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At least the big majority of the fandom either liked alicorn twilight or at least are giving the writers a chance.
If you want more information on the rise and fall of Disco, look here. [link]
I don't give a crap about any of the side characters--Derpy, Bon Bon, Octavia, Vinyl Scratch, who cares? They're insignificant background characters people have formed an attachment to for... some reason. I only got amazed at Derpy speaking in Last Roundup because it was the biggest proof the show's creators listen to us and care, but it's not our show. We don't have any real power and we should stop thinking we do just because there are a lot of us. Whenever they're proven otherwise, they get pissed off and make drama out of it. I think more non-bronies out there should read this as proof there are plenty of sane bronies, and they're annoyed by the amount of stupidity that perpetrates our community.
I'll man up at some point.
I also think it's a bit unfair to compare the retail price of a limited production run release for a niche documentary with the street price of a wide-release popular TV show. Economies of scale are a thing. You also got quite a deal in your example; Season 1 of Boardwalk Empire on BluRay is currently going for $56 on Amazon, marked down from an MSRP of $80.
I think the documentary crew deserve credit where credit is due: they made a DRM-free copy available for download at half the price of the physical copy, they're releasing a four-disc region-free set for $40 that includes probably (don't know how long the European segments are) 6-7 hours of material, or you can a la carte your selection (convention documentaries or extended interviews) for cheaper. They are also trying to get the doc into film festivals and available through VOD services like Netflix, Amazon, etc.
It's possible they could have done a better or more efficient job, and I do believe the release could have been handled better (though apparently their hands were tied by Kickstarter for some of it), and they were extraordinarily, even foolishly optimistic about the piracy issue in a fandom that is literally built on and sustained by rampant piracy.
But they also didn't have to do any of it. de Lancie, in fact, didn't want to at first, didn't feel it was his place, but after seeing many mocking and negative portrayals of us in the media, was angered on our behalf, and tried to show the world that bronies are not in fact a bunch of freaks and perverts. I think that's worth something.
Compare that $56 to the £18.25 Season 1 of Boardwalk Empire on Amazon.co.uk and you'll see that we do indeed get a better deal: [link]
I appreciate what you're saying about the multiple forms of physical disc you can buy of the documentary tailored to your level of interest, although I still find $13 for a digital download of the documentary to be flawed. The purpose of the documentary was to 'educate' people unfamiliar with the fandom, and those sorts of people aren't going to spend $13 on something, and a good amount of bronies, as you pointed out, are just going to pirate it. Getting it onto Netflix and so on would be a better move, as you point out.
I would disagree with your last point about the worth of the documentary, but I acknowledge that I missed out a few key points that you have flagged up.
Wow! My impression was that everything along these lines was more expensive for you guys. I take some small solace in the fact that The Avengers (Assemble) BluRay isn't any cheaper for you.
I think folks looking at the Bronies documentary shopping page and assuming the producers are expecting non-bronies who have no idea what bronies are to purchase any of the items are a little confused. Those are there for us. The producers are trying to get it into film festivals, onto Netflix, etc, so that non-bronies run across it there.
I was a little miffed when the Derpy thing originally came up (or when I first heard about it anyway, I don't know that I was a fan yet when it first came up) but only because it showed a ridiculous double standard in the world of cartoons. Derpy was the first seemingly handicapped female character that I've ever seen in cartoons, but leading up to her was a trail a mile long of seemingly handicapped male characters, a lot of which were really popular because of their dopey antics and almost never, to my knowledge, censored.
Two examples from my childhood were Ed, from Ed, Edd, and Eddy, and Gir, from Invader Zim, but there were countless others. Both of those characters were not only obviously challenged, but were also main characters with active roles.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not emotionally attached to this character, I think her design is cute, and that it was awesome of Hasbro to try and put the character out in the spot light a bit for it's fans, I just don't like that people were so offended by this that they altered a whole episode, when there were other characters out there just like her that were left completely alone, possibly because they were male.
2) Again, it's always so silly for people to adamantly claim they'll leave only to... not. And indeed, the whole Twilight situation isn't even going to herald any change to the series as far as I can see. Her personality will still remain the same. She'll still stay with her friends. She may get more responsibility, but then again she's wielded a lot of responsibility even before that, so what's the difference? And any major change that would somehow come out of this is likely not going to happen either, like the dynamic between Twilight and her friends altering in some major way (can't see that happening), or my personal favourite, she gets steadily corrupted by her new position and turns into a villain at the end... t'would be an interesting direction, but will never fly in this series. So ultimately this is another "mountain out of a molehill" situation.
3) Actually, the standard price of the bluray is $50. The $40 is just an initial bargain price. But while the Lauren Faust interview does interest me as for possible insights into how she thought the series would have continued under her helm, or her overview plans in general that the trailer seems to promise would be there, I'm most certainly not paying any money for this doc (which I still haven't seen, either), let alone such a ridiculous amount. Really, €5 would be all I'd be willing to pay, and even that's a dicy move, only depending on the interview of one person since I doubt there's anything new I'd have to hear from Tara Strong that I haven't already, and John De Lancie's insights into bronies would likely be rather pointless. Sorry, they can just keep their blurays, thank you very much.
132 - Again, making a big deal out of nothing. Season 4 will have 26 episodes. Let's wait and see what the writers have done with this change Twilight's gone through. Change and growth can be good. Stagnation is bad.
133 - Geez... 40 dollars is a LOT of cash for a documentary, even with the extras. I thought the whole point of the documentary was to inform and maybe even recruit non-fans to the show and fandom. The makers of the documentary made their cash through the kickstarter, right? Why charge so much for it now?
#132: Blah blah blah. I'm not going to talk about the fact that it's not going to do anything, unless the people behind the show suffer from some kind of collective block for however long they're going to make it or they up and quit and hand it over to someone else who has no idea what they're doing.
It's gonna be fine, as far as I can tell.
#133: I have no intention of watching it. I mean, I would be interested in the extra stuff, but not $40 interested.