Dear Princess Celestia,
On October 10th, 2010, a woman named Lauren Faust took a new spin on the cartoon from the 80’s, known as My Little Pony. The new show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, attracted many kids who enjoyed the show. But it also happened to attract other audiences, too. Grown men and teenagers began to notice the show, and it became a huge phenomenon over the internet, many people churning out fanfiction, songs, and captioned pictures of ponies such as Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Rarity. While there are some people who disagree with the views of these individuals, many ‘bronies’ use the saying “haters gonna hate,” which has become a motto throughout the brony community.
I ‘joined the herd’ after one of my friends sent me a picture with Pinky Pie on it, telling me to watch the show. Never one to pass up something different, I searched YouTube for the first couple of episodes, before plowing through the entire first season at a surprisingly fast rate. By the end of the summer, I was completely caught up, and wanting more of these pastel miniature equines to get a hold of. One by one, the rest of my group of friends discovered the show as well, and even started a group for ourselves on facebook, made specifically for posting pony material.
As awesome as the show is, one of the best parts about the brony community is the community itself. The entire group is based around ‘love and tolerance’, and harmful words are almost never found there. Now, if you know anything about the internet, this is sort of a big deal. A community without any trolls? Almost impossible, yet the bronies seem to have succeeded. The community has also seen the rise of many musicians, including Acoustic Brony, Wooden Toaster, Eurobeat Brony, The Living Tombstone, and Mic the Microphone, who make some money off of their love by playing at conventions and other venues.
As a fan of the show, I would love to see a full length movie of My Little Pony. However, it might be a better idea to release the movie after the seasons end, as one last hurrah to Friendship is Magic. It also would give us something to look forward to in the future, as we occupy ourselves with the episodes coming out weekly during the winter, fall, and a bit of the spring.
Your faithful student,
– Andrew Dilmore