Last edited by Zarhon; 07-16-2012 at 10:32 AM.
I am kind of laughing at all the people on there that are getting all upset over Howard Stern's report on bronies.
The news media being biased and unfair, portraying a fandom in the most shocking and inaccurate image possible? NO THAT NEVER HAPPENS, ESPECIALLY NOT WHEN IT COMES TO STUFF INVOLVING TALKING ANIMALS. :U
S3E03: A peculiar business contract leads Applejack to meet the forgotten Metallic Ponies.
S3E04: Rainbow Dash is distracted by strange and unfamiliar thoughts about Pinkie Pie while on the job, and inadvertently creates a magical radioactive weatherfront that transforms the population of Ponyville into Glow in the Dark Ponies.
S3E05: Pinkie Pie confuses bubble bath with fabric softener, turning Pound Cake and Pumpkin Cake into So Soft Newborns.
S3E06: Fluttershy, depressed after learning of the minuscule REALNESS ATTRIBUTE of her ancestors the Flutter Ponies, contracts a deal with the forces of darkness that turns her into a Glimmer Wing Pony. Her friends follow suit out of solidarity, because that's what friendship's all about.
S3E07: Rarity makes the mistake of eating one of Sweetie Belle's attempts at breakfast, which turns out to be a magic potion that increases her size. Out of embarrassment, she covers herself in every item of clothing she can find in the house... Fashion Style.
S3E08: Twilight doesn't screw up a spell, because she's very good at magic.
Oh lord. I don't get why teenagers like this show.... It was aiming for children. I think its rather creepy.
Teenagers? Only teenagers?
A) I do not think that people should let their age decide what they can and can not watch. If a show is quality and people like it, then they can like it. LE. FIN.
B) The Above point, but angrier.
the sea ponies my acquaintance, the Element of Wiki...
... Okay, apparently I'm not the Element of Google, as I can't find where he linked it for me. But oh, well. Lauren Faust - the person behind this incarnation of My Little Pony, who previously gained some net cred for her involvement in such popular (yes, legitimately) shows as Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (which I possibly ought to watch one of these days) - has gone on record saying that she attempted to make a show two categories of people would enjoy: little girls, and their parents. It is thus not implausible that people without kids might also enjoy it, especially given the little shout-outs the animators sometimes like to throw in.
As far as "creepy", there's a certain quote that often comes up in this discussion. It's by a rather famous man known as C.S. Lewis, author of the Narnia books, a few other pieces of varyingly moralistic fiction, and several discourses on Christianity. He said: "To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."
So, I turn the question back to you. What's creepy about it? And, relatedly, have you watched any of it, to have an informed opinion?
p-aA, while I'm somewhat mystified as to why this was your very first post on these forums -- surely there's somewhere more pony-specific than the MSPA forums you could have made your observation? -- yours is still an understandable and tolerable perspective. The show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is not for everyone, just as any other show in the world is not for everyone. However, there is a little to say in response to your comment, beyond calling you a troll or other such angry reactions.
Some of the most successful children's television is hailed as such particularly because it can appeal to multiple age groups. Animaniacs in particular is often referred to as an adults' show that happened to be amusing to watch for children who didn't actually understand much of the humor. Loony Tunes likewise is appreciated by people of all age groups for its quality -- the plots are simplistic, but they're still well executed in every particular, and that fact is something that most everyone can recognize and appreciate. Fans of the current My Little Pony television show consider these same sorts of qualities to apply to it, that is, high quality exhibited in every aspect of production. Areas that are commonly cited for praise include art design, music, and characterization.
Characterization deserves some particular attention because a large part of media attention derives from it. The show was conceived by a woman named Lauren Faust (Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Super Best Friends Forever) with the ideas that a) there's more than one way to be a girl and b) a television show needn't be dumbed down just because it's designed for girls. The six main characters are all extremely distinct from one another, far beyond the interchangeable cookie cutter personalities that may pervade other shows aimed at similar demographics. The show also presents an affirming, female-friendly (or perhaps more accurately, everyone-friendly) message that has had positive and sometimes life-changing effects on many people of all age groups, helping everyone from young girls to adult men to attach self-worth to themselves and find other people in the world who care about them. This is not hyperbole: there are plenty of documented cases of this happening.
With all that said, you are by no means forced to enjoy the show. It's not for everyone. But in response to your confusion -- why people other than young girls would enjoy it in the first place -- the answers basically boil down to the quality of its production and the positive message it sends to people everywhere. (There are also some people who aren't so much into the show itself as the fandom that sprang up around it, but that's another story.)
I actually wanted to ask if anyone had thought about the older-gen Witches, and what one could draw from them, fanfic-wise. How is a witch made? Are there any Equestrian Witches, or is it a trait exclusive to the human race- is our distinguishing mark the ability to practice magic despite being a non-magical species through sheer vitriol and willpower? And could a human-in-Equestria fic reveal our main character as a witch, brought into practice by the mystic climate of the equine continent?
ALL RIGHT GENTLEMEN
The one thing he can't run from
Animal care 101 (Available through time travel on EQD)
[Angry sounding japanese voice]
I have spent enough time worrying over other people characterizing almost everyone within the fanbase as neckbearded, perverted manchildren recently to care that Howard Fucking Stern is doing it.
Who is Howard Stern, anyways?
Anyways, that second to last pic reminded me of Law of Ueki, Fluttershy cannot handle her liquor and I am still convinced that the new villian's name will be something to the effect of 'Platinum Star'.
Edit Edit - Sonebody mentioned witches. How do you get a witch in Equestia. The 'Human-in-Equestia' tie-in seems like astrange way of making it work?
...I dunno, having people discover special abilities in another world is a common fantasy trope, I think...
Edit - mM, you can imagine whatever you want. I also associate Rainbow Dash with Highway Star because reasons.
Also, new guy, that was not the best first post I've seen in my life...
She gets Highway Star. Would that make Scootaloo/the CMC her "gang?"
oh man, season three just needs a Yoshikage Kira-like villain. That's be creepy as fuck, and awesome. and it could even end with a Groundhogs Day thingy.
Fuck, why isn't MLP just Jojo?
Also, yeah, newbie, you aren't going to last here long, I can tell hahaha
ALSO GOD DAMMIT TRIANGLE, LET'S ASSIGN EVERY PONY/CHARACTER A STAND/JOJO CHARACTER.
Edit: Don't D'aawwww at Fluttershy and Lucas being in the sunflower field.
HUGE MOTHER 3 SPOILER!