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Somepony Tries to Sell Twilight Insurance
[Comedy] [Random] [Slice of Life] • 6,260 words
Ballpoint Smudge has one job. It’s not an easy one, but it’s one he’s determined to do to the best of his ability. The only problem is that as soon as he meets Twilight Sparkle, everything he’s ever learned about princesses goes flying out of the window. He was expecting her to be regal, haughty and bossy. Instead she’s warm, friendly and welcoming. Perhaps she’s genuinely a nice pony? Nah. It’s got to be a test.
FROM THE CURATORS: Although the central gimmick of this story is right on display in the title, “this is no one-note joke of a fic,” Chris said in his nomination. “A pleasant blend of conversational humor, exaggerated characters — the protagonist’s conversation with his boss is the high point of the story — and even a light moral, this is one of those works that is just effortlessly enjoyable from start to finish.” Broad agreement followed, along with compliments on the story’s breadth. “The voicing and general writing are the highlight here, along with that boss scene Chris mentions,” Present Perfect said. “The lightning-fast dialogue is easy to follow and only adds to the humor.”
He wasn’t the only one to praise the subtle whimsy on display. “From the very first paragraphs, I loved the narrative voice,” AugieDog said. “The sort of Terry Pratchet/Douglas Adams humor on display here is a delicate balancing act, and the author manages it better than most.” Soge went further: “There is real skill on display here, from the superb voicing to the intricate characterization and the late reveal about Twilight. It’s one of those fics that makes me want to instantly follow the author.”
But there was more than the voicing to like. Chris pointed out the melding of nostalgia and modernity: “It captures an early-season feel (right down to a letter to Celestia!) while grounding itself firmly in the S6 era,” he said. And AugieDog approved of the story’s extension of its sources. “Even the way the author pretty much quotes word for word the insurance dialogue from Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary serves the story well,” he said. “The author takes the lines, expands them to make them work in a pony context, and takes them somewhere Bierce would never have imagined in his wildest dreams.”
Read on for our author interview, in which The Minister of Scones discusses fifth earls, hot water bottles, and summary pie.