Hello, thar. Meinos Kaen here!
Today I bring you something a little different, as you've probably already noticed from the title of today's Whatcha Reading?. It's not a Naruto fanfiction. It's a Fallout fanfiction and also a... Well, no use beating around the bush. Yes, it's a Fallout and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic X-Over-COME BACK HERE!
*ties em up* There you go. Now, don't be like that. Remember my number one rule: you never express an opinion on something without having tried it. Also, I'm not here to talk about Bronitude or lack of thereof, I'm here to talk about the best Fallout fanfiction I've ever read, which earns it a 9/10 from me. I don't know about MLP:FIM fanfiction, since this is the first one I've ever read, but... Let's go in order, shall we.
As I've said, Fallout: Equestria by Kkat is a Fallout/MLP:FIM X-Over and, surprisingly for such a pair of different genres and stories, a perfect mesh of the two. You don't need to have watched a single episode of My Little Pony to enjoy or understand this, maybe just the pilot, nor do you need to have extensive knowledge of the Fallout world, since the story provides all the information you need it to enjoy it as stand-alone content and the main cast is completely original, the characters from the cartoon mostly making appearances only in Flashbacks, with some exceptions. Although being knowledgeable about both certainly makes you enjoy it that much more.
What I liked
The writer managed to recreate both the humor and general feeling of the cartoon series while at the same time still making you feel like you're playing a bona fide Fallout game, with all the grimness and darkness that the nuclear wasteland can offer you, with many winks at all the games in series. Fallout fans will marvel at the originality and how a cast of ponies and zebras translates so well, and MLP fans will cheer and maybe grieve for the narrative and overall plot. Personally, my heart cries for poor Fluttershy and Trixie's fate.
What I didn't like
Hmm... Maybe the only nitpick I have with the story is that since it's a first-person narrative, always told from the perspective of the main character, LittlePip, it can sometimes become a limitation to narration and can bring a feeling of redundance to some actions that the plot brings her to repeat. Tears, for example. The story always provides good reasons and characterization for LittlePip to break down and torment herself-Luna knows the wasteland offers occasions for that-but since we're always in her head, it ultimately gets repetitive. I still read with attention the events leading up to the crying, but I skip the phrases that describe the taps opening.
My tips to the author
For once, I don't have any. The story was concluded last December, giving birth to a whole universe of Fanfiction of its own. I can just encourage Kkat to keep up the good work with future projects.
That concludes today's review. I encourage you to give this story a read and maybe check out My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Both are great works of fiction that have not disappointed me, and I'm certain won't disappoint anyone else.
Meinos Kaen out!