The premier is in a few hours. What better time to put this up. Keep in mind this is all my own opinion. If you disagree, read my header. It's been there for a year.
It's one of the comics that delve into the past of Discord, who was, at the time, a blank slate. We didn't know much about him, aside from the fact he was the spirit of Chaos and Disharmony. And, while this isn't a backstory for the character, it's still one of my favourite interpretations. I like the style, the narrative is relatable to one of my other favourite graphic novels, Alan Moore's The Killing Joke, and the song based from it is one of my favourites from the community. But does this make it canon? Well. No. Heck, the themes of betrayal and loss following a gradual fall into the path of darkness is kinda dark for a kids show. But hey! I like it. Canon or no canon.
I'm hoping so. The song kicks ass. It's got beautiful vocals, some great instrumental, and a narrative in the lyrics describing the sorrow of the sister who banished her sister for a the next minelia. It's got emotion and depth, a lot of work went into it, and it's one of the fandoms crowning achievements in the means of music. But does this make it canon. No. Not that the music of the show is bad or anything. I don't think I'll ever get tired of Daniel Ingram's musical talent. But I've yet to see something from the show that really dives into as much emotion with the two pony sisters; we see some of this hinted in the episodes and the comics, but nothing that really touches on the feelings of guilt and loss that this song does. It's dark, sad, and beautiful. And I like it. Canon or no canon.
This fic is special to me. It was one of the first I read when I'd first heard about this fandom, and it's one of my all time favourites. It has one of my best ponies in what I believe to a be a tragic interpretation, all started from her eyes being cross. Keeping me engrossed from beginning to end, with her being left in the autumn woods in the light of the setting sun, this led to me searching the site for a while, looking for fanart of the story. This led to me using my account for the first time in months to start commenting on things that stuck out to me. The response that followed motivated me to look further, finding more in the means of fiction and artwork. Rocket to Insanity, Expectations, Duties, Asylum, Crysis: Equestria, Shipping and Handling, An Apple Alone, Keeping it Simple, Code Majeste and Last Man Standing. And probably more. While the writing and themes vary, it was enjoyable to see characters that I had come to like being put into situations that were both feasible and impossible in the actual show, ranging from heart-warming, tear-jerking, terrifying and even infuriating. It kept me craving for more, wanting to see what the author would put on in the next chapter, or pondering if it was a one shot. And it all started with a story about a filly being abandoned by her mother. That's sad. Depressing even. BUT. Is. It. Canon?
You can probably see where I'm going with this by now huh.
NO. It's not canon. None of this would ever fit into the show, it's either too dark or upsetting. And heck, even the things that would be passable with the show haven't appeared in it. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy it simply for what it is. And that's what I could have said in one nice little sentence; enjoy this show, this crazy and wonderful, sporadic show for what it is. Enjoy the fanwork for the amount of time, dedication and effort put in by the people who do it, music art of stories. And if it doesn't fit into the shows canon? WHO CARES? Just enjoy it for what it is for crying out loud! I could have said that. But I wanted to back this up, get things that are known by this fandom and are important to me in some way, shape of form. I enjoy the show for what it is; a show about colouful talking horses living in the world of dragons and eagle headed lions who poop on the ground to help the plants grow. I enjoy the fanwork for the way it can amaze me at how someone can do it, or entertain me in all the ways it can. I like seeing people coming together and working together to make something great. I like seeing an aspiring artist grow into something new. I like seeing how you can drive someone insane by repeating a treat made with tortilla and cherries while also screaming at the the top of my lungs to stop. What I get tired of seeing is people complaining to both the artists and creators that the content doesn't fit. Either the shows canon, or the fan canon.
Why. Why does it matter so much if a character suddenly has back story that interferes with your precious fanfiction. Why does it matter so much that a comic offers a humorous approach to a gap in the story that needs filling? Why does it matter so much that a comic or a show that people have put so much effort and detail into that makes it worth the price tag matter if it doesn't fit in with your own interpretations?</b>
tl:dr; Enjoy things for what they are, even if it may change or be different. There's enough hassle and strife in life. Why don't we just sit back, get some pizza and drink, and laugh for a change? Storm out.