Tag Archives: Writing

The beginning of the collaborator-driven era in TV animation — and why *FiM* just might start it

WARNING: This post contains minor spoilers for Episode 100 of Friendship is Magic.  That said, if you even know the premise of Episode 100, you know everything I’m going to discuss. Most of us are aware that this whole weird … Continue reading

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Spike and the challenge of adolescent characters

Of all the main characters, Spike’s depiction has drawn the most criticism (with the possible exceptions of Rarity and Applejack).  Complaints about the little guy tend to assert that he’s either a) inconsistent, b) inept, c) a jerk, or d) … Continue reading

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Rest in peace, Golden Oaks Library (and please don’t come back): the importance of character death

The destruction of Golden Oaks library (understandably) caused a stir among the fandom.  A small-but-vocal minority decried the decision, characterizing it as a blatant attempt to sell toys at the expense of the show’s quality. Surprisingly, Digibrony himself was among … Continue reading

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Why isn’t Pinkie Pie annoying? Her intro provides some clues.

I really like Pinkie Pie — which is bizarre, because I usually hate characters like Pinkie Pie.  Perky, bubbly characters tend to irritate me.  For example, I am the only person on Earth who actively dislikes Kaylee from Firefly. Yeah, … Continue reading

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How “Friendship is Magic, Part 1” hooked us all: The Five-Sentences Hypothesis of narrative conflict

In keeping with last post‘s theme of understanding what FiM does well, let’s go back to the very beginning: “Friendship is Magic, Part 1”. Four years later, it’s easy to under-appreciate what this episode accomplished; it managed to overcome the … Continue reading

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How analysis can improve the fandom: a response to Tommy Oliver

Tommy Oliver has proposed that analysis of Friendship is Magic has harmed the fandom as a whole, decreased people’s enjoyment of the show, and just generally made things worse:

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Princess Twilight, “Inspiration Manifestation”, and “Equestria Games”: sometimes, the best payoffs are the subtle ones

Before I get to my main point, let me just say this; holy shit, Rarity was hilarious in “Inspiration Manifestation”.  Whoever was in charge of her facial expressions completely nailed it, and Tabitha St. Germain was on.  There was rarely … Continue reading

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