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3rd Jan 2019, 6:00 AM
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Cure For What Ails
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Newbiespud 3rd Jan 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
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Curing the ponies in-character kinda takes a backseat because what ended up solving the crisis was going out-of-character and talking things out.

At this point, I don't think I can claim that this was the plan the whole time. When I started, I knew they would get cured, yes, and not quite the same way as in the show, but... This sort of emerged organically as the comic script advanced. I'm fairly happy with it now that it's written.

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Steel Resolve 3rd Jan 2019, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
I get all the reactions. Thing is, only Applejack, Rarity, and Pinkie Pie were truly cursed. For Fluttershy, well, it was just her not saying nothing at all when she didn't have something nice to say. Unfiltered Fluttershy is basically just being nice in a different way by telling you what she really thinks. That can seem cruel, but often holding it all in is a cruelty to her to spare her friends. Shy is a character of extremes.
THE OTHER GUEST 3rd Jan 2019, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
Maybe so, but with how perceptive she is, she knows that there is a time and place for everything. There is also the matter of the method of delivery.

For the former; sure, sometimes telling someone "What you really think" about them, the situation, what they're about to do, etc... when what you have to say might not be the kindest thing on the surface can be doing them a favor and actually helping them. Other times it's better to sit back and let them "Touch the Stove", so to speak, so they can learn their own lessons, and then you come up behind with the kind words of reassurance and possibly a few more practical medical supplies, and when/if they ask "Why didn't you stop me", you pull out the big guns and give them all the reasons they wouldn't have listened, or why they needed to learn this lesson on their own.

As for the method of delivery, there's a fine line between using your perceptions and pointing out a person's flaws in a way that lets them see and understand them in a way where they can learn to be better, and wielding those words as a weapon meant for nothing more than to cut down their victim's confidence and self worth until they're an impotent mass of blubbering indecision, and even for perceptive people it can be hard to tell where that line is sometimes because it's at different places for different people depending on a myriad of factors.

Yes, sometimes what may initially appear as Cruelty can actually be a Kindness, but most of the time Cruelty is just Cruelty, weather it's deliberate or accidental, and while I have no doubt someone like Fluttershy knows the difference, given her implied background I don't yet see her having the self confidence to differentiate the two in her own actions. We probably won't see that until if/when Spud gets around to the "Putting your Hoof Down" episode.
Archone 4th Jan 2019, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
One of the more recent episodes of the show itself actually touched on this subject. Rarity asked Applejack to be a judge for a fashion design contest, because Applejack was known for her honesty (obviously). The moral of the episode was that you could be honest without being hurtful - show a little diplomacy, show a regard for their feelings.

In the case of this comic and Fluttershy... I don't think anyone ever taught her that. In fact, she seems to have had a very nasty experience with someone who was constantly negging her under the guise of being honest. And would claim, "I'm not being cruel, I'm just being honest!"

Which... would lead her to associate her honest perceptions of others with cruel thoughts ("I'm thinking this person is wrong about something - that means I'm thinking mean thoughts about them!").

I do notice that she puts a little pause there at the end. "Being Fluttershy again is... so nice..." (Kind of like Obi Wan stating, "What I said was true... from... a certain point of view...")
Anvildude 3rd Jan 2019, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
I'm kinda wondering if Flutters' reaction is tied into how much of a 'character actor' she seems to be in-show. "Fake It Till you Make It" in particular, and also the whole Iron Will thing suggest that Fluttershy in the show has a tendency to take on 'roles' and immerse herself in them- which begs the question of whether or not she is _actually_ Shyflutter at all.

This could, in this comic, translate to the Player being a Method Actor, and maybe just not realizing it fully yet.
Vadan Drumist 3rd Jan 2019, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
I can only see/hear P.P. laughs as those of Tidus from FF10. They did indeed suck.
Guest 3rd Jan 2019, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
but Tidus' laughs were SUPPOSED to suck.
That's what everyone forgets.
The Tidus Laugh was a forced "Giggle at the ghosties" type.
The voice actors succeeded with aplomb.
Guest 3rd Jan 2019, 9:41 AM edit