Break out from the ordinary with today’s story.
[Equestria Girls] • 2,904 words
Once the heir to a Mafia family, now imprisoned for the murder of his brother, Tirek is held on Tartarus Island: the most secure prison in the world. He isn’t concerned. Soon he will escape, and nothing will stand in his way.
FROM THE CURATORS: “One of my favorite moments in fanfiction,” AugieDog said as we discussed this story, “is when I see a story description, smack myself in the forehead, and say, ‘Of course!’ And when the writer turns that terrific idea into a good story, it’s an even better moment.”
And while the central idea here leaps off the page, what elevated this story to a feature — and third place in the Villain Exchange Program contest — went far deeper. “This fic is a blast, pure and simple, a great send-up to prison escape stories, but also more than that,” Soge said in his nomination. “It is one those stories which is not afraid to wear its influences on its sleeves — the real-life Alcatraz escape and The Shawshank Redemption being the most obvious ones. But it is through its characterizations, particularly the way it manages to transport Tirek to EQD-land, that it manages to differentiate itself.”
Other curators quickly agreed. “The transition between its use of historical fact and original fantasy is seamless, which speaks well of both halves,” Horizon said. Present Perfect went further: “Casting Tirek as a disgraced mob boss is really original. It merges both settings in a natural way. On top of that, the characterization is excellent, not just for our narrator, but for the two main OCs who help plan his escape.”
Along the way, it defied our expectations. “There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes, and the final conclusion is as well-executed and surprising as it is expected,” Soge said, while AugieDog quipped, “I think this story might contain the best use of an accordion that I’ve yet seen in a pony fic.” The overall effect, as Present Perfect said, was captivating: “This one hits the nail on the head.”
Read on for our author interview, in which Darkstarling discusses stick villains, pedestrian parallels, and airborne murmurations.