Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fallout: Equestria

First there was a My Little Pony review. Now there is a My Little Pony fanfiction review. Yep. Getting weird, right? Well, I made a promise to a person that I would give my online opinion about this realllly long Friendship Is Magic fanfiction, and it only seemed fair that I follow through.

Fallout: Equestria is a crossover fanfiction between Fallout the video game and My Little Pony the TV show. Yeah, I don't know who decided that was a good idea either, but this is the internet. In it, Littlepip leaves her Stable home to go find and bring back her crush, Velvet Remedy. Needless to say, the journey doesn't exactly go as planned.

For most people, when you say fanfiction, you think really poor quality writing. (Fifty Shades of Grey or Twilight porn, as I like to call it, is not helping this perception of fanfiction.) While you usually have to wade through a lot of awful stories to get to the good stuff, there's a lot of exceptionally crafted pieces out there if you look hard enough. Fall Out: Equestria is clearly one of them.

The action scenes are suspenseful and the story logic impressive in its details. Littlepip is a fun character to read about, and her voice is genuinely witty and ironic. The writing is well done and the relationships are realistic. The pacing may seem a bit strung out, but it wouldn't be fanfiction without a lot of chapters. The best part is seeing how the original canonical Friendship is Magic characters are infused into the brand new world and plot line - it's a clever development, and the most interesting aspect of the piece in my opinion.

It's a little bizarre to see sunshiney My Little Pony rewritten with rape, murder and governmental problems, but the piece is good enough to surpass its stark contrast from canon.

Of course, while it's a quality fanfiction, it's still a fanfiction. Fallout has a needlessly repetitive chapter starter structure and a lot of infodumps at the beginning that wouldn't work for a regular novel. Fanfiction is a different medium than fiction, though, so none of this surprised me. I could have done without the boring, rhythmic chapter openings, though.

Overall: I don't know how many bronies follow me, nor how many would actually be interested in reading a 40+ chapter fanfiction, but Fallout: Equestria is an excellent proof that fanfiction can be engaging and high quality. Fandoms are strange, magical places, and I understand why the brony community loves this particular piece so much.

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  1. I admit that I'm laughing at this a bit insanely right now. I'm all for fanfiction, yet the concept...it makes me laugh. However, better it be well-written fanfiction of interesting-if-strange origin than well-drawn fanart of oh-my-god-it's-fetish-porn origin.

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    1. I kind of want to know who decided to mix Fall Out the video game with My Little Pony. It seems like a drunken, WHY NOT kind of decision, but it does work out well. It's a quality fanfiction, but I can't call it a "book" the way that the fandom seems to.

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