Before I start this review I just want to have a little chat.
I’m going to be doing these reviews about pony stuff every now and then. I really like the stuff but I know that not many of you like it or even know anything about it. I’m trying to spread them out a bit so people don’t get annoyed but it does mean that I’m getting behind on MLP stuff I want to talk about so I just ask that you just let me get on with it. I promise that I am not just going to talk about it constantly. Anyway. Without further ado, onto the review.
Ok, I’m just going to go straight ahead. This book is great. It’s basically the Hyrule Historia for MLP. The first thing I noticed about it when it arrived was how great it looks. They’ve based the design on “The Elements of Harmony: A Reference Guide” , the book from the first and second episode. They’ve revamped the look a little and made it more detailed but like the Hyrule Historia it looks like something that belongs in the world it’s describing.
The books starts off like it does in the show. With the story of the royal sisters which I like. It’s got good illustrations and is a nice little touch. After that are the introductions. There’s one by Jayson Thiessen and another by Meghan McCarthy. Both of them are brilliant and Jayson Thiessen’s one is especially moving. After that is the foreword by Lauren Faust entitled “Why My Little Pony?” it focuses on the actual intended audience but there are some really good points about childhood and the creative drive behind the show.
Then we get into the main book. The first part is a sort of description of all the ponies in the show. The part about the mane six has some concept art and quotes about the characters from people who work on the show. After that there’s a few pages about the Ponyville, Cloudsdale and Canterlot ponies. This part I like for one reason. DOCTOR HOOVES IS CANON!
It was worth getting this book just to prove to myself that that wasn’t a fake someone had mocked up. Also, Derpy makes an appearence! However she isn’t named and her eyes are closed.
There’s some stuff about the Cutie Mark Crusaders and how cutie marks actually work and their significance. And some stuff about the villians. Both of these are quite good because like the other parts it looks into the creation of the characters and ideas for the future.
There’s some stuff about Equestria, including a nicely illustrated map which shows the locations and then there’s some lore about said locations. This once again has concept art.
After that there’s an interview with Lauren Faust about the show, the ideas behind it and characters from the show, it’s an interesting read and explains some stuff about the character development that’s been shown.
This leads onto the biggest part of the book. This is a kind of glossary of every episode of the show. Lot’s of people have complained about this and said that it doesn’t serve any purpose. I disagree, sometimes I want to watch an episode and I can vaguely remember the plot but I can’t remember the title. This helps with that problem because it means I can think “What’s that episode with the “chimmy cherry changa” scene, I can’t remember the title.” Then I can pick up the book, flick through it and find it’s “The Last Roundup”. So I actually quite like this part and I’ve used it to find episodes often.
However the usefulness of that section is overshadowed by the next part. This part is my favorite part. It’s the lyrics of every single song from the series. As I’ve shown with my last paragraph I have an awful memory and so I’ve used it alot to clarify lyrics to the songs with myself.
The final chapter of the book entitled “Friendship Fanatics” is about the fans of the show, both the younger fans and the bronies (though the words brony or bronies are not used). In this chapter it talks about how the show got such a large and varied following and has quotes from the creators talking about their experiences with fans.
Overal I couldn’t say that this is a must have book. It’s good but it’s nothing that you couldn’t live without. However if you’re really into the show and want to just know more about the people behind it and the show itself then I would reccomend it. It’s a nice addition to a collection and is quite an fun and interesting thing. I’d give it a 7/10.
If you’re in the uk you can get it here for between ten and fifteen pounds: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0316247545/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
P.S. Have you seen the SDCC tailer thingy for season 4. It is brilliant. If you want to go into season 4 blind and be surprised don’t watch it, but if like me and you really need a fix of the show go here (SPOILERS): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnlquKcFM58
Seriously. It looks amazing.