. Thank you.
>> No. 127852
My Little Marriage: Mary is a Mare
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/78216/my-little-marriage-mary-is-a-mare

It's an all OC story about a married woman with two kids who's been transformed with a pony and is forced to deal with the changes without anyone outside her family finding out. It's slow at first but it picks up and is an overall great story barring some spelling errors.
>> No. 127868
I read a fic a while ago about Ditzy being Sparkler's adoptive mother, and Sparkler didn't think that Ditzy loved her as much as she loved Dinky because she just called her "Sweetie," which is a generic nickname. I can't seem to find it anywhere. Does anyone else know which one I'm talking about?
It was called "Ms. Sweetie," or something.

Last edited at Tue, Jun 25th, 2013 12:17

>> No. 127870
>>127868
It's called "My Sweetie" and it's on EQD.
http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/11/story-my-sweetie_22.html
>> No. 127930
I already asked a while ago, but any Luna/Discord?
Preferably not Nightmare Moon/Discord, please.
>> No. 127961
Okay, maybe you guys can help me out.

I'm looking for a Pony fanfic that deals with sexism and misogyny. Basically any (or all) of the main characters encounter sexism and they have to deal with it.

Does a fanfic like this exist??
>> No. 128007
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So, is there a fic regarding this already? I was thinking about starting one, but I don't want to if there's already one up somewhere.
>> No. 128011
Ckeck oot my first fenfiction! :D http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9474355/1/Mira-s-Pony-Adventure
>> No. 128037
So I'm new to this site and I don't know if this is breaking a rule or not, but I'm looking for a prereader or editor of some kind.

I'm not promoting my work, I am simply asking for some honest help.

But while I'm here, I think a story that deserves more attention is GingerNutGin's Dinner With My Love, a pretty melancholic look at the Fancy/Fleur shipping. It's not straight up sad, but its very empty and you feel that the two have personal problems, but you don't know if they will ever bring them up, let alone solve them. I thought it was great and severely underrated.


So just to clarify: Dinner With My Love is great, and I need a prereader. Care to help?

Last edited at Sat, Jul 13th, 2013 20:53

>> No. 128076
There's a sci-fi one that started up a little bit ago. It's looking good so far, though the chapters are a bit on the short side. I'm a nerd for good magitech though, so I like this one:

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/106208/friendship-is-intergalactic
>> No. 128077
I don't know if you all like these kind of stories, but I stumbled onto a story today and found it funny. It's about some friends that meet with the Mane 6 and then chaos shortly follows.

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/121084/the-poncho-chronicles-i-the-beans
>> No. 128084
>>128007
Also requesting this.
>> No. 128087
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>>127574 On a gory note...

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/103504/popped

Title: Popped
Author: Tapoff
Tags: [gore] [sad] [horror] [torture] [pinkie] [pokey pierce]

This one is actually pretty new and still being updated. (currently like 2 chapters in, totaling about 11,000 words) It has a pretty interesting premise though. Basically Pinkie gets kidnapped by Pokey Pierce and he films himself torturing her.

It's also probably the only fic starring Pinkie and Pokey that doesn't ship them. Quite the opposite actually.

Last edited at Wed, Aug 7th, 2013 14:07

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Are there any Luna fics where everybody including Celestia distrusts her when she returns?
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Can someone recommend some Zecora fics please?
>> No. 128235
In the fic m looking for, Celestia and Luna are dying and they teach Twilight and rainbow dash how to raise and lower the sun then transfer their powers over to them. Itf.you can help thanks.
>> No. 128382
Any fics about ponies struggling with mental illness?
>> No. 128383
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>>128382
Hee ya go.

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/10883/a-rose-reverie

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/86152/the-incredibly-confusing-and-strange-memories-of-mister-pancake-oregano-crackpot-the-third
>> No. 128389
Any fics about Scootaloo's parents beating her/being drunks/ etc?
>> No. 128405
>>128389
I can think of one mildly fucked up story where Cheerilee hits her. (That's around where I stopped reading) though that's a shipfic, with Cheerilee x Scootaloo no less, and I can't link it here.
>> No. 128409
>>128405

I think I read that one
>> No. 128480
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Can anyone recommend me a decent Luna fic? Nothing too depressing or silly, no clopfics (I don't mind clop in small doses, but too much of it is stupid).

The longer the fic the better! I usually only go for 100,000 word fics at least.
>> No. 129383
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So, since fall i've run through the repertoir of Blueshift and now I'm closing Cold in Gardez.
Both have been a pretty fun ride. Blueshift had great comedy stories and Cold in Gardez scored well for his more adventurous stories.

Time for me to move on to a new author.
I prefer ponies only, especially mane cast stories. Not so much pure OC or HiE.
A long story can be quite the adventure, but I do like to read shorter stories (less than 10k words)

So, which writer is a good pick, going from both writers I've mentioned?

Also, it was 2 peas in a pod that led me to Blueshift and Naked Singularity that led me to Cold in Gardez

Last edited at Sun, Dec 22nd, 2013 08:27

>> No. 129397
>>129383

The Descendant would be an obvious choice. He's written a huge amount, and if you can stomach purple prose he's pretty good at a lot of genres.

If you like Blueshift's and Cold in Gardez's more serious stuff, uSea, Chris and Cloud Wander have several short stories that you might like. If you like their more random comedy stuff, maybe try Thanqol or Bob from Bottles.
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>>129397
they're on the list, thanks.
>> No. 129511
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129511
Bumps and greetings, gentlemen.
You see, I'm really into ponies, but at the same time I'm big fan of Fallout series, so it's only expected, I think, that I read it and liked it. Then there was "Project Horizons", which I like even more, but eventually I grew tired of all that pain, suffering and anguish, especially when it comes to main hero's moral problems. Yeah, Blackjack is all about this. So can anyone point me to decent FO:E fic, that is not so dark? You know, something "Comissar Cain"-level.
Oh, and sorry for my bad language.
>> No. 129514
>>129511
>>129511
Perhaps Fallout Equestria Pink Eyes might be more up your alley?
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/931/Fallout-Equestria%3A-Pink-Eyes
>> No. 129519
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>>129514
Thanks, it's already in the list. Though I thought, it's still pretty dramatic.
>> No. 129606
I'm currently looking for the darkest, most disgusting Scootaloo fics I can find. I don't care if she gets tortured, killed or whatever. What would you recommend? (Before anyone asks NO I do not hate her. I just have a strange taste.)

Last edited at Wed, Jan 29th, 2014 02:23

>> No. 129636
Some pretty gory stories in here- let's lighten the mood! Any comedy to recommend?

I found this which is well worth a read if you like comedy:

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/139243/my-little-pony-lernin-bout-frends
>> No. 129640
>>129636
Cold in Gardez's spinoff of Arcanium's Harpflank and Sweets:
>Lyra and Bon Bon, aka the masked superheroes Harpflank and Sweets, have been entertaining young foals with their stories of action and courage on television. But once a season, the network produces a special episode to teach valuable life lessons to impressionable young foals.
>A very special episode, with a narrator who is determined to make their emotional breakthroughs as touching and personal as possible.
>Whether they want it or not.
I don't think I can sell it any better than the synopsis, but if you like awesome narration, extreme self-awareness, or irony, I highly recommend this. No knowledge of the source material is necessary.

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/96270/harpflank-and-sweets-a-very-special-episode

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>>129606
>Sweet Apple Massacre
>> No. 129672
>>129640

Sounds pretty awesome- I'll check it out. Thanks anon.
>> No. 130187
Did a quick search and I didn't find his name mentioned in the thread, so I shall.

http://www.fimfiction.net/user/RealityCheck

Reality Check. Not sure if y'all have heard of him. This is the penname of RH Junior, a famous furry comic author. He takes a very critical view of the FiM universe and often in his blogs can be found being very aggressive towards the choices made in show. In fact, one of his series has to do with completely rewriting the Crystal Empire events as well as the events of Magical Mystery Cure and the Season 4 Opener. But I like to believe that this is because he really cares for the series and wants to see it do better than what it has done.

I really enjoy his writing, especially how he expanded the Nix-verse, another that I recommend looking up, and giving Spike a lot of positive attention. Sometimes his stories can feel like a lot of 'Let me tell you how much you suck' speeches directed at key characters but then he turns around and give those characters wonderful chances to shine.

I highly recommend starting with Parting Words [www.fimfiction.net] for the start of the Alicorn saga and Nightmare Night and Nyx [www.fimfiction.net] if you have already read the original Nyx story and want more.

He has several more stories; two being ideas of better examples of HiE stories and two being a love letter to everyone who hates really bad fanfictions.

I'm always hoping to hear my email ding to alert me of a new chapter and I think you will agree.

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>>130187
Famous furry author who hates the show but think Nyx is better...

>mfw
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>>130190
>Famous furry author who hates the show but think Nyx is better

Did I say that?
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>>130191
Implied in your offered information:

> He takes a very critical view of the FiM universe and often in his blogs can be found being very aggressive towards the choices made in show.
> especially how he expanded the Nix-verse, another that I recommend looking up

There's a combined impression that he dislikes the shows direction, coupled with a feeling that he likes the concept if not execution of Nyx.
It only takes a tiny bit of reading between the lines to get that implication too.
>> No. 130194
>>130192
> But I like to believe that this is because he really cares for the series and wants to see it do better than what it has done.

You forgot this part.

If I made a mistake and chose the wrong words, then that is my problem. But I hope that you aren't seeing things that aren't there.
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>>130194
> wants to see it do better than what it has done.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/UnfortunateImplications

Not too much you can do to avoid it. Not everyone is going to take the same reading from anything, but I hope you can see how it comes across that way.
It's the combination of ideas that the show needs to be better (which is a sound subjective statement), and that Nyx is interesting enough to have a universe to expand upon (also subjective).

I'm trying not to cut into your original post entirely, because you have a reasonable subjective opinion, and I haven't investigated Reality Check in detail.
If my opinion gets involved, I think I'll have to avoid him personally, but that's because I really am not a fan of single character driven monologues, Nyx, HiE, fanfic parodies, Nyx, or Nyx.
Your mileage may vary.

Not that I have anything against the HiE genre, or humans in general. But it's just not the sort of thing I'm looking to read when I'm lookin' fer ponies.
>> No. 130196
>>130195
Oddly enough, in that case, it is in the Nyx universe that he gives Spike an epic sized Crowning Moment of Awesome.

If that isn't enough, then you might like his Alicorn Saga that starts with Parting Words. In that, instead of Twilight going Alicorn, it's the whole Mane Six. And it doesn't stop there.
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Are there any that deal with realistic mental diseases without being too grimdark?
>> No. 130222
>>130221
I avoid those.

I don't think that we as a culture are ready to handle mental disease.
>> No. 130225
>>130221
Asylum. Excellent blend of hope and despair while maintaining a delicate balance between "Is she insane or not?".
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/75199/asylum

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>>130225
Ooh, classic premise there, but still, I should read it. Reminds me of what Autumn was supposed to be.
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So, I've read millions and millions of of words of fanfics, but none in the last 6 months. Circumstances have changed, and I'm looking to get back into the swing of things. So what's good that's been published recently? Any genre, any kind, I probably read all of them.
>> No. 130415
>>130413
I'll direct you to this:
>>130225

Slywit's Paradise recently updated, a good one if your want some inventive origin story stuff for Celestia and Luna. From Canterlot With Love by Sagebrush is another excellent adventure story with a solid grasp of humour to boot. A search on FiMFiction should turn up any of those.
>> No. 130416
>>130413
Let me give you my Favorite List:
http://www.fimfiction.net/stories?order=latest&tracking=1&user=30243

There are also my own stories, but aside from the one shots.. I haven't actually FINISHED any of them.
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>>130415
Ooh, I love it when people write origin stories like that. Thanks, I will definitely look into those.

On a similar note, does anyone remember that story called something like "When Were Young"? I can't find it now. It's somewhere in my hundreds of favorites but I have no idea where, and it's probably updated and I haven't gotten to read it. It detailed the early life of Celestia, Luna, and Discord when there were still alicorns and a thriving land (in their lore).

>>130416
Thanks, I haven't read many of these.
>> No. 130418
>>130417
Found it!

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/86640/when-we-were-young
>> No. 130420
I've been feeling pretty crazy lately, and I was thinking back to the events of Lesson Zero. I would like to see some fanfictions where Twilight goes crazy (like in the episode) or otherwise undergoes severe (self-inflicted?) mental trauma, so if you could go ahead and reply with a nice little list of them that would be great.

Oh, and any stories should be at least somewhat rational regarding the actions/thoughts of the characters; I don't want anything random like Cupcakes.
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>>130420
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/7624/enabling

I remember feeling positives for this one.
http://derpy.me/m104u - If you want to see what I said about the pre-production version.
I didn't look at the final, so it could have done anything, or changed nothing. Still...
>> No. 131268
I'm writing a fic for my own amusement that features a lot of crossover and time travel stuff. Ditzy 'Derpy' Doo is in it and I thought it would be fun for the Doctor to show up at some point, but I don't have any idea how he's charactereized due to having never read any of the fics.

So I came here to ask about Doctor fics, specifically those featuring Derpy as a companion. Which are the better ones and/or those most entrenched in the fandom's collective conscious?

I've already found what I understand to be the 'original' Derpy companion fic, My Little Time Lord:
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6700975/

>>121554
This one is also a Doctor fic, linked twice on this page at that, so I'll check it out too.

Any others?

Last edited at Sat, Nov 22nd, 2014 13:51

>> No. 131329
I think heard about a headcannon once about Rainbow Dash leaving school or running away or something like that when she was younger. Any suggestions?
>> No. 131330
>>131329
Involve Gilda.
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