The whole brony fandom seems to be boiling over with controversy over the whole ending spoiler for MLP Season 3 controversy. I've remained somewhat quiet on my blogs about it, and even though only a handful of people out there likely care, I figured it's about time I dropped my two cents into the conversation, and I'll do my best to stay on point without devolving this into a list of complaints.
Personally, I do not like the direction that the show is heading in, and with the grapevine info being that Hasbro is taking away creative control from the show's crew in order to advertise the toys more aggressively, my enthusiasm towards the final two episodes has been damaged. However, what I think has made things all the worse is seeing the fandom at war with itself, and people on both sides of the argument resorting to hyperbolic attacks against each other.
If the finale for Season 3 really is the show's jump the shark moment, as many people have argued, then it's a shame, but it should also serve as a reminder of why we should not let ourselves get too emotionally invested with our entertainment. As a Mass Effect fan, I saw that fandom go through the exact same thing last year, and it was not pretty, and the arguing within the fandom by itself would have been enough to reduce everyone's enjoyment of the franchise regardless of what their stance on the ending was, even when the ending itself is removed from the equation.
If you enjoy the idea behind the ending for MLP season 3, more power to you. Just please have some consideration for the fans who feel hurt and betrayed by it, because rubbing it in or goading them to leave the fandom will not make things better. If you hate the ending, you have a right to be upset, but that does not mean you have to act like the world is ending. At the end of the day, this is just a TV show. I have loved quite a few series in my lifetime that were sadly not able to end on a high note, be they movies, books, shows or games. If our worst fears about the show come to fruition, it won't be the first time, and it won't be the last. Being disappointed over the series that I enjoyed either being canceled or jumping the shark was part of why I became an artist and started writing my own stories in the first place, and I am looking forward to sharing my own stories and characters with you all in the future.
I am just a little burnt out from all the drama, and feel like I need to take a break for a little while and focus on some of my other projects. My enthusiasm for the show may be dwindling in light of recent events, but I still very much consider myself a Brony at heart, and hopefully I will continue to do so long after the show is gone, and I am certainly not going away just because I am disappointed with the direction the show is currently moving in. You can still look forward to seeing Pony art from me.
I believe our fandom is strong. Regardless of what happens to the show, I believe the fandom will survive. Maybe it's time we found out if the MLP fandom really is something that has grown bigger than the show itself, because sooner or later that will be put to the test, whether it's a potentially shark-jumping episode now or outright cancellation later.
Keep calm, and Brony on.