Prepare for an adorable war on your heartstrings as today’s story marches into the library shelves.
Princess Celestia’s Newest Arch Enemy
[Comedy] [Random] [Slice of Life] • 4,656 words
When a colt named “Bad Dude” storms into Celestia’s personal study and declares himself as her latest arch enemy, the Princess can’t help but nearly gush from the sight. As perhaps the cutest villain Celestia has ever encountered, she hurriedly calls for Luna to meet him as well.
But is there more to “Bad Dude” than his cute exterior would suggest?
No. No there is not.
FROM THE CURATORS: This story’s path to a feature started — as so many others do — with outside word-of-mouth. “The clickbait title and blatant appeal to cuteness should have made this story radioactive to me, but when MightyFenrir recommended it, I had to see what that was about,” Horizon said. “What I found was a story that pulled off a surprisingly intricate balancing act between adorable, silly, authentic, and subversive.”
What immediately leapt out at us was the humor that also sent this story rocketing to the top of the Featurebox. “I’m beside myself,” Present Perfect said. “The Potatoville line is about the funniest thing I’ve heard all week. This is what reading Progress was like, way back in the day.” AugieDog was more metaphorical (but no less effusive) in his praise: “Good silly is hard to do. When we’re all supposed to be sliding and giggling together down the side of Silly Mountain, more often than not we in fact get our sleeves caught on the rocky outcrop of ‘Eh, it’s okay’ or the creosote bush of ‘Yeah, I guess.’ But this one was silly all the way to the bottom.”
It wasn’t just the humor that caught our eye, though — there was also plenty to love about the characterization. “What makes the story for me is Celestia,” Horizon opined, while Chris said: “Bad Dude may be one-note, but it’s a funny note.” And the story carried its premise through to a strong ending. “It manages to pull off a genuine twist without breaking tone,” Horizon said. “Watching that unfold was the moment that elevated this from ‘enjoyable read’ to ‘RCL feature’.”
Read on for our author interview, in which naturalbornderpy discusses visual drugs, story graveyards, and riding the soup-can gravy train.