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    EQUESTRIA part 1: Sweet dreams

    Beautyful --> Beautiful Gets This space in between the paragraphs is a weird break in formatting. It could be used to express that a scene is changing, but in this case it seems like it's there by mistake. I'd remove it. It's a strange way of speaking. If it's not intentional, "I'll quit now' sounds better. Or "I'll stop now". Should be in the same line, since there isn't an empty one between them. In the way this is formatted, it looks like descriptive text, not dialogue. Like this, when the text is clearly transitioning form one perspective to the other. It needs to be one or the other. Another example of the same. It would look much better on the eyes with a constant and predictable formatting from paragraph to paragraph. There is nothing wrong with this, but small sentences like these could be on the same phrase to better connect the ideas. "1000 years ago the balance and peace of our world was held by two alicorn sisters. The elder one, the godness of light, made the day, raised the sun and watched above all of us all day. She was Celestia. And the, there was the younger one, the godness of the darkness. She made the night, raised the moon and watched over all of us all night. Her name was Luna." "It was a time of peace and harmony, the lived in harmony in a world ruled by out two great sisters. Everything seemed to be perfect..." Should. Or would. Should be capitalized. Twilight's This is a stylistic choice, but I will always incentive people to write descriptive prose. For example: Could be... "I love this story!" Little filly Twilight wowed full of excitement and starry eyes. "I love this story! I've got so many questions! What if..." She jumped up and down in her bed throwing her mane all over herself but Arolious patiently rose a hand and interrupted her. "Twilight." He smiled at her. "Twilight! You're supposed to sleep now. Tomorrow is your great day and I'm sure you'll get the answers you want later." Overall it is a cute start to any story and a cute Twilight filly will hook anyone that has a heart.
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    EQUESTRIA part 1: Sweet dreams

    It's always just a legend, isn't it?
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    Dude, you've ruined my night. That is true, though you're pulling it out of context. The problem with Celestia is that she can't do anything that she should be able to do. Also, I just cracked open the comic because something didn't seem right to me. You said that she did convince the ponies of the teacher's capabilities, and you're right. Fuck. I wish I hadn't gotten into this discussion because the damn thing is worse than I remembered. I had forgotten that after Celestia was reminiscing in her room about how useless she is and how awesome Inkwell is, there is indeed a scene where they are judging if she'll stay! Let me try to get this right and show you why this is still a bad use of Celestia. And hopefully that I wasn't completely wrong. Did you understand that I wanted Celestia to exert her authority? Yes, because that is what she should be doing as a ruler, but also as the name that appears in "Celestia's School". It was not me that called her 'ruler' it was the cartoon. It was not me that said it was her school. But even then, not necessarily in this issue. I still think that this is a story that shouldn't exist and the only reason it exists is because the plot creates a contrivance so that the story has relevance, and even then it is within itself. And even though I was wrong when I said that Celestia lacks agency, this is worse. She has agency over an issue that shouldn't exist. So let's make an episode where Celestia must give her throne to King Sombra because the writer pulled a law out of their ass that says Celestia must for whatever absurd reason. The fuck? I expect Pony Life to pull something like that... This comic is telling me that Celestia doesn't have control over her own school by creating a situation where a bunch of idiots can force her to damage her school (assuming that the comic even manages to make a good point about Inkwell's capacity) and she couldn't do anything about it if they decided that Inkwell should go. Even if they were wrong. How about this: if they wanted to tell a story about Celestia being... Convincing? What attribute did she actually use? All she did was tell those ponies things they already knew. You could substitute her for a scene where those ponies are laying on their beds and started thinking and realized that they were wrong. This made me think. I'm amazed at the dissonance between what Celestia's school seemed to teach in season one where Twilight was admitted because she showed incredible latent magic, and this comic where Celestia convinces the ponies of the teacher's value with stuff that has nothing to do with actually teaching magic. But this is just me being me. But let's go with this idea that the story must be about Celestia convincing those ponies to let Inkwell stay. How about this: Inkwell wanted to retire because she saw that those characters thought that she should, and then Celestia stepped in to change their opinion and thus cause the her to not retire. Not only this story gives a good reason to circumvent the fact that it is Celestia's school, giving her agency over a problem that she can't fix with her authority she should have and no asspull plot device is necessary. In this alternative plot I mentioned Celestia's power over her school would be irrelevant because even if she could decide who stays and who leaves regardless of some ponies being idiots, she wouldn't force the teacher to stay against her will. Be honest. Which one of these stories would you rather read? In which one does Celestia's success, and a potential failure, have bigger emotional impact? This comic still does the same that the cartoon does with Celestia all the time. A hackjob of a plot contrivance so that a plot that shouldn't exist because of her suddenly can, and she comes out looking pathetic even if she won. I don't think that I said that Celestia must be all-powerful. But then, she must lose every time unless she's saved by the amazing OC? Continuing on that point about the comic pulling down Celestia, let's remake this comic as though it actually was about Celestia and not about Inkwell. Celestia is considering giving away her position as... Whatever she is in her school. Doesn't really mater what... Praetor. Director. Director and teacher... Whatever. The point is that it is her school and she is a teacher in it, after all, she took Twilight as her personal student. Let's help the plot by assuming that Celestia would give her position because even without her, the school's prestige would still be important. So there you have it. Celestia is feeling insecure because some ponies started saying that she is accumulating too many responsibilities and they are concerned about her ability to rule the nation and also manage/teach at the school. Now Celestia and Inkwell interchange their roles from the comic. The story is about Inkwell reminiscing about Celestia being generally awesome and helping protect the city (notice the change in perspective: instead of trying by herself and failing, she is helping another who can't to by themselves). About how she has a gift for teaching. About how she understands the value of... Stuff. But let's not have a test, because that would be retarded considering her position. Instead, let's have Inkwell inviting those ponies for a tea and sharing some wisdom with them, and then proving what a great teacher she is. Wouldn't that fix part of the problem with Celestia in the cartoon instead of adding to it and make a world more of sense? Assuming you wanted to read a story about Celestia, in Celestia's comic, in the micro series that is about their titular characters, which story would you rather read? The one where Celestia is preaching about an original character or the story about the original character preaching about Celestia? And I'll say more. Celestia ought to be powerful, yes. If not for her age and experience alone, because the franchise constantly uses her a measure of power with the over-mentioned Worf Effect. For the same reason she also ought to be wise, perspicacious and fucking busy. She rules a nation. She doesn't have time for petty shit like educating the retards nobody gives a damn about. This comic pisses me off. Again, that is what she always does. It doesn't define what she is. It defines what she isn't. It's like describing a character by saying that their coat is not red, their mane isn't gray and their eyes aren't yellow. But their cutie mark also isn't a star. It should. For all the reasons I just posted here, and by the context of the character overall in the franchise. Which is not the same as saying that you can't like. You can like it all you want, and that is entirely your decision, but that is objectively a poorly written story with a poorly construed vision of how a character should be explored and a bad use of the source material. I'm not going to pull this on you, because this is completely subjective, but this seems to be a departure from what I understood about your problems with Princess Luna. And I will disagree that this did tell us anything about Celestia. To me, this story seems wholly about Inkwell. Celestia's reminiscing is about her impotence and about Inkwell. The things that convinced the ponies to change their mind were all about Inkwell. Her test is about Inkwell's capacity to see inner beauty... Or whatever that was supposed to be. It was a fucking ugly frog that didn't have anything special about it that the character could lean on to show how unimportant the fact that it was ugly was. You could change Celestia for almost any other character and the plot wouldn't change at all, because even the power to decide is striped from her. I mean, the cartoon at least managed to show that Celestia has this convenient magic that makes the sun go shine. In fact, if you changed Inkwell for Celestia, this would have been a great story about her.
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    Pony Life Episode 1: Princess Probz

    Bullshit! Discord dropped something to the water and now the ponies are all high! I hope he is happy.
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    Pony Life Episode 1: Princess Probz

    If the rest is going to be like this... Well it's funny. It just isn't very MLP. When I first started watching MLP one of the first comparisons I made was with some cartoons of the time that were in the same vibration Pony life is and I thought it was refreshing that MLP was trying to be nice, clean and clever. I don't understand why take a step back like this. Low effort? Fan pandering? After all the majority of the fans are going to like it. It's the same strategy behind 3.5, but refined. It's just unappealing to take a children's cartoon and make it more childish. Well, to me the answer is evil Hasbro goes mwaaa-hahahahahaha! They know that this thing is going to trend among the fans simply by the fact that some people are going to like it to spite the people that don't like it to spite the people that do like it. It was designed to be stupid and reference fan memes just in the right way to ensure that the community would have something to talk about until the next product. I don't even think that this is a bad thing. It's like the comics. Innocuous and irrelevant if you don't like it. Wild and funny if you do. That should be Pinkie. Because she did that in the cartoon once or twice and because Pinkie is the insane zany one. Applejack is supposed to be the voice of reason when Spike is being abused otherwise and the stubborn practical one that cares about the family. Talk about not knowing what to do with a character. When in doubt 'muh appuls' or 'HONESTY!" But this is the wrong way of looking at that. Hey, writers, you see that tweet over there? If you ever wanted to write a story where the Mane Six aren't quite themselves but you were afraid of making the characters OOC? That right there is your carte blanche. Have at it and throw this tweet at anyone that gives you grief, along with a picture of Celestia going "There is no wrong way to fantasize." I'm dying to know what they are going to do with Luna. I'm scared of what they are going to do with Discord.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    You know from our conversations in PM that I have absolutely no problem disagreeing with you because you because you think about why you like or don't something, but it bothers me that it seem that fans have a strange tendency of treating everything around Celestia as tough it's complicated quantum science. I'll explain. Whenever there is an episode or comic issue about a character nobody has any problem with it if it creates a stupid problem for that character to fix. It usually goes with the character learning something they didn't know or the reader learning something they didn't know, then the character does its thing and the problem is solved. With rare exceptions Celestia is the only character in the entire goddamn series that solves problems by stepping away from the problem and/or letting another character steal the story. It completely robs the character of agency within the story and Celestia is the only character that is defined by what she can't do and when she does something it is en passant even in the stories where she is supposed to be the star. Even in this comic in question Celestia is going on about how there were always others that helped her. The whole thing is so inconsequential. It's a teacher that teaches at HER school in HER kingdom. Every time she shows up it seems that any importance she should have because of those things evaporates. If anything, the whole comic ought to be Celestia delivering those thoughts to the parents and foals rather than the reader, and because she felt like, not because she needed to justify her inaction towards the teacher's retirement. So, why is it bad in this fed-up fan's opinion? - The premisse is that they wanted the teacher to retire already, but she wouldn't. By the end she didn't. The story began and ended and nothing changed because Celestia didn't change her opinion either. - It's a main character in a story that isn't about the main character and in which they lack agency. It's like writing a story about about a guy watching dramatic events unfold and doing nothing about them, learning nothing and affecting nothing about his universe because of it. It's like it's trying to convince the audience of something rather than telling a story about a character, which is universally a problem with the comics. - It's a story that is below the main character. I swear to God! If a character has the power to decide the fate of the nation or even the entire world and can control when the fucking day ends and starts, the story should be about that and someone ought to be dragged out back and shot for writing a story about that character worrying about something that has no impact in the lives of her millions of subjects and whatever decision is theirs to make anyway and everybody else can suck it if they don't like. There is an overarching universe on which this story is a part of, and if the story is inconsequential from the point of view it is being told, it should not be told or should be told from another point of view. For this to make any sense, this story should have been about one of Celestia's deputies in her school trying to convince her that the teacher should be retired or not, or about Celestia convincing that deputy of such. - It is a wasted opportunity. The series has started and ended. The comics aren't trying any harder and the books much less. I still don't know why Celestia is even remotely important. I don't know why the producers made the decision to make her the ruler and I don't understand what is it that she contributes. I don't understand why the cartoon used her as a measure of power when that power is irrelevant (like that retarded gimmick about the changeling holes). I don't understand why they gave her control of the sun if the from the storytelling perspective they could've lost that bullshit of unicorns losing their magic and it wouldn't have made a difference and if it still were the unicorns controlling the sun and moon (ironic because even if that was the case, Luna would still have her relevance). I don't understand why they even made a point about controlling the sun and moon when it's completely irrelevant even when it should be crucial. I don't understand why is it that they made her Twilight's tutor if Twilight learned everything by herself. I don't understand what difference does it make that Celestia retired (I still chuckle at the notion) when, if anything things are better because Twilight is the God-Emperor of Friendship without a Lupercal to give her pause, or even a sister to share the responsibility. And then the cartoon had the balls to imply a cycle. Fuck that. It's world class bad writing and this comic is the golden standard of it. Sorry about another rant, but people tell me that I'm angry because Celestia didn't turn turn out the way I wanted when in reality the problem is that she didn't even turn out at all. You know very well that I'm fine with Luna even if I think that the spoiled brat would've fit her better, and even then I agree with you that the cartoon could've used Luna better, if at all.
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    Pony Life Episode 1: Princess Probz

    What if I don't? Does that make me a hater man-child? What do you say about people that love it without seeing it?
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    Pony Life Episode 1: Princess Probz

    "Probz"Is it allowed to hate the title? Televised cooking competition. And I hate the premise already. I'm not going on my typical rant about theme because screw it... The original cartoon decided in one damn musical scene that there are arcades in Equestria. I'm having a headache at the notion that I feel like someone animated what would be a comic plot. I'll just copy-past my comment on the trailer from Reddit. And I'll add the following: thank Celestia for fan made content, but who am I to judge... I've watched this... And laughed my ass off. The problem is that it was a parody.
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    Princess Celestia Fan Club

    Now THAT is useful magic if I ever saw it!
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    Princess Celestia Fan Club

    Behold, behold. SILLYESTIA cometh.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    @Number95 In Celestia's book she completely lacks any sort of agency in the story she's supposed to star on and does things like thanking the sun for letting her mess with it (important later). It looks like a completely butchered story where she is visiting a foreign princess (because of course). The only thing she really does is recruit Luna to use her dream powers and help solve the situation. In her comic the whole story is about one of the teacher in her school (that is never even relevant in the cartoon), about how she isn't ready to retire yet, despite being old. Half of it is Celestia going on and on abut how the others are important and how she, by herself, couldn't do anything. She has a criminal lack of agency in the comic that was about to be her story. These two had me convinced that someone in the decision making process HATED Celestia. Luna's book is more like a real story but she is acting like the spoiled child I usually mention she should be. I should have liked the story, if it didn't make Olympic level mental gymnastics to prove that Lunas was right in using her dreams powers to influence ponies dream and cause them to make a party for her exactly the way she wanted. There is also this bizarre contrast with Celestia where it goes to the length of having Luna speaking Latin, glorifying her thestral guards and ripping off Odin's Huggin and Munnin. And she also has a dream ticker...
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    Mind it, not all of them. But it is your choice. Marvel, yes. Star Wars I don't think that it was necessarily 'the wokeness' that damaged it. Poor Finn had a story arc ripped from him... And the lore got thrown in the trash so hard that the whole Holdo Maneuver might have damaged every single Star Wars story that happened in space to date. In Star Wars case though, I think it was more the childish fight between Ryan Johnson and J. J. Abrams that damaged the story. For fuck's sake... MLP could've done the last movie better. In fact I think that the MLP movie is better structured and has a more reasonable plot. Let that sink in. Not to mention that Rebels is damn good, as is Rogue One and the Mandalorian. I'm gonna speak as a legitimately privileged white male. I'm Brazilian though... Maybe that gives me some 'cred'. I'm a white male doctor. I am the very definition of what a privileged person is. Even if I don't like the term, I understand what it means in the lingo and maybe I just don't get it because I'm not in an legitimately oppressed group. So, there is that. I don't like this representation culture. Personally, If it was about me, I would think that it is rather demeaning. Mostly because it is mostly done with token, lazy characters, and Scootaloo's aunts are a good example. It makes me remember the 90's movies where you had the geeky kid with glasses, the fat comedic relief, The Girl, The Black Kid, and the asian that was good with math. Today we have the token lesbian couple. If you are going to do something, have the balls to do it right (or the ovaries, as a teacher of mine used to say). Have one of the main characters being your lesbian character and show her kicking ass, metaphorically, when she meets discrimination. Because that is the issue. I looked forward to Captain Marvel being a great movie because I, as a doctor, saw some of the damage that misogynistic oppression can do. I live in a very toxic society where the typical 'men don't cry/women must be feminine' bullshit is rampant. I personally received patients 'that fell down the stairs'. I cared for rape victims. Now, the reason I'm saying this is because none of these 'feminist icons' (Rey, Cap. Denvers, the Valkyrie from Thor: Ragnarock, or the entire cast of MLP that the producers claimed was a feminist cartoon) ever faced misogyny. All of them were too generic to really touch on these subjects, and in the same vein, Scootaloo never faced discrimination or even real difficulty for being handicapped (if she even was because the cartoon implies it with too much fear of commitment to the idea) and her aunts never had to defend their orientation and their right to express it. The problem is that these characters, or facets of them, always turn into an inserted idea that stands out rather than complement the character. As you said, Scootaloo's aunts add nothing to the story. It's just a hand wave gesture of virtue signaling. Now, if Scootaloo's parents went 'Nuh-uh' fearing that they would harm Scootaloo, and the episode was about Scootaloo trying to understand the issue and dealing with it, maybe educating her parents, it would've been great. But Metemponychosis! You can't have that in a children's cartoon! Well, no shit. Maybe it shouldn't haven't been included then? Maybe the producers should have bitten the bullet and made something with it? An analogy like they did with Tank and Rainbow Dash? Anything other than leaving it in the open and pretending that they did something. They should have believed the children in their audience, because if there is one thing that I know is that they are several steps ahead of you. So, it didn't ruin the story. It's not like it infected the cartoon with "THE GAY!(TM)" and ruined everything. It was not the fact that her aunts were in a same-gender relationship that damaged the story. It was the poor writing that damaged it and I'm not even going into the poor use of a parody of a real person. Especially one such as Jane Goodall. Damn, you done goofed DHX. This bad use of token characters and lazy agenda cardboard cut-outs are so bad and damage the efforts against the ideas they pretend to fight against so much that a person that most certainly advocates for change finds them counterproductive. It pisses me off. In fact, this is one of the reasons that angered me about what the cartoon did to Celestia. With so many world leaders being absolute, insufferable idiots (and I'll mention my president that wants to hide the number of COVID-19 casualties from official reports and directly advocates fascist ideologies), Celestia could've been a real example of what a world leader is. But politics are scary. True advocacy of ideologies, even when they are for good of historically oppressed groups, is scary. But most of all, lazy writing and shallow virtue signaling is easy. This is what scares me in the newer cartoons. Both Pony life and G5. Lazy writing and virtue signaling. I look forward to seeing Celestia getting her ass handed to her and looking ugly at the same time. Well, AJ is going to be a new character instead of the same character with a new voice, so I'm cool with that. I have a funny story with Equestria Girls. When it was first announced it was simply a "MLP movie'. I went nuts. I was legitimately prepared to travel to the US just to watch it on the premiere. I called my friends and even had my visa checked so that there would be no issues. When I realized what it actually was about (I don't remember if it was an actual trailer or some concept art) I started laughing at my own naivety and my mother thought I was going crazy. Ah, I've rambled too much...
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    @Leonbrony17Personaly I liked the comics, with reservations, until it came to 'The Good, the Bad and the Pony', and then the forest deer arc to which I'm pretty sure I lost a few brain cells. Its the same problem that I had with with the cartoon, but the comics seemed more 'unhinged'. Those were when I lost patience with the comics. If I'm not mistaken, the first panel comes from Chrysalis' Fiendship is Magic issue, where she's in jail and Twilight go with her friends to visit her. Or something like that. Chrysalis is spewing a long story and it ends exactly as you can imagine it will. The problem in that is something that is the same spastic writing from the show: it's afraid of commitment. Because of the circumstances, without going into spoilers, everything that Chrysalis is telling them could be a lie. Then there is that book. It's the same problem with almost every single legend in the cartoon: it's fear of commitment to lore. Celestia never does things because herself, it is always about another character. First of all... Celestia attacking Chrysalis and causing permanent damage is not only cringe-worthy and causes more empathy for the queen than she's worth, but the whole panel deserved a story on its own. Seriously, in the cartoon the only moments when Celestia does anything like that is when it's telling some bullshit to set up the backstory for another character. Every. Single. Time. With that in mind, go read Celestia's chapter book or her comic. And then read Luna's book. You'll understand why I'm so pissed about the writing around her. The other panel I'm not sure. I have an idea, but I'm not going to risk speaking nonsense. I'll say something though... The comics showed a lot of promise and they seem to have worked better with those big epic stories the cartoon always tried to do. I could never put my finger on why... Maybe it was the fact that they were allowed to get away with a timidly more mature art and plots, or maybe it was something with the pacing. The biggest problem is that there always seemed to be a disconnection between them and the cartoon to me. For example, in the cartoon Chrysalis' big enemies are Twilight and friends, with that in the comics, she should have Celestia as a visceral enemy. Celestia didn't even know Chrysalis until she debuted in the cartoon and then got her ass handed to her. I suppose she forgot the paper puncher spell... Why didn't Chrysalis beat Celestia in the comic? Read it, you'll see the writing is so bad they didn't realize the situation is almost analogous. There are issues that make fun of the fact that the Sisters' enemies always come back and then nobody knows how to beat them. I believe this is from the 'not all dragons' story arc from the comics. Biggest problem with the comics is that they try to be woke sometimes and it always turn into an OC showing how bad the characters from the show are. And then the cartoon always ignored them. TL;DR: read the comics, they are entertaining on their own, but keep a bottle of sake nearby. Start at the beginning. When you get tired of the main series, read a few issues of Friends Forever or if you're curious about the villains, read the Fiendship is Magic issues. Character series issues are typically good in that they understand the characters. Tell us what you thought of them later. EDIT: It's just occurred to me that the fanfictions I'm writing are quite literally the kinds of legends that some of those comics talk about, such as in Chrysalis Fiendship is Magic. I should have loved that at the time. Sure, I turn the entire thing into a greek tragedy with the changelings, but the point is that lore is bread and butter. If it wasn't for those problems I mentioned, I wouldn't have anything but praise for that issue.
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    Did the Mane 5 get cheated?

    They got the participation award. They got to see their friend getting all that. I don't know about Faust's intention that all of them become princesses. Is there a source for that? Not that it matters, because she left the show by the first half of season 2, of her own volition. So, even if I agree with you, I don't think that her opinion or plans are relevant.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    I have seen the first half of it. So I've watched Twilight's Seven. You're right, but the point is that their presence was intrusive. I just put her in the same bag as Celestia because she was not part of the game. Or shoudn't. I disagree on the guards. Mixing the game with security shouldn't have been done, period. It just cluttered the episode. Fun and zany is great, but it could've been so without involving the Sisters and just with the family and friends. It would've been just as fun without the idiocy. Not to mention that their parents could afford to appear more. The problem, as far as the guards are concerned isn't that they get swatted away. The problem is that they never have an opportunity to show that they are supposed to be competent and then make an argument that the villain is powerful/competent to defeat them. Without this, I feel the rest is irrelevant anyways. At the risk of repeating myself, I'll explain what I mean. The cartoon defined and delineated Luna's job, and them showed her doing it and showing that it had an impact. I agree with you that the cartoon could have afforded to do more with her, but the only reason Luna even got that is because the producers knew how much the fandom liked her.