As the title suggests, the Lunaverse gives me mixed feelings. It's an interesting idea, and for the most part I'm a fan of the new Elements. The stories are for the most part well written and have a lot of character; they stand apart from what they're based on while still paying homage in a clearly recognizable way. On the other hand, I'm not fond of what the authors have done to the original mane six and other focus characters.
While it's perfectly legitimate to point out how differently their personalities would be and how their lives might've gone if Celestia was the one to lose it and be sealed away rather than Luna, the Lunaverse seems to outright villainize most of the characters we know and love in order to give its own cast a chance to shine. Even that is okay to a degree, but Lunaverse has them acting fairly out of character to facilitate it. The entire setting also seems to have a hint of Writer on Board, as well, with several common fan beliefs being rather mercilessly crushed. The whole point of the Lunaverse is to be something different, but at times it comes off pretty heavy handed in this regard.
All in all, an enjoyable read that is well fleshed out and has a pleasing narrative flow. It's got great characterization, some good jokes, and interesting setups. But it's not without its annoyances.
Pretty much my thoughts exactly. There's a lot of promise here, and quite a few of the stories are really god, but so much of it just feels very mean-spirited towards the original cast. Which is funny, since RDD wanted the mane cast to still be good-but-more-flawed ponies, but didn't hit the mark when he started the universe. And that's not getting into the issues surrounding why Celestia went insane.
15th Aug 12
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3rd Nov 12
-I should have clarified the Celestia point. It wasn't that Luna had the choice to and didn't, it was that you, the author, simply didn't have Celestia redeemed, as her sister was in the main continuity. You may have justified it in your story, and other readers will accept it. However, it is the reader who ultimately decides if a story is what he wants to read, and giving a bleak outcome for a character that they love in the main canon can turn them away from a story.
-Pinkie Pie is the same, in a universe that is most definitely not the same. Choosing to keep her identical, knowing that it would only make her unsympathetic, and without allowing her to realize a way to be both fun and not annoying, that decision turns off fans who like Pinkie Pie's character.
- Perhaps the Octavia example wasn't the best one, I was unaware of any follow up fics. In fact, I stopped reading after skimming the first one.
That's my next point: I read one, but lost interest. You see, every reader has a "breaking point," when they decide that they don't want to continue reading. The point can be raised by having sympathetic characters, giving them development, explaining the backstory properly. And then it can be lowered by a plot development they take badly, the treatment of a character, too many dumb jokes... it could even be before it's read, with a simple alienating premise. And that's what I'm saying: the treatment of these characters by
the story, not in
the story, reached my breaking point, where I decided I'd rather read a story where the main cast aren't turned into unsympathetic character.
You might say "well if you haven't read it, then don't talk about it!" But this is the point of reviews; they shouldn't be about why I
like it, they should be about why you
would like it. And if I didn't like a story because of its treatment of these characters, you might not like it too, and I'll have saved you precious time.
You may blow me off, and other people who think like me off, but think: Do you want to be alienating potential readers before they give your story a real chance? How many readers are you willing to sacrifice because you're dead set in your own interpretation? I'm no writer, but I'd definitely be considering these questions.
8th Jan 13
16th Jan 13
I seem to be pretty late to the party, but as the original writer of this review I see an old question posed to me about my Writer on Board comment. Specifically, this was in response to the whole 'Lyra is turned into a human by zebra magic' thing. The narrative goes out of its way to point out that Lyra has no idea what a human is, and most definitely does NOT enjoy the experience. Which is fine... but then they revisit it. Again. And again. And again... eventually it just gave me the impression the author REALLY hated the 'Lyra is obsessed with humans' fanon, and I found myself saying, "Jesus, okay! I GET it! Move on!"
27th Mar 13
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