The fact that the abuse is not shown makes it work even better! Sometimes ones imagination is all that's needet for horror!
Also it could imply that Cozy is desperatly trining to supress these memories.
1. You could make the page literally longer, but I supposed it's better for the sake of comfortability in reading.
2. The reason would be very specific in that she treats her dad as her enemy rather than both. Though I suppose you could input that in a future page.
Oh my God... This is both heartbreaking and outrageous. Good job, Mane 6, you kicked a broken, suffering child almost to death. She deserves mental help, and most of all, tons of love and care.
As someone who has, for lack of a better term, been there... I can appreciate your candidness here. It is an incredibly serious topic, one that gets marginalized and pushed to the shadows with a sort of "Out of sight, out of mind" mentality. You did it justice, though. I can say from experience that, yeah, that is exactly how it often goes - one of the pair is overly angry, aggressive, abusive (be it physically, emotionally, verbally, or some combination therein). Often there is some history to it - be it that they were abused, or substance abuse, the sort, and so the other half tries to rationalize it. "Oh, he wouldn't be like that if his father hadn't blah blah" or "He's right, I did mess up" or other such. And for the child? The child is left wishing and praying for a family that was safe. That would hold them, love them, and just... be a family together.
Your depiction here... it takes the Cozy Glow of the show, who I could barely stand and could not even begin to relate to, and it makes my heart ache for her. It gives me that missing backstory, that missing reason... and one that is so close to my heart, because I could have easily wound up the same way.
I, at least, think you did a fantastic job touching on a very difficult subject.
Well, she clearily feels scared and powerless so I guess thats why she wanted power. Kind of a leap to go from this to draining all the magic in Equestria to become the empress of friendship but thats a childs logic for you.
I'm guessing its Chryssie time next.
I'm having this moment that I'm looking at all this...and, I have to ask the following question-
Why should Cozy Glow have a reason?
Wouldn't it be scarier-and much more confusing-if there wasn't one? None at all? Cozy Glow just...did things...because she found them fun, she found them amusing. She harms ponies for the same reason other ponies make cakes or build things. It makes her happy.
Okay, but, *why*? I get that some people are “just like that”, but that’s not particularly compelling or interesting from the storytelling perspective of a show intended for kids.
Which...isn’t to say that I particularly like this origin. It takes too much blame off of Cozy. “She was never a supervillain, it’s all her dad’s fault!”
it’s too easy, too simple, and really just isn’t that compelling or interesting either.
I agree with you. I also think it would be much more interesting if she ended up just being a sadistic sociopath, but then again, people love giving villains tragic backstories, and I don't blame them. It's fun trying to give them "a reason" for their bad behavior.
I do as well. The writer aspect of me does want to have a reason for what she does. And, there's the natural thing to try and have some empathy for her and to find reasons for empathy.
But, there's also that writer's aspect of me that says "why should she? Or, better yet, let's make her reason so petty by any reasonable standard it's just...sad."
Because that kind of thing is both scarier and sadder than "history of abuse."
So, child abuse, spousal abuse, emotional neglect... this is the type of thing that causes a young mind to snap and make very strange decisions. Clearly we need FPS (Foal Protective Services). Equestria seems to be full of so much casual neglect. A foal loses a horn, becomes a super villain, another has a friend move away. If not for the garden in Canterlot full of statues I would ask how Equestria has survived...
Say..... you don't mind me always do "Cozy Glow..... ;-;" on any submission featuring her, right?
I mean after all though.... I just can't stand why Hasbro and DHX Media think doing these treatments (aka jailing and stone imprisonment) to a Filly despite what she did in the respective Season finales as good for kids. It's just not right for them to do that. ;-;