Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Ponyfic Roundup 11

Okay, folks: this week we're back to the usual format. Five stories are listed, with one being singled out as the cream of the crop. Most of them are very short one-shots this time, but as it happens that isn't the case for the story I've chosen as this week's winner. This time round, there are no stunningly good or appallingly awful fics, but that's just the luck of the draw! Without further ado, then, let's get on with it.

Pick of the fics

Flitter by Nyerguds
Changelings, OC, Twilight and Celestia
Romance/Comedy/Adventure; 31K words; Apr 2014; Teen
The date is slightly misleading: most of this was done in late 2012. A really interesting concept, in which a changeling (not one of Chrysalis's mob) has taken the place of a dead stallion. Very funny at times, especially early on, but things get a little too serious for my taste in the later chapters. The bonus bits and pieces are worth a look. 7.5/10

Other stories

Brace Buddies by TooShyShy
Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy
Sad/Slice of Life; 2K words; May 2014; Everyone
Something I found really refreshing now: a traditional cute short of the kind that may be old-fashioned but is also a good read. Rainbow and Fluttershy talk properly for the first time while in a dentist's waiting room. The very occasional awkward use of language, but still enjoyable. From a newish author who I hope will write more. 7.5/10

Evil Belle Takes Over Canterlot by Akumokagetsu
Sweetie Belle, Rarity, Celestia and Luna
Comedy; 2K words; May 2014; Everyone
A sequel to Evil Belle (PR 10) and just a little bit more fun if you ask me. The title explains what the unicorn filly is going for this time round. There's a very amusing confrontation (if that's the word!) with Princess Celestia, some spot-on language and, well, generalised silliness. 7.5/10

The Price by Vimbert the Unimpressive
Big Mac and Caramel
Romance; 3K words; Jun 2012; Teen
A short story in which Big Mac looks back at something that happened when he was barely more than a colt, something he still can't quite come to terms with. As the Romance tag suggests, there's some shipping here. That's done pretty well, though the kiss is telegraphed a mile off. Loses a little on purely personal prejudice for an unattractive portrayal of Granny Smith. 6/10

Stormy Monday by Bud Grazer
Lyra and Bon Bon
Slice of Life; 3K words; Mar 2014; Everyone
Fair warning to those who care about such things: Bon Bon's unpopular canon name of "Sweetie Drops" is used here. It's a decent story, though, which shows us how she met Lyra when she first moved to Ponyville. A light but interesting subplot involving Pinkie Pie. There are lyrics to a song, but it's less annoying than most fanfic songs. 7/10

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