Today’s story explores the consequences of a royal error.
Long Live The Queen
[Dark] [Drama] [Sad] • 6,853 words
During her time-twisting battle with Starlight Glimmer, Twilight finds herself in an Equestria ruled by a tyrant alicorn that calls herself the Queen of Equestria. In this world, Twilight’s friends are gone and beyond her aid, and Equestria’s citizens live in fear of their ruler’s wrath should they anger her.
The Queen herself suffers worst of all.
FROM THE CURATORS: One of the great joys of fanfiction is that it can explore topics we know the show won’t cover — and one of the greatest pleasures in reading fanfiction is finding a story which can do that while remaining faithful to the source material. “I think the highest praise I can give this story is that it feels exactly like what we would have seen in the show if the show ever acknowledged the existence of the Equestria Girls movies,” Horizon said, and Present Perfect explained: “It slots in well to Cutie Re-Mark by virtue of being the ‘Sunset Shimmer bad end’ universe.” That merger drew broad praise: “It’s a solidly put-together glimpse of yet another way Equestria could’ve gone sideways,” Chris said.
The reasons for that quality were wide-ranging and spoke to the story’s depth. “This manages to get into the ‘Queen of Equestria’s’ character without resorting to lazy storytelling,” Chris said. “It explores its dystopia succinctly and without a lot of overdone angst, has a nice mid-story reveal, and the ending is a nice mix of bittersweet and hopeful.” And while several of us found the early going exposition-heavy, we found that eclipsed by the story’s powerful second half. “It would’ve been so much stronger if Twilight and Spike had been forced to leave the map rather than wandering away from it on their own, and there is an awful lot of standing around and explaining,” AugieDog said. “But from the reveal in the middle on out, the slowly dawning horror of the AU is handled very nicely.”
And despite that Alternate Universe tag, this was a story that had a great deal to say about the world of the show. “I’m especially impressed by the way that the tone works both as a standalone piece and as a poignant contrast to the unrepentant villains of Cutie Re-Mark’s bad timelines,” Horizon said. “That examination of a world doomed despite regrets and good intentions is a powerful one.” And one that will stick with you, as AugieDog said: “I found the ending to be positively haunting. Sunset knows she’s trapped, she knows it’s her own fault, and she knows her best chance to make things right again.”
Read on for our author interview, in which DrakeyC discusses bad OC origins, evil Scootaloo, and Final Fantasy fillies.