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So I'm over on Equestria Daily yesterday, and they've got this discussion going where the fans have to think up their own episode ideas. And while a few people are taking it seriously and exploring new possibilities of the characters' personalities and the show's universe, most people are just coming up with the most disturbing self-gratifying shit. And without the slightest trace of irony, either.

I was warned about the unsavory side of the fanbase when I started watching the show, but I figured "Oh, I can just ignore that, it's no big deal." But they're everywhere. People who draw creepy explicit fan art. Or write vicious hate-fics. Or rant endlessly about how Twilight having wings is somehow a travesty to all mankind. Or have disturbing unhealthy obsessions with side characters. It all feels like they're feeding into the brony stereotype, not because they genuinely like the show that much, but as if they're just trying to say "Look at me! I'm a grown man who likes ponies! Isn't that weird? How does that make you feel?" It's like they're trolling the fanbase, and this is the image that most people have of the fans as a whole. It's made me sort of back off from the show as a whole, because I'm reluctant to discuss it with anyone if this is the caliber of people I have to talk to.

This isn't exclusive to FIM, either. I have the same problems with some of the other fandoms I'm a part of. I get squicked out looking at the Wreck-It Ralph Confessions blog on Tumblr thanks to weirdos saying they have a crush on Turbo or they want Vanellope to die a painful bloody death. I had to leave the Pokémon fandom for a while because of the constant whining that Ash was an idiot and Misty needed to come back and marry him. And god help me if I just want to search DeviantArt for a simple reference picture of Kim Possible.

I love to see people get passionate about the things they enjoy. I think it's great when any form of media can evoke that sort of joyous reaction in a person. But this goes beyond passionate. This is, like, certifiably passionate. And I feel like some people are doing it just to weird people out, and that's really discouraging.
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Lulumewtrainer Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I've found myself fairly new to the Pony fandom as of now. I'm halfway through season 2... I don't care what anyone says... I'm going to watch every episode. So far I like everything :D Yeah, some characters annoy me, but they're just a few side characters. The episodes entertain me a lot, with a one or two exceptions. And um... I know this is a weird question to ask, but... this seems to be a weird time to be a pony fan, doesn't it? Am I right to assume that? Bronies are such fascinating people. Although, as a long time Pokémon fan myself, I'm pretty used to "adult-children" practically being one myself. ^_^ they're in every fandom, it seems. But Bronies... they're different somehow. And it seems weird for me to jump into the MLP fandom as of now. Again... am I right to assume that?
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killjoySG Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
I know right? I think its strange, but in every fandom there is always this self-obsessed retard who thinks he is better than others. Like :iconironsheepengine:'s friend, I mean, come on, claiming characters somehow "loves" him back, bashing others because they liked something he didn't. What a moron.
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IronSheepEngine Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Um, that guy and I weren't exactly "friends".  He was just some weirdo I never realized was a weirdo until I made some comments on his journals.
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killjoySG Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Oh, woops. Its been a long time since I was reminded of that moron, so I'm sorry if I get things mixed up.
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IronSheepEngine Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Understandable
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killjoySG Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
How did you meet him anyway?
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IronSheepEngine Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Random written entry about MvC3
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killjoySG Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Huh, did he seem crazy then?
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IronSheepEngine Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Not initially...
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IronSheepEngine Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Love the entry you wrote.

I suggest you check out these links below to find even more weirdness in the MLP fandom:

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maniacaldude Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Overall, the whole thing involving fandoms is a legitimate concern, since each fan base tends to have its dark side, but there's just one teensy little detail I want to complain about: why are you considering people who "rant endlessly about how Twilight having wings is somehow a travesty to all mankind" among the unsavory side of the fan base? Granted, that "travesty to all mankind" bit might be a bit over exaggerated, but they still have a point. There are people who legitimately hate this change, most likely for a good reason. This is a addition that radically alters the character and her relationship with others, and if what I hear was correct, the execution of the episode in which this aspect was introduced was heavily criticized, if not the concept as a whole.

Quite frankly, I've grown tired of the show, not just because of the fandom, not just because it's friggin' EVERYWHERE now, but because of the direction it's going overall. I don't want to hate this show, I do want to enjoy the characters and all that good stuff, but it's hard when they throw some of these things at us and expect us to buy it. I don't CARE if it was originally intended for children. That's still no excuse not to TRY.

My rant aside, remember that just like every fandom has a bad side, it also has a good side. My relationship with this show has kinda soured, sure, but back when I first got into it, I tried to focus on the positive aspects and what I liked compared to what I didn't like. 
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Did you watch the Season 4 premiere? They addressed all the fans' concerns head-on, and made it abundantly clear that the dynamic between the Mane Six is absolutely not going to change. Twilight is still her lovably adorkable super-OCD self, and being a princess is just yet another addition to the laundry list of things she can needlessly stress herself out over. She's certainly not the flawless Mary Sue-ish character people were worrying she'd become - hell, she can barely even fly straight. And while she may have the occasional royal duties to attend to now, she still lives in Ponyville and she's still hanging out with her friends. They don't think she's "too good" for them now or anything, and she certainly doesn't consider herself above them either.

Basically, it's just one new facet to the show that opens up interesting new story possibilities. The characters themselves remain totally unchanged - and I knew they would. I'm baffled as to why people assumed the writers would turn the show into the polar opposite of what it's always been. They know better than to do that.
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maniacaldude Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I have not watched the Season 4 premiere. For various reasons, I haven't really been watching the show much as of late. And while that does sound like they're at least trying by leaving the characters virtually the same despite the new addition, there's still the fact that not only does this go against what Lauren Faust had originally envisioned for the show, but now, because of this sudden change, Twilight will eventually outlive all of her friends. Yeah, it honestly felt like they didn't completely think things through. It just seems like they were out to sell more toys, so they thought, "Hey, why don't we make Twilight a princess?" and then had the show's team slap together an episode with the flimsiest of executions and aired it at the end of Season 3, which has been considered a weak season by quite a few people, particularly Chad Rocco of Familiar Faces fame.

Also, from what I read, the Season 4 premiere included Discord, a character that I despise with a passion. Why the hell did anyone think it was a good idea to reform this overpowered jackass whose brand of "chaos" is childish at best? What were they thinking?

It's not that I'm unwilling to open to change, but quite frankly, I feel they could have done better.

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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Me, I love Discord. Much like Pinkie Pie, he gives the writers carte blanche to come up with as many insane physics-defying gags as they can, which is always fun to see. And John DeLancie does such a great hammy job with his voice acting that I can't help but laugh at just about everything he says.

I don't really have a problem with Twilight becoming an alicorn, either. After all, she's extremely talented when it comes to magic, even if she doesn't like to draw attention to it. It makes sense that this would be what she was building towards as Princess Celestia's student. And gaining wings certainly hasn't changed who she is and how much she geeks out when it comes to reading. :) Personally, I think the writers have something in store for Twilight later this season - maybe Celestia is preparing her for some big cataclysmic event that she suspected might be coming soon, something that requires alicorn magic to solve. Even if the change was mandated by Hasbro, I'm confident that the writers will be able to craft a good story around it.

People have bashed Season 3, but I've just started watching it and I think it's great fun so far. Admittedly, I'm only three episodes in at this point, but the two-part "Crystal Empire" episode is probably the most inventive and engaging season premiere they've done (even if we didn't get to know King Sombra all that well), and "Too Many Pinkie Pies" is easily the hardest I've laughed all week (and a great spoof of Flanderization to boot) :D

And finally, while I do respect Lauren Faust greatly and applaud her for turning MLP into something genuinely entertaining, I think some fans put a little too much emphasis on whether or not she'd do things differently if she were still on the show. I liken it to "Mystery Science Theater 3000" - Joel left in the fifth season, and it still continued to be hilariously funny for the rest of its run. The departure of the creator does not necessarily mean the show is no longer valid. Fact is, the remaining writers still do a fine job of keeping the characters likeable and interesting and funny, and at the end of the day, I think that's the most important thing.
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JoeyWaggoner Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Artist
One thing I've learned from being in the MLP fandom is that not all of the fans are creepy, whining, weirdos, it's just that they tend to be the loudest and this pretty much goes for every fandom. Most of the sane fans tend to say away from comment sections on sites whenever there's some news or poll, but the weirdos will go straight to them because often they have nothing better to do. As for the bad fanfics and stuff I just try to avoid the badly made stuff about certain subjects and find the good stuff and focus on the positives of a fanbase rather than the negatives.
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DrCaptPepperGirl Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013   Filmographer
Yes, it is sad.  I also agree with you, there are some sick twisted people that make fandoms, not matter what it is, (MLP:FiM, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pokemon, Naruto, etc.) 

I remember watching a video several years ago on YouTube, back when Cartoon Network decided to air Fried Dynamite and have kids host the Friday night line ups, an a person was ranting about it.  I personally didn't care for it, but this person took it to the extreme.  He wanted the kid who hosted the show to just die and took a face poster of the kid and put bloody bullet holes to his head.  Disbelief :o (Eek)

It's okay to not like things, but you don't have to be a jerk about it or go overboard with it.

I normally don't join forums or fan sites because 1) I would probably forget about it and not end up using it; 2) to avoid drama; 3) and to avoid trolls.  I have zero tolerance for drama.  It's not always easy to find people that are sane and won't overreact to every single thing and taking it to the extreme. 

I still watch MLP:FiM and other cartoons, play Sonic & Mario games and other various games but I would avoid going to those kinds of sites.
Thankfully, I managed to meet some smart and intelligent people on DA (you included :-) (Smile) ), SheeyArt, YouTube, Skype, and some fans of MLP:FiM. People who respect each others' privacy and opinions and talk like civilized adults.

It even sickens me to see my favorite characters being abused when certain artists create pornographic art or erotic/provocative stuff of those characters.  When looking for a simple reference for a particular character, I too, would find these disgusting drawings.  It's just distasteful, yet at the same time a disrespect for the cartoon characters and the creators who created those cartoons.  :(

I'm with you, I just want to find a good, simple, and clean reference without being shocked or disgusted.  Or both.
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Kiwi-tan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student
Join the SNK (Attack on Titan) fandom. It's relatively creepy stuff-free. Even though it's such a dramatic and sad show, the fans are really goofy and make really great jokes. As long as you don't get into the strong yaoi stuff, you'll be ok.
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MetalHeadFan2500 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Have you not watch Trekkies? Why are you surprised by this?!
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JayFosgitt Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Artist
Agreed, totally. And as someone who gets a lot of requests to draw popular characters, you can imagine how much creepy or just sick crap comes across my computer screen. You can't control the fandom--you can only control your own contribution to it.
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Nookslider Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My brother works for that site you mention and the fans drove him crazy to the point that he developed depression and stress that he quit his job for two weeks from that site to rest. He still loves the show but the fanbase drives him insane. I quit the fanbase after some nutjob attacked me for not liking ask Discorded Dr.Whooves and signing some petition to keep adult rated stuff out of Bronycon which later on turned out to be a misunderstanding. The nutjob not only butted into my conversation with one of the journal author and shoved a link into my face that explained the misunderstanding but he also chewed me out by telling me to do my research before I attack anyone. I didn't attack anyone at all and all I said was that disturbing blogs like Dr. Discorded Whooves are creepy and aren't my thing.
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ShakaRaka Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Yeah, it's a huge issue that people into those sorts of things (gore, porn, unusual crushes) aren't considerate of those that aren't. At all.

But as for being into those sorts of things in the first place? Everyone who's commented will probably think I'm some sick monster for even suggesting this, but... 
I don't think that alone makes them horrible people. I really don't.

Now, we could go on for days trying to decipher or explain the source of interest in these things; but really, so long as these people aren't hurting anyone, aren't being loud and obnoxious about it, and aren't being overly intrusive, then what's the deal?

Does it still give us the right to be derisive or condescending toward them for it? Or to refer to them like they're nothing more than vile freaks that would be better off locked up in the brony family's basement and never spoken of?
(I'm sorry, but that really is the impression I get from some of your journals and comments, exaggerated as it may be. Just trying to make a point.)

Honestly, some of the most civil, intelligent, and all-around admirable people I've ever met were bronies who were into clop and/or grimdark. Jitterbug Jive, PaleoSteno, and DigiBrony easily come to mind, just off the top of my head. 

It's the fact that many of the other cloppers or grimdark fans are inconsiderate of others and don't always properly tag their stuff, or don't leave it in places where it's appropriate and out of the way for others, that's the problem. Not the fact that they like things that you're not into or don't completely understand. 

Those are my thoughts on the matter. Something I've really needed to get off my chest for a while. Hopefully I don't wind up embarrassing myself too badly. *sigh* 
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FractiousLemon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Meh. Every fanbase is full of sickos. It's why I rarely get terribly involved in them. Heck, even with my Tumblr blog, I'm more part of the Tumblr cartoonist community than the specific Brony fanbase.

Not that I have anything against calling myself a Brony, primarily because I think it's a hilarious pun and I can never resist a pun. Ever.
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Arcangel9000 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Well, it's kind of a "vocal minority" syndrome. There is a small percentage of bronies who do stuff like that, but they talk a lot about it. Honestly, whenever I see something explicit, I just click the back button. People can do whatever they want, and you don't have to do it with them. The brony stereotype is staying where it is, because not many people (except haters who intentionally go looking for things to make fun of) look deep into the brony fanbase. As fanbases go, the FiM fandom is very accepting and kind, while not entirely savory. However, I can assure you that anyone who is vocal in the fanbase likes the show (with the possible exception of "The Voice of Reason") Personally, I think that second to none of the fans are just in the fanbase just to weird people out. As for the Alicorn Twilight controversy: if you think that the fans are annoying and overreacting, you should check out the jerks in some other fandoms.
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AmedaesMaximus Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your journal hits the metaphorical nail right on the head. This is why I don't hang out on "fan sites" and why I don't call my self a brony, whovian, trekkie, otaku, or any of the other self-fulfilling nicknames fanbases call themselves. I enjoy what I enjoy, you enjoy what you enjoy, and while we may (and sometimes should out of courtesy) extend an invitation to enjoy the festivities with one another, we shouldn't be a dick about being a fan of something, and we sure as hell don't need to be offended or act indignant towards people who don't like the same things we like or vise-versa. I distance myself from fanbases in general so I don't get disheartened about enjoying what I like, because I really don't give a shit about the incessant, unimportant, mundane and downright annoying gripes of so-called "true fans".
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AlexRaccoonGlider Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I concur with you, the other day i wanted to look up pics of characters from Tiny Toon Adventures or Foxglove from Chip and Dale and all I get in return are fetish works and stuff that made me cringe! I mean I understand the idea of freedom of speech and such but the freedom to do this kind of works?? Seriously?? *SIGHS* 

I hate to think about what people might do if the two of us have our own stuff popularized. It's that kind of artwork that makes me write in pain since I can't enjoy my childhood without having someone ruining it!
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The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Isn't that what fans *do*? And that's why they're not getting paid! :nana: And that bit about it being everywhere? Yeah, that's why the "most popular show" currently on seems like The Flood to me. So how does it make me feel? Mostly scared and/or angry. Even though I'm not arguing that the show itself is critically well-received (even with my manliness drawing the line here), it's the surge of lemmings that make it seem like instead of it just being a good show for little girls it's a demonic Borg-like species.
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ToonEGuy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Take it from me: As a big fan of Sonic the Hedgehog, I can certainly admit that that particular fanbase is not the best either. Some fans are so extreme that they'll hate on current games because Sonic has green eyes now. I may have a preference for the classic black-eyed styled Sonic myself, but I don't flat out hate the modern designs. But I think one reason the fans are so divided is just because that franchise has gone in so many different directions over the years.
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YoshiAngemon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
You think that's crazy? Thanks to the latest "Ask Orange," we learn through Pinkie Pie that Orange is a Brony, visually, while denying that he has no idea what she was talking about. I posted it to Equestria Daily, and they rage! Don't they know that Marshmallow's mother is a unicorn?
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kyranara Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013

Luckily for me, I haven't really seen any of that crazy fandom stuff...though I have seen it more for bands/musicians, like One Direction fans or "Beliebers", for example. Though those kind of "fandoms" are a little different, considering they are obsessed with real people, instead of fictional cartoon characters. But I think there are extreme "fans", if you will, in every fandom in existence.

 

Luckily the fanfictions I have read are very well written ones, but on the downside you kind of have to dig to find those ones.

 

 

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Symbionia Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
All fandoms have crazy people who ruin the  products; I'm sorry for you going through negativity of the MLP:FIM fandom.
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Closetshipper Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Also, when I'm bored enough to look at fanfiction, I indeed focus on franchises of which I won't shed any tears if I were to come across something...disgraceful. Hence, I'll never look at a Muppet fanfic (for example) as long as I live and breathe. My heart wouldn't be able to take it.
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Closetshipper Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I used to get involved in that sort of thing (I actually found it easier and reasonable to write fanfics for franchises I had mixed feelings on, missed potential often being the case), but as my own characters have grown more and more, I've found it less and less necessary to write stories for characters that aren't mine, figuring it's creative energy better spent with my own ideas. I'll still delve into it now and then, but that's often just to have fun with the community. 

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Rabbette Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
You're right about some of them, it is just to PO some folks off.
Nothing new either, back when Tiny Toons were the big fan fave and the internet was just beginning there was someone doing stories of Fifi being impaled or eaten. (Yech)

Others just have no clue about real life, remember the guy at a Brony Con asking a question of a voice actress about a sex fanfiction? (an infamous video.)

I don't expect fanfics to get any better, especially with 50 Shades of Gray going mainstream (supposedly done originally as a Twilight fanfic.)
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Drewdini Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know how you feel, man. I think stuff like that's actually one of the driving factors that pulled me out of the Sonic the Hedgehog fandom (formally, anyway. I still love the character, etc. but I'm hesitant to associate myself with the fans). Sonic fans would either A) gather on forums and complain about the newest Sonic game, comic, etc. or B) Draw fanart/write fanfics either involving gratuitous sex scenes between characters who didn't used to have the parts for it or extreme displays of gore and violence. Bonus points if a character dies, causing Sonic to go Dark Super Sonic out of grief!

Besides all that though, there seemed to be a lot of infighting among fans. Whether it was a new game or just who Sonic should be shipped with, everyone had to be yelling at everyone else for something. It's kind of jarring, and I actually think the brony fandom -- at least in my experince -- has been a lot more tame than the Sonic fans.

All that to say though, all fandoms have their dark sides. And with most fandoms, it's often a good chunk out of the whole, making the good, pure fans of the thing that much harder to find.
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qwertypictures Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, every fandom has its fair share of weirdos and such-like - unless of course you join the right sort of forums that keep everything organised and clean. Truthfully, some are hard to find; but the very few that are around (and some of which I am also a proud member of) will firmly but kindly lay down the forum rules on any immature, trolling or "Angry Nerd" behaviour, while encouraging its members to still mingle and have fun. Without, you know, things getting cuckoo in the fanfic dept.

In short, it's about finding the right sort of people who have all their screws in place. And those are easy enough to find when you look carefully enough :)

But from the sounds of things, right now I think you need this more than ever to take the edge off fandoms for now ---> www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail… :P ;P
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Yeldarb86 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have had unpleasant encounters with communities that wage pointless vendettas against others (SpongeBob vs Rugrats), and people within some who follow their own "facts" behind their favorite show.

Unfortunately, every fanbase has the creepy, and let's face it, deranged junction.
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CLXcool Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you think some of the bronies are crazy, then you ain't whistling dixie. Most of them make the nutjobs who are obsessed with Final Fantasy and Sonic the hedgehog look like saints. I may be a fan of Friendship is magic, but you wont catch me doing any of those things.

I know at one point I was considering writing a fan-fiction of derpy and Wildfire. But I never got around to it.
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AlexKuro Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Fandoms = Double edged sword.


I'm not the biggest fan of Diamond Tiara, some fans go way overboard. 

I'm not a fan of the whole Grimdark and gore-pony stuff.  If I want brutality and excessive violence, I'll play Mortal Kombat or something.

Shipping wars: enough said.


I tend to be picky about who I talk to about fandoms, since I've  had enough psychos, trouble makers and drama queens to deal with in everyday life.  




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Edd-Madd Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013

Speaking of Mortal Kombat, Why don't you put Diamond Tiara in Outworld for your fanfiction just to scare her straight? That oughta teach her a lesson about not bullying others.

 

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AlexKuro Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
That would be a bit much for my taste.
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Edd-Madd Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013

True, but it'll be worth it.

Besides, you hated Diamond too, admit it.

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AlexKuro Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Thought about it, and I don't hate her 'that' much. 

So, I won't be subjecting her to Outworld, Cyberman/Cyberpony conversion, the next batch of Cupcakes, etc.
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Edd-Madd Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Off-topic, BTW.
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Doodley Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Yeah, that crazy obsessiveness is what kept me from getting TOO interested in the show.
To quote "Our Valued Customers": nothing like going on the internet to make you never want to talk about the things you like with anyone ever again.
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yoshi12370 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Don't get me started on fandom wank

The wank over the Pokemon BW Anime got so bad that the forums had to make a separate forum for the debates. Frankly it didn't work at all and the forum became a massive circlejerk for people who hated BW
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is why we can't have nice things. Ask me about the things I've seen in the Power Rangers/Super Sentai fandom some time; on second thought, don't.
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MISSluna-kitsune Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
unfortunately rule 34 my friend =( all I gotta say if you ever go to a convention beware they attack there too! >_<
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Zimeta Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I have my sisters to geek out with, because fandoms are crazy scary.
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Matt-the-Hydra Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Trust me, I am also aware of what I like to call "The Fandom Menace". It seems the internet has only exacerbated the issue, but don't lose heart.

Most of the good fans are too quiet to notice, but they're there. I saw that EqD post, but I kinda just drifted by it, as did a lot of those similar fans. But you need to be  aware of the fact that it's not just fandoms with these negative types of people; pretty much any subject can have a bad apple kind of guy, who vehemently rants about a subject he either knows too little about, or so much about that it borders on unhealthy.

It's annoying, I know, but at least it's good to vent! :)
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jakewashere Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Most of the problems with society, I'm convinced, are caused by the small minority of lunatics and attention whores who, solely due to the fact that they make more noise than all the sane quiet people, wind up being the "face" of whatever group they belong to. EVERY group, of any sort whatsoever -- fandoms, political factions, social classes, ethnicities etc. etc. etc. -- is represented in the public eye by its most extreme members, because their presence tends to drown out everyone and everything else.
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