Orange Fluffy Sheep wrote:There's the editing thread and the what you are working on thread. Keep this on applications of Sturgeon's Law, please.
I've totally linked that thread like two or three times now.
Back on Sturgeon, The main problem with fanfic in general, and specifically pony fanfic, is that it has a very bad reputation. You have to dig through 95% pure distilled shit to find the 5% diamonds. So when you finally get your diamonds out and try to show them to people, nobody wants to listen to you because you're covered in shit.
XX55XX wrote:About crossovers... Only franchise which has really worked (for me, at any rate) is Doctor Who. Has anyone else read a crossover into another media franchise which has worked out reasonably or logically well?
And a slight diatribe about romance fics (if I may indulge in the subject for a bit, even if that might scrape at breaking the rules here) - Most of them are poorly written, with little buildup in the relationship whatsoever, and cut to the sex all too quickly. When you are building non-canon romances, good writing is key, but unfortunately, most writers (including myself) are quite bad at it.
I'm just surprised by the number of romance fics out there, especially for a media franchise that doesn't feature any real romances at all. I can understand the interest in romance fics for BioWare games, Harry Potter, or any other media franchise where romances are frequently portrayed, but the shear number of ship fics is astounding for a show that is all about rational, Platonic love between friends.
I haven't read all that much fanfic, so I don't know about any other working crossovers.
On the idea of romance, what I don't understand is why does it have to be about sex? You can have a romantic story that is completely devoid of any sexual content. Romance is just another form of relationship between characters, just like friendship, rivalry, hatred, etc.
For how this applies to the MLP fandom, I think part of it is BECAUSE the show doesn't really give any relationships. Almost every relationship is entirely fanon creation. Lyra and Bonbon, Rainbow Dash and their OC, whatever.
The real problem I have with romance in fanfiction is that more often then not it completely breaks the characterization. No matter what your headcanon tells you, if it couldn't happen in the show it's going to feel out of place in a fanfic.