Brony Advice: Your Questions Answered #100!Brony Advice: Your Questions Answered #100!1 year ago in Editorial More Like This
#100) What prompted you to start your Brony Advice column? Also, you seem to get a wide range of questions concerning everything from personal relationship and social group issues, to commentaries on art and music, all surrounding the MLP fandom; do you ever find yourself surprised or caught off guard by the questions you receive, and do you ever have difficulty answering them?
Answer: I started this column with a simple dream: a dream of understanding brony thought-processes. I like to do my best to observe the fandom and draw from it what I can. A good way of doing this is via samples and case studies. Some excellent case studies are in the form of these questions; as the questions are being asked by bronies, generally, they are representative of what certain parts of the fandom are thinking. Even the most ridiculous questions are worth documenting: in twenty years time I can look back on this column and see exactly the kind of things that bronies were thinking at the t
Brony Advice: Your Questions Answered #104/05/06!Brony Advice: Your Questions Answered #104/05/06!1 year ago in Editorial More Like This
#104) Aren't bronies and furries the exact same thing? I think it's funny that so many bronies get offended when they're compared to furries. I don't see furries getting quite as offended about the comparison. Hah.
Answer: This is really the million-dollar question: are bronies and furries the same thing? The answer is, awkwardly, a little bit of both. Let's set the cards upon the table: there are all sorts of variables that come into the equation when defining exactly what a brony is. That's the first difficulty; if a brony is merely an adult watching the show, then you can't effectively argue that they're furries by definition just for doing that. If you did, then any parent watching the show with their child, or anyone who watched "Watership Down" or "The Animals of Farthing Wood" as children, or myriad other cartoons about animals, would be furries, which is ludicrous.
Just watching "Friendship is Magic" doesn't create a latent association with furries, despite what s
MLP: Eyes and Hourglasses, Chapter IIMLP: Eyes and Hourglasses, Chapter II1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
MY LITTLE PONY: EYES AND HOURGLASSES
Chapter II: "The Welcome Wagon Comes to Town"
Written by Diane N. Tran
For the first time in her mail-mare career, the pegasus named Derpy Hooves was late in a delivery. That delivery consisted of one single, solitary letter to be dropped off at the very last residence of her rounds, Ponyville's Old Clock Tower. When she arrived at the building, she was, of course, as punctual as ever, but the mail-box was still missing from the lawn and she didn't have the courage to knock on the door again.
Dressed in her saddlebags, pacing back and forth, she was at a loss of what to do at the moment, so she paced some more. If she left it on the doorstep, the wind could blow it away. If she slipped it underneath the doormat, it might not be seen. Then a thought came to her, perhaps she could squeeze the letter between the cracks of the door.
Placing the letter between he
Twilight vs. Oral HygieneTwilight vs. Oral Hygiene1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Twilight vs. Oral Hygiene
The sun was high on the bright and cheerful day in Ponyville. Well, cheerful for most.
Twilight Sparkle stood inside the town's library, a very aggravated look on her face. Her hoof tapped against the ground in irritation, her eyes boring holes into a burly unicorn stallion that stood in front of her. He had a clipboard floating in front of his face as a levitating pen scribbled notes. A small emblem on his saddlebag read "Ponyville Plumbing Services".
"Right, so that's all of it." said the stallion, finishing what he was writing before floating the pen into his saddle-bag. But the scowl on Twilight's face remained.
"I still can't believe you had to take out every single one of my pipes." Twilight said.
The stallion shrugged, "What can I say Lady? This library may look good on the outside, but it's old and everything about it is either completely out of date or aging fast. From the floorboards," he ran his hoof along the wood floor, tracing a long crack
A Poetic Tribute to Braeburn and the SettlersA Poetic Tribute to Braeburn and the Settlers1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
Ponies yearning for adventure
Taming the desert
Appleloosa's zealous supporter
Proud Apple member
Apple family's legacy expanded
Reaping rich bounty
Mother nature's mercy
To defend honour, hearth and more
Apple, a pacifist, persists
A blow, imparting
In the middle path, meeting
Amicable treaty dawning
Review of MLP: FiM's Crystal EmpireReview of MLP: FiM's Crystal Empire1 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
The big two-parter has arrived! And My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is kicking off with the Crystal Empire two-parter.
The first part is about Celestia giving Twilight the rather monumental test of finding a way to protect the Crystal Empire upon its mysterious return from the shadowy King Sombra (meaning shadow in Spanish).
And the second part is focuses more on Twilight finding the Crystal Heart which is key to stopping Sombra.
This two parter is easily the most visually stunning two-parter yet. Everything from movement to lighting to the absolutely gorgeous looking Crystal Empire is incredibly well-designed.
And surprisingly enough, darker as well. As in, there was more liberal use of black and shadows this time around, giving some pivotal scenes more atmosphere.
This willingness to be 'dark' just means that kids get a more well-rounded entertainment. They're gonna' have to use the potty on their own one day after all.
However, that's also the double-edge sword with Crystal Empi
Cutie Mark Crusader Channel Surfers!Cutie Mark Crusader Channel Surfers!1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Cutie Mark Crusader Channel Surfers!
"Wow sis, this is really neat!" Sweetie Belle said in awe as she slowly approached the large, black screen in the center of Rarity's living room, "how much did this new television cost?"
"Enough" Rarity said with a sigh, "Pinkie Pie was really determined to keep it, even though she is getting a new one. That pony doesn't make sense sometimes."
Sweetie Belle admired the new television that Rarity had bought. It was wide and flat and shining in the light, all of which contributed to Sweetie's overwhelming desire to reach out and touch it. "What was wrong with our old one, it seemed to work pretty well."
"Well that one was...SWEETIE BELLE GET YOUR HOOF AWAY FROM THAT TELEVISION!!"
Sweetie let out a timid squeak and retracted her hoof, which was mere centimeters from the screen, "Oops, sorry sis."
"Honestly Sweetie Belle, I don't want hoof-prints smudged all over the screen." Rarity said, sighing as she trotted over to the couch and
When My Little Pony Meets Horny TeenagersYou remember the My Little Pony from the eighties, don't you? Even if you didn't grow up with it, you most likely know of its existence. Those pudgy plastic collectable figures and the nostalgically bad kid's TV show to accompany them were very much a product of the times, embodying the consumer Zeitgeist of the period. And now we look back on their evanescence with misty eyes, firmly believing that they deserved the 'young-girl' tag that went with the product.When My Little Pony Meets Horny Teenagers1 year ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
It must largely be the visual appeal of the 2010 re-boot of the franchise, "Friendship is Magic", that has made a whole group of older individuals into fans. Those old, chubby ponies are now slender, beautifully animated characters with big, jewel-like eyes. And we must focus on the visual superiority of these ponies, and the popularity of "Friendship is Magic" with an older demographic, in order to understand why there has been such an influx in pornographic content regarding these equines.
Undoubtedly there was My Little Pony
Shame at the Check-OutShame at the Check-Out1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
FIMFiction link: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/56451/Shame-at-the-Check-Out
Shame at the Checkout
Beads of cold sweat rolled down Rainbow Dash's neck. The hot ceiling lights above intensifying the anxiety she felt to such a point that she felt as though she was going to pass out. There she was, standing in the middle of Ponyville's largest store. Her eyes were wide, staring at the newest piece of fan-merchandise being sold.
No, it wasn't anything to do with the Wonderbolts.
It was a limited-time offer Daring Do wallet. Rainbow Dash had to keep her mouth shut to prevent drooling. The wallet was grey and had adventurer's face printed on the front, grinning competitively at some invisible foe. She was a force to be reckoned with, even as just a picture. Hilariously, based on how she looked out of the wallet, Rainbow Dash felt like she was the foe- her hero's ruby eyes piercing into her own like arrows in bows, primed to fire.
Overall, it was beyond awesome, much better t
Brony Advice: Your Questions Answered #91, 92, 93!Brony Advice: Your Questions Answered #91, 92, 93!1 year ago in Editorial More Like This
#91) Me and my boyfriend have been bronies from the beginning and we've been thinking about having a kid. We heard somewhere that they can inject animal DNA into the womb in the first few weeks to give the child animal-like features. We think this would be the coolest thing ever but we fear others will frown on it and our beautiful pony child will be looked down upon. What advice do you have for me?
Answer: I think your sources are quite credible. You can, indeed, inject animal DNA into the womb to create animal-human hybrids. That's why you quite often see dog-boys, cat-girls and giraffe-children walking around town centres. It's becoming more acceptable nowadays, but you might want to give it a few more years before you try it out, just to avoid the beast-baby facing ridicule at school. They may have an elephant-teacher, which would help the child feel more 'normal', but if all the class-mates are human, or another form of animal hybrid, it could be difficult for them
Brony Advice: Your Questions Answered #94, 95, 96!Brony Advice: Your Questions Answered #94, 95, 96!1 year ago in Editorial More Like This
#94) I went to a brony meet-up and I thought it was pretty good fun until we went to Toys R Us. I was sceptical about a bunch of guys (no girls went to the meet) going to the little girl's section of the shop so I kept my distance and I'm glad I did – everyone there except for me became really creepily obsessive about the toys and it was embarrassing to be seen with them in the shop. After we left (I didn't buy anything and the girl on the till seemed really freaked out by us) I kind of felt awkward being seen with them and when they sang a song from the show really loudly at Pizza Hut I wanted to go home fast. What do you make of this?
Answer: There is always the potential for this problem when meeting up with strangers based on a common interest: will you be as into it as they are? The issue becomes slightly more complex when the common interest is My Little Pony, because it's the sort of interest that a lot of people aren't comfortable discussing in great detail outsid
MLP: Eyes and Hourglasses, Chapter IIIMLP: Eyes and Hourglasses, Chapter III1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
MY LITTLE PONY: EYES AND HOURGLASSES
Chapter III: "Making Friends"
Written by Diane N. Tran, with original song by Rachel Rambach
As the festivities continued uninterrupted below, the winged pony ascended the stairwell and went through each room of the building, floor by floor — kitchen, bedroom, library, stockroom, and whooooaaaaaa! She reached the top floor and her wall-eyes gazed around the sight of massive room that amassed a labyrinthine jungle of the rusted cogs and jagged gears of the Old Clock Tower. The patchwork of holes left in the broken roof allowed glowing beams of sunlight to stream into the room, as a flock of white pigeons fluttered out. The walls hung with hundreds of clocks, clocks of all kinds, all different shapes and sizes, ticking and tocking in all different ways. Position
Anthem (Memory of the Empire)Anthem (Memory of the Empire)1 year ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
The Crystal Empire Trilogy
– Ponies with Edenbridge
[Click here for the accompanying song]
Anthem (Memory of the Empire)
Children of the Perished Empire…
The crystal spike
Emerged in the northern sky.
From thousand years of sleep
Woken the empire of past,
The world once perished and gone.
It looms in the north…
The echoes of cold dominance.
The king, the tyrant reborn
Waiting his renewed chance
To finish what had begun…
Drifting shells of the realm…
What's there… left… to protect…
What's left are filled with hurt and grief.
'Twas graying and tarnished,
The world they once called their home.
Despair and fear,
Tokens of slavery,
Left within the heartcells
In the lost, orphaned souls of the empire…
… Stand up by your own feet.
ERBoH Raven vs Pinkie PieERBoH Raven vs Pinkie Pie2 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY
Raven: Look me in the eyes, All hell will rise
Says your girly show's a curse
I brought twice the "super" back in Supernatural demise
who needs to shoot the general first?
I'll be aiming for the horse, hrm
Make that small horse, since when could boys
Fall for these toddler aimed decoys?
Even your name, Pinky Pie
gives me thoughts I'm really a guy
if I had to choose amidst
watching your show and ending earth
why do you think my Father's fists
made us all once assume the worst?
Pinkie Pie: What's up, Party Ponies?
First I'd like to make a shout out to all the Bronies!
Who the hay died and made you ruler?
Everypony knows we make things 20% cooler!
You may look like Twilight Sparkle with your book,
But you can rap as well as a Tamaranean can cook
You're just an Evil Enchantress
who does lousy dances
and when I look into your eyes
I see you peeing your pantses
Cause we're Friendship is Magic, not flippin' Jer
Sister ArmorSISTER ARMORSister Armor6 months ago in Comedy More Like This
An MLPFIM Fan-script written by Julian Yeo
Twitter: @judacris judacris.tumblr.com
SCENE: The Crystal Empire, near the Crystal Palace
Twilight and Spike arrive at The Crystal Empire, and make their way towards The Crystal Palace.
Twilight: (breathes in the air) "It's always great to come back to The Crystal Empire."
Spike: "Yeah. (hesitating) Why are we here again? What did Princess Cadance say?"
Twilight: "It wasn't clear. The letter was short. She needed us urgently back in the Crystal Empire for something. I guess we'll find out when we meet her."
Spike: "This won't involve me falling from a great height again, will it?"
Twilight: "(giggles) I don't think so, Spike."
(cut to the two heading towards the palace. They arrive at the Crystal Hall.)
SCENE: The Crystal Palace, Crystal Hall
(The two princesses approach in the usual fashion)
Brony Advice: Your Questions Answered #97, 98, 99!Brony Advice: Your Questions Answered #97, 98, 99!1 year ago in Editorial More Like This
#97) I am an open brony with everyone, except my parents. I'd tell them, but my dad will not approve. He even disapproved and called me gay when I was really into "Phineas and Ferb". Imagine if he found out [about "Friendship is Magic"]! There's no way he would approve. But I want to buy merchandise, shirts, and other stuff. So what do you think I should do about telling my parents?
Answer: Your dad sounds like a royal prick. I don't know what his upbringing was like, but your sexuality isn't defined by watching a simple TV show. "Phineas and Ferb" might be geared towards an audience younger than yourself, but I'm not sure why it would be considered, in his eyes, to be 'gay'. I think he might be getting mixed up between watching something that's distinctly effeminate and watching something that targets kids in general. If anything, "Phineas and Ferb" is a show pitched at boys (although, naturally, it does have universal appeal) and so I can see why you'd be worried about
MLP: Eyes and Hourglasses, Chapter IMLP: Eyes and Hourglasses, Chapter I2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
MY LITTLE PONY: EYES AND HOURGLASSES
Chapter I: "Mail Call"
Written by Diane N. Tran
Derpy Hooves was Ponyville's neighbourhood mail-mare. When she was first hired for this job, there was a great deal sniggering all over Cloudsdale for hiring the ridiculous, little cross-eyed pegasus. Luckily for her, looks can be deceiving and, in time, she became the best mail-mare that Ponyville ever had.
Letter by letter, parcel by parcel, she would work her way from one end of town to the other, zipping from house to house, building by building, slipping envelopes into each mail-box and each mail-slot, and waving to each pony she passed by. Through rain, wind, or shine, she was there every morning without fail and one thing she always prided herself on was never being late and, today, she was ahead of schedule. If she kept this up, she might treat herself with muffins at Sugarcube Corner a dozen<