Want to understand what the buzz is all about with My Little Pony? Heather Nuhfer, writer for "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," guest blogs the top five reasons to read MLP.
Storylines: Not just for grownups
anymore. My Little Pony is not a typical kid’s cookie cutter property where
characters are eerily alike (more on that later) and have simple, cute
problems. Each adventure is based around the power or “magic” of friendship.
Stories don’t play out exactly as you imagined, and certainly aren’t typical.
Characters get possessed by spirits, question their own sanity, and have even
enjoyed a side effect of the apocalypse: chocolate rain. Yep. That happened.
Cameos! The MLP comics can be a
veritable Where’s Waldo of pop
culture bliss! A pony version of Sherlock? Sure! Mad Men ponies hanging out in
the background? Why the hay not? After reading a story, it’s well worth it to
comb through the panels to spot some look-alikes. Trust me, you may think you won’t be able to recognize a
pony Doctor Who, but you will!
Characters who are characters. Too often in mass-produced media, we are stuck with
characters that are different in nothing but name. In MLP, the characters are
very much individuals. Whether it’s Fluttershy’s gentle spirit or Pinkie Pie’s
way with props, I can guarantee you’ll find at least one pony you relate to and
love. Just watch out, some ardent fans
may ask you the very loaded question: “Who’s the BEST pony?” Don’t go there.
Seriously. Which brings us to #4…
BRONIES! You’ll get to finally find out exactly whom they are
and why they are so into this “kids” property. Bronies are typically defined as
avid, male fans of the series, in their teens to early 30s, who love all things
MLP! They tend to be very community driven and often participate in online
forums, or write fan fiction and may even attend one of the many MLP conventions
sprouting up around the country! The Bronies have been major players in making
MLP into the success it is. Without their interest, love, fandom, and
willingness to endlessly debate Alicorn Twilight, I wouldn’t be writing this
article right now. The attention around the Bronies has certainly created more
fans—folks who would have never watched the show or picked up a comic have
checked it out because they want to know what the big deal is.
It’s good. Simple as that. My Little
Pony appeals to such a wide demographic because it’s a great property with many
levels of humor and heart. This ain’t
your daughter’s comic. Well, technically, it very well could be. BUT it could also be yours and be just as relevant!
That’s the magic of My Little Pony. Give it a shot—you (AND your kid) will love
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