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This seems strangely familiar... by PluckyNinja This seems strangely familiar... by PluckyNinja
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.
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Zelda-Lover306 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
My issue with Twilight becoming an Alicorn is not so much that it happened, no no no, I'm fine with that (mainly cause I've seen things like this happen a million times before, so I knew it was going to happen, but I'll explain that in a second). It's the fact that so many people seem to be forgetting one simple little fact.... This show was originally designed for little girls around the age of 5. We also seem to be forgetting that just because we are fans of the series, does not mean that we own any form of rights to what happens in it. We can, of course, petition for certain things, like keeping certain characters like Derpy Hooves in the show, and that's fine, but beyond that, we don't control what happens in the show.

As for how I could practically tell it was going to happen.... I didn't honestly know Twilight would become an alicorn, but when I considered this was a show meant for little girls, I immediately knew that something big was going to happen, at some point, and considering a bunch of factors about twilight, like how she's Princess Celestia's best student, she helped save Equestria at least 3 times, she tends to be one of the most powerful unicorns in equestria, you know, things that the show made obvious, she probably was the most likely candidate for the big event in question.

Now, don't take any of this the wrong way, I'm honestly not trying to sound smug or anything like that (though I probably am, knowing my luck), I'm just trying to illustrate a point. Whether we like it or not, something like this was bound to happen, simply because of what the shows target audience was. Most little girls love to see stuff like this happen. Why do you think movies like Cinderella are so popular among little girls?

Now, I fully understand, and maybe even sympathies (i think I spelled that right) with them a little bit. I can imagine felling a little hurt or betrayed by something like this. But, sometimes, that happens, whether you like it or not, it sometimes happens. And when it does happen, it shouldn't stop us from enjoying the series.
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SugarHoneyIceTea123 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Ah, but now we have the refusal option: Buck Celestia in the face. (And subsequently destroy all of ponykind)
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TheBluebird27 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One day. A brony will rise that will unite all the bronies in a fan series so epic it will rock the fandom to its very core in a tidal wave of epic proportions.
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tbaransk Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
This looks like the choices Red Eye would get at the end of Fallout Equestria if he was the main protagonist.
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Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
I'm just surprised that someone else actually remembered that alicorns are meant to have the combined traits of all three pony races.
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SolidSanchez Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I fully agree.

Also, I find it ironic how "Twilight turning into an Alicorn" is, in fact, a plot used BY fans countless times! How many fanfics out there about this change of Twilight's character? But then the show does the exact same thing... Ouch, epic drama ensues.
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PluckyNinja Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I never liked fanfics where she becomes an alicorn, which is part of why I dreaded the possibility of it happening in the show.
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SolidSanchez Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Well, yeah, most of them were poorly written.

Still, as you said, it's not the end of the world. Not even the end of the show. =) I can't wait to see what season 4 has for us. I don't understand why they desided to turn her into alicorn now, but, well, I can deal with it.
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MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I'm conflicted between "control" & "destroy."
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teh-j0ey Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
:iconjohnshepardplz::iconsaysplz:Sister, you don't know the half of it.:iconsaysendplz:
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