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Anonymous 437029

I just realized I'd been a brony for two hears. Chills. It made me think about things for a while.

Has this whole business become boring to you all? It's starting to fade for me. I miss when there was that exhilaration - the novelty to it; doing something you've never done before - and that feeling of going deeper and moving in your own direction. It's foolish, and everyone knows that, but deep down, most everyone felt it anyway.

The old "big" artists are moving away from the fandom. It seems there are fewer and fewer good songs and fewer and fewer good stories. Because of this, things seem to have just fallen into a routine.

Most of us agree S3 was a total failure meant to fill in the minimum of gaps. I'm honestly hoping season 4 is good, and a sort of "spark" to keep things alive again.

I'm just a random person with opinions; what are your thoughts on this matter? When did you get on this neverending ride? How do you feel about the general state of the fandom?

Anonymous 437041

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mlp is ded

Scootapuff!saU4Tsd4dU 437050

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I joined the fandom pretty much right after the end of S1, around the end of May 2011 or so. I feel much the same way you seem to OP about S3…though from the small scraps of info that have been coming out a out S4, I am optimistic. It seems at the very least to be better than S3's offerings.

Anonymous 437052

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Definitely. Do things just seem… old, now, though? Like the same thing over and over again?

I miss that feeling, help

Scootapuff!saU4Tsd4dU 437062

This is an inevitable part of anything of this nature as time wears on. Things lose their luster eventually. I am slowly starting to get hyped for pony again as the new season approaches. S4 is make or break time for the fandom though IMO. If it ends up disappointing I doubt there will be much interest for the future.

Anonymous 437063

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Yeah, two seasons in a row? It's totally over. We'll see. I think I'll just get hyped for S4, and if it's a disappointment, attempt to disembark the ride at the nearest stop.


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I became a fan of the show back in June of 2011, so needless to say, I've been here a while. The fandom has changed a lot since then. Overall, though, you're right, it doesn't seem to be as lively as it once was. People have come and gone, overall output has decreased, etc.

As terrible as it might sound, though, I'm not really all that concerned about the fanbase. Even after almost 2 and a half years of being into this show, I still manage to get at least somewhat excited over the prospect of new pony (Just for the record, I don't agree with the opinion that S3 was a "total failure"). Yeah, the overall novelty of the idea is long gone, but honestly, there was no way in hell that was going to stick around for more than maybe a year or so, so I'm not the least bit torn up about it. The show is what I came for, and the show is, for the most part, why I'm still here to this day.

Rambling!Rose//pzOM 437202

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Huh, turns out it's been just about two years for me, as well. Sure has been a long ride.

Turns out I lived up to my name. Oopsie. Also forgot to say, thanks for starting the thread and sharing your opinions, let me think about stuff a bit, too.
I agree, it's not as new anymore, it doesn't feel as exciting anymore, it doesn't feel as good anymore. As Scootapuff mentioned that's just how life works, at some point the crush and the exciting new couple love runs its course and you move on to the next part of the relationship that just might not be as exciting as the previous one. Despite that, it's a shame. I'm not trying to make excuses for seasons 2 and 3 and the show has undoubtedly changed somewhat, but maybe (or even probably) a good part of my problems and lack of enjoyment came from me wanting to relive and re-experience the feelings I felt when I was originally watching the show and discussed it. Wishing for things to be like they were earlier.

When season 3 ended I said I considered it the series finale. Now that season 4 is right around the corner I've started to get hype despite all the negative feelings and the decisions the show staff has made and I can only think it's at least in part because of me (albeit artificially) separating the new season as a new show. I think with that it's easier for me to accept that the show just isn't the same anymore and I don't get frustrated when things go wrong. Maybe I will, maybe I won't, only time will tell. But I'm still getting excited.

For me, pony has become an intrinsic part of my being and I do believe I've transitioned to the "calmer love" part of my "relationship" here. I still love the little ponies and the world, maybe even more than I did a year or so ago, but it's not as impulsive as it was. A lot of the fiction I read is ponyfics but it isn't all I read anymore, it's become one thing among others which is just okay.

As for the fandom, my interactions with it have mostly been through reading fics, looking at pretty pony pics, checking EQD for things and posting on /pony/, be it here, or Pchan as it once were. Ever since s3 ended those have mostly been on hold, except the few fics I follow so I can't really say anything about the fandom at large. I suppose I've noticed some of the musicians don't put out as many pieces anymore, but that could just be my perception of it.

Long post is long, the ride never ends and in the end I'm not sure I'd even want to get off Ms. Pinkie's Wild Ride. There is a lot of potential with the setting and the characters still if they just realized that potential, and I know there is at least one song and one episode I'll very likely enjoy when the new show rolls up. I can't help but feel excited. It is more pony after all!

Hulkbow!SMASH/3FWA 437253

I don't think not being new any longer is directly affecting my interest that much. There are movies, tv series, books, etc that aren't new to me any longer that I still like revisiting now and then. But I do think newness affected the series itself. In the beginning it had a lot to say about the world and the characters, and that drove a fair bit of stories. Now that we have a fairly good handle on all that, the challenge is to keep coming up with stories which are still as interesting while still being restrained by the limitations of a children's show. Look at Star Trek as a parallel. TNG had some pretty bad seasons as they tried getting a handle on what works, and that's a show which permits more complexity and longer episodes. Similarly, bands usually have the hardest time putting out their second album, since they went into the first with all the ideas they'd been collecting up 'til then.

I also blame corporate meddling though. First couple seasons of FiM I was able to lose myself in the show most of the time. Throughout most of S03 it was more like I was outside of myself, watching me watching a cartoon and wondering why the hell I was wasting my time like that. I also blame corporate meddling though; it felt more dry, restrained, sanitized, and somehow more incongruous, like the staff were just going through the motions without any real inspiration or direction. There were some good concepts here and there, and the production was competent, but the love was gone.

Maybe S04 will have more love. Maybe Mike Vogel and Stephen Davis finally got their heads out of their asses long enough to realize that DHX are the creative professionals, not themselves. We'll see when we see.

Heavy Mole 437471

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Started watching toward the end of season two. The show was fresh and exciting, and after I watched the first two seasons there was a world of fan content waiting. Easy to get addicted to. It was certainly a source of joy for me for a while, which is why it's hard to let go. Gradually, my feeling toward it has gone from "geek out" to "show that I like". I'm looking forward to season four, not as on something which the future of my happiness depends, but like work from an artist that I like.

I think there will always be a pony fandom, though. It's too popular to simply vanish, and too good to not be talked about as long as there is a way for like-minded people to get together. I do believe it's going through a "collapsing" phase–similar to the life cycle of a star after it gets too big to support itself–but maybe in some ways it will be better once it pushes through to the other side. There was a time after the Pokemon craze where it was considered extremely uncool to even associate with it, but now it's kind of found its mature place in the pantheon of video game classics.

Stage name!!PJzkqS1qZb 437559

There is absolutely no way Season 4 will be better.
But god damn if I can't hope…

Anonymous 438098

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Been in here for about 2.5 years.
Doesn't really get old for me, I like the community and I enjoy the episodes without caring too much about all the drama.


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I've been around nearly 3 years now. I think a lot of viewers are setting ridiculous standards for the show to meet. I don't feel Season 3 was a failure at all. This isn't supposed to be a super in depth show or anything and has never been. You need to watch it like you wanted season 1 and not expect so much from each episode. Just enjoy the show.

Anonymous 438694

>I think a lot of viewers are setting ridiculous standards for the show to meet.
Nooo, I think most people are setting standards to that of seasons 1 and 2.
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!iJerk1bUeo 438705

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I need to find a screenshot.
It's beautiful in the ugliest way.

!iJerk1bUeo 438706

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There we go.

Anonymous 443840

When it all started I was more into the fandom than the show. I loved the dumb funny fanfics, fanart, roleplaying, and captions people were making. It was fun. Got to know cool artists like Mad Max and itchymango.

It wasn't until Feeling Pinkie Keen did I say "Hey this show's actually enjoyable!".

Hulkbow!SMASH/3FWA 445249

Good grief. Did I mention that I blame corporate meddling? I also blame corporate meddling. I'd proofread my posts more thoroughly but, y'know…that darned corporate meddling. THANKS HASBRO!

Anonymous 445284

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Can you do that? Blame corporate meddling twice?

Hulkbow!SMASH/3FWA 445402


Anonymous 445404

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>I also blame corporate meddling though

I'm pretty sure you're joking, but people making the show SIGNED a contract. They should've known shit like that was going to happen later, especially since they signed onto something that is based off a corporate toyline.

LyraTheFlirt!!Ah2q8cdspr 445429

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So your saying they should not sign any contract and never get a job and never get paid?

But really, Hasbro's shit is annoying. They really just need to back the fuck off of their flagship franchise.

Hulkbow!SMASH/3FWA 445485

I'm pretty sure you're just trying to stir shit, but your reply has nothing to do with anything I said.

Polite sage to not bump boring content.

S1 Luna 447563

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Season 4 will not be better by the sheer factor that MLP:FiM was a sleeper cell that came out of nowhere when the fandom first exploded onto the scene.

Now? The effect is more or less miffed these days. The awe behind it no longer resonates as loudly as it did before, nor will it ever again.

The fad has passed gentlemen. That does not mean the fandom itself will die, but whatever drew the initial fanbase in is now more or less gone.

From here on out, it will be the typical slash and slab stuff that we'll expect from any fandom.

Hell, I ditched mine with Pokemon a long time ago. It won't be any different here. I'll still be around, but I definitely know the best has come to past a long time ago, for me being at the time of Luna Eclipsed.

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