Tag Archives: Worldbuilding

“Friendship is Magic, Part 1” and Howard Tayler’s three* levels of worldbuilding

Previously, I observed that “Friendship is Magic, Part 1” packs a ton of exposition into a 22-minute episode.  This raises an obvious question: how does it do this without becoming boring? To address that, let’s turn to the Writing Excuses … Continue reading

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The great exposition of “Friendship is Magic, Part 1”, and why “Equestria Girls” still struggles

As divisive as Equestria Girls is, most people agree that the series has improved over time.  And while I believe that’s true, even the otherwise-excellent Rainbow Rocks and Friendship Games have moments that make me cringe: Principal Cinch: I know … Continue reading

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“It’s magic, I ain’t gotta explain s**t (except when I do)”: *My Little Pony* and Sanderson’s Laws of Magics

No matter how much you like this show, it’s clear that FiM‘s magic system isn’t particularly robust.  There aren’t many clear rules as to how magic works in Equestria. At first glance, this seems like bad storytelling.  I know I’ve … Continue reading

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The worldbuilding in “Breezies” was sloppy, but it did its job. Here’s why.

“It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies” has drawn serious criticism of its worldbuilding.  BronyCurious articulates some fairly common complaints:

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Inconsistency, development, and the difference between the two: A response to PastAnalysis

PastAnalysis has posted some concerns to the MLPAnalysis subreddit.  His main point: the analysis community is too opposed to inconsistency.

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When should *Friendship is Magic* end?…And what happens next?

We have a confirmed 5th season, and apparently Pony (in some form) will be lasting another 5 years, so it seems like a good time to ask: “When should Friendship is Magic end?”

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“Twilight, you can teleport!”: How limits can make a writer’s job easier

You know what really sucks?  The flu.  You know what sucks more than the flu?  When the flu exacerbates preexisting health conditions and you’re out of commission for several weeks.  In any case, I should be back for now.  Here’s … Continue reading

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