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Pannic2012-06-30 18:18:12

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In the event that you just clicked this more or less at random and have pretty much no idea what this is, allow me to explain:

Fallout: Equestria is a fanfiction, a crossover between the Fallout series of video games and the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It may be the single most popular fanfiction in the entire fandom of the latter. The story is 45 chapters long plus an epilogue and an afterwards, clocks in at a word count higher than War and Peace (unless I'm mistaken one tragically misguided fan put the story on Wikipedia's "list of the longest books ever" page. Obviously it was removed), and has a large fanbase of its own, spawning fan art, fan adaptations, music, and even fanfiction of its own.

Fans have praised it for worldbuilding: the story actually does not go for the usual "character from video game meets ponies" premise a lot of lazy crossovers opt for, and instead works it into the backstory how we get from the universe in the show to the post-apocalyptic radioactive wasteland that we recognize from the Fallout games. Or I would recognize it if I'd played the games. As it is, I am waiting for a sale on Steam or GOG. The main characters of the story are all original characters, and they have been praised as "OC ponies done right" and "the best OC ponies in the fandom." In any case, the protagonist Littlepip is fairly instantly recognizable to many in the fandom, whether or not they've read the story. The story's length also qualifies it as something of an "epic." In any case, it has had praise heaped on it and is considered by many to be the best fanfic in the FiM fandom.

At this point, I have cleared chapter 13. I do not think the story deserves the praise it receives. I view it as horrendously overrated. As I go through the story, I will detail my problems with the story, along with general mockery.

The general Fallout: Equestria thread did not approve of my incessant riffing on the story and suggested I take it to a liveblog. Well, that's what I'll do.

A note that for the parts I have already read (the first thirteen chapters), I will be largely dealing from memory. As such, they will most likely not be as detailed as when I return to the stuff I haven't read. In any case, let's get started. Hopefully this isn't redundant as Perpetual Lurker is also doing a liveblog.

EDIT: It seems my complaining cannot be confined to a single fanfic. As such, I have decided to turn this into a multi-story liveblog!


Jun 16th 2012 at 4:27:24 PM
just once more, not liking it is fine, YMMV and all, but please don't insult the people that do like it by saying it doesn't deserve the praise or it's overhyped, all that means is you think your idea of what's 'good' is better then theirs
Jun 16th 2012 at 4:52:52 PM
Lots of things get called overhyped - Halo, Harry Potter, Final Fantasy, etc. These are not taken to be insults towards people who like these things. I simply think that the story, for how praised it is, has a number of what I think are noticeable problems.
Jun 16th 2012 at 5:42:24 PM
Not saying it's perfect, but on the whole the good parts far outweigh the bad.
Jun 20th 2012 at 12:07:35 AM
If you're interested, the First two Fallout games are available through in . They're pretty different from latest installements ( classic RPG's in Baldur's Gate style, rather than sandbox shooters with RPG elements), but some elements of the fic were took right from there (like the Goddess, called The Master in the game).
Oct 20th 2015 at 5:59:32 AM
Having any deeper familiarity with the Fallout games would ostensibly not make you at the story with more forgiving eyes.

Not only do Fallout: Equestria completely fail at capturing the tone from Fallout; it fails on such at fundamental level to grasp what Fallout is about that it is almost amazing.