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Newbiespud 23rd Apr 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
A fellow on the internet who runs an MLP episode over-analysis blog did an over-analysis of Friendship is Dragons. As you can probably tell by the comments I left on there over the weekend, I'm still not sure what to make of it.

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Digo 23rd Apr 2013, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
Well, it is said that "There's no such thing as bad publicity."

I'm not sure how much I'd buy into it, but if it gives you exposure to the point you gain a wagon full of new readers, all the better maybe?
Guest 23rd Apr 2013, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
It's a classic example of Death of the Author.

Pick your poison:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_the_Author
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DeathOfTheAuthor
Newbiespud 23rd Apr 2013, 3:05 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Good reading, Guest.

You know, you read about these things, you go to English class, you analyze with the best of them... but it doesn't really click until it actually happens to you. This whole FiD analysis thing has been one massive learning experience, if nothing else.
Karilyn 23rd Apr 2013, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
Karilyn
Oh hi Newbiespud, that was me. For some reason, ComicFury logged me out.

And I hate Death of the Author with a passion. IMO it's the single biggest "fuck you" that you can give to an author.
Raxon 23rd Apr 2013, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
I wholeheartedly agree. Telling me that even though I was the one who wrote a story, I don't know what it's about? Ray Bradbury walked out of a lecture after college students told him that he was wrong about the intended moral of Fahrenheit 451. Seriously, kind of a dick move. Now, pointing out extras morals is all well and good, but rejecting Word of God outright and telling them their own book is about something else is among the worst things you can do.

Saying my writing sucks is one thing, but saying that, for example, the main character in my current story is evil, and that the story is a warning against such political policies would be a huge slap in the face.
Zuche 23rd Apr 2013, 10:52 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, well, keep in mind that Ray Bradbury would eventually claim that Farenheit 451 was never about censorship. I might accept that if I hadn't read an earlier introduction he wrote for one copy of the novel. A writer's intent deserves attention, but if intent and results don't match anywhere else, why should that be true in writing?
Nighzmarquls 24th Apr 2013, 12:46 AM edit delete reply
This is one of the reasons why I endeavor in my current fiction work to not be trying to tell a message, but to present a situation.

Its a complex and terrifying situation that may inform the reader on many things about themselves or the world they live in.

But I don't go into it with any allegories or messages in mind.