The Fandom Friday is a weekly feature, with each blog post written by a new contributor.
This is the weekly post where either myself, or a guest blogger, talks about a new fandom. See, I’ve had the experience in my life where I’ve been made fun or put down about my particular fandoms. And that has made me feel pretty crappy. But I’ve also put down other fandoms as well.
So I’ve decided to change that. I’m opening my world up to new fandoms, and the best way to do that is to bring people in to write about various fandoms. I’m very excited about this segment.
If you guys are interested in becoming a guest blogger for the Fandom Friday, feel free to email me at whatanerdgirlsays at gmail.com or contact me HERE
This week’s entry comes to you from my dear friend, Tabitha, who I met through my Harry Potter group, the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army. She is a huge nerd and a seriously cool mom. Here’s a nice little self description of herself for you. Try not to laugh as hard as I did.
Tabitha (Potter) Davis is a lifelong fangirl and die hard geek. While she enjoys and obsesses over many fandoms, her truest passion is literature. She is raising two minions and together they are on a continuing mission to seek out new worlds and meet new people. She hopes that you will live long and prosper and that the force is with you, that it is secret and safe and that she will one day find one eyed Willies treasure.
My Little Pony
My Little Pony. You’ve seen the merch, most of it lining the pink shelves at Target or your local toy store, but what’s up with the ponies at Hot Topic? And what the heck is a Brony?
As more and more conversations with my kids centered on the Ponies I had to find out what was up in Ponyville. So, here before you is a hard hitting breakdown of the pony invasion that is hitting your local cons like a sonic rain boom, all I’ve learned on my journey to equestrian enlightenment.
My little Pony: Friendship is Magic is NOT the My Little Pony you think it is
As an avid fan girl, watching cartoons is more the norm than the exception, but not all toons measure up. Most cartoons out there are full of airheaded characters and totally weak story lines. My first foray into the Ponyverse came with the best episode possible. Discord, played by iconic John de Lancie of STNG fame, comes to Ponyville to wreak havoc amongst the ponies. As his name so obviously demonstrates, the character is not too far of de Lancies ‘Q’ and the episode itself is well worthy of his presence. My interest piqued I went to my second favorite source of all things geek, Ye Olde Interwebs.
If the great story lines and well developed, anti-stereotypical characters aren’t enough to hook you the fandom will. These are some talented cartoon fans. Half these amazing spoofs could pass as actual episodes. From wibbly wobbly Dr. Hooves to the touching take on Lord of the Rings, the Fandom spans across so many other fandoms you’re almost guaranteed to find the pony version of your favorite fandom character.
Positive Rolls Models for every pony: A Mom perspective
The “Mom” side of my brain was instinctively nervous when my little girl first mentioned the ponies. As a kid I remember all the girls playing with the goofy ponies. It was all goofy giggles about boys and pretty hair, and around here, we raise time traveling Jedi princesses who are too busy saving the world to worry about their hair.
It was about a week or so into to the pony presence when my Lego loving, camo wearing son asked for a stuffed rainbow Dash for his birthday. He wanted it given in secret, he wasn’t too sure being a pony fan was going to go over with his friends.
A quick search for boy pony fans yielded a treasure trove of reassurance. Not only was he not alone, but there were whole web pages dedicated to the average Brony, that’s a guy who loves the ponies (Grown up ladies are Pegasisters, though some adult female fans also consider themselves Bronys).
Lauren Faust and her amazing team of writers, along with a stellar voice cast including Terra Strong (Ultimate Spider man, Teen Titans Go!) and Tabitha St.Germain ( Lego Star Wars, Martha Speaks) have created a cast of ponies that are so much more than a pretty mane.
With Characters like the hard working country girl Apple Jack , the head strong hero Rainbow Dash, the fun and silly Pinkie Pie, the shy and caring Flutter Shy, the fashion forward designer Rarity, Our heroine Twilight sparkle learns that saving the world is always better with friends around and that that friendship is, indeed, magic. Faust and friends do an amazing job avoiding typical stereo types and its easy for both guys and girls of all ages to find a pony they can identify with. I am totally a Rarity/Twilight.
While their adventures regularly lead them to the dark and spooky parts of Ponyville and the nearby Equestria, the ponies bravely battle love sucking changelings, dragons and even misunderstood monsters. It’s nice, as a mom, for my kids to have a show that they can agree on that teaches them that friendship really is magic.
The Boy Who Loved a Pony: A Brony Perspective.
I like this show because it’s just a really good show. It has good actors, a good story. At first I was kind of embarrassed, but still happy to like the show. My mom showed me that Bronies were more than just a couple of guys. They actually have cons for Bronies. After that I wasn’t that embarrassed and I started showing my rainbow Dash colors. When I started to show I was a Brony I actually even converted my friend. I think the show shows that girls like the same things boys like; Adventure, action and love. The show shows that everybody has and needs love and friendship and love is magic. I encourage all non-Bronies and Pegasisters to watch. You will get Laughter, drama, action and many surprises. I am proud to watch the show. Thank you to Lauren Faust and all the other writers for making this wonderful show for boys and girls.
A tiny Voice Roars: the 6 year old girl perspective
( I asked her to tell you all she thought you should know about the show)
My little pony is about friendship and magic.
The elements of Harmony are Loyalty, Laughter, generosity, honesty and kindness. All together they make the magic of Friendship. Some people are a mix of ponies. The ponies have cutey marks because that’s their talent and their passion. Everybody has one really great talent. The cutey mark crusaders are my favorite. They don’t have cutey marks so they go on adventures to find their talents and basically messing things up and people’s lives. Basically the pony six have to always fix stuff because of them.
My little pony makes me want to make my own videos. I like to buy the toys and make up my own stories. You should watch my little pony because you don’t have a choice. You will check out one episode and you will love it. Then I saw the toys and I loved them. You should watch the show and buy the toys because it is awesome and if you buy the toys it will stay on because they really want to sell the toys. Plus, you can make your own pony videos for You Tube.
So, there you have it, more than you ever wanted to know about My Little Pony. If not, a simple Google search will open a gateway to more brightly colored pony fun.
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So there you go guys, all about this crazy phenomenon on My Little Pony, straight from a mom and her two kids. I love it. This was one I was particularly excited about, so I hope you all enjoyed it and maybe we’ll make some new Bronies here today :)
If you’d like to check out any of the previous Fandom Friday posts, you can check them out HERE. We’ve had Shadowhunter Chronicles, The Big Bang Theory, manga, Lost and Phantom of the Opera!